Thursday, February 28, 2013

Random Cards From My Collection #39

Card #20194
1990 Reading Phillies ProCards #1220 Mark Sims

Comments on the card: Enormous minor league set put out by ProCards. Nice design. Pretty much all of the cards featured the players posed rather than action shots.
When acquired: Don't know but I have the entire Phillies set.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: The Phillies minor league system was abysmal then. This guy was their 32nd round pick in 1982. Never made it to the majors.

Card #26751
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen #118 Mike Pelfry
Comments on the card: The first year (of 2) for Gypsy Queen. I like this set better than 2012. The 2013 set is due out on April 1.
When acquired: 2011
How acquired: Paid $0.44/card for 4 rack packs. I eventually bought a hobby box.
Player's season: Mike was 15-9 for the Mets in 2010 but only 7-13 in 2011.

Card # 22464
2003 Topps 205 #9 Edgardo Alfonzo
Comments on the card: One of my favorite sets from the first decade of the 21st century.
When acquired: 2010
How acquired: Paid $0.33/card for a hobby box on eBay
Player's season: Edgardo signed an $18 million, 3-year contract with the Giants prior to the 2003 season. His first season with the Giants seems to have been a disappointment as he batted only .258, almost 50 points off his 2002 season.

Card #32954
1993 Topps #350 Joe Carter
Comments on the card: The second year that Topps went with white card stock like all the other companies were doing. A radical change in design of the back, with a color player photo and a vertical layout. I always liked this set.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 1993.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season:1993 was another All-Star year for Joe as he led the Blue Jays to their second consecutive World Series. He hit a dramatic 3-run homer Game 6 off the Phillies Mitch Williams, clenching the Series for the Jays. I'll always remember where I was when that happened.

Card #20769
1993 Triple Play # 125 Mitch Williams
Comments on the card: One of many failed attempts by baseball card companies (this time Donruss) in the 1990s to get kid to buy cards.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 1993.
How acquired: Don't know.
Player's season: Being the nerd I am, I actually use a random number generator in Excel to pick cards and I swear that this is the next card it picked. The Wild Thing had 43 saves for the Phillies in 1993, but just couldn't lock down Game 6. The Phillies traded him to the Astros in December and he was never really an effective reliever again.

Card #35973
1988 Fleer #642 Damon Berryhill/Jeff Montgomery
Comments on the card: I never much cared for this set and didn't buy much of it. It is well represented in repacks these days.
When acquired: 2012
How acquired: Speaking of repacks, that's where I got this. Paid $0.07/card for a Fairfield Extreme Value Pack which had 12 assorted packs, with 160 cards.
Player's season: Berryhill got in 95 games in his rookie year with the Cubs, batting .259, good enough to place 6th in ROY voting. Montgomery spent 1988 with the Royals where he was 7-2 with 1 save. He will go on to get another 303 saves in his career.

Card #20739
1993 Ultra #93 Ben Rivera
Comments on the card: One of the so-called 'super premium' sets of the early 1990s before pretty much all cards featured glossy finishes and gold foil. 
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Randomness pulls up another 1993 Phillies card. Ben had the best season of his career (as did many Phillies that year), going 13-9.

Card #37152
2013 Topps #168 Kyle Farnsworth
Comments on the card: In my opinion, one of the best Topps designs in years.
When acquired: 2013
How acquired: Paid $0.15/card for a 72-card rack-box at Target.
Player's season: Farnsworth only pitched 27 innings for the Rays in 2012, which works out to about $120,000 per inning. He's signed again with the Rays but at less than half in 2012 salary.

Card #3517
1997 Ultra Fame Game #18 Eddie Murray
Comments on the card: This 18-card insert set was seed 1:8 in 1997 Series 2 Ultra. The holographic foil on FAME is pretty cool
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Don't know, but it's the only one from the set I have
Player's season: Eddie appeared in 46 games for the Angels before being released in April 1997. He played 9 more games for the Dodgers and retired after the season. Not a great finish to a Hall Of Fame career.

Card #16275
2007 Upper Deck #696 Logan Kensing
Comments on the card: The side borders on this set really make the cards look awkward. The backs are dull. I think if you're going to put a photo on the back it should be different than the front.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 2007.
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Logan was 3-0 for the Marlins in 2007 in relief. Can't say I remember him.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Random Cards from my Collection #38

I'm going to try and be a little more systematic with these random collection posts. We'll see how long that lasts.

Card #23956
2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club #138 Billy Wagner
Comments on the card: I like Billy the Kid's mean guy expression but I really don't like the Dufux finish. Best of Fan Club was a complete parallel set to Donruss Fan Club, sold separately. The only difference was the Dufex finish.
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 2002
How acquired: I paid $0.65/per card for the 10-card set on eBay
Player's season: Billy was 4-2 with 35 saves. He appeared in 70 games, pitching 75 innings with a 2.52 ERA

Card #26477
1990 Bowman #77 Andujar Cedeno

Comments on the card: Rainbow uniform!  Was there anything to like about 1990 Bowman besides that the cards were normal sized?
When acquired: 2011
How acquired: Paid $0.04/card for a 278-card Fairfield cube
Player's season: Andujar had 8 plate appearances for the Astros, got no hits and struck out 5 times.

Card #7701
2000 Upper Deck Five-Tool Talents #1 Vladimir Guerrero
Comments on the card: Shiny! Random inserts (1:11) in Upper Deck.
When acquired: 2006
How acquired: Paid $0.15, probably in a repack.
Player's season: Vlad the Impaler hit .345 with 44 home runs and was an All-Star. A Player I Collect.

Card #28145
2002 Fleer Tradition #280 Daryle Ward
Comments on the card: Thick, plain cards, featuring a 1930's Goudey design that we'll see again on 2008 Upper Deck Goudey.
When acquired: 2011
How acquired: 2011 Summer Clearance Trade
Player's season: Daryle's 5th and last season for the Astros, and probably his best with them. He hit .276 with 72 RBIs. He was traded to the Dodgers for Ruddy Lugo (no idea who this is).

Card #8530
2005 Fleer Showcase #117 Willie McCovey

Comments on the card: Nice looking 135-card set produced by Fleer full of short-print cards like this one.
When acquired: Don't know
How acquired: Paid $0.06 in a repack.
Player's season: Stretch played 19 years for the Giants, hitting 469 of his 521 home runs for them.

Card #29939
1998 Pinnacle Inside #16 Albert Belle
Comments on the card: One of the oddest ideas in a decade full of odd baseball card ideas, these cards came packed in a steel can that had to be opened with a can opener.
When acquired: Don't know, but most likely in 1998
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Albert had a good season for the White Sox, hitting .329 with 49 home runs. A Player I Collect.

Card #22686
2007 Topps #547 Byung-Hyun Kim
Comments on the card: Perhaps the worst Topps design of the century so far.
When acquired: 2007
How acquired: Paid $.15 in a blaster box.
Player's season: Kim was 1-2 with the Rockies with a 10.50 ERA before he began an oddessy where he was traded to the Marlins, picked of waivers by the D-Backs, released by the D-Backs and resigned with the Marlins.

Card #13571
1991 Fleer #405 Roger McDowell
Comments on the card: Not the worst card design of 1991. Give that award to Topps
When acquired: Don't know but probably in 1991.
How acquired: Don't know
Player's season: Roger was 3-6 with 3 saves for the dreadful 1991 Phillies before getting traded in July to the Dodgers for Braulio Castillo and Mike Hartley.

Card #12190
2004 Playoff Prestige #125 Andy Pettitte
Comments on the card: With so many different card brands out there, how do you distinguish yourself from the crowd? With abstract geometric shapes, I guess.
When acquired: 2009
How acquired: A gift from a Friend of the Blog
Player's season: In the first year of a $31.5 million 3-year contract, Andy missed most of the season with the Astros due to elbow surgery. A Player I Collect.

Card #4936
1981 Donruss #382 Keith Moreland
Comments on the card: Donruss inaugural attempt. Nice clean design.
When acquired: Don't know but I wasn't collecting in 1981 so it wasn't then.
How acquired: Don't  know.
Player's season: Keith's nickname was apparently Zonk, but I don't remember him being called that in Philadelphia. He was mainly a catcher and 3rd baseman but with Bob Boone and Mike Schmidt at those positions he didn't get much playing time. He was traded to the Cubs after the 1981 season where he became a regulare starter.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Random Cards From My Collection #37

Card #7825
1997 Bowman's Best Cuts Atomic Refractor #7 Jeff Bagwell
Bowman's Best was a Topps brand in the lat 1990's. They recently reintroduced the name as an insert in Bowman and Atomic Refractors are back! These were a hard pull and I had never seen one until I bought this one on eBay in 2007.

Card #5181
1999 Fleer Tradition Update #150 Robin Ventura
Imagine, hitting grand slam home runs in consecutive games. Now imagine those games are part of the same double header. That's what Robin Ventura did on May 20, 1999. As of 1999, the only time such a thing was ever done. I'll bet that the feat hasn't been repeated. A Player I Collect.

Card #6851
2003 Topps Shoebox #78 Dale Murphy
A nice set of reprints from the Topps. Only available as a box set, the set came packaged in a facsimile shoe box.

Card #15396
2007 Topps #659 Angel Berroa/Andres Blanco
From the Classic Combos subset from the dreadful Topps 2007 flagship set.

Card #17258
2002 Fleer Tradition Update #313 Manny Ramirez
Fleer Tradition was printed on heavy brown card stock with a minimum of gloss finish on the front.

Card #34054
1991 Fleer #516 Mike Simms
1991 Fleer - the proximate cause of the great shortage of yellow printing ink in 1991.

Card #5377
2003 Fleer Showcase #103 Nolan Ryan
A nice set from Fleer featuring current and past players. Nolan Ryan is a Player I Collect no matter who's uniform he's wearing.

Card #19753
2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #91 Scott Campbell
Campbell was born and raised in New Zealand but somehow managed to be the Blue Jays #10 pick in 2006. In 2009 he advanced from single A, to double A and then to triple AAA but then disappeared.

Card #4224
1997 Fleer Million Dollar Moments #23 Don Larsen
 These were contest cards in Fleer products in 1997 and 1998. I consider this a legit insert card because the cards feature baseball players and are clearly part of a set of 50 cards. That $1,000,000 sure would have come in handy!

Card #20744
1993 Team Stadium Club #14 Curt Schilling
For a couple of years in the mid-1990s, Topps produced these Team Stadium Cards. They have a completely different design than the regular issue cards. They were available in team sets in blister packs in retail stores. I probably got this at Toys R Us.