Warren Spahn game used! Look at that gray jersey. Is that wool? Looks warm. This is my first Spahn jersey. You don't see many different Spahn jersey cards around. Hard to get and I love it.
Ah, Hanley. One of my favorite current players. A pinstripe and numbered to 50. Very cool looking card.
It is nice that Hanley is able to produce in the heart of the order. I was worried he was going to be like Soriano who whined and failed whenever he didn't lead off.
In 2009, Hanley finished second in the MVP voting and won his first batting title. He is going to have a difficult time winning an MVP award until Pujols hits age 35 or so.
The 2005 trade that sent Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez from the Red Sox to the Marlins in exchange for Beckett, Lowell, and Mota is one of the biggest trades of the decade, in retrospect.
I have always liked these Bazooka game used cards. I have a Canseco and Teixeira of these too, I think.
Miggy is back on the Orioles! I am happy. Incidentally, Miggy spells his nickname Miggi. Here's a pic of his batting gloves (no I don't own them):
But the vast majority of Orioles' fans spell it Miggy. Some have even complained spelling it Miggi looks too feminine. So we have the strange case of fans spelling a nickname differently than the player spells it. I wonder if that has ever happened before. There is even a three page debate on this over at the Orioles Hangout.
Sooz also sent along a nice batch of Markakis cards I needed. My Markakis collection is embarrassingly light. These certainly help.
Adam Jones is another favorite player I have woefully underrepresented in my collection. That Topps 206 card is in fact the first 206 card I've ever seen in person. I gotta get out more, or sit by my mailbox.
Thanks, Sooz. A wonderful trade!