Friday, February 28, 2014

Now That's What I Like to Hear/Read!

A couple of days ago I received a PWE in the mail with a simple note:

Now that's what I like to hear/read!!  I love that people think of me when they pull Larkin cards - and crazy glow-in-the-dark Larkin cards are always welcome at the casa de Nachos Grande!

The Larkin is courtesy of David (from Alaska - one of two people that I trade with who lives in Anchorage)!  Someday I hope to make it to Alaska - one of the few states that I haven't visited yet (the others being Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and North Dakota).  I think I've been to all the other states...

Anyhow, in addition to the Larkin, David also threw in a few Reds' parallels.  First, two parallels of the same player - one green and one gold (it would have been more fitting if Rodriguez had been from Wisconsin with that color combination)!

The final card in the PWE was this nice card of Bruce (along with Stanton and Cheater McCheaty Pants).

Thanks for the surprise PWE David!  It was much appreciated (as always)!  As for anyone else, if you want to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

A Great Cal Ripken Jr. Card in the Next Group Break Pack!

Today's a great day because:
A)  It's Friday and Fridays are nice.
B)  Next week is spring break where I work so I won't have to drive the hour to (and from) work each day.

Today is not-so-great because:
A)  They are calling for more snow this weekend and I hate winter (especially this year)
B)  I really need to get an oil change for my car (and I hate waiting around for that to happen)

I think the good outweighs the bad, how about you?

Here's more good news - more group break packs are about to be busted!  We have only three jumbo packs remaining in the 2001 Stadium Club box.  Time to open pack #10 out of the box!

Pack 10:
3.  Jeff Bagwell - Astros
This one has a big divot/scratch on the back of the card (sorry Bru but that's how it came from the pack).  The front of the card is nice (even though I didn't scan it).
55.  Cal Ripken - Orioles

Now this is how you make a great looking baseball card!  Sheer awesomeness!
69.  Craig Biggio - Astros
88.  Luis Gonzalez - Diamondbacks
90.  Brian Giles - Pirates
105.  Jeff Cirillo - Rockies
125.  Ken Griffey Jr. - Reds
145.  Frank Thomas - White Sox
149.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
151.  Adrian Gonzalez - Marlins
154.  Mike Stodolka - Royals
165.  Grady Sizemore - Expos
171.  Corey Patterson - Cubs
176.  Milton Bradley - Expos
179.  Ryan Anderson - Mariners
183.  Josh Hamilton - Rays

This is a group bunch of boxes for a group break if you want Hamilton rookies!
194.  Mike Jacobs - Mets
CA13.  Capture the Action:  Vladimir Guerrero - Expos

A nice card of Vlad (and the image does capture a bit of action which is good)!

Finishing Off Our Second Group Break Box! (Good Riddance Flair!)

Last night, I opened two of the final four packs in the 1995 Flair box.  I think we ought to finish off the box right now (which means I can then sort the cards into the team stacks and inch ever closer to being able to mail cards out)!

Pack 23:
6.  Mike Mussina - Orioles
15.  Mo Vaughn - Red Sox

Gotta wear shades for your baseball card!
21.  Tim Salmon - Angels
34.  Charles Nagy - Indians
41.  Tony Phillips - Tigers
42.  Lou Whitaker - Tigers
55.  Greg Vaughn - Brewers
90.  Darren Oliver - Rangers
99.  Mike Huff - Blue Jays

Pack 24:
4.  Alan Mills - Orioles
12.  Mike Greenwell - Red Sox
19.  Andrew Lorraine - Angels
32.  Dennis Martinez - Indians
39.  Travis Fryman - Tigers
52.  Pat Listach - Brewers

Kind of a gross sweaty cap don't you think?  Ew.
53.  Matt Miekse - Brewers
88.  Juan Gonzalez - Rangers
97.  Juan Guzman - Blue Jays

I have to admit, I'm kind of happy the Flair box is complete.  Any one card is fine on its own, but opening 24 packs of the double plastic wrapped mini boxes was tedious (and way too many duplicates in the box)!  Now, we are down to packs in only three more boxes.  Which one will finish off next?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Favorite Card (To Date) Out of the 1995 Flair Group Break Box!

The 1995 Flair box has four packs remaining.  Let's see how far we get tonight.

Pack 21:
103.  Ryan Klesko - Braves
112.  Shawon Dunston - Cubs
120.  Brian Dorsett - Reds
127.  Ellis Burks - Rockies
151.  Pedro Astacio - Dodgers
160.  Moises Alou - Expos
161.  Cliff Floyd - Expos
177.  Darren Daulton - Phillies

The backs of the Flair cards have a third photo of the player (to go along with the two on the front).  In Daulton's case, the back of the card is the highlight - a nice action shot!
199.  Donnie Elliott - Padres

Pack 22:
138.  Jeremy Hernandez - Marlins
144.  Craig Biggio - Astros
159.  Todd Worrell - Dodgers
172.  Jeff Kent - Mets
185.  Steve Cooke - Pirates
194.  Tom Pagnozzi - Cardinals
208.  Royce Clayton - Giants
212.  William VanLandingham - Giants
7 of 10.  Outfield Power:  Ken Griffey Jr. - Mariners

Woo - a nice little Griffey Jr. card for Chris!  The colors work well for me - and the theme of the insert set certainly fits with Griffey!  Good stuff - quite possibly my favorite card from the box so far (and with only two packs remaining, there's a good chance this will be my favorite card from the box overall)!  

Only two packs remain, but I think we'll end this post with the awesome Griffey Jr. card.  If all goes well, maybe we can finish off the Flair box tomorrow (and then we'll have 2 of the 5 boxes complete)!

A Fun Play at the Plate Image (and a Derek Jeter Insert Too)!

There's plenty of packs remaining - but we are winding down fairly rapidly.  Let's see if we can add to more people's stack of cards (and I know we will since it's time for another jumbo pack of Stadium Club)!

Pack 09:
41.  Gabe Kapler - Rangers
46.  Ryan Klesko - Padres

Congrats to Cards from the Quarry for landing one of my favorite base cards that I've seen in the set - I love this action shot!  The angle of the image, the dust flying, the's all great!
85.  Edgar Renteria - Cardinals
94.  Rafael Furcal - Braves
96.  Gary Sheffield - Dodgers
97.  Kenny Lofton - Indians
101.  Tom Goodwin - Dodgers
102.  Mark Grudzielanek - Dodgers
107.  Jose Valentin - White Sox
129.  Mark Johnson - White Sox

A great photo - especially because of the player in the background (not sure who it is) but look at that expression of determination!
142.  Jermaine Dye - Royals
143.  Roger Clemens - Yankees
158.  Adam Wainwright - Braves

There are probably quite a few people out there who like this card (I'm not one of them though).
163.  Bryan Digby - Braves
175.  Barry Zito - Athletics
184.  Eric Munson - Tigers
191.  Oscar Ramirez - Mariners
CA6.  Capture the Action:  Derek Jeter - Yankees

Another Jeter insert for Petethan!  The Capture the Action cards aren't really much more "action oriented" than many of the base cards - but the theme is a good one for a set like Stadium Club (and it beats the heck out of most of Topps' current insert offerings)!

When is a Barry Larkin Card Not-So-Good? (More Group Break Stuff including the Big Hurt!)

Yesterday, I cracked another pair of Topps Gallery packs in an effort to finish off the box.  This morning, we return to the Gallery box for the next couple of packs.  What goodies await this time around?

Pack 13:
22.  Barry Larkin - Reds

I am happy to get the Larkin from the set (we didn't get the one in the Stadium Club Chrome set which made me sad).  Unfortunately, I HATE this image.  It sure does look like Larkin is about to make an error (even if the back of the card tries to sell it as "Larkin knows the omportance of just stopping the ball").  Terrible I say - boo to you Topps for this one.  (Even so, I'm glad to have it.)
24.  Jeff Kent - Giants
53.  Todd Walker - Twins
60.  Jason Giambi - Athletics
99.  John Smoltz - Braves
125.  Bartolo Colon - Indians

Pack 14:
10.  Jeff Bagwell - Astros
31.  Roger Clemens - Yankees
64.  Brad Fullmer - Expos
100.  Al Leiter - Mets
116.  Brad Fullmer - Expos

It's a Brad Fullmer hot pack apparently!
TH19.  Topps Heritage:  Frank Thomas - White Sox

This is the second Topps Heritage insert in the box (exactly what the 1:12 odds would suggest we should end up with).  I think JediJeff will be happy this one - more White Sox love (and the first White Sox insert of the break if my records are correct).  I will say, if you are only going to get one insert, it might as well be something as nice as this one!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Delivery Time! An eBay Purchase (and a Big Dilemma)!

I have a bunch of different eBay search terms that I keep on a watch list.  Unfortunately, I rarely have time to pay attention to eBay so I usually end up missing out on all the good stuff.  However, once in a while, something that I actually want falls through the cracks and I happen to snag it.

My latest eBay win?  This gorgeous 1889 Allen & Ginter card from the 50 Fish from American Waters set.

Yep, that's a card from over 100 years ago that is graded a 5 (EX) in my possession!  I was stoked to win the card - and it puts me one card closer to completing this set.  I am now in possession of exactly 50% of the set - 25 out of the 50 cards.  I never would have imagined that I'd own a single original Allen & Ginter card...and here I am now at the 50% mark for an 1889 complete set!  Not bad.

Unfortunately, this leads me to my dilemma.

Do I free the card?

You see, all of my other fish from the set reside in a binder - and none of them were graded at any point in time (for good reason, most of them are in terrible shape).  This card is clearly the crown jewel of my fish collection...but it feels out of place residing in that plastic prison.

What would you do if you were in my position?  I'm truly flummoxed right now!

The Group Break Marches On... Topps Gallery Packs 11 & 12

We found our first "hit" of the group break this morning, so be sure to check out the morning post if you missed it.  You'll see why I put the word "hit" in quotations when you read the post.  Despite that, this break was about the cards (and maybe the inserts) but definitely not about the big mojo hits!  As such, I think most teams have made out fairly well - in fact, only 8 of the 30 teams currently do NOT have at least one insert, serially numbered card, or parallel.  That's a pretty good distribution of wealth - and something that I'm especially happy to see in a group break that I host (and that I'm participating in).

Now, let's see if we can find some goodies for some more teams!

Pack 11:
2.  Jim Thome - Indians

I like this card quite a bit - something about it seems to scream "summer!" to me...and that's a good thing because all I've dealt with for past few months is snow, snow, and more snow.
8.  Sammy Sosa - Cubs
69.  Tino Martinez - Yankees
78.  Tony Gwynn - Padres
91.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox

Mark had mentioned yesterday (or maybe the day before) that the Red Sox were getting a bit difficult to find.  I think this will cheer him up!
148.  Jeremy Giambi - Royals

Pack 12:
30.  Chuck Knoblauch - Yankees
47.  Tom Glavine - Braves
79.  Jim Edmonds - Angels
96.  Sean Casey - Reds
127.  Scott Rolen - Phillies
AG 10.  Awards Gallery:  Larry Walker - Rockies

I hope this one is new for Cards from the Quarry.  The Awards Gallery cards are seeded 1:12 packs (or two per box).  It's super shiny (though you'd never know that from the scan) - I actually hate to even touch it for fear of adding smudges!

Not a bad couple of packs - more group break packs to come (though we are finally winding down).  I'm still on pace to get the entire break down, packed, and shipped by the end of next week.

It's Exam Week: Study Up! (More Group Break Goodies)

Yesterday, my precalculus class had an exam.  Today, my Mathematics of Games & Gambling students have a review day for their midterm (which is this Friday).  I also finally got my Calculus I exams from last week graded.  All of this grading makes me ornery, and the stress of exams is palpable in my classes which makes things even worse.  If only there were a way to assess without relying on exams and the like...(and in which our accrediting institution would approve of which is what colleges actually care about).

I digress.  You aren't here to hear me whine, you are here for cards.  I shall not disappoint you - but in the spirit of exam week (as it seems to be), let's make this one a quiz for you.  To do so, I'll bust another Stadium Club jumbo pack.

Pack 08:

To begin the exam, I'll first give you a scan of nine cards to study.  Since this pack has more than nine cards in it, I'll list the nine cards not shown first.
8.  Bernie Williams - Yankees
35.  John Olerud - Mariners
79.  Chuck Knoblauch - Yankees
81.  Jose Offerman - Red Sox
82.  J.T. Snow Jr. - Giants
108.  Warren Morris - Pirates
116.  Shannon Stewart - Blue Jays
120.  Bret Boone - Padres
133.  Steve Finley - Diamondbacks

And now, the exam portion.  Study the second batch of nine cards from the pack.  The questions follow the scan.

#1:  Described on his baseball card as a "great hitter who turns it up in the clutch" but others might say he's mostly a finger waggling liar.
#2:  His card says he has "filled out in recent years" which basically sounds like he's gotten fat.
#3:  This player's card says his "power will increase with experience" which ended up being true as he amassed over 360 home runs in his career.
#4:  This player "does not make careless mistakes" and his card touts he has good speed which means he "could emerge as a base stealer."  As it turned out, he averaged 18 steals a year during his 15 year Major League career.
#5:  This player posted an 0-3 record the previous year but was still going to "get a shot in spring training."
#6:  This guy was descibed as "extremely popular among other players" which seems more like a year book platitude than a baseball card description.
#7:  This guys "eats up fastballs" and is "fairly quick for a big man."  You can't make this stuff up.
#8:  His baseball card says scouts call him a "professional hitter."
#9:  This is a redemption card that the back says is for an autograph (despite there being no autographs in the 2001 Stadium Club set).  In reality, this is a redemption for a game-used dirt card (but for who)?

Answers are below....

....don't cheat....

...did you get them all....

...seriously, study.... are just like my students, always wanting the answers...'s the journey that should be rewarding, not the destination...

...don't you hate crap like that?....

...if the journey were so grand we'd all travel via horse carriage and steam ship....

...last chance to not see the answers...

...for real.... they are!

The Answers:

#1:  Rafael Palmeiro - Rangers
#2:  Luis Matos - Orioles
#3:  Todd Helton - Rockies
#4:  Orlando Cabrera - Expos
#5:  Sean Fesh - Phillies
#6:  Robin Ventura - Mets
#7:  Mo Vaughn - Angels
#8:  Gregg Jefferies - Tigers
#9:  PP1.  Play at the Plate Game-used Dirt Card of Mark McGwire - Cardinals

I have to admit that I was incredibly bummed when I pulled this redemption.  I was really looking forward to seeing what a game-used dirt card looks like!  This card expired back in November of 2001 so I doubt poor madding will get anything out of it - but I'll still mail the redemption to him (in case he wants to try to see if Topps will give him anything - maybe a pack of Bowman or something).  I did do a quick search and found what the card should look like (from this eBay auction).

Pretty cool - I only wish it wasn't a stupid redemption that we pulled - always a disappointment when that happens in a group break.  I should point out that these cards are seeded 1:10 packs (and the box holds 12 packs) so there is an outside chance we could have a box with two Play at the Plate dirt cards.  I wouldn't hold my breath, but it is possible!

More group break goodies coming up in the near future - until then, study up!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hitting the Remaining Group Break Boxes Hard - Three Packs from Two Different Boxes!

My goal is to finish off the group break and have everything packed up and mailed out before my spring break is over.  That gives me less than two weeks from time is of the essence!  Here's more group break packs - this time from 1995 Flair.

1995 Flair:
Pack 19:
8.  Arthur Rhodes - Orioles

The Orioles have been fairly quiet throughout most of this break (much to CaptKirk42's dismay).  Maybe this is a sign that things will turn around a bit for Baltimore in the final few packs?
24.  Jason Bere - White Sox
36.  Paul Sorrento - Indians
58.  Scott Leius - Twins
70.  John Briscoe - Athletics
72.  Ron Darling - Athletics
78.  Bobby Ayala - Mariners
101.  Woody Williams - Blue Jays
214.  Checklist

Pack 20:
118.  Eddie Zambrano - Cubs
139.  Charles Johnson - Marlins
145.  Tony Eusebio - Astros
173.  Jim Lindeman - Mets
186.  Ravelo Manzanillo - Pirates
195.  Ozzie Smith - Cardinals
209.  Darren Lewis - Giants
213.  Matt Williams - Giants
9 of 10:  Outfield Power:  Gary Sheffield - Marlins

Other than the Sheffield insert, I feel like we've had this EXACT same pack two times already.  I don't have the Flair cards sorted yet...but it sure feels like I've typed the names "Manzanillo" and "Eusebio" at least twice prior to this pack.  

We can't end on that note - so here's a bonus.  More group break packs!

Since the last pack of Flair was a bit of a bust, I figured we should head over to another box.  How about Stadium Club?

Pack 07:
2.  Chipper Jones - Braves
9.  Chris Singleton - White Sox
30.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

A nice looking Jeter card!  Even I can admit that.
33.  Aaron Boone - Reds
63.  Jeff Kent - Giants
68.  Brian Jordan - Braves
94.  Rafael Furcal - Braves
98.  Fred McGriff - Rays
126.  Mike Sweeney - Royals
130.  Matt Williams - Diamondbacks
138.  Kevin Young - Pirates
162.  Matt Wheatland - Tigers
166.  Brian Sellier - Blue Jays
174.  Mike Glendenning - Giants
177.  Bobby Bradley - Pirates
178.  Jason Hart - Athletics
181.  Adam Everett - Astros
CA10.  Capture the Action:  Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox

A nice card for Boston - and a much better pack to end the evening with!  More group break packs tomorrow...stay tuned!

Grit & Hustle: Topps Gallery

The group break is finally winding down.  We've completed one box (the Topps Stadium Club Chrome box) and a few others are down to their final packs.  However, one box still has quite a few packs remaining - so let's get to it!  Here's a couple more Topps Gallery packs.

Pack 09:
11.  Vladimir Guerrero - Expos
35.  Eric Karros - Dodgers
56.  Matt Williams - Diamondbacks
59.  Vinny Castilla - Rockies

This is most definitely not the best photo that I've ever seen.  It is, however, one of the more confusing photos ever to grace a baseball card.  What exactly is Castilla doing?  Hitting off a tee?  On a tarp?  In front of a railing?  Is the ball suspended from that blue pole?  Why you would swing that close to a metal bar?  Why does he have batting gloves on but no helmet?  Is that a wind breaker?  Why so dark?  
75.  Brian Jordan - Braves
84.  Danre Bichette -Rockies
131.  Jorge Toca - Mets

Pack 10:
48.  Mo Vaughn - Angels
51.  Edgar Martinez - Mariners
76.  Craig Biggio - Astros

This is my favorite card out of the two packs in this post.  Biggio went all out (as he was known to do)...wonder if he was actually safe?
94.  Ugueth Urbina - Expos
132.  Masao Kida - Tigers
TH5.  Topps Heritage:  Travis Lee - Diamondbacks

The Topps Heritage cards are seeded 1:12 packs so this is a nice little hit for Tony L. who has the Diamondbacks in the break.  Unfortunately, the card is printed on shiny stock so it doesn't really "feel" like a Heritage card despite looking like one.

More Stadium Club Group Break Cards!

When I picked out boxes for this group break, I saw the box of Stadium Club jumbo packs and thought they'd be fun to bust.  Unfortunately, I didn't quite think through the logistics of 18 cards packs!  Oh well, what's done is done so we keep moving...

Pack 06:
6.  Mike Hampton - Mets
13.  Edgardo Alfonzo - Mets
15.  Tony Gwynn - Padres
18.  Troy Glaus - Angels
23.  Jay Bell - Diamondbacks
28.  Mike Lieberthal - Phillies
64.  Jay Buhner - Mariners
65.  Cliff Floyd - Marlins
93.  Magglio Ordonez - White Sox

I love this action shot - check out the impact against the wall!
99.  Ken Caminiti - Astros
100.  Mark McGwire - Cardinals
119.  Albert Belle - Orioles
121.  Johnny Damon - Royals

Another nice "at the wall" shot, though this one looks like Damon didn't make the play (unlikes the Ordonez above).
123.  David Justice - Yankees
132.  Jason Giambi - Athletics
136.  Joe Randa - Royals
167.  Rick Brosseau - Blue Jays
CA12.  Capture the Action:  Sammy Sosa - Cubs

A couple of nice photos in the pack - and the Sosa insert isn't terrible either.  Not the best pack - but not the worst.  I guess you can't ask for much else for a Tuesday morning...

Monday, February 24, 2014

One of the Best Pitcher Cards I've Ever Seen...(followed by one of the WORST pitcher cards I've ever seen)!

I'm hoping to have all five group break boxes completely busted by the end of the week.  If I do that, I'll be able to spend next week sorting and packing up cards with the final goal of shipping all group break cards no later than Friday of next week.  It's an ambitious goal...especially with my hectic work schedule this week...but I think I have a decent chance of being successful.

Of course, in order for that to happen I need to fly through the remaining's a couple more Topps Gallery to get us closer to completion!

Pack 07:
9.  Greg Maddux - Braves

This is an awesome card (and that's coming from someone who never liked Maddux)!  You don't often see a pitcher on the base paths on a card...and this might be the only card where the pitcher is breaking up a potential double play with a serious attempt!  
52.  John Olerud - Mets
63.  Gary Sheffield - Dodgers
73.  Randy Johnson - Diamondbacks
95.  Orlando Hernandez - Yankees
133.  Carlos Pena - Rangers

Pack 08:
27.  Ken Caminiti - Astros
38.  Rondell White - Expos
67.  Mike Mussina - Orioles

This has got to be one of the all-time worst images ever used on a baseball card!  Who wants to see that?!
90.  Dean Palmer - Tigers
92.  Andruw Jones - Braves
111.  Barry Bonds - Giants

Each pack of Topps Gallery has a high number "short print" of sorts.  The options are Masters, Artisans, or Apprentices.  Bonds is obviously a Master card (the Pena from above was an Apprentice card).  

Flair 1995: Some More Group Break Packs!

We've been flying through the group break - and with any luck we will finish it by the end of the week so that I can spend my spring break (in part) packing up and shipping everyone's cards!  The only way to get to that point though is to get through all the remaining let's pick up where we left off in the 1995 Flair box, shall we?

Pack 17:
103.  John Smoltz - Braves

117.  Steve Trachsel - Cubs
133.  Bruce Ruffin - Rockies
148.  Darryl Kile - Astros
156.  Rudy Seanez - Dodgers
157.  Ismael Valdes - Dodgers
166.  Tim Scott - Expos
189.  Don Slaught - Pirates

191.  Rene Arocha - Cardinals

I can't say that pack was overly inspiring.  I think this particular Flair set is quite nice in small numbers...but opening a box of it it gets kind of dull (in the way that shiny cards can somehow become dull as you open a bunch of 'em at once).  I much prefer Tek, Gallery, or either Stadium Club or Stadium Club Chrome as compared to this set.  However, that's the beauty of group breaks like this - you get to sample a bunch of stuff (and I'm guessing some of you will find this set to be your favorite of the five)!

Pack 18:
106.  Fred McGriff - Braves
115.  Karl Rhodes - Cubs
124.  Reggie Sanders - Reds
131.  Mike Munoz - Rockies

I never heard of Munoz...but that might be because he was too busy smacking himself in the mouth with his glove.  Or maybe that was just poor Photoshopping by Fleer...either way.
154.  Raul Mondesi - Dodgers
164.  Pedro Martinez - Expos

A nice card for Jaybarkerfan who claimed the Expos in the break.  Very nice indeed.
180.  Tommy Greene - Phillies
181.  Tony Longmire - Phillies
202.  Trevor Hoffman - Padres

At least the second pack was quite a bit better than the first - I think the Pedro card takes the top honors for this post.

I'm Beginning to be an Optimist About This (Monday Edition)

It's Monday morning but surprisingly I'm not in a terrible mood.  Why you ask?  Because after this week is over, I get a week off for so-called "Spring Break."  Sure, it appears we'll be lucky to have temperatures above freezing...but I'll take the week off in order to recharge my batteries.  Actually, I think I have enough work (and grading) to do to keep me occupied all week but it will be nice to not actually have to go in to work for a few days anyhow.

For now though, I have to work - so let's not waste any more's the next jumbo pack out of the Stadium Club box.

Pack 05:
10.  Larry Walker - Rockies
21.  Fernando Vina - Cardinals
This pack has another one of the Diamond Pearls insert cards which was stuck to the Vina.  Unfortunately, that's been a constant pattern with all the Diamond Pearls inserts...hopefully madding already has this one so that the damaged version won't be too disappointing.
19.  Ben Grieve - Athletics
43.  Sean Casey - Reds
58.  Damion Easley - Tigers
59.  Paul O'Neil - Yankees
61.  Carl Everett - Red Sox
67.  Mark Grace - Cubs
104.  Mike Lowell - Marlins
112.  Omar Vizquel - Indians

This is a pretty cool image.
115.  Kevin Brown - Dodgers
128.  Todd Zeile - Mets
131.  Geoff Jenkins - Brewers
134.  Derrek Lee - Marlins
141.  Greg Vaughn - Rays
146.  Carlos Beltran - Royals

This one has been featured on other blogs before but it's worth seeing again.  Love it!
160.  Scott Heard - Rangers

So contrived it's awesome?  Or is this simply terrible no matter what?  I'll let you be the judge (for the record I think it's awesome).
DP17.  Diamond Pearls:  Greg Maddux - Braves

You can see some bits of the Vina card along the top edge of this Maddux.  Even so, it's still a pretty nice card.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Topps Gallery: More Group Break Goodies!

At 6:00 PM EST today, I invite you to check back here at Nachos Grande for my interview with Ryan (creator of the awesome custom Allen & Ginter's inspired Munnatawket Bat set)!  For now though, it's time to return to the group break for some more packs.  I'm thinking it's time for another couple Topps Gallery pack to go with the theme of "artistic sets" happening today!

Pack 05:
28.  Jason Kendall - Pirates

Best card in the pack in my opinion.  I love this way this one is framed!
39.  Dmitri Young - Reds
45.  Frank Thomas - White Sox

I'm guessing some of you will prefer the Thomas over the Kendall.  I agree this is also gorgeous, but I think the Kendall is just a bit better!
71.  Jay Buhner - Mariners
85.  Moises Alou - Astros
110.  Mike Piazza - Mets

Pack 06:
13.  Nomar Garciaparra - Red Sox
37.  Eric Davis - Cardinals
58. Rusty Greer - Rangers

I like how the back of the card has a brief blurb about what is happening on the front of the card (in Greer's case we learn that "Greer gets some assistance in keeping his eyes on the ball."  

80.  Shawn Green - Blue Jays
86.  Chipper Jones - Braves

I don't particularly like the blurred batter photo technique...but the back of the card describes the front saying "the skill to play on the grass is one reason Jones is a step ahead."  I like that because I hadn't even noticed that Chipper was playing on the grass the first time I looked at the photo.  It makes you wonder how many other things you overlook on a typical baseball card!
147.  Juan Encarnacion - Tigers