The other way I am astonished by other people's collections is in the sheer number of cards they must have. This was demonstrated to me just last week when I received a stack of cards upon cards from Cards on Cards. This was an out of the blue package, probably another instance of Kerry not being able to rid his house of Cubs fast enough. He sent me a bubble mailer of 88 cards in total. The amazing thing to me was that of those 88 cards, there were only four cards I didn't need. That's a 95% success rate with 84 cards I didn't have before--not bad for an unexpected mailer. This clues me in to the staggering number of cards some people have at their fingertips. If I were to send every single St. Louis Cardinal card I have in my trade box, I wouldn't even match the number that Kerry sent to me. And then to have nearly all of them be new to Kerry--well, that's just not going to happen. So I wonder: just how many cards does one have to have to pull off a feat like that, to have the ability to pick and choose 80+ cards for a person that they don't have already? It must be more than I have, I'd guess.
So let's have a look-see at the highlights of Kerry's bubble mailer.
Kerry first caught my eye with a shiny Brett Favre on the top of one of the team bags. The gold border and embossed Green Bay logo in the middle made me think it was another cool 90s insert, but this is just a subset in the 1997 Donruss Preferred base set. Very cool card, insert or no.
Aside from those two football cards, the rest of the package was entirely Cubbies.
There were parallels. 1997 Topps is generally icky, but that Brian McRae Chrome refractor quickly jumped into my list of favorite cards. You have a runner starting down the third baseline (is he stealing home?), the batter in the batter's box in the frame, and you make a refractor of it?! Beautiful. 2009 Topps is represented by a couple of retail store-exclusive parallels: the black border Fukudome is Wal-Mart, the throwback Topps logo Soto is Target.
- Greg Maddux, pitcher
- Jody Davis, catcher
- Anthony Rizzo, 1st base
- Ryne Sandberg, 2nd base
- Aramis Ramirez, 3rd base
- Javier Baez, shortstop
- Andre Dawson, outfield
- Doug Dascenzo, outfield
- Jason Heyward, outfield
Thanks for the great surprise, Kerry!