Saturday, January 19, 2019

Christmas Cards! Golden Treasures Part IV

I seem to have gotten into the habit of posting a few packs from this Golden Treasures repack box I got for Christmas each Saturday morning here.

Guess we'll keep it rolling with the next three packs out of this box, gifted to me by my parents on Christmas.  Packs 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 have already been ripped.  Today I'll crack open the next three...

Coming out of the gate we have a pack of the Pete Rose Living Legend set that Leaf put out a few years back.  As far as unlicensed sets go, I find this one relatively enjoyable just because the images are so random that often times Leaf's inability to show a logo isn't really relevant.

The first card is a case in point.  This has to be one of the only cards I've ever run across featuring a turtle-neck sweater.  I can't imagine anyone but the most die-hard Rose collector would enjoy this one.

Here's one where the lack of logos is noticeable...

This one, not so much.  Awesome photograph here, I love how the lower angle perspective allows you to see so much of the crowd in the background.  I think this might be my favorite card in the pack.

Then again, this card featuring Pete's son celebrating a milestone on field with him is pretty nice as well.

The award for 'Best Suit in This Post' goes to...

Yikes.  Sort of a scary one here to wrap up that 6-card pack.  Let's move along...

For the next pack, we go straight back to the heart of the junk wax era with 1990 Upper Deck.  I've already got a complete set of this that if memory serves I picked up for $5 at a card shop, but it'll be fun to see what I pull here regardless.

Not off to a memorable start here...

This Sandy Alomar Jr. is arguably the card of the pack.  It doesn't get much better from here.

This would have been a hot card for a brief period of time back in the day.

Craig Lefferts closes it out.  I find it hard to even visualize a more boring pack of this product than that one.  They can't all be winners I guess.  Can today's third and final pack take the sting out?

1986 Sportflics.  This will likely end up being the oldest pack in the box I'd imagine.  Only three cards in this truly, so the odds aren't on my side to get a keeper for my collection here.

First up, Al Oliver, whose career began all the way back in 1968, and was actually wrapped up by the time this set hit shelves.

My favorite item in this pack might have been this advertisement for a Don Mattingly picture disc set.  How perfectly '80s.  Looks like a scene from Tron.  Don from Tron.  Hehe.

It's two straight Blue Jays cards for me, this time pitcher Dave Stieb.

Got my two promised baseball trivia cards...


The final card out of the pack was a new Red Sox card for me, sort of.  According to the back, this is a Don Mattingly/Carney Lansford/Wade Boggs card.  The thing is, I can make out Don taking a cut, and Lansford there fielding a grounder.  But, no matter which way I hold this thing in any light, I see no sign of Wade Boggs anywhere.  According to The Trading Card Database, Wade's notation on the reverse is enough for this one to qualify as a Red Sox card.  Based on that I'll hang onto it.

Not much in today's post that I'll end up keeping, but I do have to say the variety at least was good here with Upper Deck, Sportflics and the Leaf Pete Rose set.  Check back next Saturday for the next three packs...

Friday, January 18, 2019

One Card Post - Blue Cubes Trocheck

What:  2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Blue Cubes Vincent Trochek RC (#'d /65)
Where: COMC
How Much?:  $3.31

Why?:  The Blue Cubes parallels from the inaugural O-Pee-Chee Platinum set remain some of my favorite shiny hockey cards from the last few years.  I grabbed this one nearly three years ago now, because I thought Trocheck was one of the young players in the league with the most potential.  He was improving year by year through last season, where he topped both the 30-goal and 70-point plateaus at just 24 years of age.

Unfortunately, Trocheck's season appears to be finished after he suffered a particularly nasty leg injury back in November.  It was the type of injury where you just hope he can regain his former speed and movement whenever he does eventually return.  Best of luck to Vincent as he continues his recovery, and in the meantime I'm happy to own this rookie card.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Buyback Franken-set: 0-fer!

Time for another batch of buybacks for my Buyback Franken-set project.  This time around I grabbed ten at random from my "to be processed" stash just to see how the luck of the draw would treat me.  As you can tell by the title of this post, it didn't treat me very well.

Well, let's see which ten buybacks this group lost to anyway, shall we?

1978 Topps #587 - John Urrea

Not very familiar with John Urrea, who went 4-9 for the Cardinals in 1978.  He looks hopeful to me, but he shouldn't get his hopes up much...

...because slot 587 of the binder is already occupied by a nice, colorful '75 buyback.

Certainly don't see any reason to make a change there.

1988 Topps #129 - Greg Minton

Second in line today is an extremely confused-looking Greg Minton.  Here's a random stat about Greg:  in his 16-year MLB career, he had 7 seasons where he posted a sub-3.00 ERA.  Three of those seasons came in his final three seasons, his age 36, 37 and 38 campaigns.  Talk about finishing strong!

I have this Marty Pattin from 1979 Topps in slot 129.

Decided to keep it there based mostly on aesthetics, however in researching Minton for this post I learned he was definitely a more solid relief pitcher than I ever realized.  Wondering if I made the right call now?

1987 Topps #298 - Larry Herndon

If this buyback looks familiar to you, it may be because you're seen it here before.  Yup, I already have a copy.  Well, sort of.  That was the Blue Foil version of the Rediscover Topps stamp, whereas this is the more common Bronze Foil version.  This is beyond silly, and that's coming from someone who actually really enjoys these cards.  It's probably a good thing that Topps gave this concept a rest (other than the Heritage box-topper buybacks) after 2017.

Like the Blue Foil version before him, today's Larry Herndon card gets absolutely decimated by one of my favorite buybacks in the entire binder, period.

It's going to take one hell of a buyback to unseat that Rico Petrocelli All-Star Rookie...

1989 Topps #244 - Jim Acker

How about a bland Jim Acker buyback?  1989 was actually the best season of Acker's career, but I'd imagine even a die-hard Braves fan isn't all that enthused by this card.

The 1979 "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates team checklist stands in Jim Acker's path.

I probably should've come up with a new "stamp" to use for cases like this.  Rather than "REJECTED", maybe something like "DESTROYED"...

1967 Topps #496 - Orlando McFarlane

Despite me pulling these buybacks at random, it sure looks like I went for an "odd facial expressions" theme for today's post, doesn't it?  A hat-less, '67 Cuban catcher vs...

...a 1975 Dominican shortstop.

Just like earlier in the post, I'm going with the '75.  I prefer my baseball cards to feature hats or helmets, please.

1987 Topps #417 - Pat Perry

Now here's a guy who looks positively enthused to be featured on a baseball card!  An almost blinding, and certainly jarring, amount of bright red here against that subtle wood-grain border.  A nice enough card I guess, but nothing that evokes any particular memories for me.

Not enough to best this '78 Mike Garman buyback, anyway.

Sorry Pat.

1989 Topps #353 - Marvell Wynne

Just like that we're back to the more serious facial expressions, with Marvell Wynne's '89 release.  Wynne was actually dealt from the Padres to the Cubs in August of that year, and would take his talents to Japan after the following season with Chicago.

An absolutely brutal match-up for the franken-set for Marvell, as he's pitted against perhaps the most famous uni-brow in the history of sports cards, Wally Moon.

I think we all knew how that one was going to go.

1974 Topps #537 - Steve Mingori

Next up, a 1974 Steve Mingori.  I love '70s baseball cards as much as the next collector, but this is far from the most exciting that the decade has to offer.

This Rance Mulliniks might not exactly be a classic either, but it's already in slot 537 and it was sent to me as a gift, so...

...I'm not ousting it for a card as bland as Steve Mingori's.

1988 Topps #576 - Tommy Hinzo

Tommy Hinzo?  I must really be getting old, because I quite literally have zero recollection of this guy.  Ironically, this is a 1988 buyback, and Tommy didn't actually appear in Major League Baseball in 1988.  His only appearances in the league were in 1987 and 1989.

I'm not particularly fond of this 1969 Phillies Rookie Stars buyback.  Ron Stone's blacked out cap kind of drives me nuts.  But...

...I guess if I'm pressed for an answer I'll take it over the Hinzo.

1959 Topps #218 - Roman Mejias

Last buyback for today.  I really thought this might be the one with the best chance of making the set out of today's contestants.  I'm a big fan of 1959 Topps, enough so that I'm casually working on the set, and I love the shot of Roman Mejias looking skyward in Seals Stadium.  This card definitely saw some travel and plenty of love in its lifetime before Topps stamped it and sent it back out to collectors in 2015, which I love.

Amazingly enough, the buyback that I already had in slot 218 features another skyward glance!  While not exactly the same, I was surprised by the similarity in these two cards, released more than 50 years apart.  Both great photographs, so I've got to look elsewhere to settle this one.  In the end, Martinez wins out since he had a very impressive stint with the Red Sox, albeit short (about a season and a half).

This is the first time in a while, maybe ever, that out of ten buybacks not a single one made the binder.  I'm sure it won't be the last time the closer and closer I get to finishing this project off.  Doesn't discourage me in the least, only strengthens my resolve to keep plugging away to someday get that last 20% needed to complete this thing.

The next Buyback Franken-set post will feature a few that were sent to me by a fellow card blogger.  Until then, thanks for stopping by as always!

Franken-set Progress: 639/792 (80%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 106/792 (13%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 565
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,310
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