Great cards from Thoughts and Sox

December 1, 2008 at 11:18 pm | Posted in Blogs, My Cards, Rays | 1 Comment

I received an unexpected package from Adam of the Thoughts and Sox card blog on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.  Adam is a Red Sox fan and we traded packages of Rays cards and Red Sox cards a while ago.  I guess that he couldn’t stand the sight of having any more Rays in his collection after the ALCS, so he sent a bunch more to me.  He sent 28 Rays cards plus an Aramis Ramirez red back mini from 2008 Goudey that I needed.

The cards were an impressive mix of Devil Rays and Rays spanning their entire history, 1998 – 2008.  Here are some of the highlights:

Roberto Hernandez from 1998 Stadium Club that makes a big deal of the fact that he was playing for an EXPANSION team:


Miguel Cairo 50th Anniversary All-Star Rookie Team card from 2008 Topps:


I didn’t realize that Cairo had been a Topps All-Star rookie, but it’s a very cool card.  He’s pictured in the very old school Devil Rays original uniform.  An interesting fact about Cairo is that he is the only original Devil Ray, on the 1998 Opening Day roster, who is still an active major league player.

2008 Topps Series 2 James Shields.  I’m happy because this is the last Rays card from 2008 Topps Series 1 & 2 that I needed:


Gold parallel (1310/2008) of Grant Balfour from 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights.  This is the first card of Balfour in a Rays uniform that I own:


The word on the street is that Balfour is the top candidate to be the closer for the Australian team in next year’s World Baseball Classic.  That brings up the question, does anyone actually care about the World Baseball Classic?

And finally, a new Evan Longoria card for my collection.  This is my 56th Longoria card, from 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights.  There are about 20 billion Longoria cards in Updates & Highlights.  The number on the back of this one is UH288:


Thanks for the cards, Adam!  I’m putting together a “thank you” package that you’ll be receiving soon.


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  1. Well, without the WBC, Peter Moylan probably wouldn’t be in the major leagues. Then again, he probably wouldn’t have blew out his arm yet, either. 😦 (I hope he can pitch again.)

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