Sunday, May 28, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #58 2014 Donruss Silver Press Proof #352

  • The first of two "press proof" parallels for Lawrie.  I'll show the Gold version next.  
  • The only differences are the press proof stamp along with the serial #.  The card stock is a little more glossy as well.  
  • I've already added this card to the trading card database.  Actually, 3 of the next 4 Lawrie cards I'll be able to add.  Would love to see the site hit 2,000,000 cards scanned before too long.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #57 2014 Donruss #352

  • Not a bad effort design wise from Panini.  I do know that Toronto has never used that style of number on their jersey's, so I wonder if the double lined #'s that Toronto uses are also trademarked.
  • Panini made 4 parallels of this card, 2 of which I have and will be showing next.   Gotta make that money somehow, right?
  • Saw a couple of videos on Brett's twitter account showing him still doing some tough workouts, hoping that someone will give him another shot.   I hope he does get another shot...
- Robert

Friday, May 26, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #57 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen #34

  • I really don't mind this GQ design.  I prefer it much more than the 2017 version.  
  • It almost looks like Cutch has a measuring tape in his back pocket.  The photo is also missing his trademark armband with the cross on it.  
  • Bio on the back:  "Finishing five points short of the 2014 NL batting title at .314, McCutchen topped two other percentage categories--OBP at .410 and OPS at .952."  A damn good season if I do say so...
- Robert

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #56 2015 Topps Heritage #300

  • Cartoon on the back:  the Night Owl has been big lately on the cartoons on the back, and I can see why he appreciates them.  This card's cartoon back describes Andrew's inside the park home run vs. the Phillies on 9/10/14.
  • I never cared a great deal for the '66 set, so this Heritage set was an easy one to pass by.  
  • Home run #56 for Andrew was the 2nd of the game off of Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals, 5/17/12.  Both of the homers were solo shots and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 win.
- Robert

Monday, May 22, 2017

Joe Sakic card #201 1996-97 Leaf Preferred Steel Power #1

  • Pretty sharp looking card, love the lightning bolts which are actually die cut and not just foil on the card.  It's a little hard to see, but the lower right hand corner commemorates his 51 goals from the previous season.  
  • Card is serial #'d 2355/2500 which back then was somewhat limited.  Now for a lot of sets, that's more of a base parallel (a la Topps Gold parallels).
  • Bio on the back:  Joe got off to a great start in the 95-96 season, winning Player of the Week honors for the week ending 10/21/96.  That included a 6 point effort against the Oilers (1G, 5A).
- Robert

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jim Thome card #201 1999 Fleer Ultra RBI Kings #11

  • I don't remember a whole lot of inserts from the Ultra brand over the years.  I was strictly a gold medallion chaser when I did chase Ultra cards.  
  • Having said that, this RBI Kings insert is not all that bad.  Reminds me of a tie-dyed T-shirt from the 60's.
  • Good company:  the back of the card describes Jim's 96 & 97 seasons with 35+HR and 100+RBI's being the first back-to-back from an AL left handed hitter since the great Carl Yastrzemski in '69& '70.
- Robert

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #55 2015 Topps Opening Day blue #66

  • I like that you're able to tell that the card is the blue parallel without the blue taking over the card.  
  • Another card added to the Trading Card Database.  Trying to do my part to get the site to 2 million images (just over 132,000 to go).
  • I was surprised that there wasn't any of these for sale on COMC when I looked earlier today.  Don't look on ebay either, because I didn't find any there.  Can't be that limited, can they?
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #54 2015 Topps Opening Day #66

  • This picture is OK,  but the on deck variation of this card is something that I'd love to get a hold of.  Has a great shot of the Pittsburgh skyline and the right field bleachers of PNC Park in the background.
  • Have the blue parallel of this card (which I'll show later today), but would also like to have the black and purple versions as well.
  • 66 copies of this card on Sportlots right now, all but 5 of them priced at 18 cents.  One seller has his priced at COMC levels (38 cents).  
- Robert

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #56 2014 Topps Heritage #38

  • It's a bird, it's a plane!!  OK, we're not exactly sure what Brett happens to be looking at while this photo was taken.  
  • Full stats on the back:  Love what Heritage did here; to me it's interesting to read about the journey that Brett took before hitting the majors full time.  Brett tore up the PCL in 2011, hitting .353 with 103 hits in just 69 games before being called up to the Jays.  48 of those 103 hits were for extra bases, including 18 round trippers.
  • About as common as commons get:  as a follow up to the earlier post from today, there are 196 copies of this card available on Sportlots.  Just one seller has his priced at more than the minimum 18 cents.  His 2 copies will be on hand for a long time at 30 cents.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #55 2014 Topps #448

  • The Lawrie jersey I own is the same dark blue that is featured in this photo.  I prefer it before any of the other variations that the Jays wear.
  • Even though this is the same old throwing pose that is used on several of Lawrie's cards, this one actually captures the ball in the top of the frame, which is rarely seen on Brett's cards.  I like it.
  • There are 175 copies of this card currently on Sportlots, 11 of which are priced above the 18 cent minimum.  1 of them is at 50 cents.  I hope that seller is willing to sit on the card (and probably most of his inventory) for a long time.
- Robert

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #54 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen black mini #176

  • I think I picked this card up for around $3, and I remember being very happy about getting it for that cheap at the time.  
  • Serial #'d 29/199, this is another card I was able to add to the Trading Card database.  
  • The one big thing that really detracts me from getting a lot more of Brett's cards is the same throwing pose that is used repeatedly.  Would have loved to see companies use something different for the base cards for Brett.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #53 2013 Topps Chasing the Dream #CD-24

  • Not sure if Brett is still chasing the dream, as he is still without a contract.  At 27, he's still young enough to get a few more years in the bigs should the right situation present itself.
  • I've missed about 4 days this month, so I'm going to try and get some 2 a day posts in to try and catch up.  I'm also trying to push forward and get my entire Lawrie and McCutchen PC's posted so I can concentrate on Sakic, Thome and Potvin.
  • Not a bad design on the card, I especially like it because the Jays had switched back to the old style logo.  I never was a huge fan of the logo from the early 2000s, it just never sat right with me.
- Robert

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #53 2014 Panini #202

  • Scanned just like a refractor would scan, with that yellowish gold border.  Looks great!
  • Bio on the back:  "...,besting the Arizona first baseman by snagging 28 of 30 first place votes."  The other two first place votes didn't go to Paul Goldschmidt, who finished 2nd in the voting.  They went to Yadier Molina, who finished 3rd.
  • This was another card I managed to find at the monthly card show on the weekend.  Only today did I find out that it is a SP card from the 2014 set.  The common SPs run about $3, so getting this for $1.67 (3 for 5 bucks box) was a fairly good deal.
- Robert

Monday, May 15, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #52 2014 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor #105

  • Convenience > Price:  Bought this at the monthly card show this past week out of a 3/$5 box.  Lowest card right now is 74 cents on COMC, but seeing this at the show and knowing I needed it for the Cutch PC won out.
  • Also was able to add this card to the Trading Card Database.  Having luck with a few of Andrew's cards, which is surprising.  
  • May have to chase down the Blue and Purple variations, which are a little more pricey but the look of them will win out in the end.
- Robert

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #51 2015 Bowman Silver #115

  • The silver foil on the logo and Andrew's name scanned out very black.  But I guess that's how Bowman justified the silver designation for this parallel.
  • One thing I noticed once I had this card on screen is Andrew's helmet.  Don't know if that is pine tar or some other kind of gripping element on the right side, but it looks very yellowish/gold, which would be appropriate for the team's color scheme.
  • Card is serial #'d 47/499.  There are several other colors for this Bowman rainbow, but realistically I'd like to have the Purple (/250), Blue (/150) and Green (/99).  
  • I was also surprised that this wasn't already added to the Trading Card Database.   That situation has been rectified.
- Robert

Friday, May 12, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #50 2015 Bowman #115

  • One of my favorite Bowman designs, clean, nothing fancy.  Even the parallels look really nice (have the silver border coming up next for Cutch).
  • Bio on the back:  Led NL in OBP and OPS (.952) in 2014.  How the mighty have fallen over the past couple of years.   Still hoping that Andrew turns it around this year.
  • One of the cheapest cards for McCutchen on COMC right now.  The lowest price on this card is just 37 cents.  Spring cleaning on the site I'm sure is helping that right now.
- Robert

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #52 2013 Topps MLB Sticker #40

  • Don't have very many stickers at all for my PC's, so it's a nice change to be able to show off something a little different.
  • Love the photo on this sticker, you can actually see the dirt flying in the air on the left hand side.
  • Nothing on the back save for the various licensing statements.  Not much you really can put back there with the smaller size anyhow.
  • Back also doesn't really need to have anything on it if you're going to peel and stick into the book as it's intended.
- Robert

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #49 2015 Topps Update #US100

  • Pretty cool shot of then rivals McCutchen and Todd Frazier high fiving each other at the ASG.  It was sad that the Reds tore down most of their team; it was a pretty good rivalry going for a few years between the Reds and Bucs.
  • Bio on the back details how McCutchen was actually a replacement for the injured Giancarlo Stanton in the '15 ASG, garnering Cutch his 5th straight all star appearance.  Sadly, it appears that this is going to be the 2nd season in a row that Cutch won't be going, unless he turns things around quick.
  • In his 5 ASG's, Andrew is 3 for 11 with a solo home run to his credit.  The HR was off of Tampa's Chris Archer.
- Robert

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Joe Sakic card #200 2014-15 Upper Deck Game Jersey #GJ-JS

  • Similar to yesterday's Jim Thome bat card, I wanted to show something jersey related for Sakic's 200th card.  I know that the jersey swatch is white but...
  • I love this card for the simple fact that Joe is wearing the black team Canada jersey, which became an instant favorite for me.  One day I'd love to have one with Sakic and #91 on the back.
  • There are a pair of these cards on COMC right now, one with a black swatch, the other with a red one, both priced at $7.25.  A reasonable price indeed for Sakic jersey cards, although I believe I paid right around $5 for my copy.  
- Robert

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Jim Thome card #200 2001 SP Game Bat Milestone Edition #M-JT

  • As this as the bat piece is on this card, I'm sure that UD must have been able to make thousands of these cards from just one bat.  I may have had a splinter or two back in the day bigger than this. 
  • Never the less, I like that they "burned" the Indians logo into the bat piece.
  • The good and bad of the game that is mentioned on the front.   The good is Jim hit both homers off of Roger Clemens.   The bad is the Indians lost 9-4 to the Yankees.
  • I still have a few more Thome bat & jersey cards to show.  I'm thinking of showing them every 50 cards to mix them in.
- Robert

Friday, May 5, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #48 2014 Topps Chrome #105

  • It amazes me how a silver foil card once scanned turns black.  Never will I understand how that happens.   At least with the Pirates color scheme, the card looks that much better.  
  • No arm band on Cutch's right arm with the cross.  Wonder if that was airbrushed out by Topps.
  • It's surprising how cheap this card is on COMC right now.  For as little as 41 cents, this card can be yours.  The refractor version is even cheaper at 40 cents.   Hmmm, wonder if I need the refractor...
- Robert

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #47 2014 Topps Chrome Chrome Connections die cut #CC-AM

  • Was shocked to find that this card hadn't been added to the Trading Card Database.  That has been taken care of...
  • Love how this scanned.  I've had a lot of luck the past couple of weeks with Chrome cards scanning really well for me.  Not sure what I'm doing differently.
  • The connection that Topps does on this card are the 20HR/20SB seasons that Cutch and Barry Bonds attained.  Bonds had 4 of those as a Pirate, while Andrew is stuck at 3 because he failed to hit 20 steals each of the past 2 years.
- Robert

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Joe Sakic card #199 1996-97 Flair #21

  • I was kind of worried how this card would scan when I saw the kind of grainy background.  Amazed that it scanned as well as it did, even Joe's name and the Flair All-Star at the top are visible.
  • Back is unfortunately kind of plain, just career stats and your standard height/weight birthplace info.  Had plenty of room on the bottom for a couple of write up lines.  Oh well.
  • Kind of a tight range on the 11 copies currently for sale on COMC, ranging from $1 to $1.75.  The blue ice version (which I need) has just 1 copy at $24.25.  A little extreme if you ask me, even if it is only 250 copies total.
- Robert

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jim Thome card #199 1999 Topps Finest #268

  • This shall forever remain in its protective coating.  One bad experience has killed my curiosity for life.
  • Bio on the back:  "Thome calls himself a very simple, very average guy."  Probably one of the big reasons that I collect him.  Nothing flashy, just a steady career with 600+ home runs as part of a few very potent hitting teams.
  • Checked out prices on COMC, relatively cheap for the base version of this card, ranging anywhere from 55 cents to $1.50.  Refractor, well the only copy of this refractor will set you back almost $6.
  • Looking forward to spring cleaning on COMC, hoping to add some good cards to my Thome and Sakic collections on the cheap.
- Robert

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jim Thome card #198 1999 UD Ionix #22

  • Was a bit surprised to find when I pulled this card out of the binder page that a bit of warping had started.  This isn't Topps Chrome!
  • The background design reminds me of someone spilling water on a card (or a countertop, take your pick).  Wonder why UD chose to use the night vision green on the circle insert of the front.
  • Career homer #198 was hit 4/7/00, off of former Blue Jay Juan Guzman who was pitching at that time for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  The Indians were already up 7-1 when Thome hit his solo shot, and the Tribe would cruise to an easy 14-5 victory.
- Robert

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Joe Sakic card #198 1996-97 Donruss #1

  • Simple card design, which probably for me makes it one of the best that Donruss ever released for hockey.  Like the star inside the circle at the bottom that holds everything but Joe's name.
  • This is the 2nd card that I've shown from 96-97 that is the #1 card of the set.  The Summit set was the other #1 featuring Joe.
  • Career goal #198 was the 11th of the 93-94 season for Joe, scored 12/11/93 against the Ottawa Senators.  It was scored at home against Craig Billington in a 5-2 win.  It also broke a 6 game goalless drought for Joe.  
- Robert

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jim Thome card #197 1999 SPx #33

  • Another card that I had to turn the brightness settings up in order to get some of the design shown on the scan.  Foil proves to be a scanner's enemy more often than not.
  • Bio on the back:  "In '98, he put in his third straight 30-homer season, finishing tied for eighth on the club's career list, and raised his career slugging percentage to .540, third best in club history."  At least somebody found something different for Jim's accomplishments to write about.
  • Career homer #197 was Jim's first of the 2000 season, hit 4/5/00 off of Baltimore's Sidney Ponson.  It was a solo shot that extended the Indians lead in the game to 6-4.  Baltimore ended up turning the game around and scoring 4 in the eighth inning for an 11-7 win.   
- Robert

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #46 2014 Donruss Elite Face 2 Face #6

  • Had to lighten up the brightness a bit in order for the "face 2 face" to show up on the scan.  Not a bad insert if you ask me...
  • I think that this is the first serial #'d McCutchen card that I have scanned.  I thought that the Bowman Chrome Green refractor from '13 was SN #'d, but it wasn't.
  • Had to look up the head 2 head stats for these two.  The numbers surprised me a bit.  Cutch is 9 for 27 against Kershaw in his career, 2 2b, 1 HR and 4 RBI.  4 strikeouts and 2 walks round out the stats...
- Robert

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #51 2013 Topps Cut to the Chase #CTC-13

  • Had a hard time lining this up on the scanner bed, so I decided to use a white piece of cardboard in behind it to try and help.  As you can see I still struggled a bit...
  • Spent too much time in Canada:  any Canadians reading this will know that you see CTC in Canada, you associate it with Canadian Tire Corporation (at least I always have).   
  • I really like these die cut cards, one of the few inserts I enjoyed pulling out of packs over the past few years.  Noticed for the first time when I scanned this card the little drops in behind the photo that look like rain spots.  Cool.
- Robert

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #45 2014 Panini Prizm Diamond Dominance #1

  • How humiliating it was last night when I updated my PC pages, only to find out that I accidentally put the wrong card on a post title for Cutch.  Guess that people either didn't look close enough or just didn't bother telling me.   
  • Bio on the back:  back of the card compares the Pirates making the playoffs in 2013 and Cutch taking MVP to the last time the Pirates made the playoffs in '92 and Bonds was chosen MVP.
  • Andrew off to a much better start in April this year, hitting .261 so far.  I think moving him to the 2 hole last year to start the season blew up in the Pirates' faces, and this year we'll see the "normal" McCutchen stats.
- Robert

Monday, April 24, 2017

Joe Sakic card #197 1996-97 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #G40

  • I'll say this to my dying day, Fleer made a big mistake by switching to the "Gold Medallion Edition" stamp instead of the traditional gold background on these parallels.  It most certainly wasn't the same as in past years, where pulling a GM was "special"
  • I mentioned this earlier today, but seeing a gold medallion parallel of this card sell for less than the base card on COMC is really wrong.  Ultra is no longer listed in the Beckett hockey magazine, but I'm sure that the parallels were roughly 3-5x the base card.  Someone correct me if my memory is wrong (which it usually is).
  • Plan on hitting card #200 for both Sakic and Thome this week.  Will probably feature a jersey card for Joe and either a jersey or bat card for Jim.  
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #196 1996-97 Fleer Ultra #40

  • I've always been a fan of the Ultra product.  Don't know if anyone has plans to bring it back, but I would purchase it if they do.
  • The scan doesn't do the script writing justice.  It almost looks as if the blue is spray painted on the card.  In hand the blue looks much tighter and the silver foil is much more prominent.
  • Tonight's post of the gold medallion parallel will discuss this more, but on COMC right now, the base card is selling for more than the GM parallel.   That shouldn't happen...
- Robert

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jim Thome card #196 1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond #96

  • No contest, I prefer the Electric Ice parallels to the Electric Diamond.  I loved how UD incorporated the Electric Ice wording on the cards, more so than the small home plate for the baseball parallels.
  • The demand for the hockey version seems to be apparent in the pricing in Beckett.  94-95 UD hockey Electric Ice still holding at a 10 to 20x multiplier.   Baseball nowhere near that.
  • Picked this card up recently on COMC very cheaply, 69 cents to be exact.  I know that hockey versions of Sakic EI cards from 95-96 are close to $2 for the base card, while the subset card can be had for a buck.  
- Robert

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jim Thome card #195 1999 Skybox Molten Metal #47

  • Scan came out quite dark, thus not doing any justice to the card.  The design is not bad, although Jim's face looks a little flat.  You can only see half of the Cleveland Indians as well...
  • No bio on the back, just the usual stats and numbers you find on a card.  The back doesn't even provide the standard height/weight/birthplace info.  The 2nd photo of Jim catching a baseball in warmup clothing is ok.
  • Career homer #195 came off of Yankees ace David Cone, 9/19/99.  The Indians were down 6-0 at the time, and the homer cut the lead in half, but wasn't enough as the Yanks outslugged the Indians 11-7.
 - Robert

Monday, April 17, 2017

Joe Sakic card #195 1996-97 Collectors Choice #314

  • We finish up the Collectors Choice base cards from 96-97 with the core of the Avalanche's Stanley Cup winning team.  Arguably the greatest 3 players in franchise history.
  • Kind of interesting (to me) that they used shots of Forsberg and Sakic in their road jerseys, while Roy is in the home jersey.  Hard to say if the card would have looked better if the 3 had matched.
  • Tyler Bozak scored the winning goal in OT for the Leafs in game 3 while I was writing this post, inside of the first 2 minutes.  Sakic did that 3 times in his post season career...
- Robert

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Joe Sakic card #194 1996-97 Collectors Choice #336

  • This post is #500 for this blog, probably far more than I ever thought would come to pass, as many "2nd blogs" that I've tried have failed miserably.   I've really enjoyed showing off my PCs over the past 16 months, and slowly building an online checklist has actually become fun.
  • Can't imagine a pair of stars from the Western Conference in the mid 90's bigger than Selanne and Gretzky to adorn this card with Joe.  
  • There are 8 ungraded copies of this on COMC, with a price range of 73 cents to $2.
  • There is 1 graded copy (BGS 8.5) of this card on COMC, listed at $9.95.  Never sure why people would bother to grade cards such as this, but what do I know?
- Robert

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jim Thome card #194 1999 UD Hologrfx AuSOME #18

  • It's the same as this morning's card, only different.  The AuSOME tag on the bottom right and the gold bars at the top and bottom are the only differences (at least that I can see) from the base.  
  • Bio on the back:  "Thome is one of the steadier left-handed batters in the AL, hitting 108 homers the past three years combined."  Yup
  • Very little difference in prices between the base and parallel on COMC.  The base has a range of 45 cents to $2.25.  The parallel is between 75 cents and $2.74.  
- Robert

Jim Thome card #193 1999 UD Hologrfx #18

  • Card scanned very well, the orange background really popped out.  It almost looks like a flannel shirt...
  • I remember buying quite a few packs of these for the hockey release back in the day.  Remember completing one set and working on another, wonder where those cards might be now.
  • Career home run #193 was hit 9/16/99 off of the Yankees Hideki Irabu.  The 2 run shot tied the game at 2, but the Yankees would go on to beat the Tribe 9-5
- Robert

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jim Thome card #192 1999 Pacific Paramount #77

  • One thing I always enjoyed about the Paramount sets was their size; they were never a huge set like Topps or Fleer.  Paramount in '99 was just 250 cards.  
  • Paramount was also a parallel collectors dream, as there was 7 different colorful variations for the player or team collector to chase after.  I still need all 7...
  • Only one copy of this card currently on COMC, it's listed at 99 cents.  The Copper version has just one copy for sale as well, and that's at $3.55.   
- Robert

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Joe Sakic card #193 1996-97 Collectors Choice #299

  • I believe it was the 95-96 edition of Collectors Choice that had a subset of cards featuring Mike Milbury and his views/opinions of certain players.  I'm sure that most hockey fans will agree that getting Scotty Bowman was a much better choice for 96-97.
  • The winning formula indeed, as Joe and the Avalanche had just come off their first Stanley Cup championship the year before.  
  • Since Beckett has removed this set from their listings, COMC is the go to location.  5 cards up for sale, lowest at 75 cents, highest at $1.24.  Probably a little steep for a subset card, even of a star such as Sakic.  
- Robert

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Joe Sakic card #192 1996-97 Collector's Choice #64

  • If Upper Deck had kept producing this set each year, I'm sure that I would have kept on buying it.  Always great looking cards at a very affordable price point.  
  • Card detective:  Pretty sure that the Edmonton Oiler in the faceoff circle with Joe is Doug Weight.  He's the only center on the 95-96 Oilers whose jersey started with the number 3.  Semi-educated guess at the player in the background is a very young looking Ryan Smyth, who would have been just 19 at the time.
  • Career goal #192 was one of two that Joe scored against Pittsburgh, 10/28/93.  Joe would have 4 points that night as the Avs beat the Pens 7-3 at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh.  Tom Barrasso would be the victim that night.
- Robert

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Jim Thome card #191 1999 Topps Opening Day #158

  • Don't recall seeing many card from '99 Opening Day.  Were the borders all off center?
  • Took a look in Beckett to see if any pricing available, and it what may be the smallest blurb of all the sets, '99 Opening Day just has a price multiplier.  .75 - 2x Topps.  Why is that?
  • Only one copy of this card on COMC, listed for 95 cents.   I thought that there might be more of them.  I'm guessing that Topps didn't print as many of these back in '99?
- Robert

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jim Thome card #190 1999 Pacific Aurora #56

  • Not a bad card, nothing fancy on the front.  Like the contrast of the color in the front photo with the black and white of the background photo.
  • Even the photo on the back is solid; black and white showing Jim getting ready in the field. No bio at all on the back, just stats from the previous season and for Jim's career.
  • Career home run #190 came 9/1/99 off of the Angels Mike Fyrhie (Fear-ee).  The Indians were already ahead 6-0 at the time and would cruise to a 8-1 victory to give Dave Burba his 12th win of the season.
  • Follow up on the last bullet point; Jim finished that game on September 1st with 87 RBI for the season.  At the time, he was 4th best on the Indians!  Sexson (93), R. Alomar (99) and Ramirez (136) all had driven in more runs than Jim.  
- Robert

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Felix Potvin card #12 1994-95 Parkhurst #229

  • Realized this evening that I hadn't shown a Potvin card since the 3rd week of January.  Tonight is a good reason to start again as the Leafs are returning to the NHL playoffs after a 4 year wait.
  • Speaking of playoffs, Felix had 25 career playoff wins for the Leafs, 35 for his career.
  • Parkhurst hockey was a solid, if not spectacular set in the mid 90's.  Nothing flashy design wise, but good photography and a decent price.  I remember buying a lot of it back in the day.
- Robert

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #44 2014 Topps Opening Day Breaking Out #BO-14

  • A 2014 card describing McCutchen's break out 4 years prior on Opening Day in 2010, as the Pirates beat the Dodgers 11-5.  Maybe something a little closer to 2014 might have been more timely?
  • Not a bad insert though, I like the exploding rock/meteor along with the stenciled letters on the front.  Something a little different.
  • Tough start in the first two games at Fenway for Andrew, 0 for 9 with 3 K's.   Still a long way to go in the season, and facing Porcello and Sale to start the season sure wasn't easy for any of the Buccos.
- Robert

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Jim Thome card #189 1999 Pacific Prism #47

  • Just 10 more posts from 500 for this blog.  Should get there sometime next week.  I'll likely do a Sakic post as I hit that milestone.
  • Really haven't a lot of Pacific cards on the blog for any of the players that I PC.  This Prism isn't too overstated, the background is nice and shiny (always a plus) and the design doesn't take over the card.
  • Career homer #189 finished off the month of August/99 for Jim.  He hit it against Chuck Finley of the Angels, which tied the game at 1 in the 2nd.  Almost 4 hours later, it would be an afterthought as the Indians came back to beat the Angels in a 14-12 slugfest, which included a 10 run 8th inning.
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #191 1996-97 Fleer Art Ross Trophy #20

  • Finish off the trio of 96-97 Fleer Sakic cards that I own with this insert from the Art Ross Trophy set, which was 25 cards in size.  
  • As you might imagine, the set contains all the big name scorers of the time, including Lemieux, Gretzky, Hull, Jagr, Yzerman and of course Sakic. Joe's card is listed at $3 in Beckett.
  • I would have preferred to have seen the photo that's on the back on the front.  The back features a photo of the Art Ross Trophy with Joe directly above it.  Much nicer than Joe breaking through a puck, which really doesn't look that good to me.
- Robert

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Joe Sakic card #190 1996-97 Fleer #137

  • Talk about a mid 90's who's who on the front of this card!  Joe was 3rd in the league in scoring in 95-96 with 120 points, 41 behind Lemieux.
  • It's unbelievable that Jagr is still playing 20 years after this card was made.  I'm pretty sure that he'll sign another one year deal with the Panthers for 17-18.  Probably without the mullet...
  • Love the 4 square league leader cards.  Bring them back please.
- Robert

Monday, April 3, 2017

Joe Sakic card #189 1996-97 Fleer #25

  • If I had to complain about the card, it would be the team logo in the white circle.  Somewhat unnecessary in my opinion.  I do like the player's name in the gold plate though.
  • No career totals on the back.  You don't see a whole lot of cards that don't list the player's career stats.  This card has just the previous 4 years.
  • Joe's 189th career goal was the first of a 2 goal performance against the Penguins, 10/10/93.  It would be a 4 point night for Burnaby Joe as the Nords would be the Penguins 7-4.  Ken Wregget was the victim that evening...
- Robert

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jim Thome card #188 1999 Upper Deck Challengers for 70 #22

  • Thought that this was an insert from the Upper Deck base set.  Wrong, it's from the Challengers for 70 set, a little different.
  • Not a bad looking card, the back is a little bland as it shows the slugging percentage of the top 1st basemen from the '98 season.   Jim was 5th behind McGwire, Galarraga, Delgado and Vaughn.
  • Career homer #188 was hit 8/25/99 in Oakland off of A's reliever Doug Jones.  By the time he hit the homer in the 6th, the Indians already had enough runs on their way to a 12-4 romp.
- Robert