Sunday, February 19, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #32: In Which Griffey, Jr. Hits a Home Run!

After today's pack, I'm down to a measly four remaining packs in the box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice!  This box has been a blast - and I think I've enjoyed even more by taking it slow (one pack per post really makes me focus on each base card which is the entire point of Collector's Choice)!

Pack 32:
34.  Matt Lawton
158.  Mike Hampton
170.  Kevin Appier
294.  Ken Caminiti
301.  Mark Leiter
312.  Joey Cora

Imagine getting your own baseball card...and being immortalized striking out.  Total bummer for Cora!
326.  Larry Walker
You Make the Play:  16.  Ken Griffey, Jr. (home run)

Griffey's long ball makes it 10-5 in the top of the six (still one out).
Silver Signatures:
22.  Jimmy Haynes
28.  Jose Herrera

Saturday, February 18, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #31: In Which Head to Spain!

By the time you get to read this post, I will be touring around the city of Barcelona, Spain.  I am leading an overseas trip to Italy and Greece later this spring that is part of my History of Mathematics course I am teaching.  As a way to get ready to lead my first trip, the company I am working with is sending me to a short training session in Barcelona.  I've never been to Spain, so I'm rather excited (even if part of the time will be sitting in a big conference room having meetings).  All that said, if you send me a trade request or something, I probably won't have much email access until I return home early next week.

Pack 31:
5.  SB Leaders (Veras, Lofton)
36.  George Williams
58.  Jeff Manto
122.  Dennis Martinez
135.  Dante Bichette

A little surprise this one slipped by Upper Deck's PC police (especially in a product aimed squarely at kids).
218.  Edgardo Alfonzo
342.  Midre Cummings
You Make the Play:  29.  Hideo Nomo (strikeout)

Nomo's K is the first out of the sixth inning, no big deal though since we still lead 9-5.
Silver Signatures:
124.  Eddie Murray

The silver signature looks really sharp on this card!
275.  Edgar Martinez

Friday, February 17, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 505: 1999 Pacific Revolution - #39

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Pacific Revolution
Card number:  39

The Pacific brand seems to be a brand that people either love or hate, you don't hear many people say "meh" about Pacific.  For my money, I thought Pacific had some of the craziest, most inventive ideas (Christmas ornaments, foul pole netting, etc.) - and while many of their attempts fell flat, I always gave Pacific credit for trying something new.

I imagine that the 1999 Pacific Revolution set is a perfect case study into all things Pacific.  For one, you have a card design that is definitely unique (and over-the-top).  You also have something that's impossible to say was done to death before the set was released...and yet, perhaps Pacific turned the crazy all the way up to 10 when they really didn't have to.

No matter how you look at it, we can all agree that the Revolution line is loud - and while this isn't usually my cup of tea, I have to admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for this card!  That's a good thing though since there are three more versions to track down (a retail only red parallel #/299, a hobby only shadow series #/99, and a hobby only premiere date #/49).

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 504: 1999 Upper Deck MVP - #57

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Upper Deck MVP
Card number:  57

The 1999 Upper Deck MVP set was an inexpensive set that Upper Deck produced to replace the retired Collector's Choice brand (which was a huge mistake in my book - but then again, I loved Collector's Choice).  Unfortunately, unlike Collector's Choice, the MVP cards were full of foil and busy (i.e. ugly) designs.

Take this Larkin card as an example, the front of the card has wayyyyyy too much stuff going on.  Fonts of all types, in all sorts of directions.  Random circles and dots.  And somewhere, there's even a photograph of Larkin (and the catcher's glove).  Not good.

The back of the card isn't nearly as bad (though it was clear that someone at Upper Deck just learned how to use a compass tool in card design, look at all those unnecessary circles)!  I do appreciate the full career statistics, something Upper Deck usually seems to ignore.

Of course, while I don't particularly care for this card all that much, the worst part is there are three parallels of it to track down (I currently own zero of the parallels).  There is a silver script, a gold script (#/200 hobby only), and a super script (#/25, also hobby only).  There is also a 1999 Upper Deck MVP Preview set that was released in retail only - and Larkin happens to be in that set as well which is basically yet another parallel for Larkin collectors.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #30: In Which I Pull Double Silver Signatures

This is the 30th pack out of the 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice box.  I am hoping to complete the entire base set when all is said and done (I already owned a very small stack of '96 UDCC prior to this box rip).  My hope is that I'll be able to fill in any holes in the set from what I previously owned.

Of course, the only way to know for sure how close I will be to the full set is to finish ripping the box, so let's not delay any longer!

Pack 30:
37.  Orlando Palmeiro
140.  Cecil Fielder

Fielder was flippin' bats long before Bautista was even in the picture!
236.  Mike Stanley
253.  Tyler Green
274.  Craig Biggio
340.  Chan Ho Park
Trade Card:  League Championship Series (the second one of these in the box)
You Make the Play:  31.  Mike Piazza (strikeout)

Piazza K's for the third out in the fifth inning.  That's ok though because our score now stands at 9-5 in the top of the sixth...and with only six packs remaining we can't lose!
Silver Signatures:
249.  Ricky Bottalico
314.  Darren Bragg
Somehow, we had both silver signatures earlier in the box...that's a bummer - getting duplicate parallels within the box (and it has happened quite a few times already)!