Friday, February 24, 2017

Repack Teaser

It's been awhile since I've seen one of these repacks in the local Target.

Wouldn't that Ty Cobb be a sweet pull? No such luck. Here's a teaser of what was in the box. 15 packs of mostly late 1980 and early 1990 packs. 212 cards for $19.98! And three sticks of nearly 30-year-old gum.  I couldn't fit all the packs on the scanner bed very well but here's an attempt.

Assuming there's anything interesting in here, I'll have some posts up next week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Players being interviewed on cards

Pretty much every baseball game I've every watched on TV features either pre-game interviews or post-game interviews with players. Sometimes, both. There should be more baseball cards featuring interviews. I have 20 cards featuring players being interviewed. I showed about half them in an earlier post. Here are the rest, in chronological order.

1984 Fleer #28

Dernier had two stints with the Phillies, 1980-1983 and 1988-1989. In 1984 he actually played for the Cubs and he won a Gold Glove.

1987 Fleer Limited Edition #3
Bedrosian led the league with 40 saves in 1987 but he doesn't look too happy here.

1989 Upper Deck #406

I've shown this card before but it's my favorite card from this genre of cards. It's 1989 Upper Deck, it's Mike Schmidt and the guy with the microphone is Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas who passed away 8 years ago.

1991 Upper Deck #728
 In a not very remarkable career, Perez had his best season in 1991, going 9-3 for the Cardinals. And this may not be in interview card but that black thing looks like a camera to me.

1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #92

Clark probably got interviewed a lot in 1991. He was an All-Star, hit .301 for the season with a lead leading .536 slugging percentage.

1996 Collector's Choice #220
I have two cards featuring Franco giving an interview. He looks like he'd be a fun interview.

1998 Collector's Choice #60

I image "The Big Hurt" gave a lot of interviews too.

1998 Pinnacle Inside #86

The Rocket won one of his 7 Cy Young Awards in 1998.

2005 Upper Deck ESPN #2
I'm guessing pre-game interview. 

2010 Upper Deck Season Biography
If the caption on the card is to be believed, Rivera is being interviewed after his 524th save. You never know with Upper Deck.

2014 Topps Update #234
Hernandez earned his 2014 All-Star slot with a lead leading 34 saves and an ERA of 2.14.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Random Cards from My Collection #81

I haven't done this for awhile. Since I'm a giant nerd I use a random number generator in an Excel spreadsheet to generate cards for a post like this.

Card #7,217: 1996 Collector's Choice Silver #24 Matt Lawton

The Silver parallel had a facsimile signature in silver foil. There was a gold parallel as well. Lawton was a 13th round draft pick by the Twins in 1991.

Card #49,761: 1992 Topps Micro #551 Chipper Jones

Topps issued these Micro card sets for a few years in the early 1990s. I remember buying the 1992 set at Toys 'R Us for $10. The cards are so small that they are a pain in the neck to own.

Card #60,334: 2017 Topps #143 Nick Noonan

I just bought this card about a week ago. One of several in the set with players featuring those orange sunglasses.

Card #24,802: 2010 Bowman Platinum #18 Buster Posey

Foil board cards. I don't like them.

Card #23,903: 2003 Upper Deck #379 Jason Lane

When the Astros moved to Enron (later Minute Maid) Field, they changed their uniform colors to sort of match the brick facade of the stadium. This lead to years of Astros baseball cards with this dreadful orange/red brick color.

Card #36,584: 2005 Topps Traded #86 Buddy Bell

I miss manager cards in the Topps flagship set.

Card #32,901: 2012 Bowman #94 Shaun Marcum

After going 20-11 in two seasons with the Brewers, Marcum signed a $4 million contract with the Mets for 2013 and then went 1-10 for them. He is a college pitching coach today.

Card #11,720: 2004 Topps Cracker Jacks #223 Juan Pierre

Still one of my favorite sets of the 21st century.

Card #34,304: 1994 Triple Play #25 Doug Drabek

Triple Play went from a set designed mainly for kids to a sophisticated design like this in just 3 years. Then Donruss dropped the brand until Panini resurrected it a few years ago. 1994 Triple Play was quite nice, a full-bleed glossy card with a photo and full career stats on the back.

Card #38,828 2009 O-Pee-Chee #507 Braves Turner Field/Checklist

Upper Deck, in it's death throws, turned out this weird set in 2009. That may be the Braves Stadium but it's Hanley Ramiriz of the Marlins on the scoreboard.

Monday, February 13, 2017

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Discounted Blaster

While out looking for 2017 Topps I came across a discounted blaster of 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen. I'm not in love with this set and only bought a few packs last year but the blaster was only $11.98 and promised "1 Exclusive Short-Printed Mini Base Card Parallel Inside!"

It turns out that I'd pulled one of purple minis these from one of the 3 packs I bought last summer but this still goes in the reference books since it's the retired players subset.

I also pulled this from the box, a foil-backed mini I didn't know existed. Apparently these are only available in blasters. It's a 50-card set, numbered 301-350. As usual with this kind of card, I'm happy I have it but who was asking for foil-backed Gypsy Queen minis?

I'm always happy to pull a relic card from a blaster.

And another card for the reference book is this insert I didn't have.

Many baseball cards have a few sentences on the back highlighting something about the player. I guess these little paragraphs are probably difficult to write, not because it's hard to think of something to say about a player but because there is so much that could be said. Sometimes these read like they were plucked from a bucket of random stats for each player but a few of these Gypsy Queen backs stood out for me.

So Familia was pitching a save while his wife was giving birth. His bad luck, I guess, that he couldn't be there with her. But what is that opening line "His wife Bianca didn't need labor induced" supposed to mean? His Wikipedia page wasn't much help beyond saying she was his fiancĂ©e at the time and that he was arrested last October on domestic violence charges. 

Here's another one.

Why exactly is it strange that Turner hit .323, .322 and .322 in his first three professional seasons? And where is the twist? There were no clues on his Wikipedia page.

Friday, February 10, 2017

9 Years and Counting

As usual, I missed the anniversary of my first blog post because I always think it was late in February when actually it was February 2, 2008. This will be my 1,669th post, that's 185 a year on average. Not as many as some but enough. These days I get 200-400 hits on each post which just astonishes me. Thanks for reading. My normal practice for my anniversary post is to re-post my favorite card, Mike Schmidt's rookie card. So here it is.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My 100,000th Card

The 2016 Topps Update Megabox yielded the 100,000 card in my collection. I had expected to pass this milestone with the 2017 Topps blaster I bought but there were too may duplicates in the box. With any farther ado, here it is.

Betts had a pretty good 2016. He hit for a .318 average and led the league in at bats (672) and total bases (359). He also hit 31 home runs, was an All-Star, won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and was 2nd runner-up for league MVP.

This was the second card from the second pack from the box. I already had more than half the set so usually opening more packs at that point yield a lot of duplicate cards. But I've opened 3 of the 5 packs with no dups so far. Just for fun, here's the rest of the pack.

A nice outfield action shot.

You don't see guys batting without helmets too often, but this is during the Home Run Derby. This is a subset of this set I could do without.

Hey, a gold card. And a Phillie no less.

I learned that Keith Urban was born in New Zealand from this card. Now I know 2 things about Keith Urban. The other is that he's a country singer.

The second Phillie card from the pack.

It looks like the catcher has the ball but can he get the tag down?

Another nice outfield catch. Nieuwenhuis came up in 2012 and hasn't had much of a career as yet. I haven't seen him on a card since his rookie year. He seems to have found some playing time with the Brewers.