This time I was surprised to get two snap cases stuffed with a total of four cards, pretty much all of the high-end variety. Seriously, I was floored. Check 'em out:
Well damn, that's a nice way to start off a trade post! These 2011-12 Exquisite Collection Dimensions cards are something else: super, super thick and layered with a hologram-like bottom image, a signed piece of something like plastic, and one more image up top. Oh yeah, and they're college-themed, so here we get to see program legend Cazzie Russell as a Wolverine. These are completely badass and I love that I can pair Cazzie with another Michigan great, Anthony Carter:
Russell remains the most represented player in my basketball collection at 14 hits, and none are nicer than this one!
You know a basketball card must be good when I get excited about it, but this football piece had me smiling too. I can probably count the number of booklets I own on one hand but this is at least the second Doug's sent me, and a fantastic one at that! From Panini's 2017 National Treasures here's WR Amara Darboh on such a card that pairs up a signature and enormous jersey swatch, one that must have come from the shoulder area of the type of Seahawks jersey pictured. It's great to see such an interesting relic swatch, especially on a card that's actually numbered to 99. I'd say I have a new favorite Darboh in my football collection, too! One more hit and he'll be in double-digits, by the way, and I might just have a couple in-hand from COMC....
Last up today in the place of honor in this post is the most Canadian of sports: hockey. I'm not sure if Doug realizes it but he sent me cards of 2/3 of Michigan's 2015-16 "CCM" line: J.T. Compher and Tyler Motte, who were joined by Kyle Connor during his year in Ann Arbor. The trio combined for 83 goals that season before heading to the NHL en masse. Connor is still lighting it up for the Jets while Compher, originally drafted by Buffalo, was flipped to Colorado. The Hawks's Motte has since been traded to Columbus and then Vancouver.
Compher's not making his debut here today--thanks to Doug he joined my collection last September--but this beautiful 2017-18 UD Black Lustrous Rookies Autographs card is hit #1 for him. Black has been one of UD's nicer looking high-end brands for a while now, and a thick piece with a great design and beautiful signature is a great way to start things.
As for Motte I'm already up to five hits thanks to a very nice two-color jersey relic from 2016-17 UD Premier. It looks as if the swatch may have come from one of the stripes near the jersey's elbows--our second case of relic forensics today! If you're counting at home, Doug is responsible for four of those five cards, by the way.
For the 56th time on this here blog alone, thanks for a fun, super high quality trade package, Doug! Happy birthday, and enjoy the small envelope I sent your way if it ever gets out of the US and over the border.