The weather around here has been kind of weird. One day it's like 31 degrees celsius and the next it drops to 17 degrees celsius. But recently it's risen back to the high-20's and it doesn't look like it's going back down any time soon (after all it's summer).
So to help me cool off my good friend Stealing Home over at All Trade Bait All The Time recently sent me a nice assortment of cards, primarily of the hockey variety.
Of course I gotta start with Yu Darvish though. Darvish has been on SH's bad side since he first got to LA because he cost the Dodgers top prospect Willie Calhoun (who was also a favorite of SH's). It also didn't help that Darvish didn't do that great in the World Series. Plus Darvish made some provocative remarks about facing the Dodgers after joining the Cubs (although I personally think it's a PR stunt to give some fire to the Dodgers-Cubs games this year). If it weren't for Josh Reddick (who is the absolute worst) Darvish might be SH's least favorite ex-Dodger.
So naturally SH is a magnet for Yu cards. Works for me because and I'll gladly take them. I love Yu. I don't necessarily want him on my favorite team anymore, but he's someone I love watching as a third party.
Let's get to some hockey though. Love these old O-Pee-Chee cards from around the time helmets began being mandatory. I don't know half of these people but you've got to appreciate the old school mops.
It was really cool to get these because I consider these "Now With..." types of cards to be a defining feature of these OPC cards. There's a part of me that really appreciates these cards that are honest and just like "no, these aren't airbrushed or manipulated to depict the players with their new teams". Sega Card Gen after all didn't bother. On the other hand Bowman and Topps have supplied a bunch of hilaribad photoshop jobs throughout the years though so it's tough to say which one I prefer.
I personally found these two cards two be the best IMHO. You can never go wrong with a goaltender in goalie gear, and something about the full scope of what's going on the Mark Osborne photograph interests me. Like how the fans are dressed in the back and how the room itself looks in that lighting. Almost looks like a scene out of Slapshot.
Of course there were some super cool baseball cards in there too. But it's too freaking hot for that right now lol. So big thanks to Stealing Home for the awesome Rangers swag to cool me down.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).