Monday, April 15, 2013

Random Cards From My Collection #42.

Card # 35199
2006 Hero Decks Phillies Dave Bancroft

Comments on the card: This is a deck of playing cards, each card features a different Phillie from the entire history of the team.
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: At a sporting goods store in Philadelphia. I don't remember what I paid for it.
Player's season: Bancroft had a 16-year career and played for the Phillies from 1915 to 1920. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1971. He is 3rd all-time in putouts by a shortstop.

Card #36819
1983 O-Pee-Chee #66 Lou Whitaker
Comments on the card: I love finding cards like this. O-Pee-Chee produced these cards for the Canadian market (complete with French translations) under license from Topps.
When acquired: 2012
How acquired: Paid $0.09/card for a Fairfield 100-card repack.
Player's season: Sweet Lou had a career year in 1983. He hit for a .320 average with 40 doubles (both career highs). He was an All-Star and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the season.

Card #15104
2010 Topps #74 Casey Blake
Comments on the card: A pretty decent Topps design. I like the larger photo on the back.
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: Paid $0.24/card for various kinds of Topps packages in early 2010.
Player's season: I don't know too much about Blake. He looks like he was the Dodgers regular 3rd baseman in 2010 but his batting statistics indicate a decline.

Card #19568
1986 O-Pee-Chee #316 Alan Knicely

Comments on the card: Crazy, another O-Pee Chee card. Giant glasses!
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Alan Lee was never much more than a pinch-hitter and part time infielder. The Phillies had released him in March 1986 and he got picked up by the Cardinals. He hit .195 in 100 at bats for the Cards and that was the end.

Card #23344
1996 Ultra #206 Derek Bell
Comments on the card: Not sure what's going on here. Did he just miss making a spectacular through the legs catch or is just about to make one?
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: In his 2nd year with the Astros, Derek hit .268 in 158 games. He also hit 17 home runs.

Card #13105
 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini A and G Back #162 Shane Victorino
Comments on the card: Mini cards? Do you love 'em or hate 'em? I love 'em. This is, of, course, the A&G back parallel.
When acquired: 2009
How acquired: Paid $0.42/card for hobby box of Allen & Ginter in July 2009.
Player's season: The Flyin' Hawaiian hit .292 with a league leading 13 triples during the regular season. He was also an All-Star and won a Gold Glove. He hit .353 in the NLDS, .368 in the NLCS (Dodger killer!) but like the rest of the Phillies fell apart in the World Series, hitting only .182.

Card #6794
1987 Reading Phillies ProCards #790 Joe Lefebvre

Comments on the card: This is from the enormous minor league sets that ProCards released in the 1980s and early 1990s. Pretty minimal design.
When acquired: 2006
How acquired: Paid $4.50 for the 24-card Phillies set on eBay.
Player's season: Joe had a 7-year career, mostly with the Phillies. although one of those years, 1985, he missed the whole season due to injuries. He rehabbed in Reading and then returned there in 1987 as a coach. Joe is still in baseball, currently on the coaching staff of the Giants, whom he's been with since 1996.

Card #18354
2010 Topps Allen & Ginter #244 Aaron Cook
Comments on the card: 2010 was the first Allen & Ginter set to have a colored background, in addition to the usual color wash around the player's head.
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: Paid $0.46/card for blasters and loose packs. I also bought a hobby box that year but this didn't come from that.
Player's season: Aaron had been 16-9 for the Rockies in 2008 but seems to have deteriorated. He was 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA in 2010. He's currently a free agent after a 4-11 record with the Red Sox last year.

Card #17306
2008 Upper Deck Documentary #4575 Manny Ramirez
Comments on the card: On paper it must have sounded like a good idea. Produce a set that would document every game played in the 2008 season. On cardboard, the execution made this the worst baseball card set every produced.
When acquired: 2009
How acquired: Paid $20 each for two blasters. The cards were cheap at 10 cents each. They'd have to be since there were so many of them.
Player's season: Manny started 2008 with the Red Sox and ended with the Dodgers after a trade in July. In 53 games for the Dodgers, he hit .396 with 17 home runs, helping the Dodgers into the playoffs.

Card #31276
1986 Topps #300 George Brett
Comments on the card: In the 1980's Topps reserved the even 100 numbered cards for the biggest players and few came bigger in those days than George Brett.
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: 1986 wasn't George's biggest year, he only hit .290, but he did make his 10th straight All-Star Game.

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