So I got a mailer from P-Town Tom the other day. That can only mean one thing. Goodies!
PTT and I get along quite well due to how we tend to focus on similar players and aspects of our favorite baseball organizations (prospects and young major leaguers). Of course PTT's Cubbies are homegrown AND on the rise so he has a reason to watch major league baseball again. Meanwhile I have to stow away in the minors hoping they push the veterans out of the clubhouse (sans A-Rod).
Anyway PTT's packages are always a delight. He's sent me Wampas, T205's, tons of LUIIIISSSSSSSSSSSes and now he's sent me something really special.
Like this Jorge Mateo card from 2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft.
It's my first certified Mateo autograph and this means I've finally completed the trifecta of IP, TTM and certified. And yes I said that the IP auto was a signature a friend of mine got for me and that it wouldn't count, but it counts now.
Woof, what a sight! The fact that all of these signatures are written in different colors makes it even better IMO.
Of course PTT's goodies didn't stop there.
Jeff Degano's been MIA for most of the year so the suspicion many have (including myself) is that he's either hurt or he's being held back for another year at Staten Island before being called up to Charleston. If he does come back to SI, at least I'm ready.
Kyle Holder was described as a poor man's Brendan Ryan. Well this year he's had hit streaks that spanned across multiple games. He's out to prove the world wrong!
Pro Debuts! It's hard to see via scans but there's a cool matte finish over the silhouettes of the players on the card. It becomes easier to see when you hold the card up to a light and see the player reflect light while the rest of the card behind the figure doesn't.
Also, the Domingo Acevedo card totally used the same photo used for the Staten Island Yankees team set.
Ooh, manufactured Kei Igawa relic! Numbered to 50 at that! No joke, I think this is like the 2nd Yankees-era Igawa card I own. My lack of Igawas are astounding!
Finally near the end was this five card pack of Onyx Authenticated promo cards. These were basically ads for Onyx's Platinum National Edition product. I was going to do a pack war but I didn't want to spend money at big box mart so I'll just show them straightforward.
Bradley Zimmer, brother of Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer. Currently a top tier outfield prospect for the Indians.
Rafael Devers, currently a really good third base prospect for the Red Sox. Like, really good.
Derek Fisher, another good outfield prospect, this time for Houston.
Luis Severino. Struggled mightily in the early going of 2016. Currently in triple-A trying to regain his composure and shake off the sophomore slump.
Greg Bird. Out for the entire year with an injury, ever since then every first baseman has gotten hurt and leads me to think the position is cursed (#CurseOfLouGehrig!).
See, these cards are advertisements!
And that was my package from PTT. He got me good. Luckily I've gathered a big enough pile of Cubbies to send his way. Expect a Zapping soon PTT :)! Thanks for the cards too.
And as always thank you (the readers) for stopping by :).