Over the last week or so many bloggers have been posting about various Christmas gifts they have received in the form of cards or other sports related items. I did not receive a truck load of cards, but did get a nice envelope in the mail last week from fellow Cardinals collector Eric.
I met Eric on The Bench a few years ago and we have traded Cardinals duplicates numerous times. I have 2 or 3 other Cardinals fans that provide a trading ground for my many doubles. It is very rare to receive a flat rate box full of Cardinals that I need, but with a little work most of them find good homes. Whether it be through trades or having my wife give them out to her students, there is always some Cardinals fan who can use a 1991 Fleer team set.
Speaking of yellow bordered sets, Eric included these four 1991 Swell cards. Yes that is the same Joe Garagiola that used to broadcast Saturday afternoon baseball with Vin Scully. Hands down the best broadcast duo ever.
I have always like the Bowman Silver Ice cards. They are really sharp in person and look great signed in blue sharpie. With the signing of Mike Leake yesterday, it looks like Tim Cooney will be back in Triple A until a starting pitcher gets injured. Bowman Xfractors are not quite as nice. For some reason the checkered/box pattern reminds me of the Minecraft game. Zack Cox has been one of the few recent #1 draft picks that did not pan out for the Cardinals. He was traded to the Marlins at the 2012 trade deadline for Edward Mujica. The Red Schoendienst is a Green Framed Gypsy Queen card. Hard to go wrong with a Hall of Famer who still attends spring training even though he is over 90 years old.