I went to the Dodger game last night and the giveaway was a Clayton Kershaw bobble head. I met up with some buddies in Los Feliz for some pre-game beers. A couple of the friends that I met up with are also card collectors. Whenever I see one of them, he usually gives me a stack of cards. Sometimes, I bring cards with me to give him and sometimes I don't. Which makes me feel guilty. This time I brought over some Dodgers GUs and a Quinton Groves rookie auto to give him. Groves is a linebacker on the Oakland Raiders.
I picked up an extra Rod Barajas autograph at the appearance that I attended recently. The extra auto was for my other collecting buddy that I was meeting up with. I wasn't expecting any sort of return for the Barajas auto. But, he gave me a very sweet card in return. I will have to hit him back with some other goods.
Here is a sampling of the type of stack that I usually receive from the first buddy that I mentioned. I gave him a couple GUs and the Groves auto. I probably owe him more for all the cards that he has given me over the past several months.
These are the types of cards that I expect from my friend. He joins a lot of group breaks, especially higher end products. I am not able to join too many high end breaks so, some cards from those sets usually don't find there way into my collection. The Ichiro is a green refractor numbered to 199. That is some great looking shine. The Ryan Zimmerman is numbered to 299 and is a blue refractor.
The Mike Piazza card shows a nice photo of him getting ready before a game. As I like to mention, the Dodgers should have never traded a catcher that mashes and has a cool mustache.
The Raul Mondesi card is from 1999 Ovation. The seams of the baseball are raised and kind of simulates the feeling of a baseball. This is an awesome looking set. The detail on the stitching makes it look like actual string. Upper Deck used a lot of great detail when designing this set.
The bottom card is from 2005 Donruss Elite featuring Kerry Wood and Shawn Green. The card is serial numbered to 1500. I didn't know that Elite has been around so long. I thought the set was only a couple years old and focused on college players.
I am so glad to have friends that collect cards. I am also very thankful that my friends are so generous.