Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Bowman Platinum

I wasn't planning on picking up any Bowman Platinum, but I needed some socks, so I stopped by Wally World and the sports cards were justing being restocked.  So why not.
 Here are you odds and NPN address.

The set, like regular bowman has two main sets, the base set featuring vets and rookies, and the Top Prospects sets featuring prospects.  Let's see what was in the pack.

 Oh man these cards are shiny.  Here's a look at the base backs.
 Wow. I wonder if Topps is having a contest with it's designers to see you can use the smallest size for the card numbers.  This one is in the running with Gypsy Queen.  Here are the rest of the base cards.

 This pack also had 4 prospects, the pack promises an exclusive parallel, but I could tell if any of the four were a parallel.

 I did get two inserts as well.  This DeGrom Platinum Presence.

 And this Heibert Ruiz Prizmatic Protogies. 

Nothing super exciting but there were super shiny.

Monday, July 08, 2019

1991 Upper Deck High Series

The All-Star break is upon us. Has it really been that long since Opening Day? Let's check out an old pack of baseball cards in honor of this occasion. We've seen the "low series" of 1991 Upper Deck here, but not the "high series", which features a mix of cards from the base and extended set, but really leans on the newer (701-800) cards.

Giants Team Hologram Sticker - As was usual for the first few Upper Deck sets, the pack comes with a hologram team sticker. This one features a team that managed to beat my Cardinals this afternoon despite only two hits.

163 - Tom Brunansky - Bruno was around for the tail end of the Whiteyball era in St. Louis, but he left for Boston around the time Herzog did.

722 - Chili Davis - A glimpse of the classic Upper Deck card back and our first look at a high series card with a player on his new team.

721 - Willie McGee - Willie on any other team but the Cardinals feels weird, even though he spent a few years in the Bay Area.

7 - Scott Aldred - The saga of the Upper Deck Star Rookie started, of course, with Ken Griffey Jr. Even though he would go on to have a 9 year MLB career, Aldred didn't exactly make the mark that The Kid did. (Something about that career ERA over 6...)

136 - Ramon Martinez - In 1991, only some kind of idiot would think that Ramon wouldn't be the best Martinez brother.

745 - Luis Mercedes - This was long before the era of the mismatched uniform tops/bottoms, so this was clearly a spring training shot of Luis Mercedes.

224 - Dwight Gooden - Anyone who grew up in the '80s wishes that Gooden had been able to realize his full potential without other off-field issues, but I guess we could say that about most players.

788 - Juan Agosto - It's a Redbird! Agosto was a solid reliever there for awhile.

718 - Franklin Stubbs - I feel like this player was... not great. Is that right?

431 - Tom Gordon - The guy who Stephen King named a novel after, kind of.

702 - Rookie Threats - It's funny that "Rookie Threats" is in quotes, as if to tip off the cardholder that these guys were actually really nice and well mannered. Hey, it's Luis, Jeff and... uh, the other guy in the middle. Tuffy, right?

389 - Chet Lemon - Upper Deck went with the portrait shot for the front of the card for a bit of variety.

760 - Vance Law - I barely remember Vance Law, and have no recollection of him at all playing for Oakland. I watched a lot of A's games back then, because of Canseco, McGwire, etc.

563 - Junior Felix - Felix seemed like a popular baseball name at the time. Felix Jose, Felix Fermin... I guess this was way before the days of Felix Hernandez, though.

768 - Vince Coleman - Vince stole a lot of bases in his prime... more than most teams do in a season these days. Clearly, the game has changed, and changed, and changed again since his day, but the distance is still the same between the bags.

683 - Rob Murphy - I have nothing to say about Rob Murphy, except that he was the 16th card in a pack that promised me 15 of these guys. It's a Junk Wax Miracle!

Saturday, July 06, 2019

2019 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Retail Hanger Pack

Had to make a stop at Wally World and found one lone rack pack of Stadium Club, so I brought it home with me.  This year's Stadium Club is similar to the last couple years with full bleed photos and foil name plates.  Topps does a great job again, for the most part, with photo selection for cards.  Let's have a look at the cards I pulled.
 Here are the pack odds.

 I think my favorite base card out of the pack was this German Marquez.  I love the wide-angle shot.  The other thing I noticed out of this pack is just how many cards were landscape oriented.  I've always thought Topps should try to put a set together that's all landscaped.  Here's a look at what the backs look like.
 Now on to the rest of the base...this Astudillo was a close second for best of the pack, what a great action play at the plate shot.

The set has a bunch of HOFers and retired players in it, oddly I didn't get a single one in this pack.  I did get one parallel in the pack.
 This Tellez card is a sepia parallel.  According to the pack odds these are about 1:8.
You can see that backs are the same and almost all the parallel this year are unnumbered.
I also picked up a sweet insert.
 I'm not a fan of Machado at all but I'm a now a big fan of these Instavision inserts.  Most of the inserts I've seen out of the product are pretty tame, but this monster is all foily and thick. Plus you can't tell from the scan but the inset photo is recessed on the card and the card is about three times the thickness of the base cards. 
Not a bad pack at all.