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Highlights from a pair of 2014 Donruss Series 2 packs

Travis d'Arnaud's 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball card
Travis d’Arnaud’s 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball card

I may not have found any Topps Update packs yet, but I did get to open some baseball cards last week. One of my friends gave me a couple of packs of Donruss Series 2, and I have to admit that the set is growing on me.

I did pretty well – I ended up pulling Travis d’Arnaud, the only Mets player in the 100-card base set.

A pair of 2014 Donruss Masahiro Tanaka baseball cards
A pair of 2014 Donruss Masahiro Tanaka baseball cards

I also found Masahiro Tanaka‘s Rated Rookies and Diamond Kings cards – in the same pack. I normally don’t get that excited about Yankees cards, but I really enjoyed watching Tanaka pitch this year and these are his first baseball cards that have landed in my hands. Panini’s lack of a license to show Major League Baseball logos hurts the Rated Rookies card, but the Diamond Kings card works for me.

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Who says the last week of January is boring?

Should Manny be a Met?


Should Manny be a Met?


Well we have all kinds of controversy and excitement in trading card land today.

Upper Deck is having a very bad week. They lost their license to produce NBA Basketball cards, since the NBA decided to grant Panini a monopoly.

This comes after news Monday that Konami is suing Upper Deck for allegedly distributing counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh game cards. (Upper Deck denies the charge.)

Major League Baseball is suing Donruss for unathorized use of trademarks in its 2008 baseball releases.

On the baseball front, the Mets pitching rotation still looks pretty weak — but that’s not stopping everyone from WFAN callers to Jerry Manuel from campaigning for a Manny signing.

Meanwhile, the Yankees managed to deal with their own rotation problems by finally re-signing Andy Pettitte. I hate getting sucked into the whole Mets vs. Yankees thing, but I can’t help feeling like the Yankees won this offseason.

I’m not sure how much I care about any of this, but I guess it makes for late-January entertainment.