I was thrilled to find a few needs for the players whose full collections I'm chasing (including Rich Hill, Rick Leach, Clayton Richard, and J.J. Putz), and since it was so obviously worth it, I tacked on a bunch of stuff from the other guys I collect. Today you'll get a gander at 15 new Mike Matheny cards I scored. I introduced Matheny as part of my PC in this post, and while I'm not supercollecting him due to his crazy number of cards, I'm still after whatever fun stuff I can get, like what you see here:
My second RC so far (the other is '94 Ultra), so I'm halfway to his rookie quartet, which also includes Bowman and Sportflics Rookie/Traded.
I still have fond memories of '95 Pinnacle, a set I pieced together from retail blisters (which sometimes included packs) and a big purchase from a friend in middle school, if you can believe it. The Museum Collection cards are also awesome, up there near Refractors in terms of quality parallels.
That the '96 and '97 sets were matte was a fun feature for me. They may have been harder to flip through thanks to the added friction, but I really think it made the cards that much better.
Tiffany easily could have been a throwaway parallel, but since they weren't one-per-pack afterthoughts, but instead glossy, premium versions of the base, they came out all right in the end.
40-Man was similar to Topps Total, but while I liked the design more in several ways, it was just too unwieldy for me to put together, and I don't recall it being nearly as cheap as Total. I love the redness of this Redbirds card!
Hmmm, this here is the start of a pretty nice looking rainbow! Matter of fact, I'm short just the Red X-Fractor (#d to 65), so I should make picking that up a priority. Wait, only parallels between the base and Chrome versions? Are we SURE this is a Topps set?
And another Refractor for good measure. In this case it's a spiffy horizontal award-winner card. MOAR REFRACTORS, PLZ.
I made sure to pick up one of the first cards I saw highlighting Mike as a manager, and I'd love to add more.
Stay tuned for another couple posts showing off the rest of my JustCommons haul, then even MORE posts pretty soon as I made another large purchase there last weekend!