24 October 2014

this is my recently obtained 1953 topps roy campanella card

it is glorious.

that is all.

bringing steve garvey's career to the present

i really liked wrigley wax's idea of trade links as a subject of posts, even though those featuring the team of my youth were pretty much dead ends.  i may do a few more in the future around other dodger players of note, but instead i went looking for another way to connect players together.  what i came up with was sort of a 'x' degrees of separation to a current player, using final plate/pitching appearances to link them.  the upside is, unless two players face off against each other in each of their final appearances, the link will never be broken.  i'll show you what i mean using my favorite player, steve garvey.

the garv last appeared in the major leagues in 1987 - may 23, 1987 to be exact.  here's his 1987 topps card.
the padres were playing the expos, and garvey was brought in to pinch hit for lance mccullers in the 9th inning.  the expos pitcher at the time was neal heaton, who retired garvey on a fly ball and got the last two padres hitters out to complete a 2-hit shutout.  so, the last pitcher steve garvey faced in his career was the expos' neal heaton.  here's heaton's 1987 fleer card.
fast forward to baltimore, june 26, 1993.  heaton is a member of the new york yankees, and is called in to relieve john habyan with the orioles leading the yanks 9-6.  heaton winds up finishing the game, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up a couple of home runs.  the last batter heaton faced was former dodger mike devereaux, who flied out to end the home half of the 8th inning.

devereaux, of course, returned to the dodgers to finish his playing career - this is his 1998 pacific online card from his second dodger stint
devereaux's final big league at bat came on april 17, 1998 with the dodgers in chicago facing the cubs.  he entered the game as a pinch-hitter but stayed in the game and later faced ben vanryn, a former dodger prospect.  devereaux drew a walk in the 8th against van ryn but was stranded, and his big league career was over.

there aren't too many cards of vanryn out there - this is a 1994 bowman's best blue parallel
from his dodger farmhand days - but he pitched in the majors for four different clubs (the dodgers weren't one of them as he made his debut in 1996 with the angels), and he appeared for three of those four in 1998 alone.  the cubs traded vanryn to the padres in early may, and by the end of the month, he was pitching for the blue jays.  it was with toronto later that season that he made his final big league appearance.  on september 26, 1998, vanryn came in to pitch the top of the 10th inning in a tie game against the tigers.  he retired the first two batters he faced, but then allowed a single to tony clark and was pulled.  the tigers didn't score, and the blue jays wound up winning the game a couple of innings later, but vanryn did not appear in the big leagues after that appearance.

tony clark finished up his career as a member of the diamondbacks in 2009 - here's his 2009 upper deck card
by striking out as a pinch-hitter on july 12 against the marlins.  the marlins' pitcher that k'd clark was josh johnson, seen here on his 2011 topps card
now johnson presents an interesting case, as he spent the 2014 season on the 60-day dl with the padres, and hasn't pitched since 2013.  if he fails to return to the majors, then the last batter he faced in a big league game was michael saunders, who is still active today.  he had a pretty cool card in the 2014 topps set
if johnson does return in 2015, then the next link on steve garvey's career legacy is yet to be determined.  still, that's how you bring steve garvey to the present day in 5 or 6 steps.

23 October 2014

2014 topps update blaster - packs 6-10 of the third update purchase i made last week

i showed packs 1-5 of the 2014 topps update blaster earlier today.  typically, each pack contained a couple of target red parallels, and then the next pack contained those same cards in their base format.

the pattern pretty much continued for the remainder of the blaster.

pack 6:

collin cowgill
collin mchugh - ryan doumit was the second target red parallel in pack 5, but the anticipated mchugh base card was missing from that same pack, so now there is a one-pack delay.  we'll see if doumit shows up in the next pack.
marcus stroman
robinson chirinos
derek norris asg

inserts:

albert pujols power players
adam eaton target red parallel
brock holt target red parallel

pack 7:

adam eaton
ryan doumit - yup, there it is.  new pattern established.
jason hammel
drew pomeranz
anthony rizzo asg

inserts:

george springer the future is now
i went to an astros game shortly after springer was called up, and he looked pretty bad at the plate.  all signs point to him being a big deal, however.

boone logan target red parallel
santiago casilla target red parallel

pack 8:

brock holt
kendrys morales - pattern broken
jason bartlett - he played in 3 games for the twins this year but gets a card in update.  i don't mind this, except for the fact that i really wanted a jamey wright card and surely the dodger spot starter/long reliever warrants a spot over a guy who didn't appear in a game after the first week or two of the season!
hunter pence asg
pat neshek asg

inserts:

paul goldschmidt asg red hot foil
yoervis medina target red parallel
steve tolleson target red parallel
parallel insert double play goodness!

pack 9:

santiago casilla
boone logan - maybe this should have been pack 8
justin masterson
paul goldschmidt asg
freddie freeman asg

inserts:

omar vizquel fond farewells
bobby abreu target red parallel
back for the first time since 2012 topps update

josh harrison target red parallel

pack 10:

yoervis medina
eduardo nunez
jackie bradley jr
greg holland asg
steve tolleson
base double play goodness!

inserts:

pedro ciriaco target red parallel
joba chamberlain target red parallel
bryce harper 1989 mini die-cut
so that's it for the packs.  here's the one-per-blaster manufactured patch:

rollie fingers 1974 world series mvp
so, for the record, i found zero dodgers in the blaster, but received a card of the mvp of a world series in which the dodgers lost.  nice.


2014 topps update blaster - packs 1-5 of the third update purchase

i bought a hanger pack, a value box, and a blaster of 2014 topps update last week. yesterday, i showed what the first two yielded, now it's the blaster's turn.

pack 1:

dustin ackley
doug fister
chris capuano
kurt suzuki
alexei ramirez asg

inserts:

derek jeter fond farewells
some farewells are fonder than others.

tony gwynn jr target red parallel
dustin ackley target red parallel

pack 2:

tony gwynn jr - hey! he was in the last pack as an insert.
kelly johnson
shin-soo choo
neftali soto
kevin frandsen

inserts:

aaron crow target red parallel
george springer 1989 mini die-cut
derek dietrich target red parallel
the marlins have some colorful uniforms and a stadium that make for colorful cards.

pack 3:

derek dietrich - again following a pack that featured this player in parallel insert form
aaron crow - ditto
zelous wheeler
andrew heaney
stefen romero

inserts:

nick castellanos the future is now - i pulled 4 tfin inserts in my 3 different update products, and three of them were of castellanos.  this one is different than the first two though.
logan schafer target red parallel
jesse chavez target red parallel

pack 4:

jesse chavez - right on cue
logan schafer - ditto
edward mujica
nick martinez
albert pujols 500 homers
good to see scioscia on a card, even though he's in the background next to the logo.  the cardinals fan in the first row seems pretty excited, too.

inserts:

freddie freeman asg red hot foil
be still freddie's heart!

collin mchugh target red parallel
tyler colvin target red parallel

pack 5:

tyler colvin - there's one card i was expecting...
jeff baker - bet you were expecting a collin mchugh card based on the pattern so far, right? that's ok, i'll take this card with hanley ramirez lurking in the background instead of an astro
josh donaldson asg
masahiro tanaka rookie debut

inserts:

brooks robinson world series hero
brooks hit only .214 in his first world series - 1966 against the dodgers.  he won the mvp in the 1970 fall classic against the reds.

collin cowgill target red parallel
ryan doumit target red parallel
jorge polanco gold parallel
quite a pack.  packs 6-10 are coming a little later...

22 October 2014

2014 topps update value box - the second of three update purchases

here's what i found in a 72-card value box at target last wednesday.  i opened this after the hanger pack i featured earlier today.

dodgers first:

chone figgins
this is why i like update.  figgins didn't appear in a game after june 13, but he's in the update set.  i had figured the chances of a card featuring him in a dodger uni were slim to none, but here he is scoring the winning run against the tigers on april 8th.  mattingly doesn't seem to notice.

inserts:

david ross red hot foil
former dodger with a world series ring.

paul konerko fond farewells
former dodger with a world series ring

jose abreu power players
nick castellanos the future is now
seeing this card for the second time

steve carlton world series heroes
hector rondon target red parallel
matt shoemaker target red parallel
jake mcgee target red parallel
tony gwynn jr gold parallel
base cards:

luke gregerson
joaquin benoit
brandon maurer
jhonny peralta
reed johnson - former dodger; didn't know he was still in the league, but then again, he's a marlin
marc krauss
ian krol
david murphy
joakim soria
chris young - the pitcher
andrew romine
jarred cosart
mookie betts
miguel cabrera 2,000 hits
randy choate
tuffy gosewisch
anthony rizzo asg
grady sizemore
robinson chirinos
derek norris asg
josh donaldson asg
nick martinez
andrew heaney
stefen romero
neftali soto
brandon cumpton
kevin fransden
jake odorizzi
jerome williams
chad qualls
leury garcia
nyjer morgan
pat neshek asg
jacob degrom - short print photo varition!
mike olt
ubaldo jimenez
mark trumbo
corey dickerson
randy wolf
francisco rodriguez
omar quintanilla
jake marisnick
arismendy alcantara
chase whitley
josh tomlin
yoenis cespedes
hector rondon
jake mcgee
ramon santiago
huston street
gerald laird
george springer rookie debut
eugenio suarez
michael choice
juan perez
matt davidson
oscar tavarez
brandon moss asg
greg holland asg
paul goldschmidt asg
freddie freeman asg
hunter pence asg - at the bottom as it should be

next up is the blaster - i'll go through that tomorrow!