And to prove I'm not making that up about Alabama fans, here's a real photo of that phenomenon:
Nothing is more manly than a pom-pom, body paint, and toilet paper above your ears. Right, bro? My wife went to Auburn, and I went to Georgia and Vanderbilt -- so "round the bowl down the hole roll tide roll".
Anyway, to the cards! Here's a 2014 insert I needed for my Robin Yount collection:
It's the same photo as has appeared on a few other cards that Topps has issued. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning.
Now, for the serial-numbered varietals.
This Nelson Cruz is both autographed and serial numbered (45/250). I remember when the Brewers traded him away. They had stolen him from the Oakland Athletics for Keith Ginter. Then, when they decided to try to get something in exchange for Carlos Lee other than a draft pick, they had to add Cruz to the deal -- I suppose to make sure they got Laynce Nix. The whole trade was Cruz and Lee for Nix, Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero, and a minor league pitcher. Not the Brewers best trade, to be honest.
This big Prince is a parallel to another card I have already. But, I didn't have this parallel as it is serial numbered 40 out of 99.
Trevor Hoffman racked up his 600th save as a Brewer. This red parallel from 2011 is serial numbered 126 of 245.
Finally, Matt also sent me some relics:
Big Ben Sheets with a swatch of white fabric. I like the photo of Sheets, and I can see why game-worn jersey relics are so passe these days.
Rickie Weeks with short hair and a white piece of fabric. I'm not sure why the stadium behind Weeks couldn't have been personalized to be Miller Park, though.
Bat and jersey relics are great additions to my player collections. Otherwise, they tend to be less than inspiring. This bat relic, though, is pretty cool. I appreciate that SP/Upper Deck took the time to add the Milwaukee logo to the relic. It actually makes the relic feel a bit more special.
Matt, I like these cards a lot. My snarkiness is in overdrive today, but these cards are awesome and are much appreciated. Thank you very much, and hopefully I can send you more Buccos soon.
Could you beat the Cardinals a couple of times, though?