Matt ran a contest last summer to see who could identify a player that he had selected, based on a series of clues that were increasingly specific. When all was said and done, I narrowed down the answer to just a few players, then finally down to one - Wilson Ramos! That qualified me for a prize, and when the randomizer was done spinning, I came out of it with a whole lot of 2017 Ginter cards! Knowing his affinity for Ginter cards, I figured it would be something good. It was. :-)
Here you can see the box that hit my mailbox.
To be specific, that box had a full base set of 2017 Ginter (Cards 1-300), and then half of the short-prints (301-350). 1987 Topps (favorite set!) were used as filler. No respect for the classics! :-)
Here's the full team set of 2017 Royals (non-SP).
He also included one SP (LoCain), and a mini of Hosmer and black mini of LoCain.
It didn't seem like the Ginter base set had as many interesting non-baseball cards in it as it has in past years, but there were still a few good ones. All of the cards in the next two pictures are other cards from the base set that I wanted to keep. 4 Ex-Royals (Kendrys, Manaea, Zobrist, Cueto), guys from my earlier days (Canseco, Smith, Banks, Johnson, Dawson), Random current guys I like (Ichiro, Werth, Wilson Ramos(!), then the miscellaneous ones. Vashti Cunningham and Laurie Hernandez were Olympians. I watched a Crossfit documentary on Netflix and Ben Smith was the winner of that (Spoiler!). There was no "Revolving Door" or "X-Ray" card in this set, so a Panda and a Waterfall will have to fill that gap.
As I mentioned, there were also half of the Short-Prints from this set. Those are shown below and are all available (except for Lorenzo) since they don't fit my PC. If anyone still is working on this set and needs one of these, let me know and I can get that to you. I have a lot of base to trade/give, too.
Base SP #313 - Matt Strahm.
Do any of you have that one for me?
Thanks so much, Matt! You might be wondering why it took me 3 months to post this. Well....this package hit my mailbox the same week my wife gave birth to our daughter. Between her and my two older boys, I've had limited card-blogging time since then. But these were all much appreciated and will be given a good home!