Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ichiro card #18 2004 Bowman #118

  • The black border rule:  Someone should make a rule that states any card company should release at least one set per year with a black border.  There's like 6000 sets a year, so how hard should this be?
  • I would be willing to take a wild guess and say that this isn't Ichiro's real signature...
  • Game 18 saw Ichiro's 15 game hitting streak come to an end.  Jarrod Washburn was the Angels starter, and Lou Pote and Ben Weber mopped up in a 5-2 M's win.  Game 19 would see Ichiro start another long hitting streak.
- Robert

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Joe Sakic card #290 1998-99 Pacific Omega EO Portraits #6

  • I have no idea what the difference is for an Electro-Optical Portrait.  But none the less, here it is!
  • It also has been added to the Trading Card Database.  This card should boost me to 7th on the Joe Sakic contributor list.   Still a long way to go and a lot of Sakic cards to add.
  • I don't remember what I paid for this, or how long I've had it, but I'm glad to do have it.  3 copies of the card currently on COMC, cheapest at $3.20, and the highest is $10.25!  Not sure why this particular card is priced so high...
- Robert

Friday, January 19, 2018

Joe Sakic card #289 1998-99 Bowmans Best #49

  • As with other foil cards, this one scanned dark.  Once I upped the brightness setting I was able to make out his stick blade, along with his name and team logo on the bottom.
  • Bio on the back:  Something a little different from Bowman on the back.  Time on Ice per game, which they listed at 23:05.  It was also a bit funny to see that Joe had more power play points (28) than hits (24) for the 97-98 season.
  • There is a refractor version of this card, limited to 400 copies.  There's one copy on COMC right now, listed at $6.25.  That's just under 10 times what the base is going for.  Might be a while before I pursue it.
- Robert

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jim Thome card #271 2001 Ovation #10


  • This is more like it.  I like the stitching feel of the card, it's what I always remembered about the Ovation releases from the early 2000's.
  • Bio on the back:  "Thome has been consistent driving in runs for the Indians, recording 577 RBI during the last 5 seasons."  115 RBI per year over a 5 year period certainly isn't anything to sneeze at.
  • Career homer #271 was hit on the road, 8/7/01 against Rick Reed  of the Twins.  It was a 2 run shot that extended the Indians' lead, and allowed them to cruise to a 7-2 win.  CC Sabathia pitched 7 innings for the win to up his record to 11-4.
- Robert

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ichiro card #17 2003 Upper Deck Masters with the Leather #L9


  • Nice looking card, it's good to see something that honors a part of Ichiro's game that often was overlooked, his defense.
  • Bio on the back:  Ichiro made only 1 error during his rookie season, winning a gold glove.  That would be the first of 10 consecutive gold glove awards.  
  • Quite the common card:  33 copies of this card currently on COMC.  Cheapest is 45 cents.  Most expensive is $4.  I would think somewhere in the middle is about right.
  • Career game #17 see Ichiro's hit streak extended to 15 games with a 2 for 5 performance.  During the streak he's hitting .400, the M's are 12-3 and had an OPS of .989.  7 of those games were also multi hit games.  
- Robert

Monday, January 15, 2018

Joe Sakic card #288 1998-99 Pacific Omega Online #10


  • If I remember correctly, Pacific devoted an entire baseball set called Online.  This appears to just be an insert set of 36 cards.
  • Just looking at the TCDB, I didn't realize how many inserts/parallels that Omega has.  I'm sure it will be quite a while before I see many of them in hand.  
  • Speaking of the TCDB, I was able to add this card to the site today.   Just need another card or two to move into sixth on the Sakic contributors list.  
  • Bio on the back:  Another card that mentions Joe's short handed prowess.   Kind of getting tedious isn't it?
- Robert

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jim Thome card #270 2001 Donruss 1999 Retro #34


  • Love the idea that Donruss employed, using a different design for a "missing" set from a couple years previous.
  • Donruss also had another retro card for the 2000 year, but I don't have that one as of yet.  There are also stat line serial #'d parallels for the '99 and '00 missing sets; I wonder if this is when Donruss started using the stat line idea.
  • Career homer #270 was another Jacobs Field blast, this time hit off Seattle's Paul Abbott.  It was Jim's 3rd home run in 2 days, a 2 run shot that brought the Indians to within 6-4.  The Indians would get those 2 runs back the very next inning and go on to win 8-6.  
  • Parallel PC:  Ichiro would go 3 for 5 in that game to raise his average to .335.  Ichiro had 2 doubles, drove in 2, scored once and walked once.   
- Robert

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ichiro card #16 2003 Topps 205 Drum #100

  • As you all know I'm not a big fan of mini cards, but I don't mind the actual look of this card.  There's a variation of this card with Ichiro looking right.
  • A little blog maintenance today as I finally added the Ichiro PC page.  I still have 28 cards of his on my desk that I have to write posts for.  Have to get into the habit of getting things off the desk again.
  • Was surprised that I was able to add this to the TCDB.  I don't expect to add many Ichiro cards, as I plan on focusing mostly on his base cards.  I would imagine that a lot of those have already been added by other members.
- Robert

Friday, January 12, 2018

Joe Sakic card #287 1998-99 Pacific Omega #65

  • I believe that it's the next season's Omega release that I really liked.  The 3 photos on the front is kind of overkill for me.
  • Bio on the back:  Again another card describes Joe's shorthanded prowess; this time mentioning that he scored a SHG while assisting on the game winner against the BlackHawks on January 10th, 1999.
  • Interesting set size for Omega, as it totaled 252 cards.  Cards #251 & 252 honored the first and last games played at Maple Leaf Gardens, as it closed its doors to pro hockey in February '99.
- Robert

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Andrew McCutchen card #113 2017 Topps Fire #132

  • Reminds me of the Pacific Revolution cards from the early 2000's.  Only brighter.
  • I liked the patches on the sleeve featuring the spring training location.  I'm looking forward to hopefully catching a game or 2 during spring training this year.  Even the mrs. is hoping to go once or twice.
  • Seeing the parallels of this card on COMC definitely make me think Pacific.   4 different parallels, ranging from 62 cents to $14.99 (magenta out of 25).  Yep, Pacific it is...
- Robert