Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Random Cards From My Collection #55

Card #38745
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen No-Hitters Jered Weaver
Comments on the card: This 15-card set celebrates no-hitters. Were there 15 no-hitters in 2012? I doubt it. I have 5 cards from the set, 3 are from 2012 games, the others are older games.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.40/card for 2 blasters of Topps Gypsy Queen from Target in April 2013.

Card #22842
2005 Upper Deck #154 Randy Wolf

Comments on the card: I think Upper Deck produced a lot of terrible designs in the 2000s, this being one of them. There is no reason for the players name to obscure about a fifth of the card. The back is OK, but I think if you're going to put a photo on the back, it shouldn't be the cropped head from the photo on the front.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.29/card for a blaster of Upper Deck in December 2004. Remember when Topps and Upper Deck would release their Series 1 cards in December?

Card #5735
2000 Topps #178 Carlos Beltran
Comments on the card: Beltran was the Rookie of the Year in 1999, so he deserves the Rookie Cup on his card. I'd love to see Topps come out with a color bordered set with a vertical back again.
How/When acquired: Don't know, but I probably acquired it new.

Card #27282
1989 Donruss #399 Tom Pagnozzi
Comments on the card: Donruss backs were plain then but gave you lots of player information. Of course today you don't need baseball cards to have easy access to players stats.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.05/card for a 100-card Fairfield repack in 2010.

Card #4058
1995 Upper Deck #210 Don Mattingly
Comments on the card: Upper Deck had lots of good designs in the 1990s, including this one, although the name in gold foil on the front could get lost in the background. These triple-exposure cards were a feature of early 1990s Upper Deck.
How/When acquired:  Don't know

Card #34114
1993 Topps Gold #252 Xavier Hernandez
Comments on the card: Parallel card sets have been way overdone for years now, but Topps got it all started with Topps Gold in 1992. The 1993 set featured even more gold foil.
How/When acquired: Summer Clearance Trade from 2012.

Card #20864
1994 Triple Play #175 Dave Hollins
Comments on the card: Triple Play, produced by Donruss from 1992-1994, was one of many attempts in the early 1990s to get kids to buy more baseball cards. The first year was very kid-friendly but by 1994, Triple Play looked pretty much like every other card out there.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

Card #39417
2013 Triple Play #11 Dustin Pedroia
Comments on the card:  Ha ha, the random choice is 2013 Triple Play. Panini is bringing back a number of old Donruss/Pinnacle brands. Bold graphics, I guess designed for kids. They get around the whole can't use logos thing by drawing the players.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.12/card for three 28-card rack packs in April 2013 at Target.

Card #37428
 2007 UD Masterpieces #81 Chris Chambliss
Comments on the card:  This was a nice set, which was also issued in 2008. The cards are printed on a linen finish card stock to feel like painted canvas. Each card features a painting of a players career highlight.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.62/card for a blaster from Target in November 2007.

Card #1084
1997 Finest Bronze #181 Paul Molitor

Comments on the card:  I don't buy much Finest and only have a few cards from this confusing set which featured multiple designs and parallel cards.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

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