A 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado Roberto Alomar. Ok, out of the overproduction era, this has to be the most awesome looking set there is. I really love it. Sadly, I can't find a box of this ANYWHERE to bust. If anyone knows where I can get a box of this stuff, please shoot me an email. I would love to complete this set.
I picked this 1992 Classic Minor League card of Jason Alstead because he was the first ever player I remember meeting in person. My mom would take us to Ernie Shore Field in Winston-Salem to see the Spirits play the Frederick Keys since she knew the Keys were an Orioles farm team. I remember Alstead talking to us a couple times before each game. He was a really nice guy. I wonder what became of him? According to Baseball-Reference.com, he made it all the way to AAA Rochester for the Orioles in 1993 at the age of 24. After that, who knows. He had career minor league numbers of 218 hits, 8 home runs and a .249 batting average. I wonder if he got injured or something like that because he only played 4 seasons in the minors. If anyone has any information, please let me know.
I picked up a LOT of Nick Markakis cards that I didn't have in my collection. The first is the above Upper Deck X - Xponential. It looks pretty sweet in person. I remember being really underwhelmed by Upper Deck X, but this card looks really sharp.
Thanks again Ryan for the trade and your hospitality. I definitely want to get together again!