Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jim Thome card #154 1998 Donruss Preferred Great Expectations #5

  • I'm guessing that this insert wasn't named after the Charles Dickens book...
  • Dual sided card!  On the back is the Dodgers Paul Konerko.  Card is serial #'d 1748/3000.  Jim and Paul would be White Sox teammates between 2006 & 2008. 
  • There are 3 copies currently on COMC.com of this card.  All 3 of them say that the card is serial #'d out of 2700.   Doesn't look good for that info if the 2nd of 3 cards is serial #'d 2759...
  • All 3 of them are priced between $2 and $2.25.  Not bad if you ask me...
- Robert

Monday, January 16, 2017

Joe Sakic card #154 1995-96 Finest #80


  • Back on track:  The last handful of Sakic posts were catching up on cards/stickers that I recently acquired that were from seasons pre 1995-96.  Now that those are online, we're back to the binder.  
  • As you can see, the protective coating is still on the card.   I will scan this card 20 years from now (if I'm still alive and kicking), and the coating will still be on there.
  • The burgundy of the Avalanche jersey actually works well with the bronze border on the card.  Maybe the jersey is actually bronze????
- Robert

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jim Thome card #153 1998 E-x 2001 #33

  • One of the best scans of a card that I can remember in quite a while.  I like how the foil background in behind Thome scanned more a blue than the silver it actually is on the card.
  • I never really knew what to make of these "see-through" cards, similar to the Upper Deck Ice brand.  They feel kind of weird...
  • Career home run #153 was hit 6/25/98.  It was the first of 2 homers that day off of St. Louis pitching.  This victim was Manny Aybar, a 2 run shot in the 5th inning that would give the Indians the lead for good that day.  Jim would later hit a solo shot in the 4 run 8th inning to help the Indians win 8-2 over the Cardinals.  In case you were wondering, Mark McGwire also hit a homer in that game, his 35th(!) of the season.
- Robert

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #39 2013 Topps Archives 1972 Basketball Design #72B-AM


  • Great design, love the homage to an old and great basketball set from the 70's.  Shame they only did a 20 card insert set, because this would be a set worth chasing, IMO.
  • Found a McCutchen blog today thanks to AJ (the Lost Collector).  If you're looking for high end McCutchen goodies, check out Collecting Cutch.  
  • Picked this up today at the monthly card show, in a 3 for $5 box.  May be a bit pricey, but I really liked the card and knew that I didn't have it, so I figured why not?
- Robert

Friday, January 13, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #38 2014 Panini Prizm #60

  • Prizm will be one of my favorite non-licensed sets, always.  It really doesn't change much from year to year, the design is cool in my books and the set isn't that huge in terms of # of cards.
  • It almost looks as if McCutchen has a karate black belt, doesn't he?  
  • Bio on the back: " What can Pittsburgh's amazing centerfielder do for an encore in 2014?  He was brilliant in 2013, winning his league's MVP award and leading Pittsburgh to its first playoff berth in 20 years."  How about leading them back to the playoffs?
  • 2017 will be a bounce back year for Cutch, regardless of where he ends up.  If he's not in Pittsburgh, I hope he's in Toronto.   A man can dream, right?
- Robert

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #45 2013 Bowman Chrome refractor #153

  • Kind of lost my way a bit with the blog so far in 2017, being sick certainly takes away the desire to post.  I'm back to about 90% healthy as of today so I'm going to get back into the swing of things.
  • Love how this card scanned, reminds me of a sunset with the gold/red/orange coloring on the border.  
  • Quite the range for this card on COMC.  17 copies available, ranging from 43 cents to $1.75.  I certainly wouldn't have paid almost $2 for this card....ever
- Robert

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jim Thome card #152 1996 Fleer Ultra On-Base Leaders #10

  • Another Black Friday COMC acquisition.  I did manage to fill a few holes with the last order, which included this card.
  • I really like the idea for the background, all the bases representing Jim's great OBP for the '95 season (.438).  Jim would go on to have a better year in '96 getting on base 45% of the time.
  • Speaking of walks and on base percentage, Jim's highest # of walks vs. any pitcher was 16 for his career.   That would be Tim Belcher who provided all those free passes, which might explain the 0 HR's and only 1 RBI career #'s for Thome vs. Belcher.
- Robert

Friday, January 6, 2017

Joe Sakic card #153 1989-90 O-Pee-Chee Stickers #187


  • That's 3 straight cards added to the Trading Card Database of Sakic.  I wonder if anyone will be confused since the back of this sticker is David Volek of the Islanders.  
  • I'm down to just one card that I need for Sakic's rookie year, the Kraft Panel #32.  I don't recall seeing too many of those on the interwebs.   Let the hunt begin. 
  • I've been so damn wiped out this week with this illness that I haven't even scanned a card since Monday.   Thank goodness I had a few of these posts in the bank.   Almost 100% now so I should be back up and running tomorrow.
- Robert

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jim Thome card #151 1997 Bowman Chrome #71

  • Part of my Black Friday COMC was this card.  It reminds me of an old pinstripe suit.
  • Finally made it to post #400!!  At the current pace I'm going now, I have enough cards to post for another 2 years on this blog.  Of course that will grow as I add more cards to the PC's.
  • Career Home Run #151 for Jim was the first of 2 he hit on 6/19/98 vs. the Yankees.  It was a solo shot off of David Cone, and was part of a day that saw Jim get on base all 4 times (2 walks, 2 homers) as the Indians beat the Yankees 7-4.  The loss for Cone that day saw his record drop to 9-2, even with an ERA almost at 5.  
- Robert

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Joe Sakic card #152 1989-90 Panini Stickers #327

  • That's 2 straight Sakic cards I was able to add to the Trading Card Database.  Although, this being a sticker may not count as a card....
  • Love the fact that this was photographed with his rookie season #88 jersey.  Don't have too many cards of him wearing that number.
  • Difficult to find these right now, no copies for sale on COMC or ebay.  While searching for this sticker, I found several others that I still need for the Sakic PC.   Not surprising, as I've never really hunted for the sticker portion of Sakic releases until recently.
 - Robert