Sunday, November 28, 2021

use the force, joe

more like a mauer power on display on this 2005 fleer ultra joe mauer card
at least the baseball doesn't shoot tiny lasers.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

did i really want more 1993 leaf cards?

the answer to the question posed in the title of the post is no. however, it was a byproduct of joining a recent breakers club hosted by nachos grande. the real attraction for me were the 2021 boxes being opened, so i went along for the ride as far as the boxes of 90's and 00's product. it turned out that there were a couple of cards i was able to add to my collection from the other boxes, so that was a bonus.

this 1993 leaf carlos hernandez card
was not a need in any way, shape, or form, although i suppose it technically is a card with dodger stadium in the background. i chose not to add it to that mini-collection, but i did look at baseball reference to figure out that the card shows the aftermath of a play at the plate from a game on july 8, 1992. that's expo pitcher brian barnes walking away in the background after being nailed at the plate by marquis grissom to preserve a 0-0 tie in the 7th inning. the umpire making the call is bill hohn.

i didn't need this 1993 leaf mike piazza gold leaf rookies insert for the team collection, either 
but i did add it to the dodger stadium collection, thanks to the sweet back:
same goes for this 1994 topps stadium club jose offerman card
except it features dodger stadium on the front.

1996 leaf preferred was another box included in the break - here's mike piazza's card
as was 1997 leaf. i was able to complete my team set from that release, thanks to this hideo nomo card
and i also picked up a needed insert - raul mondesi's warning track card
i also received a couple of these "inserts"
that were an add for a reproduction lithograph of jackie robinson's 1948 leaf card.  cool.

there were some boxes of pacific product included, such as 2000 aurora, which netted a complete dodger base set (which i already had), plus a parallel
the pinstripe card is the parallel, by the way.

another pacific product was 2000 vanguard, represented by this kevin brown card
and 2001 private stock with gary sheffield's card shown below
i did receive one of the ps-206 action inserts - shawn green
i remember these tobacco sized minis being somewhat of a rage back in 2001 with this release.

finally, there was a box break of 2002 topps ten which was an interesting product
i scanned a gary sheffield card as an example for the set, but it was a nick alvarez card that i received that completed my dodger team set for this release.

there was a 2020 bowman platinum gavin lux card thrown in
but i don't think that set was part of the box break.  still cool though!

so now we get to the 2021 cards that were the reason i joined the break. first up was topps series 2, and i think i wound up with a complete dodger team base set. that included the championship fireworks card

that seems disorganized. where is the basic team photo with the trophy? i can't believe that photo never made it on to a card.

the only insert i netted from this box was a decent one - max muncy's 1986 35th anniversary card, or its blue parallel
to be exact.

2021 topps gypsy queen was a good box for me. here we have justin turner's base card, next to the missing nameplate variation
but the big hits were a chrome keibert ruiz box topper
and a mitch white scribble autograph.
gypsy queen has been a good source for some dodger autographs in the past few years for me, although i've only ever pulled a twins auto (jose berrios) from a pack of gq. 

the last box to be represented is 2021 stadium club, and this justin turner
and this brusdar graterol card
got me one card away from completing the team set.

the big finale now - i was lucky enough to have this 2021 topps stadium club cody bellinger triumvirates red parallel card get pulled
that is a case hit apparently, so not a bad card to end on. thanks nachos!

Friday, November 26, 2021

online shopping in the spotlight

happy black friday everyone! find any deals at your lcs or comc? i avoided card shopping today, but i did purchase some cards from a topps online only set a couple of months ago. this was a set from their topps x collaborations called "spotlight 70 featuring andy friedman". at the time that the checklist was released, all i knew was that these would be watercolor interpretations of existing cards of former players, including steve garvey. the only card image i saw was a 1988 topps david cone rendition, but i had hopes of seeing garvey's 1978 or 1974 topps card reimagined as part of the set.

once the cards were printed and delivered, i found that garvey's card looked like this:
that is a take on his 1985 glossy all-star card
from rack packs.  here's the back of the 2021 card:
and here's the original back:
i can see how the source for the new card is listed as "1984", but it's really a 1985 card.  i'm not disappointed, simply because i like having new steve garvey cards to add to my collection.  of course, there are parallels, and i added a couple of those, too.

this is a glossy parallel
numbered to 50

and this is a spotlight 70 logo parallel
numbered to 70

there are red backs (numbered to 10) and rainbow foil (numbered to 5) versions, as well as color test prints (think printing plates) each of which are 1/1. there are also sticker auto versions, and i thought i saw an artist proof version numbered to 25 as well, but i don't see that on topps' website.

there were 4,332 sets printed if i understand their print run data correctly - these were sold in 10 card packs so i don't know if that is the number of packs or the number of complete 70 card sets printed. anyway, it's something different, that's for sure!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

double play progression

it's thanksgiving and hopefully everyone is full and with family and/or friends (if they so choose). here's a post of a bunch of double play cards i've added to the collection over the last several months. i've put them in a sort of order that shows the progression of the pivot at second base.

2003 topps traded damian jackson
1998 fleer tradition nomar garciparra
2000 upper deck gary disarcina
2021 topps trevor story
2021 topps heritage miguel rojas in action
2021 topps fernando tatis jr 1952 redux
2020 topps archives fan favorites autograph ray durham
2003 topps gallery jeff kent
2021 topps chrome carlos correa xfractor
1990 elite senior league sergio ferrer
1990 elite senior league tim ireland
2015 topps gypsy queen dustin pedroia
1988 score robby thompson young superstars (hello john shelby)
2006 fleer craig biggio (hello oscar robles)
2000 upper deck subway series edgardo alfonzo
now go have seconds!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

the yeager-meister

happy 73rd birthday to the catcher on the team of my youth, steve yeager.  i acquired a badass yeager autograph card for my collection a few months ago
it's from 2014 panini golden age, and as always, catchers in their gear look just fine on unlicensed cards. throw in the aviators, and the throat guard, and it's classic yeager. a great card of a fan favorite for sure.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021


there are lots of examples of cards - both specific subsets and cards featuring posed shots - that highlight different pitch grips. it's not as easy typically to find action shots with visible pitch grips, except maybe those that show the knuckleball.

when it comes to pitchers who threw the knuckleball, the dodgers have had their share, including tom candiotti.
that 1996 fleer e-motion xl card is one that i added via sportlots last year to help fill out an order and get me one card closer to a complete team set. i didn't know ahead of time that the grip would be featured.

this next candiotti card also came from sportlots, and actually completed a team set.
that 1994 fleer flair card shows candiotti with two different grips. i recall a couple of post-game interviews that he gave where he would talk about being a pitcher first and a knuckleballer second. perhaps he was frustrated being pigeonholed as a knuckleballer instead of being seen as a starting pitcher with a greater repertoire of pitches.

the first knuckleball pitcher i was aware of was charlie hough. his 1994 topps stadium club card shows him in his later years but still with the grip
i am never surprised to see the knuckleball grip on cards of candiotti, hough, niekro and the like, but i was surprised to see this john stuper card from 1985 fleer
i don't recall knowing stuper threw a knuckleball. perhaps he was experimenting or goofing off like i did in babe ruth and high school. i never did summon up the courage to throw one in a real game.

and then there is a gem like this 1996 topps stadium club kirby puckett card
puck is definitely messing around here, just like me and my teammates did while warming up, although i never did so in the skydome.