Around the time this blog was created, I was surfing various other blogs for ideas and stumbled upon Ryan at "O" No!!! Another Orioles Blog. As primarily a set and player collector, I really appreciated Ryan's blog set up which clearly shows a wantlist and tradelist. As such, we quickly agreed upon a trade which helped with the collection.
These three parallels add to my Southern California high school collection. Ryan McMahon was better known as a quarterback at Mater Dei. When I spoke to him at the Area Code Games in 2012, it was at the start of football "Hell Week". He mentioned that playing baseball was much more enjoyable than going through those first week conditioning workouts. Dominic Smith was the Mets first round pick last year. I got him to sign a custom card for me at Area Code Games; hopefully I will be able to pick up his certified autograph in the future. Jonathan Pettibone was an under-the-radar prospect in the Phillies system who made his big league debut last year. Good luck and best of health to the tall righty from Esperanza High.
Ryan also added these two mascot cards. Gapper was a 2012 set need and those are always appreciated. Is it just me or does anyone else think that the Opening Day inserts are much more interesting than the base product inserts?
Finally, I picked up these two 2014 Topps green border cards. Sure, the color scheme may be unsightly, but I try to pick these cards up whenever possible. Only 320 green cards away from the Series 1 set!
Thanks again to Ryan for the trade. I hope to do again in the future.