Sunday, February 01, 2015

1991 Stadium Club Series 2

It's still snowing, so I'm opening this pack that's been sitting around for a few years.

Let’s tear in.

Top to Bottom:
518 Terry Steinbach

341 Kent Mercker
399 Mark McGwire
539 Rob Deer
524 Alfredo Griffin
541 Mike Sharperson

438 Randy Velarde
342 Ken Griffey (Love getting a look at Griffey's rookie here. Amazing, too, that his son's rookie cards came only 15 years later. And here's another mind-blower: 1991 Stadium Club is only slightly closer in age to 1974 Topps than it is to cards from the present.)

421 Jeff Russell
531 Steve Bedrosian (Sweat-hat visible.)

491 Gary Wayne
443 Vicente Palacios

While my gut says Series 1 had a somewhat stronger player lineup, a quick look at BCP tells me that the two checklists were pretty equal. McGwire would have been a nice pull back in the day, and Rob Deer was a personal favorite of mine. Decent pack.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014 Bowman Draft

I picked up a few packs of these Bowman Draft cards on the miraculous trip I made to my local card shop the weekend before last.

Let's tear in.
Top to Bottom:
DP111 Troy Stokes

DP20 Cole Tucker

DP130 Jared Walker

CTP-82 Mac Williamson

CTP-29 Gabriel Guerrero Blue Refractor (232/399)

DP39 Jacob Gatewood

TP-19 Jose Berrios

Two Brewers (who will undoubtedly someday help the St. Louis Fucking Cardinals reach the World Series) and a blue refractor? I'll take it!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

1989 Fleer Baseball

Up tonight, a pack of cards from one of those sets that wasn't sold at any stores 10-year-old me frequented, so I don't have a ton of it. 1989 Fleer is still somewhat uncharted territory to me. Will I stumble across a Randy rookie, or the infamous Dick Tracy villain, FuckFace?

Let's tear in.

Top to Bottom:
Giants Sticker
354 Danny Darwin

481 Wally Joyner
240 Fred McGriff (Yessssss!)

3 Todd Burns
577 David Palmer (This card was collected between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on the day of the California presidential primary.)
247 David Wells
206 Doug Drabek
112 Dan Gladden
10 Darryl Strawberry '89 Fleer All Star Team

595 Rick Mahler
209 Brian Fisher
543 Mike Campbell (I have no recollection of this person playing baseball.)

459 Jose Oquendo
99 Lee Smith
491 Harold Baines (#HaroldToTheHall)

167 Jeff Reed
392 Luis Rivera

Pretty good pack, lots of guys that have small but dedicated followings conspiring to get their guy into the Hall of Fame. The insert was nice, too.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

1991 Topps Traded Baseball

This pack has been sitting in my living room for the past few months. Every so often we get out a bowling ball and play a game where we roll it under the pack to score points. It's fun.

Let's tear in.

Top to Bottom:
116T Todd Taylor
121T Mike Timlin
97T Ernie Riles
129T Willie Wilson

103T Tom Runnells
74T Candy Maldonado
42T Steve Finley

Mattress Man says, "That's that."

Saturday, August 10, 2013

2013 Topps Allen and Ginter's

I picked up a couple of packs from the card shop I go to for $4.50 each
- I don't want to splurge too much on unopened breaks since I'm planning on getting a hand collated set of 2013 Topps Allen and Ginter's sooner than never.

Pack one
#256 Rickie Weeks
#170 Hanley Ramirez
#221 Salvador Perez
#159 Jose Altuve
#150 Reggie Jackson
#CAP-IN Inca - Civilizations of Ages Past insert
#26 Elvis Andrus - black bordered mini parallel
#326 Ruben Tejada - SP

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

1986 Fleer Cello

I recently bought some Yount cards on eBay from a huge Yount collector who's slowly paring down his collection. As a little add-on, I picked up this cello pack that the Yount guy was selling with Robin featured on the front. To me, this doesn't represent something different, but I understand the completist mentality. I bought it with the intent to open it, as '86 Fleer is a set I don't have too much of.

Let's tear in.

Top to Bottom:
506 Robin Yount

214 Reid Nichols
181 Andy McGaffigan
41 Tito Landrum
234 Lance Parrish
192 Mario Soto
64 Dennis Lamp (Man, that is one area of growth! That dude shaves after lunch, then has to do it again before washing his hands for dinner. Thickness.)

509 Bruce Benedict
448 John Russell
8 Mark Gubicza
93 Rafael Santana
45 Darrell Porter
565 Mike Mason
261 Randy St. Claire (That's a sweet-ass Starter jacket. One might even say it's worth being killed over.)

Los Angeles Penant Sticker
Oakland Sticker
104 Brian Fisher
484 Cecil Cooper (Cooooooooooooooooop!)

197 Juan Agosto
196 Max Venable
29 Cesar Cedeno
242 Lou Whitaker
178 John Franco
62 Cliff Johnson (Speaking of jackets, Canada was representin' on the outerwear, eh?)

530 Milt Thompson
441 Greg Gross
13 Charlie Leibrandt
83 Danny Heep
36 Brian Harper
573 Wayne Tolleson

That was fun.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions

Out of the three packs I busted for $3.50 each at the card shop I go to - this was the best one with an autograph pull; it looks like Jake Barrett is currently a closer for the Visalia Rawhide, a minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

#77 Blake Swihart
#100 Bubba Starling
#6 Tyler Anderson
#64 Nick Franklin
#22 Shawn Green
#JBR Jake Barrett
- Stars and Stripes auto serial #'d 367/855
#109 Alex Dickerson
#113 Nolan Fontana