Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jim Thome card #112 1997 Score Select #35


  • There is 1167 career HRs in this photo.  Don't see that very often.
  • Love the usage of the blue in the design.  There's just enough of the blue that it's evident without taking over the card.  
  • There are 3 parallel versions of this card, the artist proof, the select company and the registered gold.  Two of the 3 are up for grabs on COMC, and at reasonably decent prices.   The artist proof is as low as $3.25, while the registered gold can be had for $5.25.
- Robert

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #28 2013 Gypsy Queen #144


  • Closing in on 300 posts, so I'm going to try and get a couple of cards on the blog today.  Heaven knows I have plenty of cards to show...
  • I kind of have mixed reviews about this GQ set.  It's not bad, it's not great, it's another card to add to the McCutchen and Lawrie PCs (if Brett has one in the set).
  • Too little, too late.  Andrew extended his hitting streak last night to 11 games, hitting .404 over the span with 4 HR and 13 RBI, and raising his average 14 points.  Pittsburgh has gone 8-3 in those 11 games.   He can carry the team on his back when he's hot, it's just a shame that it's this late in the season that we finally see the real Andrew.  
- Robert 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #36 2013 Topps gold parallel #13

  • I have really slowed down on the Brett Lawrie posts lately.   It's been a lot of the same pose from Topps and Topps Chrome, so I've backed off quite a bit.
  • Serial # 236/2013.  I actually have a page of Lawrie cards down the pipe that has five serial #'d cards in it.   Craziness....
  • After a while when you show the same card, you run out of things to say.  I know that the picture was taken in SkyDome, I've mentioned the tats on more than one occasion, so what else is there?  Maybe the fact that the ticket packages advertisement showed up on the photo.  I know that going to games in Toronto can get pretty damn expensive, so I'm sure that packages have got to the way to go.  
  • Only 2 copies of this card currently on COMC.  One at $1.20, the other at $1.23.  Wonder if the extra 3 cents is a tax?
- Robert

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Joe Sakic card #111 1995-96 Score Border Battle #4


  • In among the boxes and boxes of hockey cards I own, is the complete Border Battle insert set.  One of the few insert sets I ever wanted bad enough to go out and complete.  
  • Bio on the back:  "The leader of the NHL's youngest team, he's led the club in scoring in five of his seven seasons".  The leading scorer for the Nords in Joe's rookie season?  Peter Stastny.  Joe lead for the next 4 seasons, then in 92-93 Mats Sundin tallied 114 points, 9 more than Sakic.
  • Quite a few copies of this card on COMC right now, 17 to be exact.  They range in price from 70 cents (cheap) to $2.75 (not too far off).  
- Robert

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Joe Sakic card #110 1995-96 Score Golden Blades #1

  • I was kind of surprised to see that this card hadn't been added to the Trading Card Database.  Yours truly took care of that.
  • Not too smart that Score put Joe's name and position in even lighter gold than the background.  Came out almost invisible on the scan.
  • 95-96 Score is another set that Beckett has forgotten.  Just one copy of this card on the COMC site, listed at $6.99.   Not bad...
- Robert

Monday, September 19, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #35 2013 Topps Chrome purple refractor #54


  • I was quite shocked after the scan popped up on my screen, it scanned a lot lighter shade of purple than what the card actually is.  It almost looks like the pink parallels that Topps has used the past few years.
  • Career chase:  "With 73 RBI, Lawrie is 2,154 away from Hank Aaron's all time record of 2,227".  I think it would have been smarter to keep stats like this to guys that had played a few years in the bigs, instead of a 3rd year pro like Lawrie was at the time of release.  The line actually seems ridiculous, right?
  • Brett hasn't played since July 21st this year, so it appears that he's going to finish the '16 season with a .248/12/36 line, with his strikeout total being his 2nd highest for a season.  
  • Lawrie is arbitration eligible in 2017, it'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he asks for...
- Robert

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Joe Sakic card #109 1994-95 Parkhurst Special Edition gold parallel #SE147

  • I remember when this set came out that the Parkie parallels were the big chase card. Beckett lists the parallels at one per pack, which surprised me because I thought that these were a lot more scarce.
  • But with the multiplier at 2.5x, it makes sense.  This Sakic card would be valued at $1.50, while the base card shown earlier today is just 60 cents.
  • Bio on the back: "With the off season moves by the Nordiques, Sakic's offensive skills will be backed up by a more effective defense."  Uwe Krupp and Sylvain Lefebvre were two big pieces that allowed the Nords to move from cellar dwellers to winning the division in 94-95.
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #108 1994-95 Parkhurst Special Edition #SE147


  • I'm not sure of two things.  One, why Parkhurst felt a need to release two different products in 1994-95, and two, what made this set a "special edition"?
  • Appears to be a Revlon ad in the background.  It's not too often you see a set of big red lips on the boards of a hockey rink.
  • Goal #108 came on 3/19/91 against the Oilers as part of that hat trick I mentioned on the last Sakic post.  During that month of March, the Nords played 15 games, and Joe had a point in all but 2 of those.  The hat trick was already the 4th of Joe's career in just his 3rd season.
- Robert

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jim Thome card #111 1997 Topps Finest #148


  • Compared to this afternoon's card, the wording for the peel is a lot less conspicuous (?).   Thome's face isn't covered, and what's interesting is the Topps Finest logo is covered.  For me, the card looks better than it's Pinnacle counterpart.
  • Bio on the back:  "Ranked 8th in the AL in slugging at .612".  What??  .612 right now would be 2nd in the AL behind only David Ortiz (.631).  In '96, .730 was the leader (McGwire), and Thome's slugging pct. was still 30 points behind 2nd place Juan Gonzalez at .643.  Sick.
  • Career HR #111 for Jim was hit 6/14/97 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Matt Morris was the victim of Jim's solo shot, but the Cardinals would take the nightcap 5-2 to split the doubleheader.
- Robert

Jim Thome card #110 1997 Pinnacle Certified #47

  • Both cards of Jim Thome that I'll show today have the same peel off sticker on the front.  I saw them on the same page in the binder and figured, why not post both of them?
  • It's interesting how the Pinnacle card only has the "Peel Off" on it.  Kind of bad though that the words run through Jim's face.  After all this time I don't think I'm going to try and peel it off.
  • Pinnacle Certified is another set that Beckett has forgotten over time.  COMC has a couple of copies up for grabs, one listed at 94 cents and the other for a dollar.   Sounds right to me.
- Robert