I'm just now coming out of the fog from our last look at Nick's picks as my card show proxy shopper. Nick brought me out of my stupor by not only telling me to get a grip, but by picking up many a grip for me, as well...
2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970's Jon Matlack NYM #77
2007 Upper Deck Goudey Jason Isringhausen STL #194
Anyone who's been following things around here knows that I play favorites. Favorite team: Dodgers. Favorite players: Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis. Favorite mini-collection: Getting a Grip.
2005 Topps Total Ramon Ortiz CIN #251
2003 Topps Total Wes Anderson FLA #606
So Nick loaded up the ol' Card Show shoppin' cart with some Total-y awesome Grips!
1992 O-Pee-Chee Rob Dibble CIN #757
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Trevor Hoffman SDP #296
He Dibbled me with a Topps Gold as well as this OPC, and he Trevored me with this Collector's Choice in mini-collection hits.
1992 Bowman John Ericks STL #48
1992 Bowman Allen Watson STL #634
Whatcha got there kiddo? Look, Ma, we're Getting a Grip!
1992 Bowman Don Peters OAK #244
1992 Bowman Damon Buford BAL #224
Nick didn't ignore the other mini-collections. Don Peters doesn't care what him mom thinks (I mean, look at that hair). But Damon Buford was a good boy and put on the clothes his mom laid out for him. At least his mom knows I likes me some Turtlenecks.
1992 Bowman Lou Whitaker DET #630
1989 Upper Deck Brian Downing CAL #485
Mmmmmmm... Doughnuts! Doughnuts? Where were these when I was Trippin' on Oddballs!?
1992 Bowman John Roper CIN #528
1992 Topps Stadium Club Dave Burba SEA #348
Not sure where Burba's going with that grip, but wherever Roper's going his mommy dressed him up nice, too.
2008 Upper Deck Homer Bailey CIN #463
2013 Topps Heritage Gavin Floyd CHW #198
Now these two really know how to show that grip. In your face, people!
2007 Bowman Heritage Prospects Brad Knox OAK #BHP32
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Bobby Ayala SEA #311
2005 Topps Turkey Red Bobby Livingston SEA #279
2011 Panini Donruss Elite Extra Edition Michael Pineda SEA #21
Grippy gripitty grip. (Hey, I'm not getting paid for my time, here, you know...) Oh, hey, remember that last guy? Good to have him back for my final year of rooting for the Yanks. Anything that might help The Captain get one more ring works for me (that is, in the unlikely event that the Dodgers aren't representing the National League in the World Series...).
2004 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Hoyt Wilhelm NYG #51
2004 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Phil Niekro ATL #89
Nick knows knucklers, especially the guy on the left. And he knows they're the kings of Getting a Grip. That's because the man is the king of the Dime Boxes. It's good to be in the good graces of the king.