As I wrote a few weeks back, I'm combining my writing here and at Returned to Sender to one blog. What does that mean? Practically nothing, aside from a few more non-Pirate posts per week. I wrote 37 posts at RTS, and there are some I'm pretty fond of. I'm reposting a few of them here. Most of you won't know the difference, but for the two followers RTS had, sorry for the deja vu.
One of my friends in grad school once told me, "There's nothing I love more than a good USA chant."
Olympics may have canned baseball, but Team USA has produced some of
the top players of the past few decades. The card front, for me at
least, has been less appealing. I've always sort of viewed them as a
ship with no port. I'm a team collector first, and my player
collections are more often than not just extensions of those
collections. I collect some guys who have played on Team USA (Warren
Morris, Andrew McCutchen, Charles Johnson), but I've never actively
chased their Team USA cards.
But when Upper Deck
acquired the Team USA license in the early 00's, the excitement of some
big name autos con(vinced) me to pick up a couple of the USA boxed
sets. My hits were pathetic, and the base sets sat in a box for the
But I recently came across them, and
realized that though the boxes themselves yielded some less than
exciting autos, the set offered some great cards of some reliable