I think by now many of us are aware that Wes over at Area 40 held a massive, free group break over Christmas, and mailed out all of the winnings to those who claimed spots. It's been said countless times how cool this was, as Wes truly went out with a bang.
Perhaps the coolest thing, however, was the fact that Wes left this open to pretty much anybody. I was already on the receiving end of his generosity once, and seeing as my awareness of Wes came pretty late into his run, it didn't seem right to jump in and grab a bunch of spots, even though I believe the limit was five.
That being said, I did see an opportunity to snag my Reds, and I was able to do so. I gotta say, the results are pretty incredible.
Based on everything that I've seen, Wes sent out a grouping of Sports Illustrated for Kids cards in each mailer. This one in particular holds a solid spot in my collection, but the rest will also be filed away for the time being, as I haven't seen SI for Kids cards in years. This particular Hamilton seems to come from 2015.
As far as the hits that my slot in the break yielded, well, they're pretty sweet.
I tried cropping on my iPhone camera as I'm still without a scanner, so no, this card isn't horribly miscut, just horribly mis-cropped. I've been a pretty big fan of 2004 Topps Clubhouse Collection since I landed a couple in one of Colbey's group breaks a while back, and this Dunn is no exception. The swatch looks like it's from one of the pinstriped vests Adam is wearing (hard to tell, but you can see some white starting again above the red stripe if held at the right angle).
This Tony Perez is really an awesome get, mainly because I scored the black version numbered to 25 in Colbey's break - now I have the base version to go with it!
Rounding out my haul from the Clubhouse Collection grouping is this Dave Parker bat relic. No matter how many times I look at these cards, I can't get over how stunning they are in hand, and this one of The Cobra is no different.
I landed one more Reds hit from the group, and as is my tradition with autographed cards, it won't be joining the Reds collection, but rather the Green Binder:
Amir Garrett is one of the more exciting young arms on the Cincinnati staff, and he's also one of my favorite players on the roster, mainly due to his off-the-field fan interactions and good nature. I'm beyond pumped to slide this one into a spot in my autograph collection where it belongs!
Wes, I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your generosity, even if I did join the party a little late. You're a one-of-a-kind guy, and I certainly hope this isn't our final interaction, even if you're laying low on the collecting front these days.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for a few more backlogged posts over the next week or so. Happy Sunday!