Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Jim Thome card #125 1998 Fleer Ultra Double Trouble #17DT

  • What does a guy gotta do?  The one season that Matt Williams spends in Cleveland, he wins a silver slugger and gold glove.  What do the Indians do?  They trade him to the Diamondbacks for Travis Fryman.
  • Wonder what would have become of Thome's career had he remained at 3rd base instead of moving to 1st when Williams arrived...
  • Need the Blue Jays version of this insert, which features Roger Clemens and Jose Cruz Jr.  There are some great duos featured in this insert set, including Griffey/ARod and Vlad Guerrero/Pedro Martinez of the Expos. 
- Robert

Monday, October 24, 2016

Jim Thome card #124 1998 Pacific Revolution #47

  • First of the Pacific brand of cards for 1998; I only showed one for Thome from 1997.  
  • What is that design in the background?  Pinwheel?  Chinese throwing star?  Any ideas?  Also I found it interesting that the blue background you see on the scan is actually silver in hand. 
  • Only 3 copies of this card on COMC right now, 1 is at 73 cents, the other 2 at 74 cents.   Sounds about right.  
  • There are 19 unique Pacific branded cards (incl. parallels) listed for sale on the site.   I'd be surprised if I have half of them.  
- Robert

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Felix Potvin card #9 1992-93 Parkhurst Emerald Ice #187

  • Similar to the McCutchen card in yesterday's afternoon post, the horizontal shot makes all the difference here.  Gotta wonder if he stopped the Bruin featured in the shot here...
  • This is another example of me having the parallel card and not the base card.  I've really got to change that...
  • I love the border.  The greenish/blue marble effect has always been a favorite of mine, and it hasn't changed in 25 years.
- Robert

Felix Potvin card #8 1993 Classic Images #121

  • I've never been big on companies such as Classic, but this card I really like.  I'll be damned if I can remember who sent it to me, but thank you to the person that did!
  • It took a bit of searching to find out exactly what set that this card was from.  I finally found it on COMC.  
  • This will probably be one of the few cards that you will see featuring Felix in his St. John's Maple Leafs jersey.  I think Classic was the only company to release cards of him with that particular logo...
- Robert

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #30 2012 Panini Prizm MVP #22

  • Believe me, I get it about people not liking unlicensed cards.  To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of them myself.  But done right, you have to admit that some of them look pretty good.  I do like this card.
  • Not sure why I had this card mixed in with the 2014 page of McCutchen cards, it clearly says on the back 2012 Prizm.  Brain fart!
  • Team MVP indeed.  .327 average, 194 hits and 31 homers is going to be tough to beat out for top dog honors.
  • At Andrew's current pace, he would hit the 3000 hit mark sometime during his age 40 season.  I think that 2500 is a more reasonable objective for Cutch.
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #29 2014 Topps Wal Mart blue parallel #452

  • I think that this card was made even better by the fact that it's a horizontal shot.  If the baseball was in the frame, the photo would have been absolutely fantastic.  I still miss the dreads.
  • It had been almost a month since I posted a McCutchen card, so I decided to make up for it today by posting two MVP related cards.   No, the next post will not be the base card version of this one...
  • I was curious to see how much this card would be selling for on COMC.  When I went there, no copies were for sale!  The series 1 base blue parallel had a few copies, selling from 64 cents to $2.25.  
  • I was a little surprised (but shouldn't have been so..) that this was the first card from the 2014 Topps set featured on this blog.  I'm sure that I'll find a card or 2 from this set for Brett Lawrie to post as well...
- Robert

Friday, October 21, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #38 2013 Topps Archives #186

  • The only way that you can tell that it's a different photo from the 2013 Topps base set is that he's wearing his road greys on this card, whereas on the flagship he's in the home whites.  Otherwise, it's virtually the same fielding pose.
  • Why do guys wearing batting gloves underneath their leather?   Never really made any sense to me.  Can't be for protection, can it?
  • Bio on the back:  "Brett topped the Blue Jays with a .319 batting average against left handed pitching.  He also relished raking at the Rogers Centre (Skydome), where he swatted .302."  What happened to words such as hitting or batting in the 2nd sentence?  Did they become passe?
 - Robert 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Joe Sakic card #124 1994-95 Upper Deck Predictor #H17

  • I always enjoyed pulling the predictor cards from packs.  Joe Sakic unfortunately didn't win the Art Ross trophy in 94-95, as Eric Lindros and Jaromir Jagr tied for the league lead in points with 70.  Joe finished the season with 62 points (remember it was the strike shortened season).
  • Love that the blue border matches up really well with the blue in the Nordiques uniform.  
  • Insanity on the back:  When redeeming winning predictor cards, Canadians had to answer this skill testing question within 3 minutes:  9+7+3.  Think you can manage??
- Robert

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Joe Sakic card #123 1995-96 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #136

  • How is it that I managed to get the Gold Medallion parallel, and have had it for quite a long time, but don't have the base version of this card??!!  That needs to be rectified, and soon.
  • The back of this card has 3(!) photos of Sakic.  I don't know if I've ever seen a card with 3 photos of the same player, save for the 70's OPC/Topps team leader cards.
  • Career goal #123 for Joe came on 12/5/91 at the Boston Garden.  Joe scored both goals in a 2-2 that night.  Andy Moog was the victim for both goals...
- Robert

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Joe Sakic card #122 1995-96 Fleer Ultra Premier Pivot #8

  • Love the look of this card, the dual photo looks really sharp.    I also enjoy that the photos use both the home and road jerseys.  Fleer got this one right in my opinion.
  • This is part of a 10 card insert set, featuring a who's who of great center-men of that era.  Messier, Fedorov, Gretzky, Lindros, Francis, Oates, Sundin, Roenick, and Zhamnov were the other 9 to be part of the set.
  • There are currently a dozen of these listed on COMC, ranging in price from $1.40 to $2.75.  Not bad, seems like a decent range for this card.
- Robert