A couple of months ago, I participated in the group break hosted by John at Old School Breaks. There were 8 boxes broken from an era when I did not do much collecting: 2001-2004. I claimed the Cardinals and Phillies as my teams. We all know why I claimed the Phillies. I claimed the Cardinals because I was living in St Louis at that time and saw or heard practically every Cardinals game in those years. Plus Scott Rolen was on both teams.
2003 Donruss Elite Jimmy Rollins: Dust collects on the foil easily.
2004 Studio Stars Jim Thome: The signing of Jim Thome was an adrenaline shot for the franchise. This card has rounded corners almost like a credit card.
2004 Donruss World Series Steve Carlton:
2004 Donruss Studio Mike Schmidt: Who misses the burgundy? Anyone?
2004 Donruss Studio Stars Jim Edmonds: He was the best diver in the outfield I've ever seen live.
2004 Donruss World Series Brett Myers: He always looks like he'll throw the ball at a bystander.
2001? Fleer Genuine Pat Burrell: The beginning of the years of the "Pat Burrell Grimacing"
2004 Donruss World Series Matt Morris
2002 Donruss Elite Darryl Kile: It was very sad when he passed away. Matt Morris was one of the pitchers who exhibited a proper tribute to him during that year.
2003 Fleer Rookies and Greats Bob Gibson and Albert Pujols: Gibson is menacing in sepia tones and Pujols was just entering his otherworldly phase at this time.
2001? Fleer Genuine Rick Ankiel: He was a true phenom pitcher who got "Steve Blass Disease". I'm glad he made it back to the majors after so much effort.
2002 Fleer Showcase Bud Smith: 2001 no-hitter! Traded to the Phillies in the Scott Rolen deal! Was already injured! That sums up his career.
Below are some of the inserts, numbered cards, and one of the jerseys I received in the break. Stan Musial cards are always great to see. The Mike Lieberthal is #d to 25; the only difference is the blue foil on the card. Remember Donruss parallels?
Thanks for the break John! It was really fun to follow the results and see the cards!