Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Did Rod Beck Cut the Cheese in this Card?

Before I get to the next couple of packs in my 1998 Fleer Tradition box, I wanted to make an early announcement that I'm hoping to hold a group break in the very near future!  I have to wait until the boxes are in hand - but start saving your pennies because I think this group break will appeal to a lot of you!

For now though, let's return to the break of my box!

Pack 21:
371.  Lee Stevens
410.  Eric Milton
416.  Mike Kelly
473.  A.J. Hinch

Kind of a cool shot - it appears that Hinch just tried to throw someone out - or else he's about to try to make a throw (without the ball in his hand)?  I can't really tell...but either way the batter looks totally disinterested.
478.  Jeff Suppan
483.  Eric Karros
517.  Jose Mesa
540.  Fred McGriff
578.  Unforgettable Moments:  Tony Clark
Vintage '63:  114.  Al Martin - Pirates
Diamond Ink points (1 point):  Roberto Hernandez

Pack 22:
417.  John Smoltz
439.  Rod Beck

I wonder if Beck just cut the cheese or what - there's not a soul to be found in that dugout shot!
461.  B.J. Surhoff
488.  Jeff Brantley
495.  Brian Johnson
520.  Mike Fetters
549.  Devon White

I think that Fleer must have hired Upper Deck photographers for this set - so many shots seem like they belong to the Collector's Choice line (such as this White using a camera photo).  That's probably part of why I like this set so much though, so I guess Fleer did something right!
563.  Kerry Wood
571.  Checklist:  Jose Cruz, Jr.
Vintage '63:  105.  Bernard Gilkey - Mets
Diamond Ink points (1 point):  Nomar Garciaparra

All things considered, that was a successful pair of packs.  I did end up with a few more duplicates (five to be exact) but that's bound to happen with 10 cards per pack and a set of this size.  I'm still thinking I have a chance to get the full base set out of the box (not counting all the short prints).  We shall see in due time I guess.

Remember, keep checking back on my blog for my newest group break - sign ups should go up soon!


beefman said...

So far in 2014, I must have seen the 1998 Fleer Tradition set make an appearance on no fewer than 6 different blogs. I think we have an early contender for 'Best 2014 Hobby Re-discovery'. Can't wait to see the next few posts, man!

Nick J

The Junior Junkie said...

I'm with beefman. This set's re-emergence has inspired me....

Colbey Hopper said...

Can't wait to see what product is in your next break. Hopefully I can jump in time to claim the Braves too!

P-town Tom said...

If you find a duplicate of that Beck card let me know. I have a mini player collection of him in Cubs attire, and I'd love a card of him in his post-flatulence grace.

Nachos Grande said...

P-Town: I don't have an extra of that Beck but if I do get one I'll be sure to send it your way!

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