24 January 2015

i picked 'em poorly but came out ahead

i participated for the first time this past year in cards on cards' college bowl pick 'em league.  i wound up getting slightly less than half of the winners right, although i did get my highest confidence pick correct.  anyway, i was well out of the prize slot, but kerry sent me some cards anyway.  most of these come from his 2014 topps mini break, in which i took the dodgers and the mets.  i was hoping for a justin turner card as part of the mets team haul (he's turning two on the card), but it didn't pan out.  just like my picks.

here are some of the dodgers from the 2014 topps mini set that kerry rescued from sealed packs for me:

clayton kershaw cy young
the now retired josh beckett
the now unsigned free agent chad billingsley
the now unsigned free agent brian wilson
the now red sox left fielder hanley ramirez
the now full-time dodger left fielder carl crawford
the now still a fourth outfielder andre ethier
the dodger right fielder yasiel puig (unless joc can't handle center)
plus a 'the future is now' puig insert
i should probably show some of the ny metropolitans that came my way, so here are bobby parnell
and ey jr
kerry also sent a few cards towards my 2001 topps heritage set, including former and current twin torii hunter
plus a nice 2004 donruss classics rickey henderson card
which counts as a final tribute since rickey didn't appear in the majors after his 2003 stint with the dodgers
no active player has more stolen bases that ichiro, who sits at 487.  rickey had 1406 in his career.  although barry bonds eventually passed rickey in career walks, he is still the career leader in runs scored, with the closest active player (alex rodriguez) over 350 runs behind.

last, and maybe least, here is a 1986 fleer update card of alex trevino
who played catch under the watchful eye of a stalker after joining the dodgers.

thanks kerry! i'll be sending some cards on cards your way soon!

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