Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Joe Sakic card #268 1997-98 Upper Deck Smooth Grooves #SG35


  • Part of a very large (for Upper Deck) 60 card insert set.  Most of the big name stars are there, even some 2nd tier stars such as Ziggy Palffy and Ed Jovanoski are part of the set.
  • I was very surprised to see that this wasn't submitted to the TCDB as of yet.  As usual, I took care of that.
  • Career goal #268 came on 2/3/96 vs. the Rangers.  It was one of 2 goals on the night for Joe as the Avs handled the Broadway Blueshirts 7-1.  Glenn Healy was the victim that night for both goals.
- Robert

Monday, November 20, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #104 2017 Topps 1987 Topps #84

  • Part of the monthly card show, I paid a buck for this one.  If there's any uniform I'd like to see less of, it's the road grays.
  • Interesting that the back of the card only shows the previous 2 seasons worth of stats.  The back also talks about how Lefty Gomez was the first and only pitcher to win the All-Star Game for a 3rd time.  That was in 1937.
  • Career homer # 104 was the first of the 2014 season for Andrew, hit on April 17th against Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers.  It was a 2 run shot in the bottom of the 1st, hit after the Brewers scored 1 in the top of the inning.  The Bucs would go on to throttle the Brewers 11-2, behind 7 strong innings from Edinson Volquez.
- Robert

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Joe Sakic card #267 1997-98 Pacific Dynagon Best Kept Secrets #27

  • I'm sure by the time the 97-98 season rolled around, Sakic's talent wasn't a secret.  
  • I like the idea though of a player's file on a card, similar to a police file with a photo (or in this case 2 of them) with biographical info.
  • Bio on the back:  Tied for second highest output of 96-97 season with a 6 point game.  That 6 point night came early in the year, 10/15/96 vs. Edmonton.  1G, 5A helped the Avs beat the Oilers 7-2.
- Robert

Friday, November 17, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #103 2016 Bowman Platinum Purple #55

  • Spotted this at last weekend's show in a dollar bin.  Didn't think that the price was too outrageous, so it came home with me (as you can plainly see).
  • I'm grateful that the serial # is easily visible on the front.  Normally I have to use a magnifying glass to see serial #'s these days.
  • One of the many cards in the Bowman Platinum rainbow, I still need the Black, Green, Ice and Orange parallel versions.  
- Robert

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #102 2012 Panini Triple Play #165

  • I truly didn't care for this release when it first came out.  No logos (as everyone laments) and the cartoon like drawings didn't appeal to me.  These are starting to grow a bit on me now.
  • I looked at the back and saw the helmet/face portion of the card as part of the 9 part series, and I'm looking forward to picking up the other 8 cards and dedicating an entire page to this set.  Crazy....
  • The remainder of the puzzle pieces are priced anywhere from 51 cents to $1.15 on COMC.  Yes, it's McCutchen but I think that these kinds of cards should still be found in either dime or quarter boxes.  
- Robert

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jim Thome card #252 2001 Donruss #62


  • Love the red border on this card, it really stands out with the red Indians script on the jersey.  I also never noticed until now the stars in the card background.  
  • I wonder how many people complained about the 20th anniversary stamp on the card back in 2001.   Would have been nice to see Donruss survive another 20 years, but what can you do?
  • Stats on the back:  Jim didn't play a full season of major league baseball until his age 25 season.  Imagine if during the 4 seasons before that he had played full time, instead of pieces here and there.  700 homers could have been a real possibility.
- Robert

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #101 2014 Topps Update blue #US216


  • Actually found this card while digging through the boat load of inserts and parallels that I am slowly adding to my trade list on TCDB.
  • Speaking of TCDB, I added this card to the website today.  I still have a long way to go to get all of my PC's entered, but it'll be worth it in the end for me, because the site will help me get organized.  
  • What I like about this photo is how comfortable Andrew looks at the game.  2014 was his 4th straight All-Star appearance; I'm hoping he has a big year in 2018 and gets back to the game.
- Robert

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jim Thome card #251 2001 Fleer Ultra #194


  • I took a quick look at the card in the binder and thought that it was a Stadium Club card because of the full bleed photo.  Not a bad photo, but not in the Stadium Club class.
  • Bio on the back:  "The 2000 season marked the seventh straight year Jim slugged at least 20 homers.  That tied the club record set by Larry Doby between 1949-55."  Jim would crush 49 HRs in 2001 to break the record.
  • Career homer #251 was one of Jim's 13 career walk off taters, a 3 run shot hit in the bottom of the 10th inning off of Milwaukee's Ray King.  The Indians won 5-2, and made a winner of reliever Bob Wickman.
- Robert

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Joe Sakic card #266 1996-97 Pinnacle Mint Bronze #11

  • Don't think I'm going to hit the 397 posts that I completed on the blog in 2016, but 375 is a good target for 2017.  Right around 50 more posts this year should get me there.  Some 2 a days are in order.
  • This card looks much better than this morning's card.  The bronze coin suits it quite well.  Still need the silver and gold versions.
  • The only copy currently on COMC is priced at $2.88, maybe a tad expensive but I do remember that these cards were a bit pricey when they first came out.
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #265 1996-97 Pinnacle Mint #11


  • I imagine that there's a coin somewhere that fits in the hole that you see.
  • Going through recently and entering more cards from my Sakic collection into the Trading Card Database, I realized just how disorganized my Sakic cards were.  This and the next card you'll see tonight are 2 more examples.  I had them with my 97-98 cards...
  • How popular was Joe at the time?  His likeness appeared on the Colorado phone directory.   Remember those?
- Robert