Friday, February 23, 2018

Jim Thome card #282 2002 Topps Gallery #146

  • 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.
- Robert

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jim Thome card #281 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes #39

  • 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...
- Robert

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ichiro card #28 2005 Topps #338

  • 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
- Robert

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ichiro card #27 2005 Topps #337

  • 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.
- Robert

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Joe Sakic card #297 1998-99 UD Choice #230

  • 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
- Robert

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ichiro card #26 2004 Topps #703

  • 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.
- Robert

Monday, February 12, 2018

Joe Sakic card #296 1998-99 UD Choice #59

  • 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...
- Robert

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jim Thome card #280 2002 Fleer eX #61

  • 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.
- Robert

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ichiro card #25 2004 Topps #694

  • 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.
- Robert

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Jim Thome card #279 2002 Bowman #50

  • 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?
- Robert