Thursday, February 28, 2013

Random Cards From My Collection #39

Card #20194
1990 Reading Phillies ProCards #1220 Mark Sims

Comments on the card: Enormous minor league set put out by ProCards. Nice design. Pretty much all of the cards featured the players posed rather than action shots.
When acquired: Don't know but I have the entire Phillies set.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: The Phillies minor league system was abysmal then. This guy was their 32nd round pick in 1982. Never made it to the majors.

Card #26751
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen #118 Mike Pelfry
Comments on the card: The first year (of 2) for Gypsy Queen. I like this set better than 2012. The 2013 set is due out on April 1.
When acquired: 2011
How acquired: Paid $0.44/card for 4 rack packs. I eventually bought a hobby box.
Player's season: Mike was 15-9 for the Mets in 2010 but only 7-13 in 2011.

Card # 22464
2003 Topps 205 #9 Edgardo Alfonzo
Comments on the card: One of my favorite sets from the first decade of the 21st century.
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: Paid $0.33/card for a hobby box on eBay
Player's season: Edgardo signed an $18 million, 3-year contract with the Giants prior to the 2003 season. His first season with the Giants seems to have been a disappointment as he batted only .258, almost 50 points off his 2002 season.

Card #32954
1993 Topps #350 Joe Carter
Comments on the card: The second year that Topps went with white card stock like all the other companies were doing. A radical change in design of the back, with a color player photo and a vertical layout. I always liked this set.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 1993.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season:1993 was another All-Star year for Joe as he led the Blue Jays to their second consecutive World Series. He hit a dramatic 3-run homer Game 6 off the Phillies Mitch Williams, clenching the Series for the Jays. I'll always remember where I was when that happened.

Card #20769
1993 Triple Play # 125 Mitch Williams
Comments on the card: One of many failed attempts by baseball card companies (this time Donruss) in the 1990s to get kid to buy cards.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 1993.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: Being the nerd I am, I actually use a random number generator in Excel to pick cards and I swear that this is the next card it picked. The Wild Thing had 43 saves for the Phillies in 1993, but just couldn't lock down Game 6. The Phillies traded him to the Astros in December and he was never really an effective reliever again.

Card #35973
1988 Fleer #642 Damon Berryhill/Jeff Montgomery
Comments on the card: I never much cared for this set and didn't buy much of it. It is well represented in repacks these days.
When acquired: 2012
How acquired: Speaking of repacks, that's where I got this. Paid $0.07/card for a Fairfield Extreme Value Pack which had 12 assorted packs, with 160 cards.
Player's season: Berryhill got in 95 games in his rookie year with the Cubs, batting .259, good enough to place 6th in ROY voting. Montgomery spent 1988 with the Royals where he was 7-2 with 1 save. He will go on to get another 303 saves in his career.

Card #20739
1993 Ultra #93 Ben Rivera
Comments on the card: One of the so-called 'super premium' sets of the early 1990s before pretty much all cards featured glossy finishes and gold foil. 
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Randomness pulls up another 1993 Phillies card. Ben had the best season of his career (as did many Phillies that year), going 13-9.

Card #37152
2013 Topps #168 Kyle Farnsworth
Comments on the card: In my opinion, one of the best Topps designs in years.
When acquired: 2013
How acquired: Paid $0.15/card for a 72-card rack-box at Target.
Player's season: Farnsworth only pitched 27 innings for the Rays in 2012, which works out to about $120,000 per inning. He's signed again with the Rays but at less than half in 2012 salary.

Card #3517
1997 Ultra Fame Game #18 Eddie Murray
Comments on the card: This 18-card insert set was seed 1:8 in 1997 Series 2 Ultra. The holographic foil on FAME is pretty cool
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know, but it's the only one from the set I have
Player's season: Eddie appeared in 46 games for the Angels before being released in April 1997. He played 9 more games for the Dodgers and retired after the season. Not a great finish to a Hall Of Fame career.

Card #16275
2007 Upper Deck #696 Logan Kensing
Comments on the card: The side borders on this set really make the cards look awkward. The backs are dull. I think if you're going to put a photo on the back it should be different than the front.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 2007.
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Logan was 3-0 for the Marlins in 2007 in relief. Can't say I remember him.

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