Through the end of December, I was on a posting hiatus due to traveling outside the country through Christmas
- I'm acutely aware there may not be anyone hanging on when there is a new post here and honestly, I might be having some self-existential doubts about card blogging going forward.
If nothing else however, I look to end 2022 with a post featuring what I claimed from the Dime Boxes blog - where I want to go through some cards one-by-one as a way of appreciating what I received. This Sparky Anderson Detroit Tigers oddball is a larger than a regular sized card, but was too fun to ignore
- where the Hall of Fame manager is chatting up a young fan.
I was going to mention how I didn't really like odd-sized cards that are either too big or too small
- but go figure I claimed one card that is a little larger and one card that is a little smaller than a regular sized card.
I'm not sure what drew me into this card, except it's vintage and it's fun to see where the batter is not wearing batting gloves
- while imagining him ready to take a big whack at the ball during some early 1970s game action.
I claimed this retro card because it looks like a fun looking insert inspired by a vintage oddball issue
- sometimes I want cards that are just a little different.
I couldn't imagine claiming every single card I saw, but this shiny Mike Trout was certainly a keeper
- this card ends up really popping in-hand.
For all the cards posted, this oddball was kind of a no brainer as well
- I don't know how many Mark McGwire cards show him trying to barrel his way past a catcher in some play at the plate collision action.
I get my Matt Duffy Angels card for my Angels all-time team register collection
- this Vintage Stock parallel ends up being a little more fancy than a regular base card.
I really liked this boxed set oddball card of a Hall of Famer who'd spend the twilight of his big league career with the Angels
- it's the most random, irrelevant card, but just something a little different than the usual Topps, Donruss, Fleer or Score flagship issues from the junk wax era.
Like the Anderson at the top of the post, this oddball was too fun to ignore where the vintage slugger appears with a child
- this could be a centerpiece page card, where Killebrew appears on a card for a cause, rather than the countless issues where it's basically the typical baseball card.
I ended up claiming a Hunter Greene rookie parallel card for fun, just because despite an up-and-down season for the first year big leaguer
- he really showed promise, striking out 164 batters in just 125 2/3 innings pitched.
I claimed this card to add some old-school flavor to my stack
- maybe I like the 'lil color match action going on with the red borders and the red showing from Simmons' uniform to his cap. I guess like this card for a number of reasons, where there is some dirt fetish going on as Rickey looks to have a moment to gather himself
- it's also a hats-off card and really looking closely, Rickey has a chain of some sort hanging from his neck.
Besides the cards I claimed, there was also a small stack of Angels added
- maybe featuring a couple of guys I'd rather forget [Josh Hamilton and Zack Cozart], a couple guys I haven't thought in about 10 years [Torii Hunter and Jered Weaver] and a young guy like like Reid Detmers who still looks to get better with more big league experience.
These three were added as well, which ends up a little 'no context' in my book
- but there is always room to add cards of legends in my collection.