My first Reds card of 2017! Well, not entirely; in my first pack of the year I pulled a Scooter Gennett, but he's shown with the Brewers but signed with the Reds last week. Brandon Finnegan came over from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade, and I love watching him pitch. I'm really excited to see how he can help the Reds rotation this year.
I think that's my second Jake Lamb card from this set, but I could be wrong. The Dioner Navarro card shows him as a Blue Jay, but he's currently a free agent. If he signs with someone I may still get it signed TTM (I don't generally send TTM to Canada).
I've seen a lot of pictures of this Howie Kendrick card floating around, and I've got to say that it's one of the best pictures I've seen on a baseball card in a long time, even though the Robbie Grossman on the left is a pretty good picture too.
Finally, two inserts that were buried in the middle of the pack. If anyone wants the Ichiro, let me know and it's yours (but I'm also listing it on my tradelist at the TCDB, so it may not be around long). I'm going to send the Plesac along with another card or two to the MLB Network studios to see if I can get him to sign it.
The Donruss pack contained 30 cards and I really didn't know what to expect. I've liked what I've seen from other collectors so far this year, but that can always change when you get a card in hand.
Here are the 22 base cards from the pack. Trout and Kershaw are always great pickups, and it's fun to get a Hall of Famer like Roberto Alomar as a base card in a set, rather than an SP or a parallel. My favorite was the Adam Duvall; it's my first Duvall card and I'm still debating on starting a PC of him. His upside is enormous and I'm really hoping he'll be in Cincinnati for years to come.
This insert set is meant to be designed like the 1983 Donruss set. It reminds me of what Topps is doing with the 1987 set again and again, as well as other sets from the 1970s. Not a bad little insert; again, the Smith and Biggio are fun pulls, and another Kershaw and Donaldson make two of each of them from the same pack.
The final two cards were a Moncada rookie (which I can't really complain about; let me know if you want it) and the shiny Mark Trumbo insert/parallel that you see here, numbered out of 999.
However, there is one odd thing I noticed on the back of the Duvall card; his is the only card from my pack that's like this. I saw a thread over at TCDB concerning this as well, and never really heard a definitive answer. Check out his stat line:
I'm not sure if Panini put that as a placeholder and forgot about it or what. Like I said, Duvall was the only card I pulled from this pack that was like that, but I've heard of others. Can anyone enlighten me some more?
That wraps up today's post. If you're interested in any of the cards above, make me an offer and we can talk. Otherwise, I'll be back tomorrow with another installment of the 30 day baseball card challenge (luckily it isn't consecutive days). As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful evening. Enjoy baseball being back, and if you're not a Phillies fan, my Reds could use all the support they can get!