I have certainly saved the best for last.
Wes paid special attention to what I collect, not just by sending Mets cards (one of my favorite teams) but by sending cards of my favorite players and position: catchers.
To start things off here is a player from a fictitious and real team.
2014 Topps Archives #MLC-JT, Jake Taylor
Major League is without a doubt, one of the greatest sports movies of all-time. It is up there with Bull Durham. When I saw that this and other cards from the movie were going to be included in this year’s Archives release, I was pleased. Wouldn’t it be great if Allen and Ginter followed suit and had inserts from The Natural or For Love of the Game instead of fish or buildings?
1984 Topps Glossy All-Star #20, Gary Carter
1984 Topps Glossy All-Star #22, Johnny Bench
This goes without saying, but anytime someone sends me cards of two of my all-time favorite players, and both cards are needed, that someone becomes an instant best friend. I miss these types of cards. This is how Topps should handle All-Star cards in current releases, only put them in rack packs.
2011 Goodwin Champions #M-KS, Kyle Skipworth
Originally drafted by Miami, Skipworth just signed with the Reds on November 18th. He has only played in 4 major league games, so there is still a chance that he could develop into a decent catcher.
And finally, the creme de la creme. . .
2014 Topps Museum Collection #AA-TD, Travis d’Arnaud
Wes included a gorgeous autographed card of d’Arnaud. Numbered 245/399, this card is right in so many ways: catcher’s gear, Mets, numbered, and autographed. The signature is much more legible than other modern players, and I quite like the way he makes his ‘T’. The more I look at this card, the more I appreciate it and Wes for sending it my way.
I will now be accepting donations in order to acquire the cards that Wes deserves to be sent.