Man, one thousand posts comes up damn fast. It was just about two and a half years ago that I started this here blog, and its evolution is something I still can't fathom and would never have foreseen or predicted. From actual analysis (some of it mildly hard-hitting, perhaps) to a full-fledged card blog to something somewhat in-between (but still mostly cards), it's truly been a fun ride.
Considering that this has become a card blog, it is only appropriate to display a few new pickups, all serial-numbered parallels and all welcome new additions to my Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, and Russell Martin PCs. The above black parallel of The Bison is from 2011 Tier One, and numbered 02/50. That is one fantastic photograph choice on Topps' part. I take it this is from one of Matty's walk-offs, and it would be beyond awesome if it was Kemp's walk-off on August 12th against the Astros, as I was in attendance, planked after the game, and had an all-around awesome time. In fact, I had my best experience ever at a Dodgers game that night. Someone should investigate....
Next up, another black parallel of the $160 million man, #'d 18/60. It commemorates Matt's first All-Star Game and first Home Run Derby. Both Kemps arrived via eBay, and for ridiculously cheap and reasonable prices. The Tier One, by the by, was won with a 99 cent bid. WINNING.
The reigning Cy Young Winner comes to the party in this rookie parallel from 2008 Stadium Club 1st Day Issue, #'d 324/599. I snagged this from my LCS on Black Friday.
The final card is my newest Russ Martin, and is #'d 53/88. It's from 2008 Goudey, and I have no idea which parallel it is beyond it being the parallel that is numbered out of 88. Some quick internet research tells me this is more than likely referred to as a "Green Back" parallel. Which reminds me of "Goo Backs". Anyways, it was also an LCS pickup on Black Friday. Before I leave you, what would a Plaschke post be without a little Erin Hawksworth? It wouldn't be anywhere near as aesthetically-pleasing, that's for sure.
Here's to 1000 more posts, and some variety in said posts!