Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Secret Santa - My Christmas Sweater is Argyle

This is the second year I participated in Matt's (Bob Walk the Plank) "Secret Santa" event, and I love it.  It's a lot of fun for a random collector to take a stab at what you like.  My "Secret Santa" this year was none other than Greg from Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle.  And he sent me a TON of stuff.  Here were my favorites:

Big cards!  These are the oversize 1990 Topps set.  How appropriate that "Big Ben" was one of the two he sent.  It's pretty obvious from my profile pic that I'm an Orioles fan, so Greg did an excellent job hooking me up.

Hall of Fame Orioles are the best Orioles.  These are my first Cooperstown cards, I've never pulled the trigger on these but I'm thankful to have Brooks in my collection.

Current Orioles studs!  Schoop  had a monster year last season, I'm hoping they sign him to an extension soon.  And I'd love to see Britton stay in the orange and black too.

The ghosts of Orioles past.  Nick Markakis was my favorite before we didn't re-sign him.  The greek god of kicking ass.  I'm wondering if Vlad will make the Hall next month...

Crush Davis.  He was a disaster last year, but man, when he's clicking he's a stud.  Let's hope he rebounds into the 50+ homer guy he used to be.  The O's will need it, especially if we lose Machado.  I totally have a man-crush on him.

Minis!  The black borders are special, right?  Adam Jones always looks good on cardboard.

This one made me laugh.  I'm assuming Greg found my non-baseball blog that recaps a Star Wars board game league I run.  The back of this card was blank, making me think this must be a box bottom or something.  I'll need to investigate.  Did you all like Episode VIII?  I wish they had trimmed about 30 minutes from the run time, but that back half of the movie was freaking great.

Cal Ripken is my second favorite Oriole ever (Eddie is my favorite), and I LOVE this card.  It's #25/125.  I love the face he's making tracking that pop fly. 

Another cool card!  These are part of Gausman's duds from his Team USA days.  Gausman had a rough first half last year but he was great in the second half.  If he can maintain that consistency he could enter Cy Young territory.

Speaking of LSU alums...Big Ben again!  Check out that signature!  #61 of 299.  Every year I order the MLB At-Bat app that lets you stream the radio announcers.  McDonald fills in a lot during the year and I love listening to that that Louisiana drawl.  I was pumped to get this!

Greg - thank you so much for these and all the rest you sent - you went way overboard and I loved it.  And thanks to Bob Walks the Plank for organizing this again - happy holidays everyone!


  1. What a nice mix from Greg. Thanks for joining in!

  2. I liked Ep VIII a lot. Felt like it went by very fast for me.

  3. You're very welcome Rob! Glad you enjoyed everything and I hope you're having a great holiday season!