The drive out there was fantastic, and while I don't want to blend the blog too much, perhaps I'll share a couple photos when I get my film (yes, film - I took my Hasselblad out there) back. To break up the drive on the way home we stayed in San Antonio last night, stopped by a great farmer's market and the fantastic Local Coffee this morning, and then drove home. That's when the horror happened. There was some speeding jackhole that I couldn't stand whizzing in and out (who I actually wound up beating home) and then a tremendous downpour that seemed to last for eternity - probably about 30-40 minutes - which made visibility nearly nonexistent.
So after arriving safely home, I decided to reward myself with a few packs of cards. I checked my local Target hoping for some Heritage, but alas there was none. So I snagged some packs of 2013 Panini product that I rather enjoy: Hometown Heroes, Cooperstown, and Pinnacle.
Here's the highlights, or rather, most of them. Some don't scan so well.
First, the Hometown Heroes. I really like this set, and decided that I'd probably try to put it together. I'm somewhere around 35-40%, so I'll just keep on going, but I'm in no rush. Unfortunately one of my packs seemed to be almost a full overlap with a prior pack, so if you're in need of Juan Samuel, Jerome Walton, Lenny Dykstra, Gio Gonzalez, Gary Pettis, Juan Pierre, or Mike Hargrove just let me know. I did pick up a few new ones, including an Evan Gattis rookie, Brooks Robinson, and the base Reggie Jackson, along with the short-print Dylan Bundy and that Andres Galaragga insert.
Then I went to log the card on Trading Card Database and discovered that I had to figure out which sparkle parallel I was holding. I hadn't even flipped the card over yet, and I wasn't in the best lighting, so it was a pretty huge surprise when I determined I was holding a 1/1 black parallel! Maybe I'll hold onto this one after all!
Alright, time to start filing these piles on my desk, working on some trades, and writing some TTM requests.