Here's another package of cards from the Great Free Card Give Away of 2009. As usual from David at Tribecards.
This package contained 42 cards, 12 of which have been selected and scanned for your enjoyment. Well, actually, for my enjoyment. I'm the one that gets to keep them. There was a lot of goofyness in this package. A lot of movies, comics, soccer, boxing, and at least on person who I will assume is Canadien. He's on hockey skates, and he looks like he might be wearing a demin Bryan Adams tour jacket under his pads. You'll never know for sure. I didn't scan that one. I've got to keep you on your toes you know.
Well, let's see what that crazy Arkansasianite sent this time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator 2
I like this card because the back has a wide range of interesting and obscure facts about the Gov. For example: Did you know that Arnold is from Austria, was a body builder, played Conan the Barbarian, and today is "an international star"? Me neither. Interesting stuff.
Delmon Young 2009 Turkey Red
If I get a Turkey Red...you get to see that Turkey Red. Simple as that.
Gary Stevens - Soccer player card from some kind of set.
Gary played for the Rangers. I liked it better before I knew that and thought he played for McEwan's Lager.
This reminds me of a week long soccer camp I would attend as a kid. It was at Osborne Park, a short drive from my house. My friends and I would all go for the camp because everyone I knew played soccer. This was before we got old enough to play football for the school.
At this camp they would import some english soccer players from accross the pond. At one point we were taking a break in the shade and one of the English guys was talking to us about strategy or something. The thing was, he was kind of laying on his left on the ground, propped up on his left elbow. He had his right knee, however, bent with his right foot flat on the ground. You know how a dog lays when it wants its belly rubbed? Yeah.
And, he was comando. And, I was sitting right there taking the full brunt of the assault. I remember wondering how they weren't dangling below his shorts when he stood up. I thought they might start talking to me like that cartoon one did in the video that Michael Keaton showed his brother in Johnny Dangerously. What the hell is wrong with the English anyway?
I was just a kid, man. It scarred me. I'm still not completely over it. Maybe it's not as bad as what happened to Tim Robbins in Mystic River, but still, it ain't right.
My God, man. Why the heck did I get into that? Why didn't one of you stop me for crying out loud?
Walt Weiss 1993 Studio
Let's talk about something more pleasant, like Studio and Walt Weiss, a good American sports hero who I'm sure wore his cup. The backs of these cards are usually interesting but this one is kind of bland. Walt likes to play the drums. So, there you go.
He also likes Chris Berman, but I'll give him a pass. This was 1993. Probably before we realized that Berman is one of the most annoying people to walk the face of the earth.
April - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sticker. I don't remember the show that much so I don't remember April. She does look pretty 1989 hot, though. Why did you girls all try to tease your hair so that it would scrape on the ceiling?
Max Manning 1993 Ted Williams
Max was a pitcher for the Newark Eagles form 1939-47. What made Max different from the other players is that he was college educated. He also lost 3 years to World War 2.
Larry Walker 1999 Flair Showcase
This is a really cool looking card. Fleer Flair. I still don't quite understand if Flair was their own thing or just a set put out by fleer, like A & G is put out by Topps. Either way, it looks great. I always liked Larry Walker too.
Reggie Sanders 1995 Pinnacle Zenith
This is an awesome looking card too. It's all gold and whatnot. The back has a really cool hit location chart. Reggie liked to spread it out a bit.
Everything I know about the Silver Surfer I learned from that movie last year. I think it was the fantastic 4. Going by that movie, it seems like this guy was pretty unstopable. Not very bright , though.
Really, that's not me talking, that's the back of the card. The Silver Surfer got rated a 4 for intelligence. Now, I'm not sure if it's out of 7 or 10. But, either way, it's kind of a slap in the face. His strength and speed are a 7, as is his energy projection.
Wait...what? What the heck is an "energy projection"? No, you know what? I don't care.
Hipolito Pichardo 1993 Upper Deck
I was pumped to get this Hipolito card. I always remembered this guy. I now have an excuse to show you this:
Grady's toy...Hipolito Pichardo.
Hipolito Pichardo the toy has been around for as long as Grady has been around. I bet you didn't know this, but, one of the job's of the father is to take some of the toys and give them names that don't suck. If you leave it all up to mom you end up with Mr Hippo, Mr Monkey, Mr Squirrel, Mr Sun, Mr worm, etc. You can't let this happen.
When my wife first uttered Mr Hippo I had to intervene. "No. That's not Mr Hippo. That's Hipolito Pichardo." Well, it was silly enough for Grady to love it; partly due to the song I made up. It's sung to the tune of "Lady" by Styx. The only words are...you guessed it...Hipolito Pichardo. Sing along:
Seriously, sing along.
I'm not doing this until you are all singing along.
The Kid is all smiles. Good times are had by all. Feel free to use that on your kids. They'll love it.
Jerry Dybzinski 1982 Topps.
When I first played fantasy baseball I would name my teams after players from the Tribe. But that was it. My first team was named predictably: Ernie Camacho. I had this idea in my head that when asked who was winning the league, the other players would be forced to say something like: "Ernie Camacho is out in front right now"
Well, my second year my team was Jerry Dybzinski. Jerry homered in his first at bat for the Tribe in 1980. As of the printing of this card he had yet to homer again.
Ah, early 80's Tribe. You got to love 'em.
Robby Thompson 1992 studio
I had to end on this astounding card. I was floored when I saw this. I mean, did Robby approve that pose? Did he have no say in the matter? Was this considered OK back in 1992? So many questions.
What isn't in question is that this might be the most hilariously terrible photo of a baseball player ever put to cardboard. He's gazing into the camera in his turtleneck with his head resting against the bat. What a sensitive soul Robby is.
That is really really awful.
Robby wishes he could take this one back. He has to, right?
Well, that's all for this installment of "Workin' In Shifts" I know they are taking a long time to get out, but I'm moving at the speed of life right now.
Once again, thank you David. You are the best.
More to come.
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