I got quite a bit compared to what I gave, so part of the deal is CCC is also due some CTBNL (Crawfords To Be Named Later).
This is my first quad jersey card and it's a beauty! Old guard Mora and new era Markakis. Two Orioles plus another player I have collected for years (Cabrera).
Now that Cabrera is pursuing ongoing treatment for his drinking problem, it will be a big story watching a sober (hopefully) Cabrera in 2010. This guy has been one of the best hitters in baseball. What can he do with a clear head? In an era that was all about performance enhancing drugs, we have Cabrera drinking and eating like a madman. I'll be cheering even louder for Cabrera in 2010.
I've wanted this card from the first day I saw it online. Markakis is Mr. Cool in this pic.
Markakis had a disappointing 2009. He still managed a .293 ba, with 18 hr, 45 doubles and 101 rbi. The major dip came from getting less walks (2008: 99 bb, 2009: 56 bb). He will be back. He's a fantastic player.
I really like the old-school feel of the picture in the background.
Gotta love Roberts. Any team would be lucky to have him at second base (56 doubles, 16 hr, 30 sb). I sometimes feel sorry for Roberts. He has been a loyal Bird. He has waited and waited for things to turn around. We are now on the cusp of flipping the switch. I just hope the good days start while Roberts is still a strong player. He deserves it.
I have very few Reimold cards and no jerseys until now.
Reimold will be exciting to watch in 2010. A full season. MLB Network was doing over/under predictions for 2010. They predicted both Reimold and Weiters would hit over 20 home runs. I think that's a safe bet (especially Reimold). Throw in Markakis and Adam Jones and we are looking at four 20 home run players. Adrian Gonzalez would have been a perfect bat in the middle of that power.
CCC included this wonderful quad swatch even though it wasn't part of the deal!
So it was a banner day for my Orioles collection. Thank you CCC for making my first trade so enjoyable. The hunt for CTBNL has already begun!