Thursday, January 5, 2012

You want cool?

(First off, I finally hooked up my new HP All-In-One Scanner, Printer, Copier. It was my Christmas gift. I've been without a scanner for almost a year and it was a PAIN in the blog. So that's cool, even though I still need to fine tune it since some of the scans are crooked. That's not really what this post is about.)

This guy has cool in spades. Ryan from This Card is Cool is MOVING to Japan. He's not going to visit, he's going to work. I went to Japan 3 times while I was in the Navy and while I enjoyed my trips, I could not live in a place so different from the U.S. Ryan is cool enough to pull it off.

I "purchased" the Rangers team lot from his big clearance, but that isn't what this is about. This is about another package of cards Ryan sent over. It was loaded with Rangery goodness.

If I ever get completely organized (don't hold your breath, I'm not) I'll know how many of these 2011 Topps Black Bordered Parallels I have in my collection. This is Darren Oliver #51/60. I am such a sucker for parallels.

Ryan sent another 2011 Topps Black Bordered Parallel to keep Mr. Oliver company. It was Mike Adams, #43/60. I thought Adams was going to be the closer in 2012, but then the Rangers went and signed Joe Nathan.

This card is a first for me. I've never even seen these 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Team Trios jersey cards. This one has Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix and David Delucci and is #41/50. I like that it has three different colored swatches.

Ryan sent something for my son's USA collection too. This is a 2009 Upper Deck Matt den Dekker jersey card. I don't know much about Matt, but he split the 2011 season between the Mets A and AA teams.

Brian Ragira was drafted by the Rangers in the 30th round of the 2010 draft, but is playing for Stanford. He was the 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the year.

Ryan even gave me the Byrd. A 2009 Upper Deck Inkredible Marlon Byrd auto to be exact. This is my second or third Byrd auto.

Ahh Lineage. I like these 1952 Design autos and I like Matt Harrison. I've gotten his auto in person at a game and he seems like a nice guy.

I can't remember if this is my second or third silk card, but that points back to my organizational dysfunction. This is a 2011 Topps Update Series Arthur Rhodes silk #50/50.

Ryan, thanks for the great cards and best of luck in Japan!


  1. Ryan is moving to Japan?! Very cool. I'll have to hit him up for some Transformers!

    Congrats on 1) the new scanner and 2) the awesome Rangers cards. I too like that Absolute trio jersey card.

  2. I'm digging that 'Team Trios' card - I just found a Dawson card from the same set that features 6 swatches of Cubs players. Trying to 'bring it home'...

  3. Ryan is moving to Japan! I'm glad you like the cards, Brian! I don't see how you couldn't, of course, but yeah, you get the idea!