Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Random Cards From My Collection #76

Card # 49346
1986 Topps Baseball Tattoos Charlie Hough

Comments on the card/player: These were available as a sheet with 6 players and a stick of gum in a pack. I had started collecting cards in 1985 but don't remember ever seeing this for sale.
How/When acquired: I got a sheet of these as a throw-in in a trade in 2008.

Card #493
1992 Leaf Black Gold #396 Eddie Murray

Comments on the card/player: A very early example of a parallel card. This was the second year for Leaf, and the first for Leaf Black Gold. The Black Gold parallel added a bit of gold foil and a black border to the front and the gold colored border on the back.
How/When acquired: I don't know when I got this but it was probably new in a pack in 1992.

Card #25279
2011 Topps Opening Day #108 Jonathan Sanchez

Comments on the card/player: Sanchez had a pretty good 2010 season with the Giants, going 13-9 and helping get the Giants into the playoffs. He spent much of 2011 on the DL, winning 4 and losing 7, and was a free agent at the end of the season.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.13/card for 2 77-card blasters of Topps Opening Day in March 2011.

Card #3325
2002 Donruss Rookies Crusade #48 Elio Serrano

Comments on the card/player: This was a 50-card insert in 2002 Donruss Rookies packs. I also have the Donruss Rookie card of Serrano which has the same photograph. Since this is the only Rookie Crusade card I have I don't know if the repeat photo was a feature or not. I'm also not sure what the medieval symbolism was supposed to mean. As for Serrano, he never made it to the majors and was out of baseball by 2005.
How/When acquired: I got this card on eBay for $3.10 in May 2005.

Card #44847
2014 Topps Super Veteran #13 C. C. Sabathia

Comments on the card/player: This 15-card insert in 2014 Topps is based on the Super Veteran subset cards in Topps sets around 1980.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.27/card for 80-card blaster at WalMart on 2/1/14.

2014 Topps Heritage #367 Alex Cobb

Comments on the card/player: The back of the card says that Cobb was the winner in the first-ever AL Wild Card game. That's one record that can never be beat. He pitched 6.2 scoreless innings to beat the Indians in 2013.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.34/card for 2 blaster boxes of Topps Heritage on 4/3/14 at Target.

Card #15771
2003 Upper Deck Victory #20 Derek Lowe

Comments on the card/player: Wow. Here's a card that's got everything against it. It's got rounded corners. It features a card game on the back that you'll never have cards to play. It's got 2 numbers on the back making you guess which is the card number and which is the player number. And it's ugly.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.17/card for 60-card Fairfield repack in April 2010.

Card #19179
1981 Coke Team Sets #11 Manny Trillo

Comments on the card/player: In 1981, Coke distributed 11 team sets. I don't know how they were distributed. They look just like the corresponding Topps card except, of course, for the Coke label.
How/When acquired: I got this set at a flea market near Philadelphia in the early 1990s.

Card #26542

1985 O-Pee-Chee #87 David Green

Comments on the card/player: Usually you see the "Traded to..." label on the front when the player is shown in his old team's uniform. It's to explain why the card has a Giants logo but the player is clearly not wearing a Giants uniform.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.04/card for 278-card Fairfield repack box in April 2011.

Card # 51261
1997 Score #115 Dennis Martinez

Comments on the card/player: 1997 Score: the most boring fronts and the most complicated backs in baseball card history. Sorry to end today's post on such a weak card.
How/When acquired: Don't know.

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