Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Random cards from my collection #40

Card #27915
2010 Topps 206 Bronze #257 Ryan Howard
Comments on the card: Thicker parallel to 2012 Topps 206. I was disappointed in this set. It was better than the 2009 version but still not as good as the previous issue in 2002.
When acquired: 2011
How acquired: Acquired in trade during the 2011 Great Summer Clearance Trade
Player's season: Ryan hit for average in 2012, .276, but his HR total was down (31). He was an All-Star. The Phillies went to the playoffs, beating the Reds in the NLDS but losing to the Giants in the NLCS.

Card #3175
1989 Donruss #396 Don Carman
Comments on the card: Yet another crazy 1980s Donruss design.
When acquired: Don't know.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: Carman led the National League in losses with a 5-15 record. The Phillies didn't have many good pitchers in 1989.

Card #15353
1990 Topps #673 Joey Meyer

Comments on the card: In just 16 years we'll see this design on Topps Heritage. Can't wait.
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: Paid $0.04/card in a Fairfield repack.
Player's season: Meyer hit .251, with 18 home runs in 156 games in 2 years (1988 and 1989) with the Brewers. One of a handful of Hawaiian players in baseball.

Card #23616
1999 Upper Deck #107 Sean Berry

Comments on the card: Too much silver foil although I think the design actually works better on a horizontal card.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 1999.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: After hitting .314 for the Astros in 1998, Berry was signed as a free agent by the Brewers for the 1999 season and promptly hit .228.

Card #2812
1983 Topps Traded #77 Joe Morgan
Comments on the card: As was common in the 1980s, the Topps Traded set was printed on white card stock.
When acquired: Don't know but I did not get it new.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: The Phillies got Morgan and Al Holland in a trade with the Giants in December 1993. Joe only hit .230 for the season but helped lead the 1983 Wheeze Kids to the 1983 World Series.

Card # 7094
1987 Fleer #638 Don Mattingly/Darryl Strawberry
Comments on the card: The last few cards in 1980s Fleer sets were these "Superstar Specials" which typically pictured 2 or 3 players, usually not from the same team who had good years.
When acquired: Don't know.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: In 1987, Mattingly was an All-Star, hit .327, had 30 HR and 115 RBI. Strawberry was also an All-Star, hit .284, with 39 HR and 104 RBI. Superstars, indeed.

Card #19511
2010 Topps Vintage Legends Collection #8 Walter Johnson
Comments on the card: An insert card in 2010 Topps. A player from the first quarter of the 20th Century on a card with a 1954 design. Why not?
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: Paid $.19/card for packs of Topps Series 2
Player's season: The Big Train played 21 years for the Senators (1907 - 1927) with a 417-279 record and a career 2.17 ERA.  He averaged 282 innings/year for his career.

Card # 7471
2001 Topps HD #75 William Smith
Comments on the card: This 2001 set featured full bleed printing on thick card stock with a hard plastic coating. Very nice cards.
When acquired: 2001
How acquired: Paid $1.20/card for a hobby box
Player's season: Smith was the Marlins #6 draft pick in 2000. He had a 9-year career in the minors but never got the call.

Card #10682
2000 Topps HD #59 Scott Rolen
Comments on the card: The 200 version of Topps HD. I only have 3 cards from this set.
When acquired: 2008
How acquired: Acquired in trade with fellow blogger The Cardboard Junkie
Player's season: In his 5th season with the Phillies, Rolen batted .298 with 26 HR.

Card #14075
2009 Topps 206 #102 Hanley Ramirez
Comments on the card: 2002 Topps 206 is one of my favorite sets. This second Topps 206 set was very disappointing. I really didn't like the fake smudges on the back of the cards, especially since the smudges were identical on each card.
When acquired: 2009
How acquired: I paid $0.44/card for a hobby box and a couple of blasters.
Player's season: Ramirez was an All-Star in 2009 and lead the league with a .342 batting average.

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