Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Monumental West Virginian Package

"In addition to the cards i told you I'd send, I threw in all the Sox cards I had in my oddball box. There are a couple cards that aren't in the best condition for their age, but I thought you'd appreciate them anyway." - Billy Suter from West Virginia Cards

It takes a lot to include something in a trade that I've never heard of before. It's an even rarer feat for that release to include a player that I have actively collected in the past. That release would be Broder Rookies and that player would be John Cangelosi. I almost dropped the entire stack of cards when I came across that Cangelosi card.

There were a few jaw dropping moments in these two green cellophane wrapped stacks of cards. I don't know where you found some of these cards, but I am glad to have them. Jaw dropping moment number two will wait until later in this post.

Green is my favorite color, so I knew I was in for a treat. What I found wrapped inside the forest green cellophane were cards that stretched my imagination to it's fullest. Let's get to the cards and find out exactly what I'm talking about.

1986 O-Pee-Chee
79 - Dave Schmidt

More Canadian cards! Love it!

1986 Topps Mini Leaders
9 - Floyd Bannister
11 - Carlton Fisk

Mini Fisk!

1987 Fleer
490 - Steve Carlton


1987 Fleer Update Glossy
U-126 - Jim Winn

They traded Cangelosi for this? Ugh. Cool card though. Shiny!

1987 Broder Rookies
5 - John Cangelosi
17 - Bobby Thigpen
23 - Ron Karkovice

Jaw dropping moment number one. Cards I never knew about! Awesome!

1987 Topps
756 - Carlton Fisk

The Commander going through his per pitch batting routine.

1988 Donruss MVP
BC-5 - Ivan Calderon

Nice card. RIP Ivan.

1988 Eight Men Out
1, 5, 13, 22, 28, 29, 41, 43, 45, 54, 69, 71, 74, 77, 86, 88, 97, 99, 100, 102

I have probably about half of this set without actively collecting it. Very cool!

1988 Fleer
391 - Harold Baines

Cool batting pose on Harold.

1988 Score
590 - Harold Baines

Nice follow through Harold!

1989 Donruss
148 - Harold Baines
BC-23 - Ozie Guillen

A leg kicking Harold and a young smiling Ozzie!

1989 Score Rising Star
79 - Melido Perez
96 - Dave Gallagher

Those stars have fallen.

1989 Star
101 - Robin Ventura

Nice early Ventura!

1989 Topps
585 - Harold Baines
695 - Carlton Fisk

A pair of White Sox legends!

1990 Donruss
402 - Harold Baines
660 - Harold Baines AS

One Ranger, one White Sox.

1990 Midwest League All-Stars Grand Slam
10 - Mike Eatinger

One of only four known cards for Mike!

1991 Classic/Best
114 - Kevin Tolar
285 - Wilson Alvarez

Early Wilson!!

1991 Conlon
71 - Jackie Hayes
188 - Joe Kuhel
323 - Mule Haas

I love Conlon cards!

1991 Topps
3 - Carlton Fisk RB

Catching HR record!

1992 Conlon
483 - Red Faber

Did I mention that I love Conlon cards? Yeah? It still stands!

1992 Donruss Rookies
107 - Johnny Ruffin

I like the green better than the blue for '92 Donruss.

1992 Front Row Draft Pick
16 - Scott Patton

I'd be lying if I said I knew who this was. One of seven known cards for him.

1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier
42 - Alex Fernandez

Cards in French rock!

1992 Upper Deck Minors
156 - Mike Robertson

Nice minors card!

1993 Donruss
519 - Carlton Fisk

What a sweet swing.

1993 Upper Deck
51 - Robin Ventura/Frank Thomas

Cool card of two sluggers!

1994 Sportflics
184 - Jack McDowell

Sportflics are so awesome!

1994 Ted Williams
21 - Carlos May


1994 Ultra
302 - Harold Baines

Some nice Oriole love.

1994 Ultra Award Winners
22 - Jack McDowell

Mr. 1993 Cy Young!

1994 Upper Deck Minors
105 - Kevin Coughlin

He threw out two at third on the same play.

1995 Collector's Choice
503 - Wilson Alvarez

Wilson looks pissed at Karkovice.

1995 Stadium Club
71 - Darrin Jackson

Some mid career D.J.!

1995 Upper Deck Minors
137 - Scott Eyre

Scott has been around, hasn't he?

1996 Topps
345 - Chris Snopek

Ventura's heir? Hardly.

1997 Donruss
176 - James Baldwin

The pitcher, not the famous one.

2001 Fleer Tradition
148 - Ray Durham

Looks more like a Topps design to me.

2001 Royal Rookies - Boys Of Summer
3 - Joe Crede 320/2950 (AUTO)

Jaw dropping moment number two!!!!!!!!!! Autographed CREDE!!!!!

2004 Topps
331 - Bobby Jenks/Casey Kotchman

All we need is for Kotchman to fulfill his destiny and this card would be super awesome!

2005 ESPN
49 - Scott Podsednik

Still pictured in a Brewers uniform.

2006 Topps Opening Day
13 - Tadahito Iguchi
78 - Scott Podsednik

I love the blue foil!

2008 Allen & Ginter
197 - Bigfoot

A card I have not pulled from my packs of A&G this year.

2008 Allen & Ginter States
US13 - Curtis Granderson

I have not pulled the Illinois flag either. Curtis grew up a few towns over from me.

2008 Topps Heritage
114, 131, 134, 171, 202, 310, 325, 350, 360

2008 Topps Heritage Black Back
3, 12

This certainly gets me closer to completion.

This was an outstanding stack of cards from Billy at West Virginia Cards! I can definitely appreciate someone who knows of cards that aren't on my radar. Thanks, Billy! This was quite an adventure! The Joe Crede rookie numbered autographed card was a nice surprise! That marked twice that I nearly dropped the entire stack in my hand.Drop me a line and let me know what I can send your way.


Billy Suter said...

I found something else in that oddball box that you may find interesting. I'll mail it out to you soon.

If you want to know what you can send me, check out the post called "Send me some cards!" on my blog. That pretty much sums up what I'm looking for. (It's on the second page of posts.)

Billy Suter said...

Also, the '87 Fleer Update Jim Winn is from the glossy set.

Steve Gierman said...

I noticed that the card was glossy, but it slipped my mind that Fleer made a glossy edition that year.

The post has been corrected.

Jason T. Carter said...

Broders Rookies were pretty big in Cincinnati in 1988, because they were the first to have Sabo cards. I got a couple series, but they are unlicensed cards and since you posted a scan of one on your blog the baseball card police will be coming to arrest you. Hope you get those Reds sent out before they throw you in the pokie. LOL

Steve Gierman said...

Bring on the card police! I have a good lawyer for that. No one takes my cards! LOL

Billy Suter said...

The note about the Jim Winn glossy card wasn't as much a correction as it was something I just remembered. I'm glad you liked everything I sent you.

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