The post office must make good cash from bloggers. Bloggers venture into the post office quite often and usually have multiple bubble mailers or boxes to ship off all over the country. Before the Platter was born, I probably almost never walked into a post office. I think most other people are that way.
Today marked a day where I actually spent double digits at the post office. I let my trade packages build up and now had to get them out to avoid more shame of delaying a shipment. There are hundreds of other bloggers just like me that ship off cards on a regular basis.
A blog that was started in the summer is a new trade partner of mine. Home of the Toddfather is a blog with a sweet name and a really cool blog design. The blog is named after Todd Helton and is run by a Rockies fan named Tim.
The design is very eye catching. The color scheme of black and purple really works well and is a unique color pattern. Most other blogs don't use black and purple.
I praise the blog that Tim writes and I also praise his trade package. This is my first Takashi Saito relic. I have raved about Saito before at the Platter. Saito gets praise too.
I am not too big of a fan of the Upper Deck X base card design. The Upper Deck X design does look nicer with a piece of cloth in it. When I was a card collecting kid in the 90s, I thought all baseball cards would have this design in the future.
I was wrong of course. Luckily kids don't design card sets. Sadly adults design card sets and some of them look atrocious.
My collection is lacking in Yu Darvish cards. The blog community must be hoarding them. Tim was nice enough to spare one for me. This is a nice purple parallel of Darvish's 2012 Topps Chrome RC.
Darvish had 221 strikeouts in his rookie season. He walked a lot of guys and if he cuts down on those he is going to be even more dominant. I understand the hoarding of his cards, he may be a great pitcher.
Darvish also passes the eye test as well as having good rookie numbers. The pitches he throws just dance while zipping towards the plate. Darvish will also probably play on some good teams also. This will give him more postseason starts to shine in front of a larger audience.
If anybody can spare some of his cards, please let me know.
Thank you for the trade, Tim. I will be on the lookout for more Rockies for you.