Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trade Me, Something-A-Ruther: James O'Donnell

James in Sanford, FL sent me over forty cards, and as per the rules of this contest only the best 20 will be counted. Those that won't count are:

Two 1991 US Playing Card Baseball All-Stars of Carlton Fisk and Scott Sanderson
21 1993 Bowman commons
Three 1994 Donruss commons of Chad Curtis, Wes Chamberlain, and Tony Fernandez
Two 1994 Donruss Special Editions of Chuck Knoblauch and Charlie Hayes

Card #1 1993 Leaf Gold Rookie Darrell Sherman (Five Points)

In 63 ABs for the '93 Padres, Sherman hit .222 with zero HRs and 2 RBI. Was out of baseball by '96.

Card #2 1993 Ultra Award Winners Terry Pendelton (Five Points)

No, this didn't commemorate his 1991 NLMVP; rather it was his Gold Glove he won in '92.

Card #3 1993 Ultra Home Run Kings Dave Hollins (Five Points + Five Point Bonus)

My, my, my has the game changed. Dave's 27 HRs was good enough to finish fourth in the NL in 1992.

Card #4 1994 Flair Infield Power Matt Williams (Five Points)

From around 1994 to 1997, Matt was in just about every Fleer insert set -- or so it seemed.

Card #5 1994 Ultra Hitting Machines John Olerud (Five Points)

Ordinarily, any card of C-3POlerud would be a shit card. But this is the last card I need to complete my '94 Ultra Hitting Machines insert set.

Card #6 1994 Ultra All-Rookie Team Jeffery Hammonds (Five Points)

Jeffery was one of many early-90s college superstars who just never lived up to expectations in the Majors.

Cards #7-11 1995 Ultra Award Winners of Tom Pagnozzi, Matt Williams, Barry Larkin, Marquis Grissom, and Darren Lewis (25 Points)
Cards #12 & #13 1995 Ultra All-Stars of Barry Larkin and Ivan Rodriguez (10 Points)


Card #14 2005 Topps Heritage Then & Now Clem Labine/Mariano Rivera (Five Points)

Another one from the my, my, my, how the game has changed department: Clem led the Majors in saves with 19 in 1956 -- that's a good month for K-Rod.

Card #15 2006 Fleer Tradition Blue Chip Prospects Chuck James (Five Points)
Card #16 2006 Fleer Tradition Grass Roots Ryan Howard (Five Points)
Card #17 2006 Fleer Tradition Diamond Tributes Felix Hernandez (Five Points)

2006 Fleer Tradition was a product I never quite understood. I don't think Upper Deck got it either.

Card #18-#20 2008 Upper Deck commons of Chin-Lung Hu (RC), Heath Phillips (RC), and Reds team checklist (Three Points + Three Point Bonus)

Three cards closer to completing the best set of 2008.

Grand Total: 96 Points

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