Does Patches Galore like the stuffed animal version of the Bond girl? I kind of think it does.
Anyways, I mentioned a while ago that I found an excellent Pedro Martinez patch hidden among other Pedro jersey cards on COMC. I recently had that and a bunch of other stuff shipped my way, so I wanted to show off the random stuff, which was like a third of the package. I swear my PC gets less and less focused by the day...but in a lot of good ways so all is well!
First we have the lovely Pedro, now without the COMC watermark since it's my scan:
After getting that patch, I wondered what other star patches I could find on the cheap. I mostly came up empty, but I did find this excellent Greg Maddux for a few bucks more than the Pedro:
I also grabbed a patch of former PC focus Dewon Brazelton:
Speaking of batting pieces, I decided to grab some hitter cards too. So first I grabbed this amazing 4 color patch of Vladimir Guerrero:
Easily one of the best pure hitters of the 90's-00's.
And then I started looking at Fred McGriff cards, another former PC, and had this dual league HR championship card catch my eye:
All those cards were fairly cheap, but I then decided I wanted to get a spiffy McGriff auto. So for like $13, this one became mine:
While I was on a roll, I decided to finally splurge on a David Ortiz "Arias" rookie card:
And weirdly kind of mirroring the above color scheme is my final baseball card of the purchase, a Bowman First Year Joey Gathright:
So that was it for baseball, but then I started thinking about kick returners. I kind of think of many kick returners in the same way I think of base stealers - there are a few guys who return/steal and make a big difference elsewhere too, but by and large both positions are dominated by speedy guys who only play special teams/are platoon players or backups. So it's cool when an NFL team finds a guy like Jermaine Lewis, who (briefly) could do it all. I grabbed two pretty cool cards of his:
I seem to add a lot of Ravens thanks to their early 00's heroics (even though, as a Pats and Browns fan, I should hate them). So I also added this neat two color jumbo jersey of Troy Smith:
Similarly, I always thought it'd be cool to have a patch card of former Cowboy QB Quincy Carter. Got one now:
My most recent patch was a similar two color, this of former Browns TE Ben Watson:
Last but not least, we have the lone basketball card I picked up in this lot. I don't grab a lot of basketball autos, but when I do, they belong to guys who tweeted at me on twitter back when I had an account to promote the GSNHOF: