On Sunday (once I got the date correct), I got some great cards at the Urbandale American Legion Sports Card Show (I'm saving those for another upcoming blog). Later that afternoon, the Iowa Wild hockey team recognized me as "Hero of the Game" during Sunday's 2-1 win over San Antonio. That's where they take a moment to recognize a member of the military during the game.
Monday proved to be a long day, as I hooked up with my bagpipe band. After a traditional Bloody Mary breakfast, we marched in Des Moines' St. Patrick's Day parade, and played at the downtown Marriott hotel. We then settled into the Royal Mile British Pub, where we had a couple more drinks and played a few more songs. Our evening concluded around 8:30 p.m., after playing at Dublin Bay restaurant in Ames. That's me in the middle with the bass drum.
So tonight, while we were pricing washers and dryers, we swung by Target to pick up a couple of birthday cards. While my wife shopped for the birthday cards, I decided to do a little card shopping of my own, picking up a 7-card pack of Topps Opening Day, a pair of 8-card packs of Donruss and a 20-card Jumbo pack of Topps Heritage.
What's funny, is the pack I expected the least from provided the biggest bang for my buck (or in this case 99 cents). For that price, I have to admit I was a bit impressed with what I pulled (not that it takes much, actually).
I am not at all impressed with the 2014 Donruss. Besides the airbrushed logos and uniforms, the cards are too glossy and retain none of the charm and coolness of its '80s predecessor. Among the other cards I pulled were Alex Gordon (47), Allen Craig (48), Brandon Phillips (64), Paul Konerko (73), Craig Kimbrel (77), Paul Goldschmidt (127), Eric Hosmer (131), Giancarlo Stanton (132), Marlon Byrd (151), Kyle Lohse (169), Aramis Ramirez (174), Osborne Smith (189), and Pete Rose (192) (Really?).
I'm not sure how I feel about the 2014 Heritage set yet. On first glance, the design appears to be rather cool, with some nice-sized photos and the unique pennant team logo, but I'm not quite sure whether I really like them or not. Maybe if I bust a couple more packs, I can let you know what I really think.