Sunday, July 21, 2019
The first Tino Ginter arrives!
Yesterday, after a day trip to see some family, I came home to find this in my mailbox.
Oh yeahhhh! It's my first 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Tino Martinez. I bought this earlier in the week, and it arrived very quickly, in a PWE to boot (free shipping on a cheap card, totally cool).
This is the gold foil parallel, found in "hot boxes." I don't know what a hot box is, and don't really feel like looking it up. I hope that these just show up one per pack or something in a hot box. I'd be annoyed if I bought a box and all the cards had this gold border around them.
Overall, I like the photo and the old times background. I'd really like to know when this photo was taken. It definitely was not Tino's first NY stint (1996-2001). It could have been from his final Yankees season, in 2005. But it just doesn't seem right. He looks a little older and thicker. It honestly might be from the last few years when he served as Yankees guest instructor at spring training. Just a theory, I don't know for sure.
Here's the back. Pretty standard.
Looking forward to a few others rolling in!