I want to say a quick thank you to several traders that I've gotten packages from over the last month before I put the cards away that are sitting on my desk.My Sports Obsession. I love the orange Jersey on the 1992 Donruss/McDonalds MVP card and the redemption card from 1995. I'm not sure if they were a hobby shop giveaway or a ballpark giveaway but it's a cool card nonetheless!
Carl Crawford Cards. I won the contest he was running to celebrate the life of Virgil Trucks. I never got around to writing Mr. Trucks and I missed out on getting his autograph. Now I can mark that regret off of the list! Paul gave away 3 of these autographs in his contest and I was lucky enough to get one.
Need More Cardboard. I had to have this retail exclusive White Framed Paper parallel from this year's Gypsy Queen that he pulled from a value pack. I mean come on, it's a Cal Ripken card I didn't have. You don't think I'm going to let it slide by do you! It's a great looking card! While not a huge fan of retro/reprint sets, I do think that Gypsy Queen is a nice product because Topps actually has to create a new design each year and not rest on it's laurels from 50 years ago. Plus it does have some decent insert sets like Glove Stories and Sliding Stars. Nobody wants and insert card reporting the news from 50 years ago (News Flashbacks from Heritage)!
Thanks to these 3 wonderful traders and I'm sorry that it took awhile to get this posted!