- One of the best sets of the early 2000's in my opinion. It is also one of the few that I tried (and succeeded) to build.
- Love how the artist captured the concentration on Jim's face while waiting for the ball at 1st. Fantastic.
- 2 copies of this card currently on COMC, one at 99 cents, the other at $1. For that set, those are probably right on the money.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
- Until I picked up this card last year, I had no idea that this set even existed. 180 cards total, 90 World Series heroes, 45 RC and 45 Future World Series heroes.
- 10 copies of this card currently on COMC, priced from 75 cents to $1.24. I have no idea what these packs sold for back in the day, so I don't know if this is good or not so good.
- Jim had 2 chances at a ring with the Indians, in 1995 and 1997. Jim hit a combined .255 in those 2 WS, with 3 HR and 6 RBI. I still remember how he and the Indians were within 3 outs of the '97 series before fate cruelly took it away from them...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
- Two hundred and 62 hits. Imagine that number. Play 162 games, and in 100 games get at least 2 hits. That didn't happen as you know, but putting the number in that perspective makes you think about how great Ichiro's 2004 season was.
- One team had 3 players in the top 10 hit category, the Orioles. Tejada (203), Mora (187) and Lopez (183) cracked the list that also contained Damon, Jeter, Kotsay and Crawford.
- Career game #28 starts a really good run for Ichiro. He extended his hit streak to 10 games by going 3 for 5 with a double and 3 runs scored against the Red Sox. The M's won 10-3 increasing Jamie Moyer's record to 5-0
Sunday, February 18, 2018
- This is why I love older cards. This card features a hall of famer, a future hall of famer, and Melvin Mora. You just never know with baseball what can happen during a given season.
- The back of the card shows the top 10 hitters in the AL for 2003. There were 2 teams that had two players each in the top 10; the Tigers (IRod and Guillen) and the A's (Durazo and Kotsay).
- Career game #27; Ichiro runs his hit streak to 9 games with a triple and 2 runs scored in a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Aaron Sele would get the win running his record to 5-0 on the 2nd of May.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
- Makes you wonder if this is a Sakic card or a Patrick Roy card. You can clearly see Roy in the background and the inset photo.
- 8 copies for sale on COMC, ranging in price from 99 cents to $1.25. Yes, most Sakic base cards are around a buck, but this set should be a bit lower than most of the other base sets. I would say in the 50-75 cent range would be more like it for this card.
- Career goal #297 came 12/4/96 against the Oilers. His goal opened the game, and was a short handed goal. It was all the Avs would need as they shut out Edmonton 2-0
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
- What intrigued me about this card instantly was Ichiro's glove. Looks like something from the turn of the 20th century, doesn't it?
- Bio on the back: "in 2003, he led American League rightfielders in every defensive category, 12 assists (including 2 in one inning)." Pretty good stat to feature on a gold glove winner's card, right?
- Career game 26 sees Ichiro go 1 for 4 extending his hit streak to 8 games. Ichiro has one of 3 hits off of Red Sox starter Pedro Martinez as the Sox won 2-0.
Monday, February 12, 2018
- Bought a lot of these packs back in the day. 99 cents was a hard price point to pass up.
- Great photo of Joe releasing a shot. Look at the whip in the stick at puck contact, incredible.
- Interesting set size, 310 cards. Not sure why Upper Deck didn't just stop at 300 or go up to 350.
- 5 copies of this card on COMC, range from 96 cents to $1.25. Might be better off finding a pack and taking a chance on pulling a Joe...
Saturday, February 10, 2018
- Not a bad design for an eX card. A bit hard to see the #25 on the left hand side of the card, but other than that the background looks cool, kind of like this is hand drawn instead of a photo.
- Interesting stats on the back; Fleer featured Jim's stats vs 5 teams, and then against the NL. Jim ate up the NL to the tune of 10 HR and 25 RBI with a .365 average in 2001.
- Career home run #280 was hit on 9/10/01 against Dan Wright of the White Sox. It was a solo shot at home that tied the game at 1. Unfortunately for the Tribe that would be the only run they would get in a 7-1 loss.
Friday, February 9, 2018
- Maybe the top 2 players of the decade? Ichiro and Pujols would get my vote.
- Love this photo with the shot of U.S. Cellular Field in the background. More photos like this would be welcome.
- Career game #25 would see Ichiro's latest hit streak go to 7 games with a 1 for 6 performance against the White Sox. Ichiro's hit came in the 9th inning off of Keith Foulke. The Sox would go on to lose the game in 14 innings, 2-1.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
- A healthy dose: I currently own 43 cards from 2002 releases of Jim. A few new sets I haven't shown on this blog before as well. Looking forward to it.
- Typical Bowman, nothing flashy or outlandish. Steady clean design, black and red border (a great color combo IMO).
- Bio on the back: "once a punch and Judy hitter, Thome devoted himself to weight training and blasted 32 total homers (AAA and Cleveland) in 1993." Can you imagine Jim being a singles hitter, ever?