My wife and I just returned from a relaxing week long trip down the California coast. On the way down we stopped at the touristy town of Solvang, a sort of recreated Danish village, to stretch our legs and get few pastries to snack on.
On our search for a bakery, I noticed a sign for TJ's Hobbies, a baseball cards and collectibles store, which I decided to check out on the way back to the car. I wasn't expecting much, as card stores in most tourist oriented areas never seem to be the best, but I was pleasantly surprised. The store contained a lot of old and new cards, as well as a ton of binders full of singles, which are hard to find in most places now.
I came away with a 2006 Topps Rookie of the Week, one of Rickey's newer cards that I've been interested in acquiring, since it borrows its design from the 1980 Topps set of his rookie year. The front of the card looks just like his rookie card, only with a different picture.
The back of the card is also very similar to his original rookie card, with one odd difference. On the original, it say "A's" to the right of his name on the back, while the new one says "Athletics," a change that doesn't seem to make much sense to me.
Later on this week I plan to dig a little deeper into some of my newly acquired cards, as well as get a list up of all the doubles that I now have for trade.