Thursday, March 12, 2015

I'll have a boxful of Nacho's, please

Another package I've recently received in the mail (but have taken forever to post) is from Christopher over at Nachos Grande. An avid Legos collector, I had sent him a Christmas card with a Lego mini character.

He was touched by the card and elated with the Lego character. In return, he sent me this wonderful collection of San Diego Padres cards and goodies.
You know, it's always great to be gracious and good enough to send a gratuitous group of Gwynns, so Christopher saw fit to send along a few cards of Mr. Padre, himself. Here's his 2000 Impact Mighty Fine in '99, 1997 Collector's Choice All-Star Connection, 2008 Upper Deck Heroes, 1998 Collector's Choice, 1987 Topps, and a 2014 Stadium Club.
For a team created in 1969, it's hard coming up with vintage cards. However, Christopher saw fit to include these Padres "Vintage" cards - a 2004 Upper Deck Vintage Miguel Ojeda, 2007 Topps Heritage Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez, 2004 Upper Deck Vintage Brian Lawrence, and 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Kahlil Greene and Edwin Moreno.

How about a 1996 Circa Fernando Valenzuela, Wally Joyner and Andy Ashby, 1991 Studio Tony Fernandez, Brian Lawrence. Oliver Perez and Shane Victorino, 2002 Fleer Fall Classics SP Steve Garvey. A friend and I used to have a blast mimicking a few pitchers' pitching motions and Valenzuela was one of them that was so much fun to copy, especially due to his heaven-directed look, as part of his wind-up. Al Hrabosky, the Mad Hungarian, was another one that was fun to mimic.
In 1991 Topps released Stadium Club, featuring a glossy UV coating on both sides of the card, gold foil stamping on the front and a nice, borderless action photo on the front. Christopher made them part of his package, including these Topps 1995 Stadium Club Andy Benes, Brad Ausmus, and Andy Ashby, 1994 Stadium Club Archi Cianfrocco, 1996 Stadium Club Glenn Dishman, 1992 Stadium Club Paul Faries, and a 1996 Stadium Club Joey Hamilton. Oh yeah, here's a 1995 Topps D3 Andy Benes, too.
Here's a 2008 Upper Deck UD Game Materials Morgan Ensberg, 1982 Topps Luis Salazar and Joe Lefebvre, Ken Caminiti 1996 Pinnacle, 1997 Collector's Choice, 1997 Collector's Choice Crash the Game Exchange, 1997 Collector's Choice All-Star Connection.
And finally, here's a Jake Peavy 2005 Upper Deck Classic, 2008 Topps Year in Review, 2005 Topps Opening Day, 2000 Topps Stars Sean Burroughs, Derrek Lee 1997 Collector's Choice, 1994 Score RC, 1998 Upper Deck, and 2000 Topps Stars Ryan Klesko.

He also included a Padres pencil and Padres Sportsclix character (of course, I can't find the box with his cards again, so I can't tell you who the Padres player was).

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