Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Random Cards From My Collection #67

I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've gotten involved in a non-baseball card Project which is taking a lot of my time.  Here are some random cards so people don't think I've gone dark.

Card #23538
1998 Pinnacle #22 Darryl Kile
Comments on the card/player: Kile actually played for the Rockies in 1998. He was a free agent after the 1997 season with the Astros and signed a 2-year, $14MM contract with the Rockies. The thin air at Coors Field didn't agree with him and he had the worst 2 years of his career, going 21-30. He lost a league high 17 games in 1998. This was also the last year for Pinnacle before being revived by Panini.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

Card #31420
2012 Topps Gold Standard #10 Reggie Jackson

Comments on the card/player: This was a 50-card insert set in Topps that I never really much cared for. It's a card that's clearly designed for a relic and/or auto and looks dumb without the relic and/or auto.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.20/card for a hanger box of Topps in February 2012.

Card #10847
1987 K-mart #15 Steve Carlton

Comments on the card/player: The first Kmart store opened on March 1, 1962 in Garden City Michigan, so this 33-card set commemorates the 25th anniversary of K-Mart. In 1987 I believe that Sears and Kmart were the 1 and 2 largest retail stores in the US. In 2004, Kmart bought Sears and today, the combined company is the 16th largest retailer in the US.
How/When acquired: I actually have two copies of this card, both acquired in trade with fellow bloggers.

Card #10005
2008 Topps #532 Tim Lahey

Comments on the card/player: Lahey was the Twins 20th round draft pick in 2004. He never appeared in the major leagues and his minor league stats shows he spent 7 years in the Twins minor league system. So why is he in a Phillies uniform on this card? After the 2007 season, Lahey was selected by the Rays in the Rule 5 draft and then traded to the Cubs for cash. He was waived by the Cubs in March and picked up by the Phillies. He actually was on the Phillies opening day roster in 2008 but was designated for assignment on April 5 without appearing in a game. He was the offered back to the Twins who took him. Whew!
How/When acquired: I paid $0.15/card for a blaster of Topps in March 2008.

Card #9421
1986 Topps #302 Greg Gross
Comments on the card/player: Gross was in the 14th of his 17-year career in 1986. He'd been with the Phillies since 1979. As an outfielder he had a tough time getting playing time when the Phillies outfield consisted of guys like Greg Luzinski, Bake McBride, Garry Matthews and Lonnie Smith. In 1986 he only appeared in 87 games with 101 at bats, hitting .248
How/When acquired: Don't know.

Card #23316
1996 Fleer #406 Tony Eusebio
Comments on the card/player: The random wheel is turning up a lot of Phillies and Astros this post. 1996 Fleer was an odd card. In an era when all cards were glossy, Fleer went with a very thin white card stock with no gloss, front or back. But they did go with gold foil stamping like everyone else.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

Card# 37980
1990 Upper Deck #558 Mike Fitzgerald

Comments on the card/player: Fitzgerald was mainly a catcher, playing 748 of his 797 games behind the plate. He occasionally played 1st, 2nd and 3rd base and this looks like he's taking infield practice. I like the back photo with him in catching position, with no catching gear, and blowing a bubble.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.04 for 100-card Fairfield repack in January 2013.

Card #2368
1995 Leaf #1 Frank Thomas

Comments on the card/player: The Big Hurt was a formidable ball player in the 1990s. In 1995 he hit .308 with 40 home runs. He walked a league high 136 times while only striking out 76 times.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

Card #17880
2010 Bowman Topps 100 Prospects #90 Anthony Gose

Comments on the card/player: Gose was the Phillies #2 pick in 2008 but never played for them. He was part of the trade with the Astros that brought Roy Oswalt to the Phillies in 2010. The Astros immediately traded him to the Blue Jays for Brett Wallace. After three mediocre years with the Jays, they traded him to the Tigers for a minor league player.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.27/card for 6 20-card rack packs of Bowman in June 2010.

Card #34351
1992 Upper Deck #796 Butch Henry

Comments on the card/player: Henry was the 16th round pick of the Reds in 1987. In 1990 he was part of the deal with the Astros that sent Bill Doran to the Reds. He was 6-9 for the 1992 Astros before being picked by the Rockies in the 1992 Expansion Draft.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

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