I have finished opening my Series 1 and Series 2 boxes, and I'm pleased to say that I have completed both sets. That's not to say that I don't need cards - I am completing the Gold Futures and 1987 mini insert sets, and need some cards for both. Plus, there's another project I'm working on that requires more base cards, but more on that in another post.
In honor of King Felix and his perfecto last night, here's a selection of cards from my private collection. After all, it's not every day that one of your favorite players pitches a perfect game:
From 2005 - one of his first cards as a Mariner, although teenage Felix is wearing his All-Star Futures Game uniform
Look at that fro peeking out of the back of his cap!
My oldest chrome Felix. He's still got a baby face. Let's be honest - it's 2012, and he's still got a baby face.
Probably my favorite Felix card. King Felix (born 1986) in the style of 1986 Topps. I, personally, loved 1986 Topps, although I realise I am in the distinct minority.
I love Felix's signature, the way he circles his own name. It has the feel of someone who knew he was going to be a big star and decided he needed to come up with a signature to match.
"Hernandez's Season Sets Seattle Standard" - and that was before he won the Cy Young! This 2010 card is from that Cy Young season...
...and this is the card that commemorates said season.
Finally, one more card. This one isn't in my possession yet, because I just bought it from eBay literally 90 minutes ago. Someone just happened to put up this #/99 Spectrum card I needed for my Felix rainbow, and at a reasonable price. I didn't dither around, I snapped it up straight away, before anyone else could:
Congratulations, King Felix. You are one of the best pitchers in baseball, and now you have that immortal moment to prove it.
...in Topps Series 1?
Because I just pulled my second in as many boxes. I now have a Howie Kendrick to go with my Eric Hosmer.
Both are available, preferably in exchange for a short print I actually care about.