2001 Fleer Tradition #225 Bruce Chen
When acquired: February 2001.
How acquired: Paid $.33/card for a hobby box on eBay
Player's season: Chen had been acquired by the Phillies in 2000 from the Braves for Andy Ashby. He was 4-5 with in 16 starts for the Phillies in 2001 before being traded to the Mets for Dennis Cook and Turk Wendell.
2004 Topps All-Star Stitches Jersey Relics Shigetoshi Hasegawa
When acquired: April 2008.
How acquired: Paid $3.49 on eBay
Player's season: Shiggy was credited with a blown save in the 2003 All-Star game when he gave up 4 earned runs in 2/3 innings of work in the 5th. The Americans went on to win anyway. What a piece of All-Star history this is!
1996 Ultra Checklists Gold #3 Ken Griffey Jr.
When acquired: October 2012.
How acquired: Paid $2.39 on eBay
Player's season: 1996 was the first of Junior's 4 best years, his last 4 years with the Mariners. He hit 49 home runs in 1996, 209 total from 1996-1999.
2010 Topps Update #30 Roy Halladay
When acquired: December 2010.
How acquired: Acquired for $0.25 in a blaster box.
Player's season: Doc came into his 7th All-Star Game in the 5th inning with the score tied 0-0. He got 2 outs, one K, giving up two hits but no runs. Matt Capps got the final out in the 5th and got the win.
1990 Upper Deck #35 Scott Service
When acquired: Don't know.
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Scott made his major league debut with the Phillies in 1988 but spent 1989-1990 in the Phillies farm system before signing with the Expos before the 1991 season.
2007 Upper Deck #250 Chad Tracy
When acquired: January 2013
How acquired: Paid $0.04/card for a 100-card Fairfield repack.
Player's season: Chad went from a full-time player in 2006, to the part-timer he continues to be today in 2007.
1992 Stadium Club #88 Les Lancaster
When acquired: June 2012
How acquired: I bought a 36-pack box of 1992 Stadium Club for $5.00 at a card show. That worked out to about 1 cent per card.
Player's season: Les had been released by the Cubs on March 31, 1992 and actually pitched for the Tigers in 1992, with a 3-4 record and a 6.33 ERA.
2000 Aurora #110 Mike Lieberthal
When acquired: Don't know.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: Mike hit .278 for the Phillies in 2001 and made the All-Star squad. He ended up on the DL in July and through most of the rest of the season due to an injury he received in a collision at home plate with Bernie Williams.
2010 Topps #203 Greinke/Hernandez/Halladay
When acquired: January 2010
How acquired: Paid $0.24/card for a blaster box
Player's season: Greinke was 16-8 in 2009 and won the 2009 AL Cy Young. Hernandez as 19-5 and the runner up for the Cy Young. Halladay was 17-10 and 5th in the Cy Young voting.
2008 Topps Opening Day #67 Ben Sheets
Comments on the card: The reddest base set ever!
When acquired: March 2009
How acquired: Topps must have produced a lot of this set. I got this in a blaster for $0.09/card. Blasters were widely available at discount prices in 2009.
Player's season: Sheets was 13-9 with 3 shutouts in 2008. He as also an All-Star. He had Tommy John surgery at the end of the season and missed 2009 entirely.