Monday, September 18, 2017

Joe Sakic card #244 1997-98 Pacific Invincible NHL Regime #57

  • To be honest, I don't know a lot about this set.  The base set of Invincible is just 150 cards, while the NHL Regime set is 220 cards total.  I don't know if it was an insert set, or if it was sold separately.
  • The design reminds me of a cloud, almost as if you're dreaming about an image of a hockey game.
  • 4 of these currently on COMC, ranging from $1.40 to $2.  I'll be damned if I can remember where I picked up my copy, but it wasn't online.
- Robert

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Joe Sakic card #243 1997-98 Collectors Choice You Crash The Game #18A

  • Upper Deck didn't narrow down to a specific game vs. New Jersey on the card.  Colorado only played NJD once during the 97-98 season, and Joe didn't score during that game.
  • There are two other Crash cards for Joe, one Vs. Philadelphia and one Vs. the Rangers.  Don't have either of those as of yet.  The Philadelphia card is a winner, so there may be fewer of those around to chase.
  • Unlike the Crash cards from a couple years back, there aren't any variations.  Thank goodness....
- Robert

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jim Thome card #231 2000 Pacific #137

  • I think Pacific dropped the ball here by not putting Jim's name and team on the bottom of the photo, making the card horizontal instead of vertical.  
  • There are 6 parallels of this card.  I don't have any of them yet.  5 out of the 6 have print runs of 200 or less.   It may be a while before I get any of them.
  • The Trading Card Database shows this card with the horizontal orientation.  I'll show it below and you tell me which way it should be displayed.
- Robert

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Joe Sakic card #242 1997-98 Pacific Paramount Photoengravings #7

  • Bought this not too long ago off of COMC for $1.  Wasn't too sure what I was getting when I made the purchase, all I knew is that I needed it for the Sakic PC.  Don't ask me why, but I love the card and it quickly became one of my favorite cards of Joe.
  • Also added this to the TDCB as well.  That's 2 days in a row I was able to add a card.  This will also be the 70th card I've added of Sakic.  
  • While looking at Joe's career stats, here's one that hit me.  Joe was on the ice for 2,220 goals for during his career, getting points on 1,641 of them, or 73.9%.  Wayne Gretzky was at 81.2% and Mario Lemieux was 79.6% for comparisons sake.  Steve Yzerman not too far behind Joe at 71.5%.  
- Robert

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jim Thome card #230 2000 Upper Deck Ovation #29

  • I was very surprised to see that this card hadn't been added to the TDCB yet.   Rest assured that has been taken care of now.
  • I have always liked the Ovation design, with the front looking (and somewhat feeling) like the cover of a baseball.  Definitely was something unique back in the day.
  • Career homer #230 was hit 9/27/2000 vs. Johan Santana of the Twins.  Santana was actually pitching in relief of starter Brad Radke, who had given up the first 7 Indians runs.  Thome's HR would be the last run for the Indians in their 8-2 win that day.  
- Robert

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Joe Sakic card #241 1997-98 Leaf International Stars #35

  • Another set that I never heard about, International Stars was a 150 card set featuring mostly current starts.  The only two RCs that I saw on the checklist were Steve Shields and Vinny Prospal.
  • Nothing descriptive on the back, just an action photo of Joe battling Vinny Prospal of the Flyers.  The photo of Joe is exactly the same as the Leaf base card, just the background has changed.
  • Just a couple of copies on COMC right now, a bit pricey with one at $1 and the other at $1.23.
- Robert

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jim Thome card #229 2000 Fleer Tradition #358

  • Feels weird writing a post on a Monday afternoon.  A bit of a bonus you could say after not being sure what was going to happen in South Florida over the past couple of days.
  • Love the older looking designs, the red background of the card mixes with the red on Jim's shirt and cap really well.
  • Bio on the back:  "..riding a productive second half (58 RBI in 69 games) to his third 100 RBI season in 1999."  That's quite a pace, as it would be 136 RBI over a full 162 game season if he had kept that pace going.
  • Still need the glossy version of this card, $1.20 currently on COMC.  Still not ready to start buying dollar parallels of Thome just yet.
- Robert

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #84 2017 Donruss Retro Variation #RV-26

  • I've mentioned this before, I really would have liked to see the entire Donruss set done in the retro variation.  I might have actually chased it some day.  
  • The black jersey is my favorite.  Eventually I will have one for myself with Cutch's name on the back.  
  • Bio on the back: "On April 26, 2016, McCutchen slammed 3 home runs in a 9-4 win at Colorado for his second three-homer game.  He joined Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente as the only Pittsburgh players with two."  Doesn't get much better than that for Pirates history, does it?
  • This is it...for now.  This is currently the last McCutchen card in my PC.  I have a few that will head my way from a couple of sources, but for now this is the last one I have in my binder.
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #83 2017 Donruss #135

  • Dig the high socks on Andrew!  Love this photo how they managed to seamlessly airbrush the "P" off the helmet and the Pirates off the chest.
  • I like the 70's style gold jersey, but the pants are something from the 70's that are best left back there.
  • Bio on the back:  "Jumping from eighth to fifth on Pittsburgh's all time home run list in 2016, McCutchen finished the season with 175 HRs, one away from tying Barry Bonds."  I'm not sorry to say that I'm glad he's passed Bonds on a Pirates records list, and I hope that he's ahead of Barry on all of them when it's said and done.
- Robert

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Joe Sakic card #240 1997-98 Score Golden Blades #125

  • It would have been much better if Score had made the foil on the front gold instead of silver.  Or, name the set silver blades?
  • Been a while, but I was able to add this card to the Trading Card Database.  They hit the 2 million mark for scans not too long ago, so congrats to the site!!  The countdown to 3 million is on....
  • Golden Blades is the much more affordable parallel of the two; there's 7 of these on COMC priced between $1.15 & $1.75.  The Artists Proof? One at $15, the other at $18.25.  Down the road on the AP for sure....
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #239 1997-98 Score #125

  • This weekend is a 2 a day post weekend.  Will have one of the parallels for this card tonight, and then 2 cards for McCutchen on Sunday.
  • Love the intensity on Joe's face as he readies for the faceoff.  I don't think any of the other 3 sports have as many officials on their cards as hockey does.  How many cards in your baseball PC's feature umpires?
  • Pay attention to the checklist:  The first 50 cards of the Score set are goalie cards.  Will have to keep an eye out just in case I'm missing a few of the low numbers for my goalie frankenset.
- Robert

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jim Thome card #228 2000 Pacific Vanguard High Voltage #16

  • Another insert that I own before the base card.  There's also 4 parallels of this card, green, gold, silver and red.  Good ol' Pacific.
  • That being said, Pacific did have some creative ideas for inserts, and I do like the high voltage insert myself.
  • The cheapest Vanguard base card on COMC is actually 50 cents higher than the cheapest High Voltage insert.  Weird.
- Robert

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #82 2017 Topps Opening Day Superstar celebration #SC-9

  • Bought one rack pack of Opening Day.  Pulled this card.  Worth it for me.
  • Funny how things come back home.  Seeing Sean Rodriguez on this card would have been disappointing for the first 3 months of the season, but he's back in Pittsburgh now and playing just about every position except for pitcher and catcher.
  • Love how the back of the card points out the date of this celebration, 9/7/16 over the Cardinals.  One year ago today.   Perfect.
- Robert

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Joe Sakic card #238 1997-98 Leaf #35

  • The sunburst design on the front is one of those take it or leave it designs for me.  I probably would leave it...
  • Card detective:  I'm only able to do this one because I recognize the design on the left sleeve of Joe's opponent.  That's the old Phoenix Coyotes design, and #26 was worn by Jeff Finley, a defenseman who played 708 games over parts of 16 seasons in the NHL.
  • Interesting range of prices on COMC, the cheapest being 39 cents (very cheap) to the high of $1.75 (a bit much).
  • I still need the Fire on Ice insert from this set, but the only copy on COMC is listed at $28.  That ain't happening...
- Robert

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jim Thome card #227 2000 Upper Deck Ultimate Victory #16

  • Thought that this was a parallel for the Victory set.  Turns out I was wrong, as Ultimate Victory base cards were blue bordered.   I had forgotten this.
  • Scanned a bit blurry, just as if you were watching a baseball game in the 70's and the rabbit ears on your TV weren't pulling the picture in 100% clear.
  • Career home run #227 broke a 17 day homerless drought for Jim.  It was hit off of Oakland's Tim Hudson, a solo shot to bring the Indians back to 3-1 down.  The tribe would score 4 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to win 7-5, making a winner of Paul Shuey who threw a scoreless inning of relief.
- Robert

Monday, September 4, 2017

Joe Sakic card #237 1997-98 Donruss Priority #208

  • I hear that the cost of a 1st class package is going up again at the USPS.  Anyone else heard this?
  • Interesting concept for a card, making the background look like a package tied with string.  For me, it's OK, but I've seen better.
  • Don't see any copies of this card on COMC, but I did find some stamps cards on the site with bronze, silver and gold versions.  There's also a direct deposit version as part of the Donruss Priority set, which would remind me more of banking than the post office.  No matter, it just means more cards for me to chase...
- Robert

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #81 2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day #18

  • Big thanks to my buddy Kaz for thinking of me when he pulled this card.  I doubt that there's a lot of people that know I collect Cutch.  
  • As I mentioned this morning, I prefer this card design over the 2016 NBCD version.  I've always enjoyed arrows (don't know why though) and use them a lot when I take notes at work instead of bullet points.
  • Very surprised not to see any of these on COMC yet.  I know that they just came out recently, but I thought I might see a couple on there to see what the prices were like.  Headed over to eBay where there were several copies, mostly in the 99 cent to $2.50 range.  
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #80 2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day #8

  • The design is OK, I'm not a big fan of it but it'll do for something different.  I much prefer the 2017 NBC day design which will post tonight.
  • Cutch is now my 3rd largest PC, passing Brett Lawrie.  I've barely scratched the surface with his cards though.  I'd love to have a PC of him the size and status of Collecting Cutch's blog, but that likely will never happen.   Nice to dream though.
  • Looked up prices on COMC for this card; there are currently 8 copies, 7 of which are priced between 98 cents and $1 (very fair).   There's one dreamer who is asking $3.25.  Makes me wonder if people do research on prices before they send their cards off.
- Robert

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Jim Thome card #226 2000 Fleer Ultra #184

  • Not as good with the full bleed photos as Stadium Club is, but Fleer didn't do too bad with this card.
  • Bio on the back:  "Jim hit a titanic 511 foot home run..."  Don't think anymore needs to be said after that.
  • Don't have the Gold Medallion version as of yet.   Looked at the card on the TCDB, and I definitely prefer when the entire front of the card was gold, rather than just the players name.  But that's just me...
 - Robert

Friday, September 1, 2017

Joe Sakic card #236 1997-98 Donruss Priority #17

  • I get to play detective again.  This one is pretty easy, just as the Richard Smehlik one was the other day.  #23 for the Flyers in 96-97 was none other than Petr Svoboda, who played just over 1000 NHL games in 17 seasons.
  • I can honestly say I never bought a pack of Donruss Priority in my life, but I do like this design.  Also like the fan in the background with his hand on his chin, studying the play intently.  
  • One of the few PC cards that I could not find on Sportlots for the 18 cent minimum.  There's only 3 copies on the site, and the cheapest one is a quarter.  COMC's cheapest copy is 64 cents.   Big difference...
- Robert

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #79 2016 Donruss 1982 Pink border #D82-16

  • This card finishes off another month of posts.  This is the 35th card for August.  I'm trying to keep to an average of 1+ card per day during a calendar month, this is the 2nd month in a row that I've done so.
  • Added this card to the Trading Card Database, which makes this the 26th Cutch card that I've posted on the site.  The site is on a roll, just under 8,000 scans away from hitting 2,000,000.
  • The only copy of this card currently on COMC is priced at $2.74.  Odd, since this card isn't serial #'d, but 2 of its serial #'d cousins are actually cheaper on the site.  
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #78 2016 Donruss 1982 #D82-16

  • High socks.  Love them.  Also love the '82 design that Donruss brings back here.  Despite what a few people are saying, I don't think Panini's doing a bad job for not having a MLB license.
  • I had originally thought that the '82 parallels were for the entire set.   Found out later that there's only 50 of them, which I guess is good for player collectors such as I.  I imagine that these are a little cheaper because it's a bit easier to pull them.
  • Career homer #78 came off of the Cubs Manny Corpas, 9/14/2012.  It brought the Pirates to within 3 runs at 7-4, but it would remain at that score for the rest of the game.  
- Robert

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Joe Sakic card #235 1997-98 Donruss #117

  • Easily identifiable, the player behind Sakic wearing #42 for the Sabres is defensman Richard Smehlik.
  • Bio on the back:  "Joe finished 2nd among NHL postseason scorers with 25 points in 17 games."  Eric Lindros led with 26.  
  • What would you call the front of card, semi-bordered?  All in all not a bad design for me, it doesn't take over the front, and the photo of Joe is a good one.
- Robert

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jim Thome card #225 1997 Topps Stars #78

  • Bio on the back:  After seasons of 25 and 38 HRs was recognized as an all start for first time in 1997 contest."  Thome pinch hit for DH Edgar Martinez in that game and went 0 for 1.
  • The gold box around Jim's name and position kind of looks like it's glowing.  The box also scanned more gold in color than it actually is on the card.
  • No team name on the front.  Just Chief Wahoo.  Yes, I do miss the chief...
  • Just 2 copies of this card on COMC right now, 95 and 99 cents.   I have no idea how expensive the packs were back then, but this seems pricey to me. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Joe Sakic card #234 1997-98 Pacific Paramount Ice Blue #65

  • All 3 cards today were added to the Trading Card Database.  The site is just over 12,000 images away from hitting 2 million as of this writing.   
  • Had these 3 cards today lined up to post for about 2 weeks, but they just kept getting pushed to the side as I'd received quite a few cards for other PCs from trade partners.  Definitely not complaining!!
  • Goal #234 came against the Hartford Whalers in the last game of the 94-95 season.  It was scored on Sean Burke, and helped the Nords to a 4-1 win, their 30th of the season in just 48 games.  
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #233 1997-98 Pacific Paramount Silver #65

  • Picture (IE lettering) scanned very dark, which made me think that this might be the Dark Gray version.  Tilting the card showed that the silver is the call.
  • Also need the base card for this set.  Don't know why I have so many cards in my PC's such as parallels/refractors etc. without having the base.   Weird.
  • Career goal #233 was the 2nd straight goal that Joe scored in a losing cause.  It snapped a 6 game goalless streak, but it wasn't enough as the Nords lost 4-2 to the Devils.  Hockey fans can pretty much guess who was in net for the Devils that night.
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #232 1997-98 Pacific Paramount Copper #65

  • Been a long time since I've seen the "coolest game on earth" ads that the NHL used to use.  
  • I have 3 of the 6 parallels; the base card is gold, and I'm missing the Emerald, Red and Dark Gray versions.  I haven't looked in a while for them so they may be out there and I just haven't checked.
  • Goal #232 was one of the last 3 he scored during the strike shortened 94-95 season.  It was scored during a 5-2 loss against the New York Islanders.  Tommy Salo was the victim that night.
- Robert

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Felix Potvin card #21 1994-95 OPC Premier #238

  • Unfortunately the future part only lasted 4 more seasons in a Leaf uniform.  I would have loved to have seen Felix put together a long career in the blue and white.
  • This is the first post in over a month of a Potvin card.  Now that I have all the Lawrie cards posted, I have to get some more cards of "the cat" on the blog.
  • With no logo on the front, I turned quickly to the back of the card to see if it was Topps or OPC.  The French writing was a dead giveaway.
- Robert

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Jim Thome card #224 1995 Fleer #149

  • Who needs the bio on the back when you can have it all on the front?  Man, that's a busy looking card.
  • The stats on the back are interesting, as they detail every step in Jim's career from 1990 in Burlington through 1994.  Chief Wahoo makes an appearance twice on the back of the card as well.
  • Sixty eight copies of this card on Sportlots, all at 18 cents apiece.  3 copies on COMC, cheapest is 65 cents.  Crazy...
- Robert

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Jim Thome card #223 2000 SP Authentic #14

  • Two parallels for this card, limited #'d to 100, and limited gold which is a 1/1.  The limited, maybe one day.  The gold probably will never happen.
  • Appears to be a spring training photo, as that jersey is something I don't ever remember seeing during a regular season game.
  • 4 copies currently on COMC, priced from 99 cents to $1.25.  It's tough to stomach a buck a card for base cards of my PCs.   Maybe for parallels that price would fly, although I've bought many a card for even cheaper than a buck.
- Robert

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #77 2016 Topps Archives #294

  • Not a bad looking shot of Andrew in the '91 design.  Love how Topps changed the 40 years of baseball to 65 years of baseball in the logo.
  • Bio on the back:  "since his MLB debut, Andrew leads NL players in hits, runs scored, doubles and extra base hits."  Nice...
  • Get the catchers glove sticking out on the right hand side of the card.  If you couldn't tell by Andrew's eyes that he hit the ball, the empty catchers mitt is a dead giveaway.
- Robert

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Joe Sakic card #231 1996-97 Kraft Team Rivals #NNO

  • How disorganized am I?  I found this on Sunday, while sorting through a box of Blue Jays cards.  Hadn't marked it off my Sakic list as well.   Yikes.
  • Pretty cool collectible disc, measures 2.75" by 2.75".  Skrudland no doubt was the checking center from Florida assigned to cover Joe during the Stanley Cup Final the year prior.  Unfortunately it didn't go so well for the Panthers as the Avs won in 4 straight.
  • On the back is another shot of Joe, holding the Stanley Cup above his head.  
  • Found only one copy of this for sale.  It was on eBay with a price of $4.  I'm glad someone found this and sent it my way...
- Robert

Monday, August 21, 2017

Jim Thome card #222 1996 Topps Laser #79

  • Love these Topps Laser cards, have not seen a whole lot of them over the years, but they are always welcomed when I do get them in the house.
  • Added this card, surprisingly, to the Trading Card Database.  The site is now less than 25,000 cards away from the 2,000,000 mark.
  • Stats on the back:  Jim reached first base in 89% of the games that he started in 1995.  Also, 41% of his career hits (at the time) had gone for extra bases.  That'll help the OPS...
- Robert

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #76 2016 Topps Gold Label Class 2 #83

  • Glad that Topps used a different photo on the left hand side of the card.  At least if you can't see the Class 2 in the background, you can at least tell the difference by the photos.
  • Added this card to the Trading Card Database as well.  This will bring me up to 23 cards added, a tie for 8th on the McCutchen list.  Have a long way to go to catch another blogger you may know.  Cynical Buddha who runs Collectors Crack is at 61 cards added for Cutch.
  • Got this for fairly cheap on COMC, just 47 cents.  I remember back in the day when Class 2 cards carried a decent premium over Class 1's.  I guess that's no more....
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #75 2016 Topps Gold Label Class 1 #83

  • I remember the older versions of Gold Label, where you had to look at the back of the card to see what Class the card was.  Now it's on the front, and if you're like me and tend not to look too close at cards the first time around, it can be hard to spot.
  • Glad that Topps didn't airbrush the cross off of Andrew's armband.  
  • Added this card to the Trading Card Database, and was surprised when I looked it up that it wasn't already there.   
  • Bought this for cheap on COMC, just 43 cents.
- Robert

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Joe Sakic card #230 1996-97 Upper Deck Kraft Award Winners NNO

  • Card depicts Joe and his Conn Smythe trophy as MVP of the 95-96 playoffs.  Joe had 34 points, including 18 goals to lead the league in scoring.
  • This card is part of a 20 card award winner set released by Upper Deck, and included all award winners, including coaches Scotty Bowman and Marc Crawford.
  • There is currently just one copy of this card currently on COMC, and it's priced at $2.75.  I don't know how limited these were, but if the print runs were similar to previous Kraft releases, that price might not be too bad.
- Robert

Friday, August 18, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #74 2016 Topps Bunt #47

  • One of the more underrated sets from 2016, Topps did a really nice job with Bunt.   Would love to get the Program insert of Andrew's someday.
  • There are 3 very tough parallels for this card, crimson (only 1), topaz (50 of these) and platinum (99 of these).  Chances are I'll never grab any of these.
  • Bio on the back:  "His 716 hits from 2012-15 paced the League".  179 hits per year for 4 years is solid production no matter who you are.  He also averaged 82.5 walks per year for those 4 seasons as well.
- Robert

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jim Thome card #221 2000 Stadium Club #123

  • Fantastic shot of Jim at bat against the Chicago White Sox.   The catcher is Mark Johnson, Chicago's 1st pick in the 1994 draft.  
  • Seeing cards like this make me wonder why Stadium Club isn't a little more reasonably priced.  If it were, I think it would be the top set in terms of collectors.  I know if it had more cards in a pack, I'd be inclined to chase the set.
  • Just one copy of this card currently on COMC at the moment, priced at 61 cents.  I don't remember where I picked up my copy, but I don't remember paying over 50 cents for it.
- Robert

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 2015 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