HSCA Strikes First

Sometimes, the things that I say (or write) get me in trouble.  I am a teacher, so I do my best to measure my words, though not always as successfully as I would like.  Flippant remarks are usually what students remember most clearly.

On the flip side, sometimes those casual comments lead to wonderful outcomes.  Such was the case when I was perusing the blog Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary.  I happened to see that Brian has a form up on his blog that allows readers to contact him.  I did just that and mentioned that I had a lot of Twins cards to send his way.  To make a long story short, Brian actually sent a package to me first (as of this posting, I haven’t mailed off his cards).

What I thought would be a casual (and rather slow) exchange, was jump started by this new blogger.

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First up are a pair of catchers from  1983 Donruss Diamond Kings insert.  As unappealing as these cars are to look at, the fact that there are 4 catchers represented in this set is startling (especially considering that Carlton Fisk isn’t one of them).

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Here are the other two catchers from this insert.  Ugly cards, yes, but two of the greatest catchers of all time, and certainly two of my favorites.

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Brian included a high-end card with this 2014 Topps Museum Dustin Pedroia.  Seriously, how can anybody not like this guy?  Look at the enjoyment on his face.

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This is a very busy card and it relies on a very common image of Fisk.  Nevertheless, I still find it to be a great card.

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Joe Mauer still remains one of my favorite current players.  I know that his production was down last year and this spring, but I can’t help but root for him.

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Brian actually started things off by emailing me to see if I had any interest in this card.  Clearly, the answer was, yes.  I enjoy this card more with each passing day; it’s from Heritage, which isn’t a hit friendly product.  It has a pinstripe, which is the only one of its kind that I own.  Finally, it is the only Mauer relic that I own.

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In closing, Brian sent over this Jason Kendall on-card auto.  I really don’t have to say anything else about it, do I?

Brian, you certainly are making a name for yourself in the blogosphere, not only because of your “group breaks/trades” and great posts, but also because of your generosity.  Thank you for parting with these great cards.  Yours will be in the mail tomorrow.

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