Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Random All the Way (Oh What Fun!)

Yesterday we looked at the Dodger-intensive portion of a recent trade package that I received from Marcus of All the Way to the Backstop. But he didn't stop at citizens of Chavez Ravine. Marcus also knows of my love for the Random, and he managed to indulge my cravings for the unpredictable with aplomb.

Marus sent me some fat heads. Not Fatheads. Fat heads...

1992 Topps Stadium Club Tony Gwynn SDP #825
1993 Upper Deck Kirby Puckett Community Heroes MIN #34

...of Hall of Fame players and loveable guys on a couple of sweet cards. Cranially concentrated cardboard.

Next, Marus hit me with some aesthetically pleasing Chromified samples from 2012 Topps.

2012 Topps Chrome Tommy Hanson ATL #33
2012 Topps Chrome Desmond Jennings TBR #43

I digs me some pitchers, and Marcus throws two angles of the sidewinder Todd Frohwirth my way.

1993 Donruss Todd Frohwirth BAL #513
1993 Fleer Ultra Todd Frohwirth BAL #494

Better than submariners, though, are knuckleballers. And Marus fed me a steady diet of butterfly whisperers, including a handful of Tom Candiotti cards in Dodger Blue, among other greats, including the always-welcome Rough Tough Charlie Hough (a '91 Fleer calling card for Marcus' side-gig, Yellow Cardboard).

1991 Fleer Charlie Hough TEX #288
1996 Fleer Ultra Tom Candiotti LAD #493
1994 Pinnacle Tim Wakefield PIT #448

The Wakefield was just one of a handful of '94 Pinnacle gems in the package.

1994 Pinnacle Alex Diaz MIL #416
1994 Pinnacle Pat Meares MIN #304

Although I don't see a ball in the glove of Alex Diaz, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's making a fine play. At the opposite end of that spectrum, we have Pat Meares...

Marcus didn't ignore my mini-collecting habit, contributing three Getting a Grip gems.

1994 Pinnacle Jon Ratliff CHC #437
2012 Topps Archives Brad Peacock OAK #192
1996 Score LaTroy Hawkins MIN #224

Ratliff displaces Ben Howard as the most extreme closeup in the collection. And you've gotta dig LaTroy Hawkins...

1996 Score LaTroy Hawkins MIN #224
1994 Score Rookie/Traded Darren Oliver TEX #RT113

...as well as Darren Oliver, junk wax rookie pitchers who were both active in 2013! Hawkins is particularly amazing, being a right-hander (lefties are more adept at reaching baseball senior citizenship). Not only that, but LaTroy became the Mets closer last year, and signed to play in his 20th big-league season with Colorado in 2014.

I'm actually a huge fan of this '94 Score Rookie/Traded set. It's one of those card designs that I think I should hate, but actually love. And Marcus sure didn't skimp on quality with these things...

1994 Score Rookie/Traded Bo Jackson CAL #RT3
1994 Score Rookie/Traded Manny Ramirez CLE #RT72

Bo knows the MLB 125th Anniversary patch and a pretty sweet Angels logo from before they went Disney. Although he's not doing anything odd, one has to assume Manny is still being Manny.

These two posts show just the tip of the snowcone. Marcus sent a package chock-full o' Random nuggets. And he ties a bow on the Random by coming full circle with the invocation of a sense of place. I started out in the last post by showing you the beautiful Dodger Stadium card that he sent me. That represented my childhood in sunny Southern California. I'll close with a card representing my time as a young adult in New York.

2012 Topps Heritage News Flashbacks Penn Station #NF-PS

Marcus tells me that he was actually born in Oregon, the place where I now find myself raising kids and enjoying my midlife crisis. It's a small, Random, cardboard-filled world. Thanks for bringing a little more of what it has to offer my way, Marcus. And if I have the pleasure of another trade opportunity with you, I promise to do you the courtesy of sending your cards to your address. Gotta prove this rookie can make adjustments...


  1. That Gwynn is one of my all time favorites, and that Wakefield is killer. I pulled a bunch of Frohwirth's out of a repack and found his arm angle interesting as well. Glad you liked 'em! Look forward to doing it again once I restock! Happy Thanksgiving!