Thursday, February 4, 2016
Beauty in the Breakdown
Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown sent an awesome package. He had asked for my address “just in case” he got the urge to send me something. And shockingly enough, he got that urge.
I must say that Gavin is easily one of the most creative card bloggers/collectors out there. He’s always doing new things, whether it’s sketch cards or cutting up signatures to make cooler cut autos, or seeing what he can make glow-in-the-dark (hint: everything). Personally, I think it’s a tragedy that this dude is not employed by a card company. I’m sure there are some creative designers at Topps (“Umm, I dunno. Let’s just make it in the 1987 design. And we can make it mini. Yeah, that’s it.”), but Gavin is constantly doing things that would be a welcome addition to the current card offerings out there. Hopefully that dream materializes one day, but for now, we’re all the lucky recipients of his creativeness.
I wasn’t sure which was to go with as the first card I show off, but I have to go with the custom, card #9 in the Cardsphere Heroes set (Gavin, is there a checklist that I missed?). I was honored to be included in the set. The card features a shot of Tino Martinez tipping his cap the crowd at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. I can’t tell if it was from Tino’s last year in 2005, or if it was a spring training guest appearance. The back is equally cool, with a nice write-up, notably a mention of my Tino collection! Awesome! I also love the star hologram cut into the card, as well as the 1/1 marketing in red pen. Am I adding this to my Tino collection as a unique Tino? You bet I am.
I also didn’t have this 1990 ProCards Tino sponsored by KFC. I thought I did when I saw it, but not this particular one.