Giantographs and Darin Blood
So I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now and I’ve decided I’m going to streamline my collecting habits even further. I cannot continue to allow so many team cards accumulate unappreciated in boxes any longer. They just end up stacked high and taking up a lot of room. My collecting basis is shifting from quantity to quality. Two people have influenced me in what I collect. First, Mario’s collection of Andrew Miller drove me to be a player collector for Tim Lincecum. Second, Rod has influenced me to collect autographed Giants cards. I think those two types of collecting really floats my boat. Speaking of which, Rod sent me a bunch of cards the other day.
One of the cards was an autographed card of a player that I’ve never heard of. Darin Blood was drafted by the Giants #47 overall in 1995, but I’ve never heard of him reaching the big leagues. I guess he never really progressed past the minor leagues and his career ended there. The biggest thing he’s known for is a trade that brought Joe Carter to San Francisco in 1998. As you know, Carter is a big name in Toronto Blue Jays history for homering in the ninth to win the ’93 World Series against the Phillies. I think Mario can really appreciate this card because it comes from one of his favorite sets, 1997 Bowman Chrome. I really like the vertical striping in the card design. Thanks again Rod!
In summary, here is my priority for collecting now:
1. Tim Lincecum cards
2. Giants autographed cards