Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Post #145 - Don't Close Your Eyes

This title really has nothing to do with the content of the post tonight. I'm simply listening to a wonderful cover of Keith Whitley's classic "Don't Close Your Eyes", sung by a gentleman by the name of Dylan Scott. While I'm a self-professed "old school" country guy, I love Scott's vocals. Take a listen yourself, if you'd like:

So, if you're not sick of Matt Mantei cards yet, keep reading. While I have many collecting interests, 98% of my baseball card time lately has been dedicated to organizing and inventory. However, I've also pushed headlong into the quest to obtain every Matt Mantei card (including printing plates!) and took advantage of the recent COMC Summer Sale to pick up a few more of the lower-numbered and rarer cards of his at discounted prices.

Well, they weren't all rare. But this 1993 Fleer/ProCards of a young Mantei with the Bellingham Mariners is a nice addition, and my earliest card of him to date.

I also snagged the 1994 edition from the same set. This card is number 1051 in a set of 4319. They don't make 'em like that anymore!

Why this parallel of 1999 Pacific is called "Platinum Blue" is a mystery that I will likely go to the grave without having solved. Regardless, it's the first of three 1999 Pacific cards needed for the collection.

The 2000 Pacific Paramount parallels is really where I did some damage. I knocked out this Holographic Gold numbered to 199...

...the Holographic Green numbered to 99...

...the Holographic Silver, also numbered to 99...

...and the Premiere Date, numbered to 50! Very redundant, I know, but they actually look pretty sharp in pages together. I'm simply missing the Gold and Platinum Blue to have the full rainbow for this one!

I also added the 2000 Upper Deck Exclusives Silver parallel number to 100. Tracking down the Exclusives Gold, however, could prove difficult - it's a 1/1.

I'm also one card short of the 2000 Upper Deck MVP "rainbow", as I'm just missing the Superscript parallel numbered out of 25. But I was thrilled to pick up the Gold Signature version seen here.

In addition, I added the final parallel needed for the 2001 Topps flagship run! I miss when the Topps flagship "Gold" cards were actually, ya know, gold. With a real serial number on the back, not some digitized crap.

Finally, we wrap up with my favorite card of the bunch, an uncirculated XFractor from 2003 Topps Chrome. Numbered out of just 57, I thought for sure I'd have a much harder time finding this sucker, so I couldn't click "Add to Cart" fast enough when I saw it!

So that's how my COMC Summer Sale went! If you've made it this far, I assume that Mr. Mantei, despite having his career be over for over 10 years now, may have made a few new fans. I appreciate you all reading along, despite my on-and-off blogging presence. It's something I still enjoy doing when the opportunity arises, but I wouldn't have the desire if there weren't readers like YOU at least absorbing my content - it's up to to you to decide if you enjoy it!

Have a great evening.



  1. As much as I love Allison Krauss, it did my heart good to hear you refer to "Don't Close Your Eyes" as a Keith Whitley song. Country from the 80s and 90s is what I grew up on.

  2. Nice song. Wasn't a country fan my first 30 years of existence... but then I met a girl who loved it and she opened my ears to it.

  3. Glad to hear that there are two other bloggers out here who at least appreciate a good twang!