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Monday, December 31, 2007

The 12 Days of Cardmas - Card List

If anyone out there cares, here's a list of all the cards I used for my Twelve Days of Cardmas. I'll update this post as I figure out the obscure ones. (It may take a while - I dug up some real weirdos)

* A Donruss rookie card of Lemke

1989 Donruss Mark Lemke
* Two Ninja Turtles
198? Topps Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
sticker from the same set

* Three Frenchy cards
2007 Bowman Heritage Jeff Francoeur Bat
1973 TCMA reprint of 1936 Goudey Wide Pen Frenchy Bordagary
1971 Topps Frenchy Fuqua

* Four Larry Birds
1980-81 Topps Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson
1986-87 Fleer Larry Bird
1986-87 Fleer Larry Bird sticker
1988-89 Fleer Larry Bird sticker

* Five Diamond Kings
1982 Donruss Phil Niekro Diamond King
1987 Donruss Dale Murphy
Diamond King

1992 Donruss Dave Justice
Diamond King
2003 Donruss Chipper Jones Diamond King (serial numbered gold version)

1998 Donruss Andruw Jones Diamond King
* Six Carrots Flaming
1988 Flaming Carrot set
* Seven packs a ripping
197? Grease
1983 Donruss Action All-Stars
1986 Fleer
1988 Topps Football Cello
2006-2007 Upper Deck Hockey Mini Jersey
2007 Updates & Highlights
2007 Sweet Spot tin (no cards, just an empty tin - Ha! I fooled you)
* Eight gaudy MadDogs
1996 Topps Power Booster
1998 Fleer Circa Thunder Quick Strike

2001 Pacific Ornaments
1998 Fleer Circa Thunder Boss '98

2000 Upper Deck Ionix Atomic
1996 Pacific Flame Throwers

1997 Donruss VXP1.0 CD (yes, this is a real CD, I played it in my computer once about 8 or 9 years ago)
1998 Upper Deck UD3 The Establishment F/X Die Cut

* Nine Sex-ay Ladies
Decipher Star Wars CCG Princess Leia Organa
1993 Classic Four-Sport McDonalds Manon Rheaume
2006 Artbox Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Beauregarde

2003 Garbage Pail Kids (no clue what series) Victoria's Secret
1991 Impel Babe Didrikson
1996 Upper Deck USA Basketball Teresa Edwards

1995 Gil Elvgren Prototype card (man, I want this entire set)
1990 Impel Marvel Comics Storm
2006 Allen & Ginter Jennie Finch

* Ten fielders leaping
1993 Upper Deck Chipper Jones
1993 Upper Deck Francisco Cabrera
1985 Fleer Tom Foley

2001 Stadium Club Gabe Kapler
2002 Ultra Matt Stairs
2001 Pacific Rickey Guttierez

1994 Pinnacle Mark McLemore
1999 Skybox Premium Miguel Tejada
2006 Upper Deck Gary Sheffield

2001 Topps Archives Duke Snider

* Eleven Vintage Tiptons
1909 T206 Ed Walsh
1911 T205 Buck Herzog
1923 W515-1 Grover Cleveland Alexander
1935 Goudey Pie Traynor, Red Lucas, Tommy Thevenow, Glenn Wright
1935 Diamond Stars Oscar Mellilo
1941 Double Play Lloyd Waner and Henry Majeski
1943 M&P Tommy Heinrich
1952 Topps Johnny Antonelli
1955 Bowman John Stevens
1956 Topps Irv Noren
1965 Topps Warren Spahn

* Twelve stickers sticking
1977 Topps Cloth Andy Messersmith
1987 Fleer Stickers Robin Yount

2001 Topps Enduring Freedom Sticker
1983 Mad Magazine Stickers
1983 Topps sticker insert Franco Harris

1963 Topps Peel-Offs Hank Aaron
2006 Bazooka Stickers Three Marks and a Marcus
1985 Fleer Logo Sticker

1990 Topps Sticker Rafael Ramirez and Jose Canseco
1986 Garbage Pail Kid Tooth Les

198? Fleer Logo Sticker Atlanta Falcons
2004 Cracker Jack mini sticker Chipper Jones

This will close out my posts for 2007. Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Way Overdue Artifacts Box Break

A while back, I ripped a pack of Upper Deck Artifacts and really liked it. The design was really different from everything else out there and it appealed to me. It reminds me of an Indiana Jones movie or something. I picked up a couple of packs here and there and eventually broke down and got a blaster a couple of months ago. At the time I was getting to the nitty gritty on my A&G and Goudey sets and I was looking for a cool, small, easy to complete set to build (and have a few packs to rip) while I looked for those last few cards for my other sets. Artifacts seemed good, it was only 100 cards and did not have the numbered short prints of the other Artifacts sets.

I got this box, was a little put off by it, and then UD Masterpieces came out and I forgot all about Artifacts. Masterpieces turned out to be the set I really wanted, 90 cards, the checklist ranges from stars (or at least top prospects) to eternal all-time Legends and it was gorgeous to boot. Now I have a mostly completed Masterpieces set (working on one last trade!) and 60% of a set I don't know what to do with now. Here's the box break for posterity. There are still a lot of these floating out there (I have a feeling Artifacts will be the packs in repack boxes and Target El-Cheapo bins in a couple of years) and this can serve as a warning, or an encouragement if you like this sort of thing, to anyone out there looking at a box. First, the box:

The box has a rather cool design, it's made to look like an old packing crate, presumably carrying some treasure from the Orient. I'm not exactly sure why they chose a picture of Derek Jeter about to pick his nose to be the cover boy for the product, but archaeologists pick their noses too I suppose. There's also a big day-glo "EXCLUSIVE - Find a memorabilia card in EVERY BOX!!" plastered on the front. Hey, a gamer per box! I've said before they should have been doing this for a while now. Put all the relics in blasters and voilà - no more pack searching. Finally, progress! The sides show a Jeter Divisional Artifacts game-used card (with two pinstripes!) and advertises "Pull Antiquity and Divisional Artifacts memorabilia cards!" in a sort of stencil motif. There's even "FRAGILE" (which I think is Italian for Major Award) stenciled on there as well. So now you're thinking wooooo.... gamers... me want Antiquity and Divisional Artifacts! One Per box! ME BUY!!! So the front says "one memorabilia per box" and the sides say "pull Antiquity and Divisional Artifacts memorabilia cards". Remember that for later. Now to the packs:

2 David Ortiz
51 Derek Lowe
18 Joe Mauer
25 Nick Swisher
65 Adrian Gonzalez

Big Papi is one of my favorite players, so we're off to a good start.

23 Johnny Damon
99 Jose A. Reyes RC
69 David Eckstein
40 Ken Griffey Jr.
85 Jerry Owens RC

Griffey Jr., plus the other Jose Reyes. Jose A. didn't even play this year, but his baseball-reference.com page is sponsored by a cool Braves blog I'd never seen before just right now. This pack just went from meh to Awesome.

45 Hanley Ramirez
80 Fred Lewis RC
8 Travis Hafner
98 Sean Henn RC
35 Stephen Drew

Hanley, Pronk, JD little brother and two Rooks. Fred Lewis is a solid name for a solid 3rd/4th outfielder. I'm rootin' for ya Fred.

* This is where the memorabilia card was located. We'll get to that later.

33 Roy Halladay
47 Lance Berkman
79 Delwyn Young RC
4 Curt Schilling
49 Craig Biggio

Cy, All-Star, blocked prospect (if the Dodgers hesitate to give Kemp a shot, what chance has Delwyn got?), Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer. As far as the packs go, this is a kickin' box so far.

62 Trevor Hoffman
77 Daisuke Matsuzaka RC
32 Vernon Wells
54 Jose Reyes
96 Ryan Braun RC

Dice-Man, the right Jose Reyes and the wrong Ryan Braun. Still groovin along...

46 Dontrelle Willis
31 Mark Teixeira
84 Oswaldo Navarro RC
34 Brandon Webb
65 Matt Cain

W00t! Another Mark Teixeira! Now I have one to put in the set and one to keep in my pants put in my Braves box.

1 Miguel Tejada
76 Cesar Jimenez RC
61 Freddy Sanchez
19 Torii Hunter
93 Mike Rabelo RC

Last pack is a little lackluster but no complaints about the cards. Lots of stars, the Dice-K rookie, no Braves but I got Tex, and no doubles. Not a bad box. Now......... here's the advertised relic card.

That's not a Divisional Artifacts card... Nor is it an Antiquity card (I know, I looked it up on the interweb). That's right, the one-per box card is not from '07 Artifacts, but a card from 2002. Upper Deck Diamond Connection Quads to be exact. It's not exactly a bad card, although it would have been a hell of a lot better back in '02 before all the subjects got really old really quick. Plus the book value is something like 20-25 bucks, but still I felt like the rug was yanked out on me a little here. I didn't expect the "one per box" card to be a refugee from one of the Memorabilia Blister packs you see at Target. Once again I'm bitching about pulling a really neat card, but it still seems like there was a little false advertising here. Of course I already pulled a freaking SWEET Jeter auto from this product, so I can chuck the rest of the cards in the trash and still make out like a bandit even if I never get around to completing the set now. So if you cool kids see one of these mysterious packing crates at the checkout aisle of your local box store, now you know what you're getting into.

Jaw Dropping Blyleven Stat

I got a comment on my Hall of Fame Ballot post that absolutely has to be shared. From A. Nonymous:

An amazing Bert Blyleven statistic that I wouldn’t wish upon any major league pitcher:
From his 1970 rookie season through 1977 I’ve accumulated his quality starts that I’ve defined as: 6innings, 2earned runs or less; 7,8,9innings, 3earned runs or less; and 9innings+ 4 earned runs or less in which he garnered a no decision or a loss only……

The totals are:
82 games
658 innings
583 hits
185 runs
160 earned runs
184 base on balls
540 strikeouts
2.19 ERA
His record: 0 wins and 53 LOSSES. I repeat 0 wins and 53 losses with a 2.19 ERA

1970 0-3 2.09 9 games
1971 0-6 1.90 9 games
1972 0-9 2.35 13 games
1973 0-8 2.55 9 games
1974 0-8 1.80 10 games
1975 0-6 2.00 10 games
1976 0-8 2.29 15 games
1977 0-5 2.45 7 games

I understand that pitchers put up great games and get snakebit on occasion, but this accounted for almost 1 of every 3 starts, 82 of 279 to be exact or 29%. Show me a Hall of Famer that had to go through this year by year. Fortunately once Blyleven ended up in Pittsburgh and later some good Minnesota teams, this trend eased to what I would consider normal levels (I had researched this in the past but don’t have the numbers on hand)

Imagine 1974, your 17-9 in 27 games, and in the other 10, all of which are essentially quality starts, you post a 1.80ERA and go 0-8. You end up 17-17. If you don’t know the facts, and your voting for the Cy Young award, and you see 17-17. Do you cast a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place vote? Probably not. This is what Blyleven faced in yesteryear, and the same writers, who I contend do not know the facts, are what Blyleven faces every year in the HOF vote.

Go ahead, plug in a different year, or harken back to Baseball-reference and neutralize the stats, do it for every one of Blyleven’s contemporaries. The numbers don’t change much, but for Bert Blyleven, they do. The example given above is my attempt to show why. Teams that didn’t score runs and booted the ball around like it was a soccer match.

That's 53 losses and 29 no decisions for Bert, all in games where he pitched well enough to win with any kind of run support, all in only the 8 years before he was traded to Pittsburgh. If his team scored enough runs to win just one quarter of those games he has 307 wins and he would have been elected to the Hall of Fame years ago. Yet genetic defectives like Sean McAdam still can't get past the fact that he didn't get much Cy Young support and his win total didn't pass a round number. Thanks Anonymous, whoever you are (Bob Klapisch, perhaps?) for doing the research and finding out this gem of a stat. It's time to strip the writers of their Hall votes and give them to the Stat Geeks.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

This Is Exactly Why I Want You Guys To Speak Up

So I posted back here that I wanted anyone with a blog to let me know about it so I could add it to my blogroll. I really do like stealing from reading other people's card stuff. I only got one new blog, but boy am I glad I did. Reader Russ is the proprietor of The House of Cardboard. Russ hasn't updated in a while and right now I sympathize with him. Between holidays and work and bills and laundry piling up and the toilet seat breaking (just broke! I got a fat butt, but come on already) and the garbage man coming at seemingly random intervals and all kind of other nonsense I'm surprised I've posted at all. Well, I looked though his archives and found this post on some pack breaks from Target. This comment on Tom Glavine is what really got me:

Tom and I have a love/hate relationship with each other. I have always been a Braves fan and after the 2002 season, he basically spit in my face, called my momma names and ran over my dog. Now you can say Glavine wanted more money or that John Schuerholz just screwed the whole thing up, but I'm sticking with the theory that it was all Glavine's fault.

YES!!!!!!!! Finally I found someone who agrees with me on Tommy Turncoat! There's at least one other person who won't look at me funny or flat out call me "not a true Braves fan" just because I don't like Tom Glavine. I understand all the reasons why I should like him and I should be glad he's back. But I don't. I'm not going to like him ever again. Am I glad he'll be pitching for the Braves in 2008? Sure. I wish he had pitched for them in 2007, to be honest (and so do the Mets). He'll be a decent back of the rotation option who will win 10 games or so assuming the arm doesn't fall off. He's only getting 8 million a year which isn't that bad assuming he can eat up 150-180 good innings. Giving up our 1st round draft pick to the Mets while we get nothing for Andruw galls me, but that's a front office problem. Do I hope he'll pitch well and maybe even stick around the organization awhile? Sure, although I don't want him anywhere near out postseason roster. I'm not going to flat out boo him anymore, but he'll have to do something spectacular for me to cheer for him.

I've spouted off on why the whole 2002 thing pissed me off so badly before and I'm not rehashing it here. Every time I do so I seemingly get flack about how I don't know the full details of Tom's contract or the negotiation between him and Schuerholz and that's true, I don't. I do know something about a simple economic concept called an Opportunity Cost. Opportunity cost means that if someone uses an economic resource in one way, the cost is that it can't be used in another way. For example, if you sell a piece of land, you can't build a house to live in on it. If you eat the box of cookies you got from Grandma, you can't bring them to the New Year's party to share. (burp) If you pay your mortgage, you won't be able to buy that three-box case of Sport Kings. And so on.

I don't think anyone disputes that Tom got a better monetary offer from the Mets, although the amount is in dispute. Tom got more money to go to the Mets, but what was the cost? First he didn't have Andruw Jones snagging fly balls behind him in center field and instead relied on Jeff Duncan, Timo Perez and Tsuyoshi Shinjo to catch his fly balls. His ERA jumped a full run and a half that first season, so take that how you will. Who knows who would win the division if he stayed with the Braves, but other than 2006 he sure didn't have any postseason opportunities. What about his family? Tom has been really weepy about how he hated to leave his family behind when he signed with the Mets. Why wasn't that taken into account when he decided he simply could not work with Schuerholz? Again, an opportunity cost that doesn't show up in the Accountant's books, but is much more real than any line in a ledger. How about advertising opportunities? I seem to remember him having a few local endorsement deals here in the ATL, did he make as much in New York? If he stayed here, he would be first in line to take up Hank Aaron's mantle as Mr. Brave. How many future opportunities would that have given to Tom? Now he's a great player who will still get sponsor deals in Atlanta, but they're sure not naming the street in front of the stadium after him. Tom got more money, but also gave up a lot to get that extra cash. I'll root for him at a game (as long as he doesn't have one of his patented first inning meltdowns), I'll still collect his cards and I'm glad that he'll (likely) end his career with the Braves and go into the Hall with an A on his cap. But after the crap he pulled in 2002, I simply can never be a devoted fan ever again, and there are others who agree with me. One more cost of putting on that Mets uniform.

Friday, December 28, 2007

EPIC Thread

Anyone out there who was fascinated (or horrified) by my insane Greg Maddux inserts from my 12 days of Cardmas post will be interested in this awesome thread from the Beckett Message boards. A member asked for opinions on the coolest insert set of the 90's, and a flood of images of the most obnoxious, flashy designs ever put to cardboard ensues. This is a great history lesson on the Golden Age of insert cards, before relics and autos pushed them aside. I need to go look though my old insert binders today to find a couple that can rival some of the beauties in that post.

Here's my humble contribution to the madness:

1996 Collector's Choice You Crash The Game contest card CG1 Chipper Jones

and 1996 Collector's Choice You Crash The Game winner card CR1 Chipper Jones

The winner card is not nearly as shiny as the contest card, but it is made of real wood glued onto clear see-thru plastic. Now that's a chase card.


Pro-Football-reference.com has gotten a MAJOR overhaul and it looks fantastic. Here's a list of updates and changes. The old version was not bad, but had a real low-tech feel to it. The new site is pretty slick and resembles the baseball-reference.com site a lot more. This is a very, very good thing. To illustrate just how awesome the site is now, here's a glimpse of greatness, a worthless coward and the true champs of '25.

I need to avoid this site for a while or else I'll end up digging up my box of '80's football cards and abandon The 792 to make up my own football card list: The 396, and I just don't have time for that now.

But of course I'll do it anyway.

Introducing Dayf's Ultimate 80's Topps Football Set: The 396

1. Super Bowl XXIII, 1989

Ok, that's enough for now. Maybe I'll finish it next football season. Now I have Prior Art in case any wise guys gets any ideas. Then again, Ben Henry has the original original idea so he'll get all the royalty payments. That folks, is how a Blogging Empire is built...

Jim Beauchamp

Longtime Braves coach Jim Beauchamp passed away from leukemia. Jim was a longtime coach during the Braves' heyday in the 90's. It took me a while to realize that coach "Beech-um" Pete Van Wieren kept referring to during broadcasts on TBS was that guy in my '67 Topps Braves set. Jim's one of the first names that comes to mind when I think of Braves coaches and I always expected him to pop back up on the bench next to Bobby sooner or later. I'm sorry to hear of this, especially since it happened on Christmas.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The 792: Gallery 235-252

Nope, I haven't forgotten about this... I have the cards together, they just need to hit the scanner. Here's a few I do have scanned. If you've forgotten what all this is about while I procrastinated, click here to refresh your memory.

235. Andre Dawson, 1980 *236. Frank Eufemia, 1986 237. Rusty Kuntz, 1982 238. Jose Rijo, 1985 (RC) 239. Rick Miller, 1981 240. Nolan Ryan, 1981 *241. Danny Heep, 1987 242. Rick Mahler, 1987 243. Bob Boone, 1989 244. Cardinals Team, 1980 *
245. Jim Rice, 1989 246. Mets Leaders, 1984 247. Terry Harper, 1986 248. Storm Davis, 1988 249. Larry Cox, 1981 250. Dwight Gooden, 1986 251. Tony Gwynn, 1984 252. Fred Lynn In Action, 1982

Tune in next Bat-time, next Bat-channel!

*Thanks to reader Greg for providing these images.

1-18 19-36 37-54 55-72 73-90 91-108 109-126 127-144 145-162
163-180 181-198 199-216 217-234 235-252 253-270 271-288 289-306
307-324 325-342 343-360 361-378 379-396 397-414 415-432 433-450
451-468 469-486 487-504 505-522 523-540 541-558 559-576 577-594
595-612 613-630 631-648 649-666 667-684 685-702 703-720 721-738
739-756 757-774 775-792

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

While I didn't actually write any of them down, I have several collecting goals for 2007 that I've more or less completed. Complete the 2007 Topps set - check, complete the Allen & Ginter set - one card away, get the Topps stuff organized and want lists together - kinda check, work on the blog - double check. Another goal I had on the front burner was to complete some of my Braves team sets. Specifically I wanted to finish off at least one per decade. I did a pretty good job on that goal as I knocked out a bunch of 80's traded sets, 1977 Topps (with some auto'd cards no less), 1969 with Felipe Alou and I completed the 1953 set by finally tracking down a Warren Spahn. Anything more was a bonus, and that bonus arrived in the mail yesterday:

A gorgeous 1956 Topps Eddie Mathews card, the last one I needed for my '56 Topps team set. After the 1953 set, 1956 Topps is probably my next favorite set from Topps. A lot of people prefer the 1955 edition with the bright colors and the logo, but I think the action shots look much better in 1956. The photo here is spectacular, it appears that Eddie has just clobbered Pee-Wee Reese at second base. Eddie takes his base as poor Pee-Wee is sprawled out writhing on the ground while the ball is a yard away. The other two Hall of Famers have cool action pics as well. Hank has the famous Willie Mays sliding into home goof on his card, while Spahnie looks like a Greek God straddling Mount Olympus on his.

Now technically, I don't have a complete complete team set as I don't have the rare "1955" team card variety although I do have the left and center versions. I also don't have any of the 1956 Topps pins or the Warren Spahn Hocus Focus card either. It's still a team set though, I can work on the rarities and oddballs later. Here it is in all its glory (click to view a large version).

Happy Birthday to Me

After two hundred and seventy six posts, Cardboard Junkie turns one year old today.

For anyone interested, this is the card that started me off on this crippling addiction. How I love it so.

I tried to find a video of Cracker's "Happy Birthday to Me", but I only found live performances that were incomplete or had terrible sound quality, so instead I guess we'll settle for Altered Images and the best song ever.

Here's to year number two... time for me to do some more writing...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Ahhh, It's Finally Over

Christmas, that is. Yeah, it's fun and all, but dear Jesus, I'm wiped out. I'm glad to be home at my own computer with my own scanner and a pile of cards that need to be scanned so I can post them. I'm way behind on my 792 responsibilities. It's also nice to be listening to my own radio again. The one at my in-law's house couldn't get Album 88. That was no good at all especially since Gate City Radio is on tonight with the BBC Radio Play of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and hopefully some Jack Benny Show to listen to while I scan.

I did have a nasty shock today when I realized I had gotten through the holiday season without hearing this. I've made up for lost time though. Al won't let me embed his video, so here's the Anime version.

Ahhhh, now that's the Holiday spirit. Now I can get to scanning (as soon as I can figure out why it won't work @#%^!!!) and post a bunch of crap before the end of the year. I need to hurry and get prolific if I'm going to beat last month's post count and continue my streak of increasing each month since May. I probably won't make it, but the Twelve Days post is like 12 posts in one, so that's good enough for Government work. Since this is a baseball card blog, I guess I better post a random card at the end of this rambling mess:


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Indian Giver

Hey, look what Santa left in the mailbox yesterday... I'll have to open this this up and share, but first more Xmas revelry. Stay Tuned...

Indian Baseball Cards. Always. celebrated the Holiday season by sending out a bunch of goodie bags with a "12 Days of Christmas" theme. I was honored with the first one and it arrived wrapped just in time for Christmas. I put it in my stocking and opened it up on Christmas day. Here's what arrived (scans to come soon):

12 Greg Maddux:
1994 Topps, 1996 Pinnacle, 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack, 2000 Stadium Club (2), 2000 Ovation, 2000 Skybox Dominion, 2000 Ultra, 1997 Bowman's Best, 2003 Ultra, 2002 Donruss Classics, 1996 Pinnacle Summit Above & Beyond parallel

11 Vintage cards:
1971 Topps* Bob Didier, Sonny Jackson and 1971 National League Rookies (Enzo Hernandez, Bill Buckner (!!!) and Marty Perez), 1977 Topps Braves Team, Jerry Royster, Clarence Gaston, Ken Henderson, Andy Messersmith, Carl Morton, Jim Wynn, and an absolutely fantastic cloth Milwaukee Braves sticker that I have never ever, ever seen one of before in my life.

10 John Smoltz:
1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack (2), 1989 Topps RC, 1992 Ultra, 1991 Score, 1994 Topps, 1989 Score, 1999 Topps, 1994 Team Stadium Club, 1990 Donruss

9 Steve Avery:
1994 Upper Deck (2), 1991 Score, 1992 Ultra, 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack, 1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond, 1993 Triple Play, 1993 Donruss, 1993 Score

8 Chipper Jones:
2002 Fleer Hot Prospects, 2005 Topps Pristine**, 1996 Bowman's Best, 1996 Pinnacle Checklist (with Garrett Anderson), 1996 Pinnacle , 1997 Donruss Elite, 2002 Fleer Premium, 2002 Upper Deck World Series

7 Andruw Jones:
2007 Topps Gold Glove, 2007 Artifacts, 1996 Bowman's Best, 1999 Ultra. 2001 Pacific, 1997 Leaf Checklist, 1998 Donruss Spirit of the Game

6 Tommy Traitor Glavine (sorry, I still haven't gotten used to the fact he's a Brave again):
1992 Ultra, 1994 Topps, 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack, 1989 Fleer, 1996 Pinnacle Summit Above & Beyond parallel, 1995 Collector's Choice Special Edition

5 Fred McGriff:
1994 Topps, 1996 Bowman foil, 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game, 1996 Pinnacle Summit Above & Beyond parallel, 1996 Pinnacle The Naturals

4 Dale Murphy:
1989 Score, 1988 Donruss, 1989 Topps, 2004 Fleer Greats

3 Jason Schmidt:
1996 Leaf Gold Leaf Rookie, 1996 Pinnacle Summit Above & Beyond parallel, 1996 SP Premier Prospects

2 Phil Niekro:
2005 Donruss Champions Impressions parallel, 2005 Legendary Cuts

1 Hank Aaron 1994 Topps 20th Anniversary #715.

That is some cool stuff to open up on a Christmas morn. Thanks David!

* I'm absolutely sure I need at least one, if not all, of these '71 cards for my team set. Since completing at least some of my Vintage Topps team sets was one of my goals for 2007, this is way cool.
Update - yep, needed two of 'em. I only need two more high numbers to finish that one off now.

** I didn't even know Pristine existed in a non-Chrome variety. Eeeeexcellent.

The Twelve Days of Cardmas

On the twelfth day of Cardmas, my true love gave to me....

Twelve stickers sticking............

Eleven vintage Tiptons...........

Ten fielders leaping..........

Nine sexay ladies.........

Eight gaudy MadDogs........

Seven packs for ripping.......

Six Carrots, Flaming......

Fiiiiiive Diiiiiiamond Kiiiiings.....

Four Larry Birds....

Three Frenchy cards...

Two Ninja Turtles..

and a Donruss Rookie card of Lemke.