A few weeks ago Rod from Padrographs posted that he was clearing out some player collections - one of which was John Kruk. I jumped all over that and was able to add maybe a dozen or so new Krukkers to the collection.
If I had my stuff together I could have picked up the Kruks while visiting Portland this past May, when I got to meet Rod in person.
Regardless Rod was good enough to send me the card via the US Mail and he also added in some bonus Phils cards including a lot from the more recent issues.
Minis officially jumped the shark for me with this insert set. I always liked the 87 Topps woodgrain cards - but when I pulled my first in mini form, it just drew a yawn out of me. The oxymoron of oversized-mini is part of the problem - minis in every product is another issue. The Ginter sized Mini I am still hip to and I am sure I will be a little giddy next week or whenever I open my first pack of 2012 A&G.
2012 Topps Hunter Pence
The Phils let go of Ben Francisco and got him back in the person of John Mayberry Jr. Pence and his high socks.
I was never fond of the final UD baseball effort. The two player checkers always bothered me with both players looking out of frame. Now that we are a little further more removed from 2010 the duo seem a bit more attractive - but I still feel like the overall card design of the set was mailed in.
Thanks to Rod for the Cards and go check out Padrographs - lots of good fire sale postings going up periodically