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)!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #29: In Which I Wax Poetic About Things I Love

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Unlike during my dating days, Valentine's Day isn't quite as big of a deal anymore for my wife and I.  Oh sure, I still get her a card (and we had dinner out over the weekend), but basically a Valentine's Day on a Tuesday isn't all that exciting anymore.

What is exciting though, is the fact that I'm nearing the end of my 1996 Collector's Choice box - and once I get the final few packs ripped, I'll be able to see just how close I am to the full set.

Now that's love!

Pack 29:
38.  Jamie Brewington
49.  John Smoltz

A "fun" photo mixed in with the usual action shots.
296.  Trevor Hoffman
310.  Ken Griffey, Jr.

This is pretty cool card of the kid.
320.  Will Clark
338.  Juan Gonzalez
361.  Robin Ventura
You Make the Play:  33.  Cal Ripken, Jr.  (home run)

Ripken's homer puts this one out of reach...that's three more runs for us - and there simply aren't enough packs left in the box for our opponent to catch up.  It's now 9-4 in the top of the fifth, still two outs.
Silver Signatures:
208.  Shane Andrews  (this is the second silver signature of Andrews in the box, I don't love that)
313.  Mike Blowers

Monday, February 13, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #28: In Which I Experiment with Blog Posting Times!

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been running an experiment of sorts to see if there is a difference in total viewers to my blog depending on when I post new content.  I figured this was a decent time to try such an experiment since the vast majority of my posts lately have been packs out of my 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice box (and thus they should be fairly consistent in terms of their "interest level" for my blog readers).

So what did I learn out of this little experiment?  It seems like more people comment at night...but more people seem to read my blog if I post a new entry in the morning.  I guess the moral of the story for me is:

Post whenever I can and let the chips fall where they may.  I don't seem to have a magical time that works for everyone!

Pack 28:
39.  Robert Person
84.  Brian McRae
171.  Tom Goodwin
200.  Kirby Puckett
232.  Tony Fernandez

Pretty nice action shot here, even if you can't really make out Tony's face.
275.  Edgar Martinez
336.  Roberto Kelly
You Make the Play:  40.  Frank Thomas (Walk)

Thomas walks to make it runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the 5th inning.  We still lead 6-4.
Silver Signatures:
88.  Ozzie Timmons
143.  Brian Maxcy

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trade Stack 78: A Pair of Bonds Makes it a Dozen

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update: 2/12/17

Today's pair of new cards added to the Stack puts the Trade Stack at a total of a dozen cards.

As always, you get this card plus all the others in the Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list.

1991 Upper Deck:
94.  Barry Bonds (Checklist)
1991 Score:
868.  Barry Bonds

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
36.  Trey Beamon (Pirates)
84.  Juan Gonzalez (Rangers)
267.  Paul Sorrento (Indians)
434.  Jose Rijo (Reds)

2000 Fleer Tradition:
381.  John Jaha (Athletics)
397.  Gregg Olson (Diamondbacks)
404.  Pete Harnisch (Reds)

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
69.  Johnny Cueto (Reds)

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football:
Framed Black Border:
62.  Marvin Harrison - Colts

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  

Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  ?? by ??

Saturday, February 11, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #27: In Which We Get Full Mullet Glory.

It's here, the final pack out of the third quarter of the box.  Without any further introduction, here we go.

Pack 27:
48.  Jason Schmidt
63.  Zane Smith

I can't believe that Zane was particular pleased with this photo.
106.  Sammy Sosa
138.  Felipe Lira
162.  Mike Henneman
299.  Fernando Valenzuela (another duplicate from the box)
316.  Randy Johnson

Full mullet glory.
You Make the Play:  36.  Gary Sheffield (Single)
Sheffield singles to keep the inning alive.  Man on first, two outs and still a 6-4 score.
Silver Signatures:
218.  Edgardo Alfonzo
320.  Will Clark

Will the Thrill.

Not a bad pack, though that Zane Smith card is pretty brutal.

Friday, February 10, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #26: In Which I Get the Final Card in the Set

After this pack, we only have one more left in the third quarter of the box.  I think it is a testament to Upper Deck that there is still this much interest in people following along with my slow box rip - I can assure you it's not because my writing is scintillating!

It's now time for pack 26, let's dig in!

Pack 26:
104.  Ozzie Smith
153.  Chris Hammond
190.  Kevin Seitzer

Nice Brewers' card.
260.  Mark Johnson
307.  Joe Rosselli  (a duplicate)
365.  Randy Johnson  (final card in the set!)
You Make the Play:  17.  Tony Gwynn (Groundout)

Gwynn makes the second out in the fifth inning.  Still no one on base with the score remaining 6-4.
Silver Signatures:
59.  Luis Alicea
216.  Mel Rojas
Trade Card:  Divisional Series

Thursday, February 09, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #25: In Which We Find a Mattingly Hot Pack!

We are nearing the end of the third quarter of the box...only two more packs remain in the upper right column of packs.  I am happy so far with the progress that I've made on the base set - and getting a new Barry Larkin silver signature parallel (twice actually) was an even nicer surprise!  Let's see what else this box has in store for us...

Pack 25:
24.  Brian Barber
57.  Scott Erickson
76.  Brian Anderson
87.  Luis Gonzalez
100.  Don Mattingly

I guess having a Yankees card to lead off the "Tradition Threads" subset makes a lot of sense.  I can't fault Upper Deck for that choice.
157.  Dave Weathers
309.  William Van Landingham (a duplicate)
You Make the Play:  11.  Joe Carter (Flyout)
Carter makes the first out in the top of the fifth inning.  
Silver Signatures:
208.  Shane Andrews

Spring training fist bump?  Why not.
237.  Don Mattingly

The second Mattingly in the pack - I guess there is certainly worse players to get multiple cards of in a pack.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Delivery Time! Infield Fly Rule - A Christmas Gift Finally Unwrapped (or at least blogged about)

Back in mid-to-late December, I received a surprise package from Adam over at Infield Fly Rule.  While I did open the package right away, it's taken me the better part of two months to write a post!

Of course, don't take my slow posting time as a lack of interest or was rather because of a lack of time on my end!  No matter, I'm here now...and let's take a look at the surprise package.

First, in a humorous move, Adam sent me a 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice card of Ron Gant.

I think that's humorous because I started opening a box of the stuff not all that long after Adam sent me the cards.  The Gant is a good looking card too, the full-bleed cards are awfully nice in the set.

However, the best non-Larkin Reds card in the package wasn't the Gant.  No, it was actually this 1992 Donruss card of Joe Oliver.

There's something about action shots of catchers that seem cooler than most other baseball images.  Add in ample amounts of dirt and dust and you've got a sure-fire winner.

That said, Adam sent me an even better card...even though it isn't a Reds card (or at least, not exactly).

That's an awesome dirt-flying-everywhere card of Vinny Castilla, though one could just as easily think it was a card of Deion Sanders instead.  I don't think I've ever seen this card before - but it definitely has a high chance of making my Frankenset (when I get around to finally putting that together)!

I mentioned Larkin a bit ago, and yes, Adam did send me a couple of Larkin cards.  I happened to have both of these already...but that's ok.  I never turn down Larkin cards!

As if all that weren't enough, Adam packed in another 20+ Reds cards that I didn't show off.  However, it was actually this finally card that really caught my eye.

First off, it's a Gypsy Queen insert from 2016 - a year that I didn't collect GQ (so I was initially confused as to why Adam sent it my way).  Second, it's not a Reds card (you can see it's Arenado of the Rockies).  So then, I had to take a closer look at it.

A little closer still...

Wow, what a way to be immortalized on a baseball card (as a non-baseball player).

I have to admit, that made me laugh!

Thanks for the great surprise package Adam.  I'll have a return fire headed your way before too long.*

Until then, should anyone else want to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

*by my time standards.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #24: In Which I Wonder Your Thoughts on 2017 Topps

I have to ask, are you sick of my 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice packs yet?  I, for one, am you'll probably have to excuse me as I continue to bust packs from the box!  On the other hand, I do have a number of other things planned for the blog so keep coming back.

All that said, I am interested to hear your thoughts on 2017 Topps.  What do you like about it?  Dislike?  Wish could be changed?  Also, did anyone pull any Barry Larkin cards from the set?  He's in there...and I would love to work out a trade if you did pull one!

Here's pack #24 out of the box:

Pack 24:
23.  Bob Wolcott
51.  Greg Zaun

This is a pretty cool image of a catcher earning his dollars.
70.  Chili Davis
103.  Cecil Fielder
141.  John Flaherty
172.  Greg Gagne  (a duplicate from the box)
242.  Mike Gallego
You Make the Play:  7.  Wade Boggs (Strikeout)
Boggs makes the final out of the fourth inning.  Our score is now 6-4 heading into the top of the fifth.
Silver Signatures:
64.  Mike MacFarlane

Another great catcher shot!
254.  Mike Mimbs

Monday, February 06, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #23: In Which I Avoid 2017 Topps (Still)

My box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice has gotten me through a big chunk of January, and now it's helping me get through February as well.  That's a good thing since I don't currently have the time (or money) for 2017 Topps Series 1.

Pack 23:
22.  Jimmy Haynes
65.  Erik Hanson
66.  Tim Naehring
71.  Jim Edmonds  (duplicate, boo!)
78.  Jim Abbott
108.  Barry Bonds

I like these "Traditional Threads" subset cards.  Somehow, I don't think I had ever seen one of those before opening this box.
148.  Quilvio Veras
You Make the Play:  19.  Chipper Jones (Strikeout)

The very young looking Chipper Jones strikes out for the second out in the top of the 4th inning.  Our score remains 6-3 with two outs now.
Silver Signatures:
161.  Brian L. Hunter

I can't explain it, but I kind of like this card a lot.  I think all the blue really makes it work...along with the silver signature!
278.  Dante Bichette

Sunday, February 05, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #22: In Which I Score Double Dodger Signatures

Oh sure, everyone else (and their mother) may be opening 2017 Topps, but not me.  I'm still cranking through my box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice.  No big deal, I'm just 21 years behind is all.

To be fair, I still often find myself listening to 90s music on my way to work maybe I really am stuck in the 90s.

Anyhow, let's rip another pack and see what we get.

Pack 22:
21.  Juan Castro
52.  Armando Benitez
64.  Mike MacFarlane

This is a kind of a unique image, I like it!  Notice the umpire's hand off to the side signalling "out."  Very cool indeed!
107.  Fred McGriff
206.  Scott Stahoviak
243.  Jason Giambi
283.  Allen Battle  (a duplicate from within the box)
You Make the Play:  24.  Fred McGriff (home run)

Woo!  We score a run!  Too bad there wasn't anyone on base in our game, but still, we won't complain about a round tripper.  Our lead has expanded to 6-3 and we are still in the fourth inning with only one out.
Silver Signatures:
29.  Chan Ho Pack (x2)

Ok, that's a bit of a letdown...two of the exact same parallel in the same pack no less.  At least there are a lot of Dodger collectors out there, anyone need one (or both) of these?

Saturday, February 04, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #21: In Which I Want to Know When Do You Read the Blogs?

Before I get to the second pack today (!) out of my 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice box, I have a question for all of you:

When do you usually read blogs?  

Do you typically read them in the morning?  Afternoon?  Evening?  Late at night?

I've become extremely curious about when the most people are online reading - especially since I've been thinking about doing a group break for 2017 Topps and I'd obviously like as many people to see the sign-up posts as possible.  However, even without considering a possible group break, I'm still extremely curious as to when people are interacting with the blogs.

For me, I do most of my reading at night, though sometimes I get some web surfing in at work in between classes (if I don't have students visiting me during office hours for example).  How about for you?

And with that mystery (hopefully) solved soon, let's get to tonight's pack.

Pack 21:
20.  Ruben Rivera
68.  Troy O'Leary
89.  Wilson Alvarez
105.  Frank Thomas

Probably the only card in that pack that interested me much.  Poor output like that is unusual for this set, so we'll chalk this one up to nothing more than bad luck.
192.  Steve Sparks
262.  Jon Lieber
Our second duplicate base card of the box...and both appeared in back-to-back packs.  Let's hope that isn't the start of a more serious (and unfortunate) trend.
267.  Steve Parris
You Make the Play:  35.  Tim Salmon (Strikeout)
Salmon makes the first out in the top of the fourth.  We have no one on base and are currently holding a 5-3 lead.
Silver Signatures:
336.  Roberto Kelly

Any Dodgers collectors out there need this one?
361.  Robin Ventura

That does it for this pack, not much to see really other than the card of the Big Hurt.

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #20: In Which We Find a John Kruk Card That Will Make You Say "Oof"

It feels good to have my third week of teaching for the semester over with already - only twelve more weeks to go!  At the rate things are going, it might be a race to see which gets done faster:  my semester or my box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice.

After all, I am only on pack #20 (out of 36) from my box of cards.  Let's see what we get this time around.

Pack 20:
81.  Todd Zeile
98.  John Kruk

The first thing that popped into my head when seeing Kruk:  Oof.  This may be a Tribute subset but this photo is in no way a nice tribute to John Kruk.  The pinstripes are not slimming, and the less said about the mullet, the better.  
101.  Roger Clemens
203.  Scott Klingenbeck
207.  Dave Stevens
291.  Brad Ausmus

A simple shot, but I like it.  Somehow the dreary sky seems fitting for the Padres franchise (though not for the city of San Diego which I think of as being perpetually sunny).
302.  Mark Carreon
Mark is our first duplicate base card of the box.  I was definitely hoping to avoid any base duplicates since I aim to put together the full set...getting duplicates won't help my cause at all.
You Make the Play:  28.  Eddie Murray (Groundout)
Murray's groundout ends our bases loaded threat.  We now lead 5-3 heading into the fourth inning of play.
Silver Signatures:
62.  Vaughn Eshelman

Who is he?  No idea but I dig the dugout shot.
265.  Orlando Merced

Overall, not a terrible pack - though the duplicate base card was a bust.  There were a number of neat photographs (plus poor Kruk's).  All told, the pack kept my interest which is saying something now that I'm 20 packs into a box of a set that contains exactly zero "hits" to be found!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 503: 1999 Pacific Prism - #38

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Pacific Prism
Card number:  38

While I do love most things that Pacific produced in the late 90s, the Prism set from 1999 doesn't really interest me all that much.  For starters, the front is way too shiny (but not in a pleasing Chrome-like way).  However, I could possibly overlook that if the backside of the cards offered any redeeming features...but unfortunately they do not.  In fact, look at Larkin's card back.  There's a somber color image of him and a monochromatic "action" image buried in the background.  The entire thing is entirely too somber (and never mind the pitifully small amount of statistics offered up).  No, this isn't Pacific's finest offering.

Unfortunately for me as a Larkin collector, there are a lot of parallels in this set.  There is a retail only red parallel, a holographic gold parallel (#/480), a hobby only holographic purple parallel (#/320), a holographic mirror parallel (#/160), and a holographic blue parallel (#/80).  As of the time of this post, I only own one parallel (one that I have not yet shown off as part of my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection series).  I'll be sure to show that card off soon.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #19: In Which We Find Another Ripken Insert

We've made it halfway through the box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice.  I'm happy to see that there are a number of you who enjoy living vicariously through this (admittedly slow) box opening!  As I've said before, I find this sort of slow opening way more fun - it lets me really enjoy the base cards (and, to be frank, if you can't enjoy the base cards in Collector's Choice then there is no point to opening the set in the first place)!

Here we go, the first pack out of the second half of the box!

Pack 19:
3.  Stat Leaders - HR (Belle & Bichette)
47.  Mark Wohlers
55.  Harold Baines
102.  Raul Mondesi

The Traditional Threads subset is kind of cool I guess.  I did learn that the Dodgers wore solid green with tan road jerseys back in 1937.  
181.  Chad Donville
299.  Fernando Valenzuela
You Make the Play:  39.  Sammy Sosa (Single)
This single comes at a great time for our game since we currently have bases loaded and two outs.  Sosa's single knocks in one run making the score 5-2 with bases still loaded.
Silver Signatures:
54.  Chris Hoiles
239.  Scott Brosius
Cal Ripken Collection:  1.  Cal Ripken, Jr.

This is the second Cal Ripken Collection card in the box.  We ended up getting cards #1 and #2 in the set, for whatever that is worth (not much I'm afraid).