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

Jim Thome card #211 2000 Topps Opening Day #130

  • A couple of differences between the Opening Day card and the base Topps that I posted this morning:  The dashes and the lettering are in silver instead of gold.  Also, the very large and bulky 2000 Opening Day logo.  
  • Bio on the back:  "  during a visit to see the NFL's Cleveland Browns practice last summer, Jim gave linebacking great Chris Spielman one of his jerseys.  Soon after, injuries forced Spielman to retire, whereupon he immediately mailed one of his #54's to Thome."  I love how athletes in the same city often get together and do things like this, and support one another.  
  • Career home run #211 was hit 6/2/2000 off of the late Darryl Kile of the St. Louis Cardinals.  It would be the only run that the Indians would get in a 5-1 loss.  Kile pitched 8 innings of 3 hit ball and struck out 9 for his 8th win of the season.
- Robert

Jim Thome card #210 2000 Topps #360

  • Happy 4th of July to everyone!!  Have fun today, but please stay safe while doing so.
  • Amazing what a scan does to a card.  The area below the Indians logo is actually red on the card, but the scan turns it to orange.  
  • I don't know if it's just me, but is that an older couple sitting/standing in the dugout behind Jim?  They have great seats if they are in the dugout...
- Robert

Monday, July 3, 2017

Joe Sakic card #212 1997-98 Donruss Canadian Ice #102

  • Looks like someone's tall cold one on the glass there could be in peril with one good bodycheck.  Alcohol abuse is what I'd call it.
  • #48 in the background?  None other than Scott Young, who spent 5 years with Quebec/Colorado.  Just a guess, but I believe that the Avs were playing in Buffalo that night, only because I'm pretty sure that is a Tops supermarket ad on the boards (Tops never stops saving you more).
  • There are 3 different parallels of this card, Dominion Series (#'d to 150), Provincial Series (#'d to 750) and the Provincial Series Players Club.   I don't have any of them as of yet.
- Robert

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Brett Lawrie card #66 2014 Topps Chrome X-fractor #219

  • One word for the scan result:  Fabulous!  I've scanned a few of these over the years, but never had one turn out quite as well when scanned as this one did.
  • Bought this for just 55 cents off of COMC.  I had some good luck with Lawrie cards at the beginning of 2016 on the site...
  • I'm at the point in a couple of my player collections where I have one card with several versions that I need to post.  So you may see more multiple card days on this blog in the not too distant future.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #65 2014 Topps Chrome blue refractor #219

  • The color unfortunately didn't come out as well as I would have liked.  The blue border looks really good in hand.
  • Remember buying this off of COMC because the serial number was so low (# 3/199).  I thought that 85 cents was a fair enough deal as well.
  • Added this card to the Trading Card Database as well.  As of this writing, the site was less than 85,000 images away from hitting the 2 million mark.  Still trying to do my part...
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #64 2014 Topps Chrome refractor #219


  • Didn't even know this was the refractor version until I looked at the back of the card.  Just another reason that I need to pay closer attention to the cards I buy/own.
  • Added this card to the TDCB today.  This is the 15th card of Brett that I have added, tying for 6th among all collectors that have submitted images.  The next two cards that I'll show will vault me into 5th spot.
  • A bit of a different photo of Brett throwing the ball, he's a bit off balance.  Still like how Topps managed to capture the ball at the top of the frame.
- Robert

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Andrew McCutchen card #63 2015 Allen & Ginter Starting Points #SP-71

  • I can still remember when the Pirates called him up in 2009.  June 4, 2009 against the Mets, Cutch starts his career 2 for 4 with a walk and a RBI in a 11-6 win.  That same day, Randy Johnson became the 24th pitcher to win 300 games.
  • His first month would see him hit 4 doubles and 5 triples (!), 1 homer and drive in 18 runs.  
  • I love this card, and I enjoyed collecting the starting points set.  There were some great pictures of players in their first season, and looking at the backs I learned a lot about some of the players.  The best part was, it was affordable to finish!!
- Robert

Andrew McCutchen card #62 2015 Allen & Ginter #46

  • Andrew just does not look happy on this card.  It's definitely in the minority, as most of Andrew's cards show him with his trademark smile.
  • Congrats to Andrew and his wife, they announced to the public yesterday that they are expecting their first child in December.
  • Player of the month for June?  Andrew hit .411, OPS of 1.193 with 6 HR and 23 RBI.  Andrew also had 13 multi hit games.  He certainly has a chance...
- Robert