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Friday, November 4, 2016

Set: 2013 Choice Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Rate)

Card: #2 Ryan Battaglia



“ Don't see many Australians in professional baseball. This team is based in PA, I think. What's going on in front of #27? ” -Billy Kingsley

“ What's not to like...big action shot, team logo and decent stat bar. Maybe a better narrative, but at this point maybe he didn't have one. ” -SFC Temple

“ Nice '62/'87 throwback feel, and nice guest appearance by the catchers mit! I like the faded out baseball on the card back....nice. ” -tbshaw

“ I'm pretty sure this is the 2nd RCOD from this set. Picked it up on my way to a National a few years ago. Need to go back and see a game there, as Mahoning Valley is the westernmost team in the New York-Penn League. ” -Dave Sosidka

“ A solid attempt at replicating the 1987 Topps set. ” -carthage44

“ I swear we had a card from this set in the past two months, or perhaps the wood border sets are all starting to blend together in my brain. I really like the wood border concept, and the overall design of this card/set is excellent. This is a great photo, love logo, and the team name on the top although small, really works with the way the whole card is laid out. The back has some empty space, but its minor league, a lot of players don't have many years of stats yet. In my opinion great card! ” -rmpaq5

“ Solid minor league card. Nothing to complain about. ” -dilemma19

“ Hey batta batta sa-wing Battaglia. ” -sahal694

“ Nice Minor League card borrowing the classic wood grain pattern from topps 1962 and 1987 designs. ” -captkirk42

“ Love the wood design. This reminds me of 1987 Topps though. ” -702tpr777

“ This is what 1987 Topps cards would have looked like had they come out in 2013. To be honest though, the wooden border just works for baseball. This is one of the nicest minor league cards I have seen. ” -muskie027

“ Great card! I love minor league sets and the team logos. ” -twinscollector34

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Set: 1998-99 Upper Deck (Rate)

Card: #195 Mark Messier



“ So weird to see him in a Canucks jersey ” -ketchupman36

“ I don't know why but I've never loved this design, in any of the sports it was used in. Set was often found off center with more of the foil on one side than the other. Also, scans really poorly on Canon scanners, with lines across everything. You can see it here on the faces most prevalently, but it shows up everywhere else, too. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ The twilight of his great career. ” -carthage44

“ This was during my brief hiatus from card collecting, but I wish it wasn't. Sure the card could use a couple of enhancements, but my eye is drawn to it and I really like the look. The back has a nice clean look as well. Let's not forget this one is of an all time great as well. I literally have nothing from his days with the Canucks. ” -muskie027

“ Upper Deck must have been going through some lean times in 1998-99, so they made sure to get plenty of mileage out of this design. It appears in 98 UD Encore football, 98-99 flagship basketball, 99 UD Encore baseball and 99 UD Victory Circle racing! Not a terrible design, but did they really have nothing better?!? Great action shot of the Moose, and a Theo Fleury cameo! I particularly enjoy the strategic placement of the Upper Deck logo in an attempt to obscure the Telus ad on the boards. ” -dilemma19

“ MOOOOOOOSE !!! If you want a great leader this is the guy ! Not a bad set actually. ” -uncaian

“ "Maybe if I shadow him I can confuse the other team." ” -sahal694

“ Nice action shot. Good back with readable stats. ” -NJDevils

“ A definite legend of the game, but I really don't care for this card design at all, no matter the sport as Upper Deck used it as their base design for their products across sports. The silver foil border just narrows out the picture too much. ” -rmpaq5

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Set: 1992 Topps - Gold Winners (Rate)

Card: #560 Rickey Henderson



“ I've always liked this design but in the past few years I have begun to appreciate them more. Wish the scan wasn't so washed out. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ These cards are the same as the gold foil parallel except they say Winner. What do you win? ” -carthage44

“ Were these the original parallel series (along with the regular gold that year)? Well framed photo for the design...literally. ” -rmpaq5

“ Man look at that "row of red" under Stolen Bases. None greater. ” -RoyalChief

“ This card is a winner! ” -sahal694

“ Hey this gold foil scan looks good I can actually read Rickey's name and Athletics. In real life sometimes that is even hard with these "gold" cards. Thus one of the many reasons I don't like the use of foil leaf for cards. ” -captkirk42

“ Used to sit out in the left field bleachers in Toronto screaming "Riiiiiiickeyyyyyyyyyyyy"... Good times. ” -SFC Temple

“ Well, it's a gold parallel. That's about all I have to say about that. ” -switzr1

“ A weird dude, but he could sure play some baseball. ” -wax_house

“ Winner winner chicken dinner. I remember these parallels were a huge deal back in 1992 commanding some decent money. Now filler for the dime boxes, but still a great addition to any player or team collection. ” -cynicalbuddha

“ Nice scan of a really nice card. I have always liked the 92 Topps set and love finding the Gold variations. ” -cckeith

“ This was the first set I became familiar with the concept of a parallel set and spent all of my allowance trying to buy these cards in the hopes of getting a gold card. At the time, the concept was new to me and I loved them. Over the next 25 years, they went a little nuts, but I will always have a spot in my heart for these. I wasn't familiar with the concept of the "Gold Winner" though. What exactly was one? I ask, knowing that I can trust the community to give an answer! ” -muskie027

“ By winner do they mean steals title winner? Which one are they referring to? ” -DarkSide830

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Set: 1995 Stadium Club - Power Surge (Rate)

Card: #PS10 Tony Martin



“ Nice. Mid 90s were truly a golden age of cards. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Hey look he's catching the Stadium Club logo. ” -rmpaq5

“ Maybe the front just scans poorly. Bonus points for having the subject appearing to catch the card manufacturer logo. The back is crazy busy but I like it, especially the scoreboard in perspective (more than 20 years before the 'perspectives' baseball inserts). ” -dilemma19

“ Cool Looking card. Excellent for an insert. If it were base it would be a bit too busy graphically with very little info. ” -captkirk42

“ Any cards with lightning are cool! ” -carthage44

“ This looks very 1995. You know what to expect with that era, and that's what you get. Some comes out good, some not so good. I like first names but otherwise it's fine. ” -switzr1

“ The glowing orb is his as he rides the thunderbolt down to earth. ” -UKboogie

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Set: 2005-06 Parkhurst (Rate)

Card: #104 Martin Lapointe



“ One of my wife's favorite players, but she was a bigger fan of his when he was with the Red Wings. We have most of his cards, and many of the SN10 or less. I scanned in a big portion of the Lapointes in the DB. But not this one. (But we have it.) ” -vrooomed

“ This is a good design. I prefer a natural background but am flexible if the design looks good. This one looks good. ” -switzr1

“ I actually really like this set .Lapointe had a pretty decent career. Love the stash. ” -uncaian

“ Cool...QB24 has a hockey RCotD featured today and has this one coming down the pike! Sweet! ” -bkklaos

“ This was a few years before the Blackhawks became a power house! ” -carthage44

“ I like this set. I don't try to complete every hockey set since I'm mostly baseball and football, but this is a good set to go for. ” -captkirk42

“ Unfortunately, releasing a substandard product under a classic brand name doesn't automatically result in sales. I'm not big on the prospect-heavy set, but at least Topps realized that Bowman baseball wasn't going to fly on name strength alone... Nothing wrong with the card or the player. Just meh. ” -dilemma19

“ I was disappointed ad first, but then I flipped it over... ” -DarkSide830

“ I like these big, colorful sets from Parkhurst. ” -suomibear8

“ Not a hunge hockey fan, but growing up in Windsor Ontario got many Red Wings games over the aerial on good old channel 50 (Side note: try explaining to a classroom of grade 3s that you only used to get a handful of channels and half the time the picture was crappy) and Marty was one of the players I loved watching play. ” -rmpaq5

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Set: 1991 ProCards (Rate)

Card: #4073 Ken Marrero



“ MiLB card - Always liked the minor league stuff. ProCards had another fine effort in 1991. ” -vrooomed

“ I like this ProCards Minor League set. I just get frustrated when seeing that these sets were sooooooooooooooooooo big. Oh this set was sponsored by Wendy's. ” -captkirk42

“ He started out as a catcher then transitioned to a pitcher and made it to AAA but never made the majors. ” -carthage44

“ When I first glanced I thought "What is this???" Looking at it for a few seconds though, I appreciate the attempt at originality. I don't think it totally works for me, but innovation in design is really difficult, even back in 1991. ” -rmpaq5

“ This card looks really plain, but the back information intrigues me. ” -DarkSide830

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Set: 1969 O-Pee-Chee (Rate)

Card: #217 John Donaldson



“ Some vintage O-Pee-Chee Love! But man....that is one ugly uniform! This was the last year O-Pee-Chee was English only on the back. ” -rmpaq5

“ Nice vintage. Surprisingly rare to see vintage baseball come up here. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Nice pajamas. ” -vrooomed

“ So the KC was airbrushed out due to the teams move to Oakland. His 68 Topps has the same thing, but with a different pose. I read a great article about the the photos for those set were affected by a player's association boycott. ” -joshthurman

“ you just have to like the vintage cards .This shot seems so genuine and spontaneous. Of course we play baseball in snow shoes in Canada. LOL ” -uncaian

“ John needs to get some meat on those bones. ” -carthage44

“ Thought it said Josh Donaldson for a second. I wonder if the cameraman accepted his request for a hug. ” -DanD

“ Love it! ” -bkklaos

“ Cool 1960s Vintage Baseball! Double points for being OPC! Fantastic that it is the old yellow unis for Oakland A's ” -captkirk42

“ Brilliant airbrushed IPC issue. Never heard of him, but probably no relation to Josh Donaldson. ” -dilemma19

“ It is great to see another 1960s card. To me this was the greatest decade for cards! I remember getting the Topps version of this card. All the 1960s cards and sets are beautiful!! ” -twinscollector34

“ My how athletes have changed. ” -SFC Temple

“ The head and cap doesn't look proportionate to the body of the player.. The logo on the cap is also missing or blotted out with marker or pen. ” -deporcoruña

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Set: 1992 Fleer (Rate)

Card: #244 Steve Sax



“ You watch too many movies, Saxy Boy. ” -Howintensive

“ Everything I know about Steve Sax I learned on the Simpsons! ” -Billy Kingsley

“ I always liked the 1992 Fleer. They have good pictures. Although the short name on the side look weird for Sax. First thoughts on Steve Sax: 1) Struggled to throw to first for a period of time. 2) Was on the Simpsons episode. 3) Handsome. 4) Bill James wrote interesting comparison with R. Sandberg saying as rookies you could've tell which was a Hall of Famer and which was not. ” -joshthurman

“ Another player the White Sox picked up well after his good playing days. ” -carthage44

“ This and the 1992 Score design always gets me confused on first glance. Not the same but similar elements from the same year. ” -rmpaq5

“ Nice overproduced years card. In typical 1990s fashion, when these first came out I loved them, then I hated them, then really hated them, then started liking them again, then accepted them. Now days I accept most 1990s cards with the respect I had when they were first new and not from the disappointed after-the-fact view from massive overproduction. ” -captkirk42

“ IMHO the 90s was not a good time for card designs. I always thought Fleer was particularly bad and this one reminds me why I thought that. >.> ” -koloth42

“ Really out of place in a Yanks' uni. ” -NJDevils

“ I admit this set is kind of ugly....but I love it! ” -RoyalChief

“ I liked this set during my prime collecting years as a kid. ” -suomibear8

“ I think I would look back on 1992 Fleer better if they hadn't used this color of border again in 1993. Always liked the team logo and big lettering, and the backs are real good. It's a definite improvement over Fleer's 1990 and 1991 sets, and a lot better than 1993, 94, and horrible 95. Which isn't saying much. ” -switzr1

“ This is just amazing, end of the freaking story ” -Thomas555

“ I remember how excited I was when the Yankees got Sax. This was an ok set design, but nothing great. Back in 1992, I bought one pack of these, two packs of Donruss, and the result was I decided to collect Topps that year. Something I just didn't like about all that green. ” -muskie027

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Set: 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier (Rate)

Card: #132 Ulf Samuelsson



“ Great mid-90s set. Truly the best era for cards in all sports! ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Hockey names are the best. ” -joshthurman

“ Front is blah! I do like the effect on the back of the card where the stats are, making it look like they are printed on top of an ice rink. ” -rmpaq5

“ I should have named my son Ulf, LOL! ” -carthage44

“ A decent, albeit unremarkable card of a solid, long-time player. Great job including all essential elements on the back without crowding. If they'd gone with almost anything other than a white border, the front would grade an A too. ” -dilemma19

“ Pretty basic design. Like it but would prefer team name/logo Love that there is no annoying shiny foil lettering. Back is pretty nice. ” -captkirk42

“ I'm not a hockey guy but I've got to a love an athlete from Sweden named Ulf Samuelson. Goes right to the roots of my Scandanavian heritage. ” -twinscollector34

“ im not really into hockey. the front photo captures his facial expression really well and also I like the back photo of him in his dark jersey. ” -sillybilly

“ This design always just seemed a little dull to me. Nothing particularly "wrong" with it. Just not an eye-catcher. ” -switzr1

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Set: 1985 Barry Colla Postcards (Rate)

Card: #4085 Atlee Hammaker



“ Photographer --"Atlee, just stand there doing your best Statue of Liberty imitation." ” -rmpaq5

“ When I think of Atlee Hammaker, I always think of giving up the first grand slam in an all-star game. It was 1983 and Fred Lynn hit it. He was a nice guy who lived in Knoxville, Tenn., for a while post-career. ” -joshthurman

“ One of the many outstanding issues done by Barry Colla throughout the years. Finding the Giants sets is relatively easy, but good luck with tracking down the Mets, Twins, or Indians. In fact, I may have some Giants sets for sale or trade! ” -Dave Sosidka

“ Nice to see oddball stuff here, ” -captkirk42

“ I've heard Hammaker was quite a good pitcher, though I followed an American League team while he toiled in the NL (back before interleague play and the Internet), so I didn't see or hear much about him. Nice shot. Could have been cropped a wee bit closer to show a little less sky... ” -dilemma19

“ Nice , I'd get it just cause of the guys cool name , he was actually a pretty good pitcher too. ” -uncaian

“ Why don't people send postcards anymore? ” -carthage44

“ Nothing special about this. This is just an photo, and an awkward one at that. Not a big fan of the fake pose. This is obviously not an action shot, but meant to look like one. Even though it is a postcard, it would have been cool to put a name on the front and stats on the back to give it a card feel. ” -muskie027

“ Doesn't belong...IMHO ” -SFC Temple

“ "new ball, ump". ” -NJDevils

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