Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jim Thome card #100 1997 Score Showcase Series #107

  • I don't know which scan came out worse, the Sakic #100 or this one.   Poor Lenny Harris looks like just a shadow in the background of the card.  It's amazing the flaws you see in a foil card once it's scanned...
  • A pair of 2 a days got both the Sakic and Thome posts up to 100, but it still hasn't made up for all the days I lost this month without a post.  I'm going to end up about 5 shy once it's all said and done, unless I do something crazy in the next 3 days.
  • I didn't expect to see '97 Score listed in Beckett.  Surprise!  The 551 card set is listed (card #551 is the Hideki Matsui RC), and is priced at $40.  The Showcase series parallels are listed with multipliers of 1.5 to 4x.  
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #100 1994-95 Select Certified Gold #62

  • It just worked out that the 100th card for both Sakic and Thome here on the blog are parallel versions of their 99th card.  Happy accidents I guess?!
  • Joe's 100th career goal was his 2nd goal of the game against the NY Rangers on 3/7/91.  It came at home in a 4-2 win; Mike Hough had both of the other goals for Les Nordiques.
  • I've got to get better with the scans on the foil cards.  As you can plainly see, the Nordiques logo and Sakic's name are pretty much wiped out with this scan.  
- Robert

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Joe Sakic card #99 1994-95 Select #62

  • Believe it or not, the foil at the bottom of the card is actually gold, not silver as the scan makes it out to be.  
  • The player checking Sakic is unfortunately obscured enough by Sakic that he can't positively be identified.  We can tell that the player shoots left, and has the #4 as one of the numbers on his jersey.  Unfortunately, there were 3 Lightning players that shoot left and had the #4 as part of their uniform (Cory Cross, Mikael Andersson and Roman Hamrlik).  
  • Bio on the back:  "One of hockey's best playmakers, he heads a diverse group of Quebec centers that includes Mike Ricci, Peter Forsberg, Bob Bassen and Claude Lapointe."  No wonder they won a Stanley Cup a couple of years later.  
- Robert

Jim Thome card #99 1997 Score #107

  • Instantly I was curious to find out who the player for the Reds was sliding into third.  I'm pretty sure that is Lenny Harris with what looks to be a very awkward slide.  Did you know that Lenny Harris played for 8 teams during his 18 year career, but didn't spend one day on an American League roster?  Arizona, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, New York Mets, Florida, Chicago Cubs, Colorado and the Dodgers were all the teams that Lenny was a part of.
  • Bio on the back:  "After finishing third in on-base percentage in '95 and fifth in walks, Jim smashed two homers in Games 4 and 5 in the ALCS."   Interesting segue.
  • Home Run #99 for Jim came 5/7/97 vs. Robert Person of the Toronto Blue Jays.  It was a solo shot, and proved to be the decisive run in a 7-1 win.
 - Robert

Friday, August 26, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #33 2013 Bowman #205

  • Last Brett Lawrie post was July 28th, almost a month ago.  Seeing all these similar looking Bowman cards kind of made me shy away from posting would be my guess.
  • I'm still waiting for that one break out season from Brett to put him into a higher category of 2nd basemen.  Same old problem for Brett again this year, having problems staying healthy.  
  • I have 2 more '13 Bowman cards of Brett to post, his Chrome refractor and the hometown parallel.   Those are going to wait for a while I work my way through the Topps cards from '13.
- Robert

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jim Thome card #98 1997 Collectors Choice All Star Connection #3

  • For Collectors Choice, this is a pretty decent insert card of Jim.  The foil didn't scan perfectly, but the card really does look good in hand.
  • Bio on the back:  "Jim highlighted his career season of '96 with a .407 average, 11 homers and 32 RBI in August."  Believe it or not, those stats didn't get him player of the month!  Alex Rodriguez won POTM with a .435/9/28 line.  
  • I'm looking forward to hitting the 100 post mark with Thome and Sakic this weekend.  That milestone should mark about 20% of each player's collection being posted on this blog.   Slowly but surely I'm getting there...
- Robert

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Joe Sakic card #98 1995-96 Stadium Club Members Only #13

  • A little bit out of order having this card next up when there's still quite a few 94-95's left to post.  This card and the next 2 finish the page and get the Sakic post total up to 100.
  • Bio on the back:  "Over the past 5 seasons, he's never failed to tally under 92 pts., hitting the 100 mark three times."  Consistency, thy name is Sakic.
  • 4 copies of this card are currently listed on COMC, ranging anywhere from 50 cents to $1.25.  The 50 cent card is actually priced at 60% off, so the range is reasonably tight on this card.  Makes sense...
- Robert

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Felix Potvin card #6 1990-91 Upper Deck #458

  • Totally ignored:  the last post for Felix the Cat was on July the 1st.  Need to do a better job of keeping him in the rotation.
  • This photo is from the 90-91 World Junior championships, the only time that Felix was part of the Canadian Junior team.  Held in the province of Saskatchewan, the Canadian team won gold for the 5th time.  The other goalie on the squad was Trevor Kidd.
  • The power of the goaltender collecting community:  This card is listed for $2, which is a buck more than Scott Niedermayer.  Imagine if Potvin had won a Stanley Cup and became a Hall of Famer...
- Robert

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jim Thome card #97 1997 Pinnacle #36

  • Bio on the back:  "Jim finished fourth in the AL in on base percentage (behind only Mark McGwire, Edgar Martinez and Frank Thomas)."  Pretty good company I would say.
  • I just noticed:  The writing in the gold portion on the bottom of the card.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rocky Colavito, Municipal Stadium, Bob Feller, Nap Lajoie Lake Erie.  That's pretty cool in my eyes.  I'm going to have to look for some Blue Jays cards from the '97 Pinnacle set to see what is written on the bottom.
  • Seeing as Beckett doesn't list prices on Pinnacle sets, I turned to COMC to see what this particular Thome card is listed for.  2 copies, both at 55 cents each.  A tad expensive maybe?
- Robert

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Joe Sakic card #97 1994-95 Pinnacle #50

  • Design=fail for me.  Maybe one of the worst designs on a hockey card ever.  It just reminds me of a large phallic symbol.  There, I said it.
  • Bio on the back:  "Joe has led the Nordiques in scoring in four of his six seasons with the club, topping the 100-point mark on three occasions."   That trend would continue over the next decade or so...
  • This is also another set that is not listed in the Beckett Hockey Magazine.  Not surprising though, it really isn't that great and probably doesn't sell on the secondary market at all.
- Robert