Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mailday - Dodgers, UCLA, USA Baseball & More

The was a nice mailday that came in one package. I enjoy opening up my mail and seeing multiple cards for my collection. I purchased a couple of these cards from COMC and the rest were gathered together by my friend Dan. I traded him a WWE Blu-Ray Disc featuring his favorite wrestler Shawn Michaels.

The first card is a 2011 Topps Lineage 1975 Andre Ethier Mini Relic. These mini cards are beginning to grow on me. They are unique and the old-school look of the cards are appealing to me. The colors of pink, green, and purple don't really go well together.

The second Dodgers card in the package was a 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter James Loney Relic. The Loney card isn't a typical jersey, but it's a piece of a bat. Allen & Ginter relics are one of my favorites. I love the border design every year and the card is technically a 'mini' inside of the border. 

Some old-school UCLA Football Bruin players. The first is a 2008 Donruss Gridiron Gear DeShaun Foster #/250. I like the player timeline idea because it pictures the player in their NFL uniform and their college uniform. Foster was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2nd round of the 2003 draft. He played for the Panthers until 2007 before signing with the 49ers for one year. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2008.

The second card is a 2006 Press Pass legends Marcedes Lewis. His senior year at UCLA, he won the John Mackey Award for best TE. The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Lewis in the first round of the 2006 draft. He didn't have a breakout year until 2010 where he had 700 receiving yards and 10 TDs. He failed to catch a touchdown pass this past season.

Here are a couple of ex-UCLA Bruin Baseball players. The first is a Gerrit Cole Bowman Sterling relic. Cole was drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB Draft. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2008 but decided to play in college for UCLA. He helped UCLA reach the College World Series in 2010 but lost to South Carolina.

His former teammate and catcher at UCLA was Steve Rodriguez. The first card is a Bowman Platinum Autograph Relic #/740 and the second is a Topps USA Triple Relic Autograph #/219. Rodriguez was drafted in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rodriguez had the opportunity to catch the first (Gerrit Cole) and third (Trevor Bauer) overall picks in the 2011 draft. I played in a summer league baseball game against Rodriguez during my senior year.

My favorite card in the package was this 2010 Bowman Chrome Mike Zuanich. Mike is an alumni from the same high school I attended. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 28th round of the 2008 draft. When I played baseball in high school, Zuanich would attend practice and help out the coaching staff when he had free time. It was a pleasure watching Zuanich hit during batting practice because the ball would land in places that none of us high school kids could reach.

My Josh Johnson collection is slowly starting to grow. I picked up a 2007 Essential Elements Josh Johnson dual relic and a 2010 Allen & Ginter Josh Johnson relic. Neither card is numbered but the Ginter jersey piece is two colors because of the black stripe. Johnson had a short 2011 season due to injury but I hope he comes back to Cy Young form. He's one of the most underrated pitchers in the game today.

I haven't really been adding Joe Johnson relics lately but Dan was holding this card for a couple months. It's a 2010-11 Certified Fabric of the Game relic. The design of this card is a lot better than some of the other sets released in Certified. I like that the jersey pieces spell out "Hawks" instead of the standard square piece.

My first Julio Jones card in my Falcons patch collection. It's a three color (white, black, red) patch with some stitching from the jersey number. It's really hard to see the red in the patch but it's visible in the top right corner. The card isn't numbered which I find odd since it's a patch card. Jones had a really slow start in his rookie year and I expected a little more from him, but he did have some amazing touchdown catches towards the end of the year. Matt Ryan needs to start looking his way more next season.

The final card is a 2006 SPx Swatch Supremacy Drew Brees relic. This was a card that I picked up for only $1 and who wouldn't pick up a Drew Bree for that cheap. The card is for trade, so if you're interested let me know. 

I'd like to thank Dan for the awesome trade. Thanks to everyone else for reading.

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  1. It's cool to see major leaguers who attended the same school you did. Are you gonna start collecting Mike Zuanich cards?

    Mike Moustakas and Matt Dominguez are fellow Chatsworth High alum and I'm gonna start collecting them.

    1. He only has a couple 2010 Bowman Chrome cards, so I'm going to try to get the rest. I believe he's in Double-A right now, so hopefully he'll make it one day.

  2. Really nice looking cards. I need to start building a UCLA baseball PC. Cole is going to be a beast.