It has been pretty hot here in Southern California over the last couple weeks and in addition to the higher temperatures, we are experiencing some pretty high humidity as well - very rare for So Cal. My card room is the only room upstairs so when I get a chance to escape the craziness of the house for a while it is upstairs I go. I am typing right now with sweat running down the back of my neck, despite a little breeze through the open window and the ceiling fan on full speed.
For the last several months, when I look down on my desk I have been seeing this:
As far as I can tell, the Giants started giving away team sets packaged like this in 2005 with Emerald Nuts being the sponsor. In 2013 the sponsor shifted to Chevron and last year Coca-Cola joined the mix. According to the list of AT&T Park promotions there isn't a card giveaway scheduled for this year which bums me out. If you hear different please let me know. The last 2-3 years I have bought a set right after the game and I have slowly been picking up the other team sets. The 2010 set featuring a Buster Posey rookie was elusive for quite some time with the only sets on eBay having Buy It Now prices of $85-$100 which is too rich for my blood. That may change in the not too distant future.
Here is the team set in numerical order.
Regardless, I am very happy with this addition to my Giants collection. Now off to get a cold drink!