Sunday, December 23, 2018

Secret Santa Drops an F-Bomb

For this year's blogger Secret Santa, I was the lucky recipient of cards from Peter over at Baseball Every Night.

Let's see what Peter delivered!

In Peter's letter he hopes that these are cards I still need and I can say for sure that these cards are well needed!

First up is a trio of 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards of Ken Solheim who had a short-lived and unspectacular career in the NHL.  I collect these cards as a small tribute to my dad who shares the same name with this player.  I've posted the story before about how my dad received a call from a young woman asking for Ken Solheim but my dad was not whom she was looking for. 

This 1978 Topps team card of the Mariners goes into my Stadiums PC.  As ugly as the Kingdome was, it still had a certain charm.  I attended a fair share of Mariners and Seahawks games at the Kingdome so I still have fond memories of the place.

Oh shit! I mean, oh fuck! It's a Fuck Face Billy Ripken card!! This had been on my want list ever since I found out about it a few years ago.  I received this card at the time when everyone was freaking out about the Menendez brothers Mark Jackson card and I'd take this card over that one any day! I think it's just such a hilarious story and an iconic card.

Thank you for all the wonderful cards, Peter! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

2018 Card of the Year

It's that time of the year! P-Town Tom of Waiting Til Next Year is again holding a contest for bloggers to show off their favorite card of the year.  Last year I went with a card that was a major retail pull but this year I'm taking it in the other direction.

2018 Score - Red Zone #355 Luke Falk SN20

My favorite card represents my favorite set of the year and the player I collected most of this year.  2018 Score became an instant hit in my eyes the moment I saw it.  The checklist also contained Luke Falk, in his WSU uniform.  I'll always collect WSU players so to see him included in one of my favorite sets was a huge bonus.

I've posted about my search for his rainbow and while I'm pleased to say I'm closer to my goal, it's still not complete.  The only cards I need are from the dumb retail parallels.

The Red Zone parallel matches up perfectly with the WSU colors, which is why it's not only my favorite card from the set but my favorite card of the year.