Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #77 2015 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor #103

  • Love the purple parallel, the purple doesn't overtake the photo, but yet it's deep enough to let you know it's purple, not lavender or any lighter shade.
  • Added this card to the Trading Card Database.  It's serial #'d 19/250
  • Bought this for 89 cents on COMC.  Cheapest copy currently on the site is 89 cents.  
  • This is the final Brett Lawrie card that I currently own.  Of course I will probably add more over time, and accept more in trades as well.   But I'm probably going to concentrate on my other PCs a bit more in the near future.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #76 2015 Bowman Chrome refractor #103

  • Serial #'d 151/499, this is one of the few cards I have of Lawrie that features him hitting, instead of throwing the baseball.
  • Cheap.  I bought this on COMC at the beginning of 2016 for just 68 cents.  The 4 copies currently on the site range from 85 cents to $1.70.
  • The other 3 color parallels that I need are all reasonably priced right now, it might behoove me to go after one or more for my next order.
- Robert

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Joe Sakic card #228 1997-98 Donruss Studio #23

  • Said it many times before, I was never a big fan of the Studio cards when they first came out, but they grew on me over the years.
  • I can only imagine how relaxing it was for the players to pose like this, no equipment under their jersey, giving them a different look than in their full uniform.
  • There are also 8x10 versions of these, none of which I have.  I wouldn't mind getting a hold of one and trying to get an IP autograph on it.  
- Robert

Monday, August 14, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #75 2015It Topps Heritage #63

  • Closing in on the end.   Just two more cards in my current PC to show off for Laurie, both Bowman cards.  I'll finish him up on Wednesday.
  • Something you don't see very often on Lawrie cards; him in a perfectly clean, white uniform.  
  • I'm still amazed at some of the prices you see on base cards on COMC.  The cheapest price for this card on the site is 50 cents (still pricey if you ask me), but the most expensive copies of this card are $2.25!  That's just unbelievable.  
- Robert

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #73 2016 Gypsy Queen mini #88

  • One copy of this card on COMC.  Priced at $2.99, a bit much in my opinion.
  • This is the normal version, there is a 2nd version featuring Andrew in the home whites.  I don't have that card as of yet.
  • It also appears that the knee "injury" he suffered on Friday was minor; I've read he could have played Saturday if needed.  Keeping him off of that turf in Toronto is probably a good idea.  
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #72 2016 Gypsy Queen #88

  • Bio on the back:  "The only other player than McCutchen to hit at least 150 HR and steal 150 or more bases in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform was Barry Bonds."  Good company.
  • If I had a complaint about the card, it would be the bottom border is a bit too big, specifically the "Gypsy Queen" lettering.  Other than that, I think the card is great, a solid photo of Andrew's follow through.
  • 13 copies of the card currently on COMC, ranging from 43 cents (not bad) to $1.25 which is a tad high (OK, a lot high).
 - Robert     

Friday, August 11, 2017

Joe Sakic card #228 1990-91 Kraft #79

  • I needed this card.  I said so on twitter to a gentleman who posted it.  10 days later, I had the card in hand.  Card traders are the best!
  • Stats on the back:  Junior stats only!  Was very surprised to see this, as Joe had already been in the NHL for a couple of years when this card was released.  Fully licensed card, so I'm not sure why the lack of pro stats.
  • Still need the "brother" to this card, #50 from the same set of Kraft cards.  That card features Joe in his Nordiques road uniform, and has the pro stats on it.  
- Robert

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jim Thome card #220 2000 Fleer Gamers #77

  • Right side of the background?  Reminds me of striped curtains.   Don't ask me why, it just does.
  • Left side kind of scanned dull, looks much better in hand as it's silver foil.  Kind of different that it has the beginning of the "Indians" on the home jersey, but doesn't finish the word.  Wonder why Fleer made the card that way.
  • Career home run #220 was the first of two homers Jim hit off of Wade Miller, 7/17/2000.  Both were solo shots, but helped as the Indians beat the Astros 8-6.  
- Robert

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Joe Sakic card #227 1994-95 Parkhurst You Crash the Game Green #H19

  • Another part of the recent Sportlots purchase.  Just 50 cents.  Have seen a few of these online for a few bucks.  
  • Just need the Blue parallel in order to complete the rainbow of this particular card.  I have never used the Beckett Marketplace to buy a card before, is it easy or a pain in the ass?
  • For years I've never been big into inserts, but I think it would be great if a card company brought back something like these cards, based on player performance.  This is one of the better ideas of the past quarter century, IMO.
- Robert

Monday, August 7, 2017

Jim Thome card #219 2000 Fleer E-X #37

  • I need to look at cards a little closer.  Never noticed the eX logos in the silver "wave" portion of the card until I scanned and displayed on my monitor.  
  • I'm going to miss Chief Wahoo on the Indians Topps cards going forward.  Believe me, I get it, doesn't mean I won't miss the logo though...
  • Two parallels for this card, Essential Credentials Now #'d to 37 and Essential Credentials Future #'d to 24; one copy the Future card is listed on eBay currently with a BIN of $79.99.  I don't expect to see either of those in my collection any time soon.  
- Robert

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #74 2015 Topps Update Gold Parallel #US265

  • This appears to be the last year that I'll be able to readily tell the gold parallels from the base set.  I've opened many packs from 2016 & 2017 Topps and have overlooked the newer gold parallels every time.
  • Serial #'d 888/2015.  I looked on TCDB to see if this had been submitted, and it had, with the parallel being #'d 666/2015.   Interesting...
  • The TCDB also showed eBay listings for this card, most of which were right around the $1 range.  The 4 copies of this card on COMC are listed between 95 cents and $1.15, so it seems that all is right in the world when it comes to this particular card.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #73 2015 Topps Update #US265

  • I remember in the past that Topps had the update series numbered with a "UH" (updates and highlights) prefix.  Wonder what made them change to US.
  • First card of Brett featuring him in an Oakland uniform.  This will go quick, as I only have 5 of such cards.
  • I tried hard this morning to read what the writing was on the tattoo on Brett's forearm, but couldn't make it out.  Does anyone out there know what it says?  Maybe a bible verse, but I'm not sure...
- Robert

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #71 2010 Topps Legendary Lineage #LL-58

  • Thank you to Kin at the I feel like a collector again blog for this card, which he sent as part of a very generous trade package.
  • Bio on the back:  How's this for a comparison?  Wagner joins the Pirates in 1900, the franchise hadn't finished higher than 6th  in 11 of the previous 13 seasons.  The Pirates won three straight NL titles from 1901-03.  McCutchen joined the Pirates in 2009, and not too long thereafter they started making the postseason.  Not quite as successful as Honus, but a good comparison indeed.
  • It's also interesting to see how the colors have changed over the years for the Bucs, with the early unis having the red lettering and the blue caps.  Today we all know Pittsburgh as the black and gold steel town.
- Robert

Friday, August 4, 2017

Joe Sakic card #226 1995-96 Fleer Ultra #136

  • I've had the Fleer Extra card from this set for a very long time, but when buying cards off of Sportlots recently, I couldn't believe that I didn't have this base card.  18 cents later, this was in the cart.
  • I still have a few more Sakic cards that feature him in the Nordiques jersey to acquire.  A lot of what's remaining are refractors, parallels or oddballs.  
  • The back of the card has 3 times as many photos as the front.  Not sure why Fleer thought it necessary to use that many photos on the back.  If you total up the photos, 2 feature Joe in his road uniform, and 2 have him in the home whites.
- Robert

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #70 2016 Topps Opening Day #OD-51

  • I wonder if people requested Topps to start numbering the Opening Day cards differently because they were confusing these with the regular base set.   I don't remember seeing older sets with the "OD" before the card number.
  • Cutch is still 3 homers away from 200 for his career.  9 more this year will tie his career high of 31 set back in 2012.  
  • I looked over a lot of career numbers for Andrew this evening, and the one that caught my eye was number of games started in CF.  He moved into 50th place all time tonight with his 1266th career game in center.  He would have to play every day for nearly 10 years to catch the all time leader, Willie Mays, who has 2829.  
- Robert

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Joe Sakic card #225 1995-96 Playoff One on One #139

  • Another portion of the recent order from Sportlots.  Very cheap for a Sakic card, just 18 cents.  It's usually tough to find a Sakic card priced below a quarter.
  • I had forgotten about this set; Sakic has multiple cards in it.  This is the 2nd of the 3 that I own.  The third is a short print that I have not yet found.
  • Graphite shaft?  I thought that graphite was more of a 21st century creation.  Had no idea that graphite sticks went that far back.  Guess I should really pay more attention to the game I love...
- Robert

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jim Thome card #218 2000 Bowman's Best #45

  • The card scanned wonderfully, looks better with the gold in the scan than the bronze in hand.  Interesting with the 3 panel background, with only the dual photo of Jim in the 3rd panel.  
  • Back of the card is very interesting for stat geeks, as it breaks down Jim's statistics vs. pitchers who have certain ERA's.  For example, for pitchers that had ERA's of below 3.00, Jim's batting average against them was .161 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in 31 ABs.  
  • Wondering when they weigh these guys:  Most of the Topps and Upper Deck cards list Thome at 220 or 225 lbs.  This Bowman's Best card lists him at 240.  That's a big difference for cards from the same season...
  • With 41 posts in July, I broke my own record for posts in a month.  I need to average 37 posts a month for the remainder of the year to match last year's total.  
- Robert

Monday, July 31, 2017

Joe Sakic card #224 1990-91 Panini Stickers #139

  • Still have a handful of pre 97-98 cards from my last Sportlots purchase to show.   This one only set me back a quarter.
  • Very early photo of Joe as anyone who collects Sakic would know.  The 'A' on his chest is a dead giveaway.
  • Different:  The three colored stripes on the bottom of the sticker front.  Not something that I can ever remember seeing on any kind of card release...
- Robert

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #69 2016 Topps #20

  • 3 home runs and 2 walks today.  Diving catch in the outfield late in the game after it was out of reach.  I love watching this man play.  I hope he's in a Pirate uniform in 2018.
  • The more he plays games like today, the more it just makes me want to add more of his cards to my PC of him.   Quickly.
  • Not a bad shot of Andrew on the card, looks like he's popped one up on the infield by the expression on his face.
  • Career home run #69 was hit off of San Francisco's George Kontos, 7/8/2012.  It was a 2 run shot that put the game further out of reach, as the Pirates won 13-2
- Robert

Friday, July 28, 2017

Joe Sakic card #223 1992-93 Panini Stickers #209

  • Part of a recent Sportlots order of 20 Sakic cards from one of my favorite sellers on the site, cttcdork, whom I've ordered from a total of 13 times.  
  • I'm trying to get as many cards/stickers of Sakic from his early days with the Nordiques.  The list from before the 93-94 season is starting to shrink.  The Panini stickers are something that I haven't chased much until recently.  I regret that now...
  • Items such as this I have no problem paying a premium for, even on Sportlots.   This was still cheap in my opinion at 50 cents.
- Robert

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #72 2015 Topps Black #134

  • Had to check to see how much I paid for this card, because I couldn't remember.  I actually bought it on eBay back in 2015 for $4, and it was in February, 2015 which isn't long after series 1 came out, so I think at the time I got a good deal.
  • This is serial #'d 28/64.  There are currently no copies of this card on COMC.  I have also added it to the Trading Card Database as well.
  • I would add career home run #72 in this spot, if it had been hit.  Brett's career is currently stalled at 71 homers.  I'm still hoping that he can latch on somewhere and get another shot.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #71 2015 Topps Rainbow Foil #134

  • It didn't show up very well on the scan at all, but this is the rainbow foil version of the base card.  
  • I thought that I had purchased this card from COMC, but it turns out that isn't the case.  I had to check and see how much they were on the site, and was surprised to see just 2 copies, one listed at $1 and the other at $1.75.  Maybe a little high...
  • This has been added to the Trading Card Database.  I was kind of surprised it wasn't there.  The submission will put me alone into 2nd place among contributors for Brett Lawrie on the site; this will be the 21st card I've added.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #70 2015 Topps #134

  • Today's 3 cards feature variations on the 2015 Topps flagship card of Brett.  I am also on the last page of his cards to be scanned and shown on the blog.
  • I believe that I also have a jersey card or two of Brett that I have to dig up and show on the blog.  Final total should reach just about 80 cards.  
  • Career home run #70 was hit as a member of the White Sox, 6/26/16 against Ricky Nolasco of the Twins.  It would tie the game at 1 in the 2nd inning and start the Sox on their way to a 9-5 win.
- Robert

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jim Thome card #217 2000 Fleer Showcase #25

  • What a fantastic shot of Thome just as he's about to make contact with the baseball.  Or is it right after he's made contact?
  • Hunted high and low for the card number on the back, thinking that the 25 in the upper left corner represented his jersey number.  This is the 5th card so far on the blog that has had the card number match his jersey.
  • I know nothing of this set when it released, but the 5 singles of this card on COMC range from 60 cents to $1.24.  Just from the look of the card, that seems to be about right.
- Robert

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Joe Sakic card #222 1997-98 Pacific Paramount Canadian Greats #5

  • When I pulled this card out of the binder I first thought that it was the base card.  Then I looked at the rest of the page and saw the 3 versions that I have of the base.  So I had to turn this card over to figure out that it was part of the Canadian Greats insert set.  Pacific disguised this card very well.
  • I've been quite surprised at how many older Sakic cards I've been able to scan in to the Trading Card Database.  This card was another one that I was able to add.  
  • This card is not one that I'm overly thrilled with design wise.  Not sure what the thought process was behind the multiple Avalanche logos.  If the card celebrates Canadian Greats, why not have multiple red Maple Leafs on the card?  
- Robert

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jim Thome card #216 2000 SPx #42

  • I like the gold on this card.  The varying shades and tones of gold weren't done any justice on the scan.  It looks, and shines much better in hand.
  • I've said it before on this blog, but the eye black that Jim wears really enhances his cards for me.  It's the old fashioned grease stick rather than the new stickers that players wear.  No worries about getting dirty when Jim goes to work.
  • This card represents post #600 on this blog.  This is also post #33 for July '17, and I'm pretty sure I'll hit 40 posts this month.  I love the quick posts on my PC cards, and I think this blog has helped keep my interest in building them up.  
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #221 1997-98 Pacific Crown Royale Lamplighters #6

  • The orange streaks show a lot better on the scan than they do in hand.  The spaces in between the light bursts are just that, spaces.  Makes the card a bit lighter...
  • Added this card to the Trading Card Database today.  Doing my part to help Sakic collectors everywhere.
  • I've started picking up some more Sakic's for my collection.  I'm starting to run out of regular base cards to buy and am more into the higher end base cards as well as the cheaper inserts/parallels.  Things are about to get a bit more expensive, but I'm enjoying the hunt and I hope to eventually hit 1000 Sakic cards for my PC someday.
- Robert

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joe Sakic card #220 1997-98 Black Diamond Premium Cut Horizontal Quad Diamond #PC29

  • Longest.  Post title.  Ever.
  • I've added this card to the Trading Card Database.  The site is under 60,000 cards that need to be added to reach 2 million.  One more card and I will have the site's 8th highest total of Sakic cards added.  
  • Didn't find this card until today; I was looking for this last week to post when I posted the other Black Diamond cards, but couldn't figure out where I hid this on myself.
  • I searched for a reasonably priced copy of this card for a long time.  Every copy I saw was priced at $30 or more, which was way beyond what I wanted to pay.   I finally found this for $12 at the Hockey Expo in Toronto several years ago.  
- Robert

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #68 2016 Panini Diamond Kings #56

  • I've seen a few cards of Cutch without his armband on the right arm.  Love the detail by the artist ensuring that the armband was on this portrait.
  • The bio on the back mentions Andrew's gold glove, silver slugger awards and MVP award, but the quote goes into detail about the Roberto Clemente award that he won in 2015.  Andrew really is the face of the franchise in Pittsburgh, both on the field and in the community, and it would be a big mistake to trade him.
  • Career home run #68 for Andrew was hit 7/8/2012 off of San Francisco's Tim Lincecum.  It was a 2 run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 1st.  The Pirates would score a run in 7 of the 8 innings that they batted, and routed the Giants 13-2.
- Robert

Friday, July 21, 2017

Jim Thome card #215 2000 Topps Finest #9

  • The right side of the card reminds me of the old analog TV's when the signal wasn't quite perfect and you had lines running through people's faces.  
  • Chief Wahoo's teeth scanned dark again.  I'd love to say something, but I just can't bring myself to do it...
  • Bio on the back:  "Thome was at it again in 1999, hitting four home runs in his five postseason games.  He now counts 16 bombs--2 of them grand slams--among his 40 career playoff hits."  40% of his hits were HR's?  Had to find out what his career total was.  17 HR's out of 49 career playoff hits is just under 35%.  Wonder if there's anyone with a better ratio in MLB history?
- Robert

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Joe Sakic card #219 1997-98 Upper Deck #253

  • Love this design.  Nothing flashy, solid photography as always by Upper Deck.  Horizontal layout I believe helps the card.
  • Seeing the "Sakic enjoys a record night against the Oilers" on the front made the stat geek in me look up that night.  6 points, 1 goal and 5 assists with a +4 rating.  The only Avs goal that Joe wasn't a part of that night was the final one as the Oilers were blown out 7-2 in the old McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.
  • Saw the numbers "950" on the boards in the background, figured it was an AM radio station.  Sure enough it's KKSE, Altitude Sports Radio in Denver.  With the way that radio stations change formats, it's pretty cool to see that the same radio station is still broadcasting Avalanche games 20 years later.
- Robert

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Felix Potvin card #20 1995-96 Upper Deck Electric Ice #228

  • Making a list, and checking it twice:  Realized today that the last time I posted 2 versions of the same card for Felix on the same day, I posted different card #'s.  Editing issues for sure!
  • I'd forgotten how much easier it was to pull an Electric Ice card in 95-96.  1 in every retail pack, 2 in jumbo packs.   COMC has a copy of this card at $1.75, not bad.  The tougher to pull 94-95 EI card of Felix is listed at over $6.  Typical goalie premium.
  • I'll have to pay close attention during next years junior tournament.  Wonder if the IIHF allows logos on player's equipment now compared to 25 years ago.  I'm sure that sponsorship makes the IIHF a lot of money during these tournaments now.
- Robert

Felix Potvin card #19 1995-96 Upper Deck #228

  • This is actually a reprint of Felix's rookie card, released 5 years earlier.  UD released as part of Series 1 in 95-96 a group of players who had cards in the company's original hockey release 5 years earlier.  
  • 3 of the 4 top RC's from 95-96 UD ($ wise) are French goalies.  Jose Theodore, Mathieu Garon and Marc Denis were all part of the big wave of players that came in on the heels of Potvin, all inspired by Montreal's Patrick Roy.
  • 95-96 UD was an interesting set, it was a total of 570 cards released in 2 series.  Instead of evening out the series in 285 cards apiece, UD had 270 cards in series 1 and 300 in series 2.  I wonder what the rationale was behind that, as 2nd series releases are usually less than or equal to the first in size, not bigger.
- Robert

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Joe Sakic card #218 1997-98 Pinnacle Mint Collection #12

  • Have a couple horizontal cards in a row of Joe to show.  Somewhere in my house I have a bronze coin from one of the Mint sets featuring Sakic.  Where it is, I don't know at the moment.
  • If it weren't for the Avalanche jersey, I would have believed that this was a photo from very early in Joe's career.  Must have had a good close shave just before game time that day.
  • Priced on COMC anywhere from 65 cents to $1.75, this is no longer found in Beckett's monthly magazine.  I would say that $1.75 might be a bit pricey for this card, but anywhere from 65 cents to a buck would be about right.
- Robert

Monday, July 17, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #69 2014 Allen & Ginter #327

  • Just looking at the tattoo on the right arm, just above the elbow.  Almost looks like a sleeve, doesn't it?   Maybe it is a sleeve for all I know...
  • Maybe this is also me, but is the "glow" behind Brett's head a lot less than in previous Ginter releases?  I think that the older A&G cards have more of a background behind the player.  Not that it matters, just saying.
  • This is the last of the Blue Jay cards featuring Brett Lawrie that I own.  I have a page worth of A's cards for Brett, then that will be it, unless some other cards come in the meantime.  [EDIT: there's actually half a page of A's mixed with a half page of Jays cards to come]
- Robert

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Joe Sakic card #217 1997-98 Upper Deck Diamond Vision #20

  • Yes, these 3D motion cards are great in hand, it's always fun watching Joe beat the Rangers goalie 1 on 1.  No, the scans on these cards are usually not good, as you can see here.
  • I wouldn't want to get hit with this card if someone decided to fling it at me.  It's thick and very solid; what did Mom say "someone could lose an eye!"
  • Speaking of scoring against the Rangers, Joe had better than a point a game during his career against the Broadway Blueshirts, totaling 41 points over 37 career games.  
- Robert

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #67 2016 Topps Heritage #266

  • For me, this card proves that it doesn't have to be costly or memorabilia/autograph related in order to be great.  I love the expression on Andrew's face.
  • I am very curious to see the reaction of the fans once Starling Marte comes back within the next week or so.  I'm also curious to see if the Pirates will take a bit of a leap forward when their #4 hitter comes back into the lineup.
  • Interesting price range for this card on COMC.  45 cents is the cheapest, while $1.50 is the most expensive.  My guess is the low end is about right for this card.  
- Robert

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jim Thome card #214 2000 Upper Deck Victory #157

  • Something good just happened.  Haven't seen any celebration photos on Thome cards until now.  Can't say for sure but I'd take a guess that it was from the '99 post season.
  • Bio on the back:  "...Thome now ranks 7th in club history with 196 home runs."  Thome would finish with 337 HRs as an Indian, tops all time, 95 ahead of 2nd place Albert Belle.  Thome is also first in Indians history with 14.0 AB/HR
  • Career homer #214 was hit off of Detroit's Willie Blair, 6/18/2000.  It was a solo shot in the 6th to get the Indians on the board.  The Indians would score 3 in the 7th and 5 in the 8th to run away to a 9-4 win.  
- Robert

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jim Thome card #213 2000 Topps Chrome #360

  • Usually with similar cards I like to show them at once, kind of get them out of the way.  I showed the other 3 Thome cards that look similar to this back on the 4th.  Not sure why I did that.
  • Check out Chief Wahoo, his teeth look like Heath Ledger in the Patriot after his girlfriend made him drink tea spiked with ink.  Funny how the Chrome flaws are a lot more evident on a scan.
  • Career home run #213 was hit 6/14/2000 off White Sox starter Kip Wells.  It was a solo shot in the first inning to narrow the Sox margin to 5-4.  The Sox would score 5 more runs in the 2nd inning and go on to win 11-4.  
- Robert

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #68 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen # 176

  • Love the ad for ticket packages in the background; I recognize that writing from the Skydome, I've been seeing that for years.
  • Interesting that you can't see the "Blue Jays" on the front behind his glove arm.  Airbrush the logos out and you have a pretty decent Panini card, no?
  • Bio on the back:  "Lawrie was Toronto's player of the month for August of 2013.  He batted .346 with an OPS of .892 while tying for fifth in the American League with 37 hits."  The AL Player of the month of August 2013 was Miguel Cabrera, who hit .356 with 11 HR and 31 RBI's. 
- Robert

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #66 2016 Donruss Optic #22

  • For me, Diamond Kings will never get old.  Cards like this have always been enjoyed.  It's a shame about the licensing...
  • Bio on the back: "...I always have that mentality of feeling like I can do better."  The last 40 games of this season are testament to that.  Hitting .403 with 11 HR and 30 RBI with 35 runs and 26 walks.   Carry this over a full season he would have 232 hits with 44 HR and 120 RBI.  
  • I think there's 12 variations of this card.  Wow.  I'd love to know if even the most ardent Cutch collector has them all...
- Robert

Monday, July 10, 2017

Joe Sakic card #216 1997-98 Black Diamond Premium Cut #PC29

  • I'm glad that Upper Deck chose to use a different photo of Sakic for the Premium Cut inserts.  Using the original photo would have been too tedious.
  • The Premium Cut cards aren't even listed in the Beckett magazine anymore.  All that is listed is the base set; the double, triple and quadruple multipliers are also not listed.  
  • Surprisingly the prices on COMC for this card are cheaper than I thought.  One copy listed as low as 94 cents, while the high end is $2.75.  
  • I still need the double and triple diamond versions of this card.  I managed to snag a reasonably priced copy of the quad diamond a few years back.
- Robert

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #65 2016 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor #175

  • Surprisingly, both the refractor and pink refractor versions of this card weren't added to the Trading Card Database.  I took care of both of those today.  The site is just under 78,000 scans below 2 million.
  • I like the pink refractor.  The color is not overpowering, but there's enough of it there to let you know of the difference. 
  • The big killer for player collectors is the number of different types of refractors from this set.  I count 11 of them, just for the base.  More than a page worth is a bit of overkill.  
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #64 2016 Topps Chrome refractor #175

  • In hand, you get the shiny.  On the scan, not so much.  Past releases for Topps Chrome the scans on refractor cards came out much better than this one did.   Not sure why...
  • Bio on the back:  "He was the first Pirates player since Roberto Clemente from 1960-67 to be invited to the MLB All-Star Game five straight times."  Andrew is the face of the Pirates, no doubt about it.  Trading him would be a mistake in my opinion.
  • Career home run #64 was hit 6/23/2012 off of Detroit's Max Scherzer.   It was a 3 run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the 4th.  The Pirates would go on to win 4-1 behind Brad Lincoln's 6 innings of 2 hit pitching.
- Robert

Friday, July 7, 2017

Joe Sakic card #215 1997-98 Black Diamond triple diamond #96

  • On the third post of the day, I had to figure out who the Calgary player was trying to check Joe.  It turns out that the Flame is Todd Simpson, who played 580 games over 10 season for 7 different clubs.  You could have some fun watching Simpson fights on you tube.   I found one here for your entertainment. 
  • Triple diamond, gold color with the three diamonds on the lower right.  Tough to pull, I remember having to pay about $4 to add this to my collection.  
  • Joe's 215th career goal was his last of the shortened 94-95 season, as he and the Nordiques beat the Whalers 4-1 to end the season 30-13-5.  
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #214 1997-98 Black Diamond double diamond #96

  • I was shocked to find that this was not added to the trading card database.  That problem has been taken care of.
  • I haven't followed Black Diamond much in recent years, but I liked back then how they made the parallels a different color.  Also, they added a 2nd diamond in the lower right hand corner of the card.  Made it real easy to tell the difference.
  • Career goal #214 came 4/30/1994 on the road in New Jersey.  It was too little too late, as Jersey had already staked themselves to a 4-0 lead and wound up winning 4-2.
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #213 1997-98 Black Diamond #96

  • Will do a few posts for Joe Sakic today as it is his 48th birthday.  Happy Birthday Joe!!
  • This was one of the few higher end products that I bought a lot of back in the day.  I really enjoyed chasing the Black Diamond parallels, which you'll see more of later.
  • Career goal #213 came against the New York Islanders, 4/18/95.  It was a shorthanded goal, but not enough as the Nordiques fell 5-2 in Long Island.
- Robert

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Felix Potvin card #18 1994-95 Fleer Netminders #7

  • Love this insert.  Simple photo, has the name of the insert in the background, has the year of the card in the upper right corner, and a nice bio on the back.  
  • Speaking of bio on the back:  "Potvin avoided a sophomore slump in 1993-94, building on a rookie campaign that saw him pace the league in Goals Against Average (2.50)"  Now just imagine in today's NHL, a GAA of 2.50 would be considered middle of the pack and more than half a goal a game worse than the elite.  The game has changed over the past two decades for sure.
  • Career win #18 for Felix came on March 6th, 1993 versus the Winnipeg Jets.  Felix would stop 24 shots in a 4-2 at home for the Leafs, with Dave Andreychuk (now in the HHOF, congrats Dave!) scoring his 41st goal of the season to ice the win.
- Robert

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #67 2014 Topps Opening Day Fired Up #UP-25

  • Caption:  "Only you can prevent sports card fires!"
  • For a lower price point release, Opening Day usually does a decent job with their inserts.  I would put the fired up cards into that category...
  • Getting close:  I only have another page and a half of Lawrie cards to post, then my online checklist will be complete.  I still have quite a long way to go to finish off Sakic and Thome, while McCutchen and Potvin still have a few dozen posts before they are complete.
- Robert

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jim Thome card #212 2000 Topps Limited #360

  • The only difference I see from the base card and this:  "limited edition" on the front.  Parallel I guess?  I'm not aware if these were sold in separate packs from the base set.
  • I actually have a 4th card featuring the same photo as the 3 I've posted today.  I'll save the Topps Chrome for the next day of Thome posts.
  • Currently, the prices for 2000 Topps cards of Jim are backwards (in my opinion) on COMC.  the Limited Edition, which you would think would cost more, is currently listed for as low as 74 cents.  The base card?  $2.75! 
- Robert