Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2009 Tristar Obak

Tristar specializes in minor league players. This is a set of minor leaguers with a twist. It features famous players when they were minor leaguers on a retro card. I picked up 4 packs of this at WalMart over the weekend. 4 full sized-cards and a mini-parallel per pack for $2.97. The cards are very attractive and I think I'll buy some more.
In addition to the mini parallels, there are red, green, and purple parallels. As near as I can tell, the parallels have different color printing below the picture on the front. I didn't get any. There are also autograph cards.
This, of course, is Dale Murphy, later of the Braves and Phillies (and Rockies for that matter).
Brooks Robinson (I'd rather have that other great third baseman, Mike Schmidt, but he doesn't seem to be in this set).
When I started collecting cards in the mid-1980s nobody was hotter than Vince Coleman. I still collect his cards when I come across one. This picture really looks like it's from later in his career when he was with the Cardinals.
This is Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell. There is a subset called "Game Changers". Jackie is a Game Changer because, according to the back of the card she is the first woman to sign a pro baseball contract. She signed with the minor league Chattanooga Lookouts in 1931 and struck out Ruth and Gehrig in an exhibition game. A few days later baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and declared women unfit to play baseball as the game was "too strenuous".
This is Stan Musial on one of the Mini T212 parallels. They also come in red, green and purple flavors.
I also got this Ted Williams card with an alternate back.
I don't know how many cards have variants but the Williams card has 5.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kenesaw Mountain Landis = douchebag