2009 A&A/MLBP MLB Baseball Stickers Florida Marlins #11
You can see Kerry's thinking, of course. I mean, do the Florida... now Miami Marlins actually have any fans? Or do they, like their good players, simply disappear immediately following their sporadic successes? Why would anyone want these cards?
Well, they're baseball cards, and that's good enough for me, being a completist and a pack rat. But when I opened the first package on Saturday, consisting of about 36 cards, I realized that even Marlins cards can be fun, too. Let's play...
2005 Topps Opening Day Paul Lo Duca FLA #104
2005 Topps Creacker Jack Al Leiter FLA #66
2005 Donruss Leaf Josh Beckett FLA #80
2003 Fleer Ultra A.J. Burnett FLA #138
My respect for Burnett has grown since he left New York for Pittsburgh. By all accounts, he's been a really positive veteran presence on the Pirates roster. I'm really hoping that team holds on this year, with not just a winning record (finally) but a playoff berth. By the way, if (when) I do a post about card designs that I should probably hate, but can't help but love, it looks like '03 Fleer Ultra has a real shot at making the list. Having lived through the Y2K, cyber matrix era, I can tell you that these cards do a heck of a job of capturing the moment.
1995 Topps Stadium Club Jesus Tavarez MLB Debut FLA #379
2011 Topps Chrome Mike Stanton FLA #85
2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Josh Beckett FLA #48
1995 Score Pinnacle Chuck Carr FLA #30
1995 Score Pinnacle Kurt Miller Rookie FLA #161
There were no cards that I spent more time staring at, though, than this pair of '95 Pinnacles. Man, those uniforms are awesome, in that so crazy-bad they're cool kinda way, originally perfected at the MLB level in the late '70s/early '80s. And check out the leg kick on little Chucky Carr. Might be a clue why the dude didn't get on base enough to make his speed work to full advantage, eh?
This was just some of the fun I had opening up only one of eleven little packages of Marlins cards. Who knew? I'll make it a Saturday night tradition until I've gone through them all. I'm also using the spiffy blue tape Kerry wrapped things in to add additional racing stripes to one of the shoe boxes I keep unopened cards in. Dorky, I know. But I'm a card nerd like that. It will help me remember the time I caught a big Marlin (card haul). And I really appreciate Kerry's generosity in feeding the habit by bringin' on the random fun. Thanks, man!