May 13, 2010

Arrivals from The Great Tribe Card Giveaway

A couple months ago I was a fortunate recipient of the many boxes of cards that Dave of Indians, Baseball Cards, etc (That last part of his blog title changes a lot.) sent out. I asked for Phillies (as a rule), Athletics (to trade with neighbors), and Cardinals (because I have a soft spot for them from my time living in St. Louis). There were many, many cards. Here is a representation of some I found interesting.

1994 Score Kim Batiste: He is remembered for one thing only: game 1, 1993 NLCS.

1995 Sportsflix Darren Daulton: I miss the multi-images of Sportsflix (cs).

2003 Fleer Box Score Jimmy Rollins: The back of the card does have a memorable box score on the back of it. It's time to revitalize that an insert set.

1993 Stadium Club Ruben Amaro: The current Phillies GM flying around the Vet's bases.

1992 Fleer Dale Murphy: I was really excited the day Dale Murphy was traded to the Phillies in 1990. I was at my cousin's house in South Carolina and suddenly I had dreams of a 4th place finish dancing in my head.

1992 Donruss Tommy Greene: Celebration of the no-hitter from May 1991, an unprecedented second in 2 years for the Phillies' pitching staff (Terry Mulholland in August, 1990)

1990 Fleer Lenny Dykstra: Besides his current plight, I enjoyed watching Mr. Dykstra play. When I was in Little League, my goal was to get my baseball pants as dirty as possible.

1988 Score Juan Samuel: Turning two with a glorious purple border. 1988 Score was revolutionary in many ways.

1987 Donruss Chris James: One of many "Rated Rookies" who didn't become stars, though I remember him as a decent player with some power.

2008 SP Authentic Frank Thomas: The 2nd most popular player of the early 90s had one last great year with the A's.

2008 Upper Deck Heroes Bob Gibson: 1.12, 1968, that is all.

2005 Topps Mark Mulder (gold foil or something): Remember when he was one of the big 3 of Oakland? And the A's would be forever ruined by trading him for Dan Haren and Daric Barton? Well, it wasn't until later that they were ruined when they traded Dan Haren.

2001 Donruss Adam Piatt: So this is 2001 Donruss. It's starry and ugly.

2000 Topps Gold Label Class 2 Mark Mulder: This is just a nice card. I appreciate multiple photos on the front.

1999 Victory Mark McGwire: 1998 was a summer of home runs and unexpected Cardinal and Cub hugging.

1999 UD Hologrfx Eric Chavez: I am sad that Chavez's career is reaching a tragic end. He was one of the more talented players to emerge from the 1997 Bowman Chrome rookie class.

1999 Upper Deck Ben Grieve: I'm not sure how he made history here, but he won ROY in 1998. What ever happened to him?

1998 Skybox Miguel Tejada Little Dawgs: Words fail me.

1998 Pacific Omega AJ Hinch: The current Diamondbacks manager in his previous life. Did you know his rookie card in 1993 Topps Traded was once a sought after commodity?

1993 Topps Stadium Club Todd Van Poppel: A cautionary hype tale that everyone remembers.

1997 Leaf Brian Jordan: This was the first Leaf set released under the Pinnacle banner. Good base design; horrible inserts. (anyone remember fractal matrix, fractal materials, and fractal matrix diecuts?)

1993 Studio Gregg Jefferies: 5 years, $25 million to sign with the Phillies in 1995. Who wasn't surprised he didn't hit .343 again?

1992 Fleer Dennis Eckersley: Classic shot of a classic pitching motion.

1990 K-Mart Superstars Ozzie Smith: Look an unlicensed card. The pose reminds me of 2010 Upper Deck.

1990 Fleer World Series Card: These were inserted only in 1990 Fleer factory sets.

1988 Donruss Stan Musial puzzle card: I'm glad Donruss inserted these cards in these sets; otherwise we would never see the whole thing. How many puzzle piece doubles was it possible to get in a box?

1986 Topps Willie McGee: The reigning 1985 MVP who is also the only person to ever win a batting title in a league in which he did not finish the season (1990).

Thank you, Dave, for the fun cards to collate and sort through!

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