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What's your best one? Did you ever play games of chance/skill with them (flipping, for instance)? Does anyone collcet the newer cards?

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

What about sporting figure cards in general, not just baseball? I know they're all called "baseball cards" but I don't want to confuse anyone...I have Jim Kelly's rookie card on my desk. My mom has this fantastic one, she collects them occasionally, she found this misprinted one that's apparently worth quite a bit. It's a Joe Montana card that swapped around two stats, it says he got 30,000+ touchdowns and 3,000 yards career. Which would be pretty fucking fantastic if true, I mean it's 10 touchdowns a yard! She has one that was signed by both the Griffeys, to go back to baseball...

Ally, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Oh, and I got Derek Jeter's autograph on a card, but I gave it to my grandma who loves Jeets.

Ally, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Wow. That card is going to be worth a fortune. I hate the Yankees like few other things in this world, but you have got to hand it to Derek Jeter. Did you see the catch he made in game 5? It looked like a wrestling move, landing on his head in the seats, totally vanished from view -- and he comes up throwing, almost getting the guy who'd tagged up to go to 2nd.

I have a lot of cards tat I love not for their value but just cause I like em for some reason. I've got Danny Ainge card, from whn he played for the Blue Jays. There's a RObin Yount that I'm partial to. Best card: Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie. My Roger Maris has probably plummeted in value since 1998. I've got a Willie Mays and a Mickey Mantle. The last year I seriously collected: 1986, Clemens' rookie year. My mother, and only my mother, knows were about 20 Clemens rookies are, cached somewhere in the attic of the house in Knoxville.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

i used to be a mcgwire fanatic in the early nineties and bought every single card of his, even his 1985 usa rookie card for 20 bucks. i made out like a bandit when he hit 70hr's but sadly all those cards are worthless now.

derek jeter = the guy from nsync that's always behind everybody else

ernest, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Did you poke them through your spokes to turn your grifter into a harley?

chris, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I feel I have to represent the UK here and mention PG Tips cards plus albums. Animals of the World!

Tom, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

chris ARE YOU KIDDING?? maybe with commons. but god it just seems wrong to abuse them so horribly. for the serious chopper hotrod vibra- flap audio action on my two wheeler i used playing cards instead. watch out foster lane!!

(what i should have done: rubber- banded every bob stanley, calvin schiraldi, marty barrett, and bill buckner card i had and lacerated them slowly with spokes over the summer of 87)

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I had BOTH Griffey's Upper Deck rookie card and Sosa's Upper Deck rookie card. Traded Griffey to my *grrr* friend for a bunch of crapola - if the name Eric Anthony rings a bell, I pity you. Sold the Sosa in a lot of other crap sports cards for about $40 back in '99. My sale of said sports cards occurred after trying to semi- return to the hobby. What I learned - I'm too wussy to be a good collector, and I'm too ignorant to be a hobbyist. Result - wasted moolah. Grrr.

Tracer - no Rich Gedman "love"? Spike Owen? DON BAYLOR? OIL CAN BOYD? The crapitude was a team effort, regardless of the scapegoats. No, wait - it was McNamara's fault.

David Raposa, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I have an Orel Hershiser rookie card that was one of my most treasured posessions growing up (I have it still, but it's in a box where the sun can't get to it).

I also have about five thousand Jose Canseco rookie cards, if anyone's interested...

JM, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

I had a Mickey Hatcher card on my dartboard shortly after the '88 series (guess I didn't have any Kirk Gibson cards, or something). I wish I still collected; Derek Jeter deserves some cardboard voodoo right about now.

Kris, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

Was that Mickey "Cork Bat" Hatcher ho played for the Astros?

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

You're thinking of Billy Hatcher. Mickey Hatcher was an ancient looking white guy with grey hair who was an awful hitter but mysteriously hit like .400 in the '88 WS with more homers in the series than he had all year (2 vs 1, I think).

Kris, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-two years ago) link

two years pass...
I was wandering if anyone could tell me the value of a hall of fame inductee poster card produced by dream team, would be worth. 1983 copyright. thank you

marcus keeno, Tuesday, 30 March 2004 23:53 (nineteen years ago) link

three years pass...
lol marcus

there doesn't seem to be a thread on ILB, so let's talk about baseball cards some more. my best is probably a griffey rookie. is it true the market dropped out of baseball cards years ago? i've got 13,000 or so in my mom's basement just waiting for the right time.

jergïns, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 13:50 (sixteen years ago) link

i skimmed through a Beckett probably within the last year, and most of my complete sets are basically worthless. I never had any super high priced cards (though I guess that McGwire Olympic rookie was worth a good amount for a short period of time, but now I think it's just worth the $20 I paid for it years ago). The best I have left now is probably a Cal Ripken Jr Topps rookie, which I doubt is even worth much anymore.

haha I remember how much I used to look forward to the new Beckett coming each month! At that point in my life, I actually paid attention to baseball and checked the stats each day. Now I don't have a clue what's going on.

Lingbert, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, and I got Derek Jeter's autograph on a card, but I gave it to my grandma who loves Jeets.

-- Ally, Wednesday, October 17, 2001 8:00 PM (5 years ago)

guys my grandma died and i got this back.

the schef (adam schefter ha ha), Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:16 (sixteen years ago) link

bottom dropped out of the market sometime after Upper Deck started putting them out. i guess the market couldn't sustain more than three brands (topps, donruss, fleer), and high-end collectors fucked off.

i'm not a hoarder, but at age 12 i knew Randy Johnson would be the next big thing and bought a ton of his rookie cards at a show for like a quarter each. i have one of those plastic sheet books somewhere in my parents house with page after page of Randy Johnson rookies, i guess i thought of it as an investment? I think that book went from being worth $10 to $1,000 back to $10 in the current day.

sanskrit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:17 (sixteen years ago) link

i remember in fifth grade selling a Rickey Henderson topps rookie to a friend for $50. always felt real bad about it as rickey is my dude. then maybe 3 years ago i was at a flea market and perused some baseball card vendor's table out of nostalgia. i bought back the very same card for $2, that's how bad it's gotten.

sanskrit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Sign of the times: there's an obstensibly comic / card store near me that sells primarly sports crap. Two glass cases of cards; one rack of comics; an assload of Yankee jerseys & UConn towels.

David R., Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I have boxes and boxes of almost worthless late 1980s complete sets in storage at my parent's house. Actually, of all the cards I bought, the only ones that are really worth anything are a handful of football cards that include Marino and Elway rookies.

Brent, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:29 (sixteen years ago) link

My one real regret is that I never got a hold of the Clemens "Traded Set" rookie. It was the jewel in the crown and for a couple of years it was a duel between Clemens and Gooden for which one of those cards was the priciest.

My parents still have no idea where my Mantle, Maris, Yaz rookie, and Willie Mays are. :/

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:59 (sixteen years ago) link

The bottom fell out in the early '00s after several sustained years of brand oversaturation. At one point, every company had 3 different brands going for it: the normal, regularly priced packs, the cheapo ugly stuff, and the "premium" garbage. Some companies even trotted out "super premium" hoohah. So Upper Deck probably was the one who started the decline.

The oversaturation was also spiked with mania for special ("special") and rare cards called "inserts" that could be found in only a small percentage of packs, which was supposed to justify their double-digit Beckett valuations.

So oversaturation + artificial scarcity = a lot of kids getting ripped off and eventually giving up on the whole deal as a sunk cost of adolescence = my story.

Leee, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 16:45 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, looking through beckett, the number of sets per year gets increasingly absurb starting in like the 90s.

Lingbert, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 17:18 (sixteen years ago) link

yup - same story for me - was part of the card mania of the 90's as a youth and now i have two boxes "worth" of cards in my mom's basement.

I had a thing for older cards tho and they probably have not suffered the tragic decline as much as the cards of the over-saturation era.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 17:39 (sixteen years ago) link

when i was a kid we would pin baseball cards into the spokes of our bicycle tires so theyd make a neat noise when we rode them. children today know nothing but greed.

deeznuts, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 17:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Shove it up your airhose, gramps.

David R., Wednesday, 16 May 2007 18:02 (sixteen years ago) link

deeznuts = bill lee in ken burns baseball?

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 18:08 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...

The oversaturation was also spiked with mania for special ("special") and rare cards called "inserts" that could be found in only a small percentage of packs, which was supposed to justify their double-digit Beckett valuations.

So oversaturation + artificial scarcity = a lot of kids getting ripped off and eventually giving up on the whole deal as a sunk cost of adolescence = my story.

This nails it.

The last thing I remember about collecting cards was buying four or five packs of super ultra ltd edition rare upper deck baseball cards, I think they were 5 dollars a pack for 3 cards, and one out of every 1000 or something would have a card with a REAL BASEBALL JERSEY sewn into the card!!!!! Of course, I probably got nothing but Pedro Guererro and Chris Sabo cards, and gave up the hobby for good.

I still have around 12,000 or so cards in my parent's basement, neatly organized by team. So many people have the same situation that I doubt they'll ever substantially increase in value.

Just before the big bust in prices, I tried to convince my parents to let me sell all my cards, but they wouldn't let me. Their reasoning was that since the value of cards increased so much from the pre-1970s to now, they would continue to increase at a similar pace during the next few decades (RONG). Also, they thought that I'd just blow all of the money I made from selling the cards on videogames (RITE).

Z S, Saturday, 13 October 2007 16:58 (sixteen years ago) link

oh man my best card was a 1960 Topps Nellie Fox and i bought one of the thick plastic holder things with bolts in the corners

iiiijjjj, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:00 (sixteen years ago) link

it's pretty amazing how much cards devalued. i have a shitload of griffey rookie cards which were worth $10 a pop in the early 90s and now they're worth a nickel.

my best card was some 1971 nolan ryan topps card. i think it's in my closet back at my parents' house.

omar little, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:02 (sixteen years ago) link

know what was cool was that 1992 Score (i think) Bo Jackson card where he had the shoulder pads AND the bat

iiiijjjj, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:04 (sixteen years ago) link

It's not the most valuable I have by any means, but aesthetically this was always my favorite:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a193/ironsij0287/osmith.jpg

Man, I remember writing an essay in 4th grade about how my hero in life was Ozzie Smith. Then it turned out that my best friend at the time had written about how his best friend was me, and things got really awkward when I said I had chosen Ozzie Smith.

Z S, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:04 (sixteen years ago) link

how uncomfortable for Ozzie, too

iiiijjjj, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:05 (sixteen years ago) link

hahahahahaha
I think I'm going to start an Ozzie Smith thread.

Z S, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:07 (sixteen years ago) link

who else had a Beckett subscription? god that was a thrill checking to see if the little arrows went up or down on your top 10

iiiijjjj, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:08 (sixteen years ago) link

^^^^yes

Jordan Sargent, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:10 (sixteen years ago) link

^^^^

omar little, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:15 (sixteen years ago) link

My very first pack of baseball cards were Donruss 88's, I opened it up and this was the first card:

http://www.baseballcardproject.com/Donruss/R/1988/443.jpg

It was at this point that I decided that the Mets were my favorite team and Strawberry was my favorite player. I really enjoyed collecting the cards and never really card about value. Good thing about that.

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

it's pretty awesome to think about the players everyone was creaming over during the baseball card collecting peak! omg gregg jeffries! steve avery!! jose canseco!! doc gooooden!! future hall of famers WILL CLARK and DON MATTINGLY!!! DAVID JUSTICE and KEVIN MAAS!!!

omar little, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 278 for "jim abbott" "def leppard". (0.35 seconds)

iiiijjjj, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Remember the Score Dream Team cards? Those were hot:

http://www.stonekitty.net/%7Elucyscloset/061607/Image001.jpg

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Full bleeds ruined baseball cards. I really liked the wood grain borders of the 87 Topps:

http://www.flapa.com/baseball/cards/KevinMitchell1987_653.jpg

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

The 1987 Topps set is one of the few that I own all of, and of course there were no noteworthy cards, rookie cards or anything from that series.

Somewhere I have an uncut sheet of 1994 Score cards.

Z S, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:33 (sixteen years ago) link

This one kills me, stick figure Barry:

http://www.homeruncards.com/imagesrc/bondstp.jpg

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Awesome:

http://www.johnstoncrew.com/GregMadduxRC.jpg

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I had this exact same binder:

http://i11.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/b8/ag/a7b7_1.JPG

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh the lols:

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/4/8/5/6/9/8/webimg/69023815_tp.jpg

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:45 (sixteen years ago) link

http://images.collectors.com/Articles/b&bhull2.jpg

dan m, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:46 (sixteen years ago) link

All these baseball card auctions on ebay with no bids are depressing.

Jeff, Saturday, 13 October 2007 17:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Just uncovered a box of plastic protect sleeved cards from my childhood in our storage locker. This bundle is almost all early '90s inserts/chase cards with a handful of regular series exceptions (including three of the Upper Deck Michael Jordan baseball rookie card).

An amusing oddity are a few cards from a giveaway series from Church's Chicken, which weren't completely licensed, so the team logos were airbrushed off--I had totally forgotten that was a thing then.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 April 2022 17:29 (one year ago) link

Adding to the peak '90s of it all, that Church's set had REFRACTOR CHASE CARDS--I've got multiples of the Joe Carter one.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 2 April 2022 01:55 (one year ago) link

what do you want for the joe carter?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 2 April 2022 02:18 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

If the goose were clutching a bat with "fuckface" written on it, maybe, but I think I'll pass.

clemenza, Friday, 14 October 2022 13:10 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

https://i.imgur.com/OfVoZo0.png

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 23:53 (one year ago) link

Hell yeah

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 29 December 2022 01:51 (one year ago) link

Not a card, but I bought one of these for $4 in Dollarama today:

https://www.fairshop.ca/new/collectibles-c-1/zack-greinke-21-arizona-diamondbacks-player-replica-mlb-players-choice-p-64

(If you look down below, you can still get a Roughned Odor for $10 before there's a run on them when he retires.)

clemenza, Thursday, 29 December 2022 02:00 (one year ago) link

Starlin Castro!

I still want a Mike Richter starting lineup

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 29 December 2022 02:34 (one year ago) link

Not much of a hockey fan, but you can get a new one on eBay for $15.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 December 2022 02:39 (one year ago) link

I had a Gary Carter Mets Starting Lineup action figure back in the day and sad I don't still have it

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 29 December 2022 03:14 (one year ago) link

Phil Neiko was born in ‘39 so he was probably 47 when that photo was taken assuming during the ‘86 Season. Awesome

calstars, Thursday, 29 December 2022 04:26 (one year ago) link

Upper Deck ruined the baseball card industry

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 29 December 2022 04:29 (one year ago) link

I found my old cards - i like the matter of fact-ness of the 80’s stuff. Ur right that upper deck ruined a lot of stuff (most specifically brands like score trying to do the photography that UD did but not as well). Also a pack of 89 topps was 40 fucking cents!!

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 29 December 2022 05:16 (one year ago) link

That said having switched to a pack of baseball cards instead of eating ice cream when i’m stressed the topps archive line is pretty dope

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 29 December 2022 05:17 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

For obvious reasons I never collected baseball cards but I have some cultural knowledge of what they mean to people who do; the sell-your-soul-for-it Sandy Koufax card that’s a notable Mcguffin in Needful Things and the Yaz card (“here you go, muttonchops Yaz”) that Milhouse is willing to pay $30 (in the 90s!) for

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr7v7FBcKoI

Anyway at some point randomly last year I received a package in the post from the person who started this thread, with a collection of 2019(?) Portland Sea Dogs cards. That’s the Red Sox double A affiliate and the collection featured a number of guys now on the big team:
https://i.postimg.cc/SRtsyMbq/IMG-4735.jpg

Then clemenza offered to send me some old duplicate cards of his, which I accepted and they are pretty amazing.

https://i.postimg.cc/7Z46qDp5/IMG-4736.jpg

There’s some beautiful cards in this, like the Griffey one on the left, but the NOMAH card on the right might be my favourite of them all
https://i.postimg.cc/yd21tzmY/IMG-4737.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/NjbgYX6n/IMG-4739.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/x8HfSF5G/IMG-4740.jpg

As my message to TH says, they are in perfect condition!
https://i.postimg.cc/JhczsgCp/IMG-4743.jpg

So now I have a very small collection of cards, most of them not worth anything (not the point to me), I’m not sure if I’ll add to it massively but certainly I have been looking out for nice cards for my favourite players and such. Thank you so much to both Tracer Hand and clemenza for your generosity and sharing your love of the game with me!

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 2 February 2024 10:42 (two weeks ago) link

I have a signed canseco dream team that makes me giggle

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 2 February 2024 10:58 (two weeks ago) link

Baseball cards got exceedingly ugly for a time--"refractor" cards looked like the worst dollar-bin album cover art--but the Nomar card is a Topps Stadium Club, and they usually looked great in the '90s.

clemenza, Friday, 2 February 2024 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

lol. I actually considered sending you a Roy Halladay refractor (but was prevented from doing so because it didn’t ship to Canada!)

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 2 February 2024 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

I was really, really into baseball cards from about 1983 to the bubble burst in the '90s, which really killed my interest. I had a binder of my best cards that was at one point was valued (at least per the Beckett magazines I used to devour) at about $7,000 - $8,000. Hoping to use it to help pay college expenses, I held on too long and when I finally took in in it was worth about $150 total.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 2 February 2024 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

i've still got thousands of cards in my childhood home, gyac if you have a list of favorite players whose cards may be of negligible value from the years 1987-1991 i likely have them. plenty of Score and Donruss and Fleer and particulary ugly Topps lying around.

omar little, Friday, 2 February 2024 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

Really kind of you Omar - if your webmail works, message me that way & we can discuss?

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 2 February 2024 16:40 (two weeks ago) link

I thought the thread might have been revived for this crazy story, what Canadian dreams are made of:

http://www.cp24.com/news/saskatchewan-collector-finds-rare-case-containing-coveted-wayne-gretzky-rookie-cards-1.6749401#:~:text=Heritage%20Auctions%20took%20the%20hockey,of%20%242%20million%20or%20more

dinnerboat, Friday, 2 February 2024 17:30 (two weeks ago) link

Heard about that on the radio the other day--amazing. ($200,000 worth of baseball cards, too.)

clemenza, Friday, 2 February 2024 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

Didn't know there was a baseball card thread so I want to repost this from the 'Rank Anything You Feel Like Ranking' thread just to see if anyone wanted to engage with it. I chose this period only because that's what I'm familiar with - I knew the '70s sets from growing up in that era but I also knew most of the '60s sets from older kids in my neighborhood who had hung on to their cards.

Topps baseball card sets 1960-1980 by aesthetic design:

1. 1975
2. 1965
3. 1964
4. 1971
5. 1972
6. 1974
7. 1960
8. 1976
9. 1970
10. 1967
11. 1961
12. 1977
13. 1966
14. 1973
15. 1963
16. 1968
17. 1969
18. 1980
19. 1962
20. 1978
21. 1979

― Josefa, Saturday, August 18, 2018 1:38 AM (five years ago)

Josefa, Friday, 2 February 2024 21:46 (two weeks ago) link

I know the sets from the first half of the '90s much better; collected for about five years in there, mostly overproduced sets from the glut.

clemenza, Friday, 2 February 2024 22:29 (two weeks ago) link

Incredible stache

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 9 February 2024 17:35 (one week ago) link

phwooar

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Friday, 9 February 2024 17:38 (one week ago) link

the randiest randy

omar little, Friday, 9 February 2024 17:43 (one week ago) link

Has mustaches over his eyes too

never trust a big book and a simile (Neanderthal), Friday, 9 February 2024 17:50 (one week ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/PbRk0uT.jpg

look what came in the mail from user gyac!!!

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 February 2024 21:00 (one week ago) link

Just to clarify, I did not deliberately purchase 3/4 of these cards.

What does that Ortíz say on the back

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Monday, 12 February 2024 21:04 (one week ago) link

V underwhelming. No stats or anything. The others are great - little retro clip art, drawings, fun facts etc

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 08:40 (one week ago) link

Is the Seabold a rookie card as well

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 09:38 (one week ago) link

lol it is. Let's hope he gets the chance to lower his career ERA to something under 8.

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 09:45 (one week ago) link

Probably not in Colorado

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 09:47 (one week ago) link

Sends baseball cards very much in character...Thank you to gyac for some cool cards, including these two, which I think are both from heritage sets:

https://i.postimg.cc/sXVkq4zF/buster.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/C596hj3x/tim.jpg

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 02:42 (one week ago) link

Those were supposed to be smaller and side by side...

clemenza, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 02:43 (one week ago) link

(they're side-by-side if you have a big enough screen!)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 03:08 (one week ago) link

The Lincecum is supposed to look like an ‘85 Topps iirc. One of my favorite designs. The set with the legendary Gooden rookie.

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:44 (one week ago) link

I sent a few others, as clemenza alludes to, so here’s what I sent and why:

Lincecum: duh

Posey: the Posey/Lincecum battery of the 2010 postseason is my Roman Empire

Brandon Morrow: obviously he was a Jay but I kept reading about him when I started reading about Lincecum. He was a California kid who was drafted ahead of Lincecum, by the Mariners. Lincecum was a stud at UW and Mariners fans had been watching him carve up the pac12 for three years and Mariners fans, to this day, still bitch about (them drafting) Morrow. So you had a California kid go to Seattle and a Seattle kid go to California. Morrow was basically ruined by the Mariners messing him around but the Jays, I believe, helped him get back to what he started out as. The parallels are intense - their careers started and ended at very similar times.

Sergio Romo - my Immaculate Grid stud! And the story about him striking out Miggy with a slow fastball in 2012 remains classic.

I also sent a José Bautista by virtue of him being both a Blue Jays stud, baseball brawl and rule 5 legend?

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 09:41 (one week ago) link

This is all really cool

H.P, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 10:02 (one week ago) link

I was in the MLB flagship store last week and I bought a box of the new cards, some samples

https://i.postimg.cc/J7Yf69Sk/IMG-5664.jpg

They very thoughtfully chose photos of the Padres players in their City connect uniforms for the most part which appealed to my aesthetic sensibilities.

I gave my husband the Astros fan some Astros players and also Jordan Romano, who he loves “because he always blows the save when we watch him”.

The neon look is pretty cool IMO. This pack cost me $20 for 59 cards, when I was looking at the pack this man came up and was cursing about the price increase. (He asked “Do you collect?” and I said “no,” despite having a box of cards in my hand, he then went into a spiel about what cards you can get in which packs and their value which I forgot as I wasn’t interested.) Anyway I may send some of these on!

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 11:43 (yesterday) link

The era of speculation is back

Hey, you got Strider...I'd give those a 7/10 aesthetically; reasonably subdued by today's standards. And 30 cents a card doesn't seem too bad.

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 February 2024 12:56 (four hours ago) link

And old man Acuña just behind him!

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Wednesday, 21 February 2024 13:12 (four hours ago) link

Didn't even notice that--those two cards alone justify the cost.

Just for context, two sets I'd give 10/10 for their design: '91 Topps Stadium Club and '93 Upper Deck SP.

https://i.etsystatic.com/16316958/r/il/053774/2227109100/il_570xN.2227109100_qjz7.jpg

https://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/ud-sp-griffey.jpg

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 February 2024 13:26 (four hours ago) link

Yeah I loved '93 Upper Deck.

I always had a soft spot for the wood grain '87 Topps.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71pOBCzaVDL.jpg

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 21 February 2024 15:21 (two hours ago) link

Clean af

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Wednesday, 21 February 2024 15:47 (one hour ago) link


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