- Had a bit of a struggle finding the card # on the back. Turns out it was in the upper right hand corner, in red on a dark gray border. I'll be glad to get rid of this cataract next month and be able to see better...
- Interesting that this set was skip-numbered, using only even numbers. This means that Sakic's card was the first of this set.
- The back of the card projected Joe's scoring totals to be 43-76-119. His actual total in 96-97 was 22-52-74. Joe also missed 15 games during the 96-97 season. His playoff totals were more normal, putting up 25 points in 17 games.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
- " We felt that the more time the puck was in his hands, the more dangerous he was." High praise from Messier regarding Joe's ability to stick handle and dish the puck to teammates.
- This was part of a 20 card insert set from 95-96 Topps, and all 20 players in the set were stars. Interesting that there were as many defensemen in the set as there were goalies, with 3 apiece. That era was certainly an offense dominant one for sure.
- 6 copies of this card currently on COMC, ranging anywhere from 85 cents (not bad) to $2.75. Beckett lists the high end of this card at $3. Sounds about right for Sakic inserts from this era.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
- Something totally different photo wise for Thome. I love this shot. The only thing I can't make up my mind about is whether this card should have been horizontal instead of vertical.
- I didn't even notice until after I scanned and posted the card, there's a portion of a baseball where Thome's name is. Smooth how Topps incorporated that.
- The bottom line: Over last five years, averages 38 HR & 106 RBI per 162 games. Another great stat to show how big a part Jim was of the Indians in the mid 90's.
Friday, March 24, 2017
- This is part of a 70 card insert set featuring memorable home runs from the '98 season. Jim's is the opening day three run shot to walk off the Angels 8-5
- As you may well imagine the set is dominated by McGwire and Sosa highlights, since '98 was the season of the race between the two sluggers.
- Doesn't appear that I'll hit the 500 post mark this month as I had originally planned a few weeks back. This is post #471, so hitting 500 in April will happen for sure, unless I fall off a cliff.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
- Chalk up another card that I was able to add to the Trading Card Database. Kind of surprised that this card wasn't on there...
- Haven't shown many die cut cards so far, so I was pleased at how well I was able to crop this scan. I usually end up doing a butcher job on die cuts.
- There are 60 cards in the Super Star Showdown insert set, 30 pairs of players. Card #SS16B is another famous #19 from that era, Steve Yzerman.
- The Sakic card is listed at $3, half of Yzerman's. Only Lemieux and Gretzky are higher than $6, at $8 and $10 respectively.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
- Not sure what to make of this card. The back, well it's just plain horrible in my opinion. The front design is OK, save for the 4 photos at the top which really don't mean anything...
- Career homer #184 was hit 8/7/99 off of Bobby Witt of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It was a 2 run shot, and was part of a 4 RBI day as the Indians out slugged the Rays 15-10.
- There are 2 copies of this card on COMC. Both priced at $2.25. For a base card? huh?
Saturday, March 18, 2017
- Great looking photo on the front, Jim's name and other writing doesn't distract from the photo one bit.
- Had a real hard time finding the card # on the back. It is written in black lettering in the upper left corner of the photo on the reverse. VERY VERY hard to see...
- Bio on the back: "on 6/25/98, Thome led the Indians to an 8-2 interleague victory over the Cardinals with two homers and 3 RBI. It was the second multi-homer game within a week for the first baseman." The other two HR game was 6 days earlier against the Yankees (yay!) and helped the Indians win that day as well, 7-4.
- I could probably count on one hand the number of cards I've shown on this blog that feature more than one player. Not a bad pair of first basemen to go with Thome here...
- Interesting that McGwire (.299/70/147) and Galarraga (.305/44/121) weren't part of this card. Yes, Olerud hit .354 and Martinez had 123 RBI's, but both didn't have the all around #'s that McGwire and Galarraga did.
- Lists for relatively cheap on COMC at 65 cents (cheapest). Chrome version? 74 cents. Chrome refractor version? $10.25. Steep
Thursday, March 16, 2017
- Fully expected when I pulled this card out of the binder that it was going to have some kind of funky insert # on it. Boy was I surprised.
- Player ID's: Could be one of the easiest one's ever. The Wings goalie is Chris Osgood. Trying to check Joe is none other than Kris Draper.
- Best person in the background of the card, ever! Check out on the right hand side of the card, 3rd row. Guy sitting there with face painted and black and white wig!! Awesome sauce.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
- The card scanned a lot less colorful than it is in hand. It actually shows yellow with a pinkish purple in hand, and doesn't look bad even though the design is quite "artistic".
- No bio on the back, just stats and personal information. Looks almost computer generated.
- Three copies of this card on COMC, listed between 97 cents and a dollar. I would say that's about as accurate as you're going to get for a Joe Sakic common on COMC.