Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jim Thome card #198 1999 UD Ionix #22

  • Was a bit surprised to find when I pulled this card out of the binder page that a bit of warping had started.  This isn't Topps Chrome!
  • The background design reminds me of someone spilling water on a card (or a countertop, take your pick).  Wonder why UD chose to use the night vision green on the circle insert of the front.
  • Career homer #198 was hit 4/7/00, off of former Blue Jay Juan Guzman who was pitching at that time for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  The Indians were already up 7-1 when Thome hit his solo shot, and the Tribe would cruise to an easy 14-5 victory.
- Robert

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Joe Sakic card #198 1996-97 Donruss #1

  • Simple card design, which probably for me makes it one of the best that Donruss ever released for hockey.  Like the star inside the circle at the bottom that holds everything but Joe's name.
  • This is the 2nd card that I've shown from 96-97 that is the #1 card of the set.  The Summit set was the other #1 featuring Joe.
  • Career goal #198 was the 11th of the 93-94 season for Joe, scored 12/11/93 against the Ottawa Senators.  It was scored at home against Craig Billington in a 5-2 win.  It also broke a 6 game goalless drought for Joe.  
- Robert

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jim Thome card #197 1999 SPx #33

  • Another card that I had to turn the brightness settings up in order to get some of the design shown on the scan.  Foil proves to be a scanner's enemy more often than not.
  • Bio on the back:  "In '98, he put in his third straight 30-homer season, finishing tied for eighth on the club's career list, and raised his career slugging percentage to .540, third best in club history."  At least somebody found something different for Jim's accomplishments to write about.
  • Career homer #197 was Jim's first of the 2000 season, hit 4/5/00 off of Baltimore's Sidney Ponson.  It was a solo shot that extended the Indians lead in the game to 6-4.  Baltimore ended up turning the game around and scoring 4 in the eighth inning for an 11-7 win.   
- Robert

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #46 2014 Donruss Elite Face 2 Face #6

  • Had to lighten up the brightness a bit in order for the "face 2 face" to show up on the scan.  Not a bad insert if you ask me...
  • I think that this is the first serial #'d McCutchen card that I have scanned.  I thought that the Bowman Chrome Green refractor from '13 was SN #'d, but it wasn't.
  • Had to look up the head 2 head stats for these two.  The numbers surprised me a bit.  Cutch is 9 for 27 against Kershaw in his career, 2 2b, 1 HR and 4 RBI.  4 strikeouts and 2 walks round out the stats...
- Robert

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #51 2013 Topps Cut to the Chase #CTC-13

  • Had a hard time lining this up on the scanner bed, so I decided to use a white piece of cardboard in behind it to try and help.  As you can see I still struggled a bit...
  • Spent too much time in Canada:  any Canadians reading this will know that you see CTC in Canada, you associate it with Canadian Tire Corporation (at least I always have).   
  • I really like these die cut cards, one of the few inserts I enjoyed pulling out of packs over the past few years.  Noticed for the first time when I scanned this card the little drops in behind the photo that look like rain spots.  Cool.
- Robert

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #45 2014 Panini Prizm Diamond Dominance #1

  • How humiliating it was last night when I updated my PC pages, only to find out that I accidentally put the wrong card on a post title for Cutch.  Guess that people either didn't look close enough or just didn't bother telling me.   
  • Bio on the back:  back of the card compares the Pirates making the playoffs in 2013 and Cutch taking MVP to the last time the Pirates made the playoffs in '92 and Bonds was chosen MVP.
  • Andrew off to a much better start in April this year, hitting .261 so far.  I think moving him to the 2 hole last year to start the season blew up in the Pirates' faces, and this year we'll see the "normal" McCutchen stats.
- Robert

Monday, April 24, 2017

Joe Sakic card #197 1996-97 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #G40

  • I'll say this to my dying day, Fleer made a big mistake by switching to the "Gold Medallion Edition" stamp instead of the traditional gold background on these parallels.  It most certainly wasn't the same as in past years, where pulling a GM was "special"
  • I mentioned this earlier today, but seeing a gold medallion parallel of this card sell for less than the base card on COMC is really wrong.  Ultra is no longer listed in the Beckett hockey magazine, but I'm sure that the parallels were roughly 3-5x the base card.  Someone correct me if my memory is wrong (which it usually is).
  • Plan on hitting card #200 for both Sakic and Thome this week.  Will probably feature a jersey card for Joe and either a jersey or bat card for Jim.  
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #196 1996-97 Fleer Ultra #40

  • I've always been a fan of the Ultra product.  Don't know if anyone has plans to bring it back, but I would purchase it if they do.
  • The scan doesn't do the script writing justice.  It almost looks as if the blue is spray painted on the card.  In hand the blue looks much tighter and the silver foil is much more prominent.
  • Tonight's post of the gold medallion parallel will discuss this more, but on COMC right now, the base card is selling for more than the GM parallel.   That shouldn't happen...
- Robert

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jim Thome card #196 1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond #96

  • No contest, I prefer the Electric Ice parallels to the Electric Diamond.  I loved how UD incorporated the Electric Ice wording on the cards, more so than the small home plate for the baseball parallels.
  • The demand for the hockey version seems to be apparent in the pricing in Beckett.  94-95 UD hockey Electric Ice still holding at a 10 to 20x multiplier.   Baseball nowhere near that.
  • Picked this card up recently on COMC very cheaply, 69 cents to be exact.  I know that hockey versions of Sakic EI cards from 95-96 are close to $2 for the base card, while the subset card can be had for a buck.  
- Robert

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jim Thome card #195 1999 Skybox Molten Metal #47

  • Scan came out quite dark, thus not doing any justice to the card.  The design is not bad, although Jim's face looks a little flat.  You can only see half of the Cleveland Indians as well...
  • No bio on the back, just the usual stats and numbers you find on a card.  The back doesn't even provide the standard height/weight/birthplace info.  The 2nd photo of Jim catching a baseball in warmup clothing is ok.
  • Career homer #195 came off of Yankees ace David Cone, 9/19/99.  The Indians were down 6-0 at the time, and the homer cut the lead in half, but wasn't enough as the Yanks outslugged the Indians 11-7.
 - Robert