January 13, 2016

Two Awesome Packages from the Mitten State

After the somber tribute post from yesterday, the Great Trade Post Catch Up continues. Today I want to share two separate packages that traveled to me from Michigan, courtesy of Julie over at A Cracked Bat. The first of these packages arrived somewhere around two months back. As usual it was filled with some impressive cardboard.

I'll begin with two Yankee award winner cards, an incredible pseudo-panoramic view of 'The House That Ruth Built', and a gold parallel milestone. Tino and Paulie were fan favorites and great team players during the late nineties World Series runs. It's really nice to see some cards that showcase some individual achievements. I love the view in the background of that Blackjack! I dig the milestone parallel of A-Rod's 3000th hit. Starts off strong, but it gets stronger!

Three new Bernie cards, YES! I love the Foul Pole insert! The 'netting' is die-cut. It's awesome! As great as this package was up to this point, it finishes even stronger.

There was another new Tino, my first Yankees buy back, and a black and white, orange foil parallel of Ellsbury from '15 Stadium Club. That SC parallel is something else...great backdrop, black and white filter, and it has a confirmed print run of only 17 copies. That wraps up another top-notch package from Julie. 

However, since I was so far behind, I ended up receiving a Christmas card from ACB country before I was able to post the first package. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the good from my Cracked Bat Christmas.

First off, the actual Christmas card was very entertaining and I would have considered myself quite fortunate even if there weren't any additional contents in that envelope. That's just not the way Julie operates though. There were two items tucked inside the card and they were both fantastic!

I really loved this patch that commemorated Yankee Stadium during the team's last season there before moving to the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. It was so cool to find this treasure tucked inside that card. Once I pulled the patch out and began to read the card, I found the other item taped to the inside cover.

This may not be serial numbered or contain a 'sick patch', but it's Bernie! I hadn't seen this relic design from Bowman Heritage, but it was love at first sight. It's a clean and classic design and has already become one of my favorite relic cards of number 51.

Thanks for the incredible generosity, Julie. I promise a return package will be dropped in the mail to you soon.


  1. Wow! I don't think I've seen those Bowman Heritage relics either but that's an impressive card.

  2. That is a good looking Bernie card! Julie was very busy around the holidays.

  3. Tim, so glad you needed those Bernies! The Foul Pole insert is just so cool. I loved the Yankee patch, holding onto it for sometime now. It just didn't fit my collection and now has a great home!