Shortly after the package from Rizara-san over in Japan arrived, I got another package from ハーパーsan too.
I sent ハーパーsan an in person autograph (complete with inscription too) of Ryan Ripken as well as a few Nationals cards (he's a Nats fan) and he sent me back a ton of goodies.
After I got the base version of this Turn Two insert of Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge, I got this gold refractor version (the serial number is 16/50) too. What a world.
Aaron Judge's season ended prematurely due to an injury while Jorge Mateo's name is now in trade rumors. You know, like Gary Sanchez's name was a few years back...
Woof! A Bowman Chrome autograph of Aaron Hicks!
At the time of the Hicks trade I thought Hicks was a pretty decent acquisition. No he wasn't anywhere near the big league regular the prospect lists thought he was going to be, but there was still a chance he could become that with the Yankees. For the first half he stunk up the join, but he really picked it up in August (seems so long ago now doesn't it?) before an injury put him on a DL for a bit. Will he be back next year in the fourth outfielder role? Heck if I know.
Dellin Betances! 1979 Topps motiff! YAY!
To be honest the blue border around this is a bit unsettling. I'm not used to this kind of border on the 1979 Topps design. At least this thing is numbered thought (026/199). Betances hasn't had the best stretch here in the second half but he's better than most of the guys every other bullpen is running out there.
Alright, now here's where we get to the good stuff. Like the prospects. ハーパーsan is a prospect expert (he knows more than me!) and he knows his stuff when it comes to Yankees prospects. The Chance Adams was a legitimate need and I'm happy to have my first non-auto card of Hoy Jun Park too. Dustin Fowler's a nice dupe to have too.
Oh heck yeah! Japanese exclusives!
Well technically these are Asia exclusives but I don't care about the non-Japanese parts of Asia. What I do care about is that there are my first black refractors of Severino, Holder and Degano. I'm stoked!
USA stuff. Dig the cool Blake Rutherford who was all of 18 years old on that card. Also the reclamation project Dillon Tate and James Kaprielian who recently threw to live hitters.
Inserts of James Kaprielian, Luis Severino and Greg Bird.
The jury's out on Sevy's long term future. Some see him as a potential starter getting back to where he once was (throw the change-up already!), others see him as the next Betances/Rivera in the failed starter-dominant reliever mold. I say it's too early to give up on his potential as a frontline starter and to see what he can do next season before deciding on a definitive course of action.
Gerg Bird is going to the AFL this winter (again) to make up for lost time. He'll have to fight for a first base job next spring with Tyler Austin and the various shmucks the Yankees bring in for the first base job.
And those were some of the goodies in the package that ハーパーsan sent me. There was more but these were the really cool ones IMHO.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).