Five players, eight cards, here we go!
Jake Fox 2009 eTopps (#070/699)
Fox may not have appeared on a ton of cards to-date, but the ones on which he has are pretty tough to find! Thanks to the jersey, I now have all three of Jake's '03 Prospect Premieres cards, including base and autograph. I lucked out and found a pretty good swatch with a blue pinstripe while I was at it. That closes the book on his 2003 cards.
I was also pretty happy to dig up the eTopps card since I haven't seen any others for sale since I've been collecting Fox. Of course, the goofiness of the way the set works means probably not a ton of these are sitting in collectors' hands right now. I like the occasional encased card and this one features a cool batting action photo, so overall I like it.
Ryan LaMarre 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Blue Refractor (#123/199)
Since Michigan just had a couple guys drafted, now seems like a good time to check in on LaMarre, the Reds' second-round pick in 2010. The 24-year-old is in his second season with the AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos, (don't you love Minor League team names?) who are managed by former Major Leaguer Delino DeShields. Ryan's bat isn't his greatest asset, but he's got speed to burn, and maybe that'll be enough for a call-up one day.
This Refractor is one of seven versions of LaMarre's 10 2010 Bowman Draft/Chrome residing in my PC. The other three will be a bit tricky, but hopefully I'll soon be able to add them to what currently stands at 19/33 PC cards.
Barry Larkin 2008 Donruss Threads College Greats
Barry Larkin 2011 Topps Commemorative Patch manupatch
Here's a nice pair of cards from my favorite recent HOFer! The Threads insert appears to be my only scanned card on which Barry appears in a Michigan uniform, so that's a fun first for his PC. I'm pretty sure Jeff picked it up a while ago and that's why I finally got around to grabbing one. Michigan Baseball definitely had some nice times with Larkin around.
The manupatch, meanwhile, I picked up quite a while ago--way back at the end of January, to be exact. It's not my only Larkin manurelic as I'd previously purchased this Topps World Series pin a while back, but it's still my first manupatch, and a cool one at that. It's also my 12th hit of Barry, whose collection I'm still trying to scan slowly. Here's hoping for more of my favorite Red of all time!
George Sisler 2009 Topps Legends of the Game Nickname 'R' Letter Patch manupatch (#13/50)
I don't get a whole lot of Sisler stuff for my collection, mainly since he's such a vintage HOFer, which means that almost everything of his is very expensive. That's not true when it comes to manurelics, though! I'd had a few of these Topps letter patches on my watchlist and finally pulled the trigger on one when I felt the price was right. I'm not so excited about these that I'll try to spell out all of "Gorgeous George," but it was still fun picking up one to go with the manu-hat patch and bat barrel I own. Maybe at some point I'll scan the few other cards I have of him, though, since some of you were nice enough to send them my way.
Jim Abbott 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Collegiate Patches Autographs auto manupatch (#049/125)
Alphabetically these should have been first; awesome-betically they're last so I can end this thing with a bang! As I began looking harder and harder for some nice Abbott stuff to add to my PC, I came across both of these around the same time. Of course the EEE patch is the one I definitely couldn't live without since it shows him in a Michigan uniform (though the picture leaves a little to be desired). I definitely appreciate it when a major brand looks back at a player's college career, especially when it's my favorite one. I now have a new favorite Abbott PC card!
At the same time, I'm quite happy with the Retired Signature auto. I've long admired that set, and I feel like at this point my focus for Abbott autos will fall on those as well as Archives, because they tend to be cards I really like. The version I bought isn't in its original state since it's not encased, but that doesn't really matter to me since it's not like I'll be selling it; in fact, it makes it a bit easier to appreciate how nice the Chromed-out auto looks! My third and fourth Abbott autos will certainly hold a cherished place in my collection.
Well there you have it, the last of my COMC pickups for the year, but I really do have to emphasize the "for now" part since I'll likely pick up another package as soon as next month--I've got my eye on a few cards and need some more for trades. Until then, please enjoy my upcoming posts covering eBay and Blowout pickups, plus trade packages and other stuff!