Tuesday, March 30, 2010

David Krejci Collection - Cards 20, 21 & 22

All of this 1990 Topps sorting and scanning has gotten me pretty sidetracked. Although I've continued watching all the Bruins games (painful at times) I've slacked off on posting a new Krejci card every time he registers a goal. Since the Olympic break, and even more so since Marc Savard went down, David Krejci has really stepped up his play. In fact, he's gotten back to the level that he was at last year when he had such a spectacular sophomore season. Since I posted last, Krejci has registered three more goals. I just happened to have three parallel cards I haven't shown yet:

First up is the 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee gold parallel. You can see the base card here. It doesn't show well in the scan, but the gold parallel consists of a slightly sturdier, foil type card stock that gives them a "gold" tinge. I bought two hobby boxes of this stuff last season and I want to say these were seeded at maybe 6 per box or so. Just the sort of thing I hate as a set collector.

Next we have a parallel of a parallel, a 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Retro Rainbow card. This is a parallel of the regular Retro parallel, which you can see here. The Retro Rainbow cards are on glossy card stock with a rainbow foil, and are numbered to 100.

Finally, we have a 2009-10 Fleer Ultra Ice Medallion parallel. These mirror the base set with the exception of the "ice colored" left border. They are numbered to 100 as well.

The Bruins have won 3 of 5, but suffered a tough home loss last night to Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres. Huge game tonight in New Jersey against the Devils. The Bruins are desperately clinging to the 8th playoff spot in the East, and need the two points badly, but it's not going to be an easy win...

#1 - 2007-08 Upper Deck SPX (Auto/Dual Relic/#'d to 999)
#2 - 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee Premier (Auto/Quad Relic/#'d to 299)
#3 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Fresh Threads (Dual Relic)
#4 - 2008-09 Upper Deck Champs Mini
#5 - 2007-08 In the Game Heroes & Prospects
#6 - 2009-10 Fleer Ultra
#7 - 2007-08 Upper Deck SP Authentic (Auto/#'d to 999)
#8 - 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee
#9 - 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee
#10 - 2009-10 Upper Deck
#11 - 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Stat Leaders Insert
#12 - 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Retro Parallel
#13 - 2005-06 In the Game Heroes & Prospects
#14 - 2007-08 Upper Deck MVP
#15 - 2008-09 Upper Deck Powerplay
#16 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie
#17 - 2009-10 Upper Deck Victory Gold
#18 - 2009-10 Upper Deck MVP Winter Classic
#19 - 2007-08 Upper Deck Rookie Class

Monday, March 29, 2010

Completed Set - 1990 Topps - Cards 200-299

Work was hectic towards the end of last week and the weekend wasn't much better, but I'm determined to keep this 1990 Topps set moving. I just finished scanning in cards 200 - 299, here are my favorites:

#200 - Don Mattingly - Not one of the finer star cards in the set in my opinion. Mattingly's 1990 season wasn't much better...

#210 - Ryne Sandberg - On the opposite end of the spectrum, Sandberg had an awesome 1990 season. He set career highs in home runs (40), RBI (100), and runs (116). Oh yeah, he also captured a Gold Glove and hit .306.

#214 - Terry Francona - I believe this is the final Topps player card for the current Red Sox manager. He would see action in just 3 games in 1990, his final season.

#220 - Barry Bonds - The first of two players I find completely obnoxious.

#224 - Delino DeShields - This particular card was always a favorite of mine.

#229 - David Wells - A very young Boomer...

#230 - Keith Hernandez - Kieth would play in just 43 games in 1990 before retiring. It was not for the Mets though, but rather the Indians.

#240 - Mark Grace - I think the positioning of this photo is perfect.

#245 - Roger Clemens - The second player that I find obnoxious.

#250 - Jose Canseco

#261 - Whitey Herzog - I always liked the manager cards.

#273 - Bobby Bonilla - Bobby looks pretty threatening here.

#278 - Pascual Perez - Once again we have an Expo with a mullet! I wonder how long this will keep up...

#283 - Albert "Joey" Belle - When I was younger, I was never sure whether Albert and Joey were one and the same.

#284 - Mark Gardner - Future Star - Mark stuck around in the majors for a few years, and has been a bullpen coach for the Giants for quite some time apparently.

#285 - Willie McGee - This is one of Willie's least funny cards. He had some great ones in the 80s.

#290 - Robin Yount - A smiling, helmetless Yount. I'm not a huge fan of hatless players on cards.

#294 - Craig McMurtry - I picked this one because Craig might honestly be the goofiest looking guy in this set.

#295 - Fred McGriff - The Crime Dog, looking pretty happy.

#296 - Jeff Ballard - We end with Jeff Ballard. I think it's safe to assume this is one player who was not on steroids in 1990.

Well, there you go. This is getting to be quite the project, but I'm going to keep pressing onwards. I hope to have cards 300 - 399 sorted and scanned by the end of the week!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Completed Set - 1990 Topps - Cards 100-199

OK, time for the second post from the 1990 Topps set, this one covering cards 100 - 199. This second installment is really hurting when it comes to star power. If my count is correct, there is only a single Hall of Famer in these 100 cards (Andre Dawson, who I did not include in this post). Nonetheless, there are still some personal favorites:

#100 - Will Clark - As usual, the big number cards (100, 200, 250, etc) showcase some of the more popular players in the game at the time. As I mentioned in my last post, The Thrill was one of 3 players I collected as a kid. This is not one of his finer cards though...

#107 - Fred Lynn - Detroit Tigers - If this were an O-Pee-Chee card it would read "now with Padres", as Fred signed with them as a free agent for the 1990 season. It would be his last.

#112 - Glenn Wilson - I know this is an odd choice but I think this card is great. The orange border really works here, and I love how your eye is drawn to the similarity between the stripes on Wilson's shoulders and the multi-colored seats in the background. The glasses don't hurt either.

#121 - Robin Ventura - This is Ventura's second base Topps card, and the first featuring him in a White Sox uniform. I've always liked this one.

#130 - Bert Blyleven - I'm generally not a fan of posed shots (unless they are on a 50's card and feature pre-game warmup action in the background). I think this one actually works pretty well though...

#134 - Earl Cunningham - #1 Draft Pick - Not the type of Bruins card I usually feature on the blog. Earl is another player who gets a card in this set yet never had a single MLB at bat in his career.

#142 - Jeff Wetherby - The border is ugly as sin here, but I just like the nice sunny day in the background. There's nothing better than baseball on a day like that.

#155 - Ellis Burks - Burks' stolen base numbers dropped in 1990, it was the first time in 4 seasons with the Red Sox that he failed to steal 20. He had a great season offensively though.

#161 - Harold Reynolds - Long before his "hugging" days at ESPN. I actually really like Harold as part of a telecast, I used to watch him all the time on Baseball Tonight.

#162 - Todd Zeile - Future Star - As a kid I thought every player that had a Future Star card in the set was the next big thing. Todd did stick around for 15 years or so. He hit a homer in his final at bat, which was also the last home run ever hit against the Montreal Expos.

#164 - Jeff Juden - #1 Draft Pick - Alright, a #1 Draft Pick card of a player who actually enjoyed some MLB action!

#180 - Tim "Rock" Raines - One of the greatest speed threats of his time. I think Rock saw some increased support for his induction to the Hall of Fame last year, but still came up significantly short. If you can believe Wikipedia then I think he got about a 30% vote.

#182 - Mookie Wilson - Another portrait shot that I like for some reason...

#185 - Ruben Sierra - Ruben had a pretty weak 1990 season, sandwiched in between great 1989 and 1991 campaigns.

#195 - Tim Burke - I don't know what it is with Expos players and mullets in 1990, but like teammate Zane Smith in my first '90 Topps post, Tim is proudly sporting one here.

Coming up later this week, cards 200 - 299. Quite a few more recognizable players to come in that batch.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Completed Set - 1990 Topps Baseball - Cards 1-99

I think most collectors have a guilty pleasure. That set that most people find ugly as sin, but you just can't help but love. For me, that set is 1990 Topps baseball. Generally regarded as one of Topps' worst designs, this 792 card monster has plenty of negative aspects. No name players you've never heard of? Check. Horrible multi-color distracting borders? Check. Healthy dose of grainy, low quality photography? Check. Nonetheless, this is the first real baseball set I ever collected in large amounts. In fact, I think my brothers and I bought more of these cards than probably any other during my childhood collecting days.

The recent trend of beautiful weather has the grass on my lawn turning green and plants and trees budding. Couple that with the lackluster play of the Bruins lately, and I'm getting in the mindset for baseball season. To get myself hyped up for another season of MLB action, I've decided on a little project for myself. I'm going to organize my 1990 Topps set (I've got probably 2,000 cards at least, I'm sure I've got a full set). I'm going to scan in every last card and highlight my favorites here. Since the set is so large, I'll be breaking it down into 8 posts. Tonight we start with cards 1 - 99:

#1 - Nolan Ryan - The set starts off with Nolan Ryan's base card. Ryan was one of 3 players I collected in my first go-around (Will Clark and Cal Ripken Jr. were the others). In my 7 year old mind, there was no better way to start a set than this...

#2 - Nolan Ryan - Mets 5,000 K's Tribute - The next 4 cards were a tribute subset commemorating Ryan's achievement of 5,000 career strikeouts.

#3 - Nolan Ryan - Angels 5,000 K's Tribute - I'm sure sentimental value plays a large part in this, but I've always loved this subset.

#4 - Nolan Ryan - Astros 5,000 K's Tribute

#5 - Nolan Ryan - Rangers 5,000 K's Tribute - I actually used to keep these in top loaders. Can you believe that? Hah!

#7 - Rickey Henderson - Record Breaker - Cards 6, 7, and 8 were Record Breaker cards. Henderson gets a card for belting 40 career leadoff homers, surpassing Bobby Bond who had the previous record with 35.

#8 - Cal Ripken Jr. - Record Breaker - Ripken gets a card for 8 straight 20-homer seasons, the most for a shortstop. What shortstop had 7 straight 20-homer seasons and was surpassed by Ripken? None other than Ernie Banks.

#30 - David Cone - I wanted to show this card because I think it's an example of how these crazy borders actually randomly get it right sometimes. The purple outer border and solid orange inner boarder look great paired with a Mets jersey.

#41 - Matt Williams - This one has always been a favorite of mine.

#44 - Roger Salkeld - #1 Draft Pick - It seems like Topps tried to cover anyone and everyone when it came to rookies in this set. How did Roger Salkeld fare in the Majors? Just 45 appearances over 3 seasons, and a career 5.61 ERA. The best part of this card is the back though:

This guy literally got a card in the base Topps set directly out of high school. You don't see Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior on the back of cards too often. Salkeld was taken #3 overall in the '89 draft, 4 spots ahead of Frank Thomas! Nice going Seattle...

#45 - Dave Parker - I love that Parker follows Salkeld on the checklist. Talk about opposite MLB careers. Look at the back of Dave's card:

Another thing I love about 1990 Topps, full stats!

#48 - Zane Smith - This one was picked because it's an example of when the design doesn't work. Plus, the mullet is great, the expression is great, and the Expos jersey is great.

#57 - Greg Vaughn - Future Star - Mo's cousin did one thing well, hit the long ball. But that's probably because he was swinging for the fences every at bat. He has one of the worst strikeout to walk ratios of all time. He once hit 50 homers, but that was 1998, which makes me wonder. Sorry, I'm cynical sometimes...

#60 - George Brett - Another card where the border actually works very well.

#61 - Deion Sanders - This card is classic.

#70 - Mike Greenwell - Mike was one of my favorite Red Sox as a kid, largely because he had a great game the first time I ever attended in person at Fenway Park.

#74 - Jeff Jackson - #1 Draft Pick - Jackson was the 4th overall pick in '89, right behind Roger Salkeld. He would never play a single Major League game. He does have a Topps card though!

#78 - Mike Flanagan - Again, borders work here.

#97 - Curt Schilling - Before Curt had the "bloody sock incident", or the World Series Championships with Boston and Arizona, he was a pudgy young pitcher for the Orioles. I'm not sure if this would qualify as one of Night Owl's night cards.

Well there you have it, my favorites from the first 99 cards of the 1990 Topps set. Post #2 coming soon!

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