Since I got back into collecting I mostly have been interested in set collecting. I'm probably working on about 10 different sets and subsets right now and sometimes it feels like 100.
Because of that I've pretty much neglected doing the player collection thing until recently. I came across a post on A Shot Not Taken late last year and Ray is looking to complete the Propaganda subset from 2009 Update and Highlights.
Earlier in the year I had the pleasure of trading with Ray. He sent me a beautiful Adrian Peterson jersey card for some sketches and cards he needed.
Here's the card again. You can never have too much A.D.
Anyway, I wasn't expecting anything in return, but he sent over some really nice cards that all fit into my different player collections.
Since this hasn't been much of a focus until now I was really happy to get these cards.
First up is a card of a former OU and current NFL star, Adrian Peterson.
I've had my eye on this card for a while, but have never pulled it from a pack of cards. Looks like he's in mid-juke here.
A couple of Bowman reprints of Mickey Mantle.
A nice MMHR chrome card of the Mick!
And something new for me is a couple of nice Blake Griffin cards.
He was a standout at OU for a couple of seasons and was the top pick in the draft. He sat out last year with an injury.
He's back now and looks to be doing pretty good for an otherwise crappy team. Poor Clippers.
This is a Passing the Torch card detailing at that time how these guys were the past two (at the time) NCAA Player of the Year award winners.
This is nice posed dunk shot of Mr. Griffin. As of Jan 10th he's leading the NBA in dunks with 88. Up until this point I only had one Panini sticker and one EEE card of Blake. Now I've doubled my collection in only one trade.
Lastly was this gold bordered card of Koyie Hill. I was wondering why a Cub would be in the pack. I did not realize that he was an Oklahoma guy.
He was born in Tulsa and graduated from Lawton Ike. That's not the interesting part about this guy: apparently he got into an accident with a table saw and it cut into his thumb and apparently severed part or all of the remaining 4 fingers. He saved them long enough for the doctors to reattach them.
Reminds me of a Bill Brasky fact:
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Thank you very much for the cards Ray! They will be a significant part of my collection.
So close I can taste it
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