I've got to warn you, these cards are so rare that this is the first time anyone has ever posted an image of it on the interwebs. They've never been photographed, or even seen by more than a few sets of eyeballs. They are from the 2009 Slangko "Heroes of the Diamond" set, and they look pretty durned good to me.
Not only are the the rarest Orioles I own, they all came from the same single pack of cards as well, and here is that pack:
It was sent to me by Slangon, of Condition:Poor, and was included along with his entry into the Ho Ho Holiday Contest. I can assure you it is no bribe, and besides, I am unbribable. To be honest, I found his entry to be a bit offensive, but you'll have to wait till next week to see for yourself.
First up is card #26, Brad Bergesen, who had an excellent rookie season last year, and to me, was the highlight of the Orioles makeshift pitching staff. It was truly a "rotation" last season, but Bergeson stuck around, at least until he got hurt in August or September.
Next up (finally) is the rarest Nick Markakis card of all time. I am the only player collector who can lay claim to this card. Take that eBay! take that Mojo! This one is all mine. It is card #24 in the set.
That's not all... there were 2 more cards included.....
At first glance, it appears to be doubles, but flip it over and you'll find...
For those of you that are not familiar with National Bohemian, I refer you to wikipedia. Even though it is no longer brewed in Baltimore, it's still the beer I grew up drinking. It was almost a matter of pride 'round these parts. According to wikipedia, there's also a Boh Ice, but I've never been fortunate enough to have sampled, or even seen it.
The final card was another Natty back, this time of Brad Bergesen.
Wow, just wow. These sure are awesome, and were a real unexpected treat. Thanks Slangon, but don't think you've swayed my rock solid resolve. This weak attempt at bribery may work against you when judgment day arrives in a week or so, but only time will tell.
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