Monday, December 5, 2016

Jim Thome card #142 1998 Pacific Aurora #33

  • I need to pay better attention.  It wasn't until only recently that I noticed that these cards aren't licensed by MLB.  Only the MLBPA.  I guess I never really clued in because Pacific included the team logo on the cards.
  • Bio on the back:  Pacific mentions that Jim was also a basketball star in high school, and he played both b-ball's at Illinois Central College.
  • The Indians 1st round pick the year Jim was selected (1989) was Calvin Murray, an outfielder from the U. of Texas.  Murray didn't play a game in the majors until 10 years later with Giants, and only played a total of 288 games over 5 seasons in the bigs.
- Robert

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jim Thome card #141 1998 Pinnacle Performers #35

  • Pulled this out of the binder this morning, and I think to myself "Pinnacle Performers"??  After doing a little research, I find out that this was the second to last set that Pinnacle released before they went bankrupt.  It was all veterans, no rookie cards at all, and was priced at $1.99 for an eight card pack.
  • Rarity:  Umpire in the background of the card.  Don't have too many cards that feature an umpire anymore.  I could probably count the ones I have on one hand.
  • The back of the card breaks down the '97 season for Jim by month.  He hit the most homers in June (12), which was also the month that he played in the fewest games (22).  
- Robert

Friday, December 2, 2016

Joe Sakic card #140 1995-96 Leaf Limited #64

  • Wow, the scan turned out way better than I thought it would.  At certain angles in hand, the writing on the card may as well be invisible.  
  • It would have been nice if this card had a bio on the back instead of the 2nd and 3rd photo.  I get that you're trying to keep up with UD, but 3 photos is a bit much for my taste.
  • Career goal #140 for Joe was his 20th of the 1991-92 season, and it came as part of a 3 point night against the Red Wings.  The game ended in a 4-4 tie, and Detroit's goalie that night was Tim Cheveldae.
- Robert

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Joe Sakic card #139 1995-96 Fleer Metal #36

  • Similar to the scans of the other two Metal cards from earlier this week, the Fleer Metal logo in the upper right corner is unreadable.   The background to me looks like a blurry finger print.
  • All the back of the card features is 4 bars with previous season and career totals for games played, goals, assists and points.  Meh.
  • Checked the price range for this card on COMC, it's very tight.  96 cents for the low, 99 cents for the high.  The user ID for the 99 cent card?  "Morecowbell"  SNL fans will get the reference there.  If not, have fun on YouTube here.
- Robert

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jim Thome card #140 1998 Flair Showcase Row 3 #89

  • I never understood the whole Row 3, Row 2, Row 1, Row 0 concept.  What in the world is Row 0 anyways, sitting on the field?
  • Never mind my blathering, this really is a nice looking card.  The Fleer Flair concept was well done over the years, would love to have seen it continue on to the present.
  • Stats on the back:  Flair showed Jim's career stats vs. each AL team.  Until the end of the '97 season, Jim hit more HRs vs. the White Sox (18) than any other squad.  His career average vs. the Twins was a solid .353 (67/190), but he struggled against the Blue Jays hitting only .236 (47/199).
- Robert

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jim Thome card #139 1998 Upper Deck Retro #31

  • This bat knob is far less interesting than Billy Ripken's.  Come on, no white out, or black box or shall I say it??  No, I'll keep it PG here..
  • The scan made the card look a bit like a pair of corduroy pants.  I can hear the swishing now.
  • Career home run #139 was hit 5/6/98 vs. Scott Erickson of the Orioles.  It was Jim's 6th homer of the season, 5 of which came with at least one man on base.  That would be the last pitch of Erickson's day, and the Indians would go on to win the game 14-5.
- Robert

Monday, November 28, 2016

Joe Sakic card #138 1995-96 Fleer Metal Heavy Metal #12

  • Heavy Metal=Heavy Foil.  The Fleer Metal logo in the upper right corner is all but invisible.  
  • The back?  A picture of Joe, his last name in giant letter, and Heavy Metal below his name.  No write up, no explanation of the insert them whatsoever.  About as boring as boring can get.
  • Second straight Fleer Metal card I was fortunate enough to add to the Trading Card Database.  This will be the 20th Sakic card I've added...
- Robert

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Jim Thome card #138 1998 Upper Deck #70

  • Horizontal Heaven:  This card is fantastic, what a great shot of Jim appearing to try and check his swing at a ball in the dirt.  
  • I just happened to notice that Jim was drafted in the 13th round of the 1989 draft.  333rd overall.  Not a bad career for a guy drafted that far down.  Drafted #1 overall in '89?  Ben McDonald.  23 of the 30 players drafted in the first round that year played in the majors.  
  • Card lists for 75 cents in Beckett (Unlisted Star).  There are still quite a lot of cards from that set that list for a $1 or more.  I'm sure that you can find them if you look for a lot cheaper than that.
- Robert

Friday, November 25, 2016

Joe Sakic card #137 1995-96 Fleer Metal International Steel #18

  • For as much foil as there is on the front of this card, it did not scan as bad as I thought it would.  The blue box just to the left of Sakic's name is actually very difficult to read in hand, as the lettering is blue on blue.  So for me, this scan is a win.
  • Surprisingly this card wasn't scanned and added to the Trading Card Database.  That situation has been corrected.
  • Ten copies of the card are currently on COMC.  I was curious to see if the price range may have been skewed because of the black Friday sales.  Not this time, range still stands at 90 cents to $2.75.
- Robert

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #40 2012 Topps Opening Day #220

  • OK, I get it now.  Opening Day is its own thing for Topps.  I fully expected this to be card #13, same as the base set and the multitude of parallels that accompanied it.  Nope, similar to the Jim Thome posts of 1998 Topps cards earlier, the Opening Day card is also numbered differently.  
  • Career home run #40 for Brett came off of one of the best baseball names ever, Al Alburquerque.  It was hit in the 9th inning on 6/3/14, and capped off a 5 run ninth inning for the Jays.  The Tigers came back and scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th.   The final score?  5-3 Toronto.
  • Opening Day for the Jays in 2012 was a long 16 inning affair in Cleveland.  The Jays scored 3 in the top of the 16th for a 7-4 win.  Brett went 0 for 6 that day with 2 K's and a walk.
- Robert