Card Number 661: Score Numbers Game, 1996; #9
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
I'm sure "wood" has the same euphemistic connotations in American English as it does in British English. In fact, I would imagine the other meaning is a transatlantic import back to the old continent. So, I can't believe the designers and writers at Skybox didn't know exactly what possible interpretation they were flirting with when they named this insert series.
Card Number 660: Skybox Metal Universe Boyz With the Wood insert, 1999; #8BW
OK, so they were probably going for a riff on the film title Boyz n the Hood that was released in 1991. But, this was eight years after that film and it really feels like every other punning name for an insert series had been taken so Skybox came up with this risque take.
And the 'cards' are weird too. I think this is the front.
As far as I can work out, from the folding guidelines, this is meant to be manipulated into a second card by basically bending it into shape. I can't find an image on Google of one that has been constructed and the picture on Baseballcardpedia is actually of the Tony Gwynn card looking like this. According to that page, the odds of finding one of these cards was 1 in 18 packs.
This is from the same set as the MLPD unscannable insert card that was basically the reason why I asked for an overhead scanner for Christmas. However, unlike the MLPD card this doesn't have a cardback, which means no whacky write up this time. Baseballcardpedia blames the tendency towards weird comments on the back of the Skybox and Fleer cards of the time on an attempt to make cards more appealing to younger collectors. I totally agree with the wiki writer's summary that "The language used on cardbacks has not aged well." Although I doubt it was ever appropriate really.
As with the Upper Deck bobblehead card, I'm going to want a second one of these so that I can bend it to get the second card for display in my binders. Maybe Skybox were onto something with this insert idea. It's just a shame they chose such a terrible name for it.
And, annoyingly, this is yet another set where I have inserts but don't have the base card, so that's another one to try and find.
Total: 660 cards
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
A couple of insert cards producd by Leaf today.
Card Number 658: Leaf Bat Patrol insert, 1995; #2
"Bat Patrol" sounds like a terrible Batman spin off from the 80s.
Total: 659 cards
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
I thought that Topps only recently started reissuing chrome versions of all their sets. Turns out they have been doing it for longer than I thought. Actually, from shortly after they patented the chromatising technique.
Card Number 656: Topps Chrome Milestones, 1998; #MS6
This is the Chrome version of a card I blogged about back in February. This is actually less shiny than that card, because the regular version was printed on foilboard.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
This is a contender for my favourite ever Upper Deck card.
Card Number 653: Upper Deck UD's Most Wanted, 2001; #MW6
Saturday, April 24, 2021
I imagine the ideas meetings at Fleer Corp were fun occasions, given what sometimes resulted. How about an insert series that was basically a pun?
Card Number 652: Fleer Showcase Consummate Prose, 2000; #6
Friday, April 23, 2021
A theme post featuring two cards with holes in.
Card Number 650: Topps Stadium Club Prime Cuts, 1996; #PC-4
Topps used the same technology as in their Topps Laser set from the same year for this 8 card insert series in Stadium Club.
Total: 651 cards
Thursday, April 22, 2021
A packet of insert cards has arrived courtesy of eBay and I will be blogging them over the next couple of weeks. I'm going to start with the shiniest card in the packet.
Card Number 649: Topps Sweet Strokes, 1997; #SS7
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Another Topps Finest card from the mid-90s. There are so many of these!
Card Number 648: Topps Finest, 1996; #320
This card series was divided up in themes and according to rarity. Gold cards were rare. Silver cards were uncommon. Bronze cards were common. I have blogged a bronze card in the "Sterling" theme previously. Today's card is another bronze one, this time in the "Franchises" theme.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
After writing yesterday about how Panini have sort of kept the DonRuss brand going, today's post features cards from the Diamond Kings range. Panini now issue this as a brand in its own right, but "Diamond Kings" started out in the DonRuss base sets of the 1980s. The first 26 cards in the DonRuss flagship sets were illustrated portraits of baseball stars - one from each team. I have previously blogged several of these that feature Tony.
When Panini were trying to find a winning formula for their unlicensed baseball cards, they gave the Pinnacle brand a go in 2013, but that seemed to fall a bit flat. Panini released cards under the DonRuss brand in 2014 and that must have worked well enough for Panini to continue releasing "DonRuss" cards. In 2015, they built on the cachet of DonRuss and launched Diamond Kings as a standalone set. It has been released every year since.
Card Number 646: Panini Diamond Kings, 2015; #133
The uncredited broadcaster quoted on the back as saying that Tony "could hit .320 with a broom" is Sean Salisbury, the former NFL quarterback turned journalist who was working for Yahoo Sports at the time of Tony's death. (He is quoted in this article on the NBC San Diego website.) It seems strange that the cardback compiler would use the quote with such a vague accreditation.
Like Gwynn, Sean Salisbury was born in Long Beach, although he grew up in Escondido near San Diego. He is three years younger than Tony, having been born in 1963, and played for the San Diego Chargers among other teams. His career would have overlapped with Tony's quite a bit and he obviously knew Tony as in the rest of that quote he says Tony made an impact on his family.
Another interesting fact about Sean Salisbury is that he was an advisor on Adam Sandler's remake of the movie Mean Machine, and taught Sandler what he needed to do to portray a quarterback. However, despite all that, Sean missed out his chance to have his name appear on the back of this baseball card, which would have added to the very small number of trading cards he appeared on during his career. Trading Card Database only lists 37 cards for him.
Card Number 647: Panini Diamond Kings DK Originals, 2017; #DO-24
What's more fun than an unlicensed base card? An unlicensed insert card.
The portrait photo on this has scary eyes!
Friday, April 16, 2021
DonRuss is now one of several trading card brands owned and run by the Panini corporation. I sometimes refer to it as a "zombie brand" because it feels like it's being kept animated but isn't really alive.
Panini acquired DonRuss in 2009 when they bought Playoff, the company that had salvaged DonRuss as it headed towards collapse at the turn of the millennium and then issued sets in the first decade of the 21st Century. Today's post features cards from the Playoff era of DonRuss's history.
Card Number 644: DonRuss Champions, 2005; #46
There were actually three Tony Gwynn cards in this set, all with slightly different photos on the front.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Today's post is partly prompted by seeing some graded cards for sale and wondering who is sending cards that are routinely ignored off for grading.
Card Number 643: Panini Prizm, 2013; #176
Panini produce Prizm cards across a number of sports. In baseball where they don't have a licence, the cards end up looking like this, with every hint of a team logo airbrushed off the picture.
Monday, April 12, 2021
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I'm the guest on the Tea & Topps podcast tonight at 9pm (GMT) talking about my Tony Gwynn collection. The live broadcast will be on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook. Details here.
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Glenn, who sent me the Topps mini I blogged last week, followed it up with another couple of cards including a freshly pulled card from Topps Opening Day 2021 that was released to coincide with the start of the season. It also provides me with an opportunity for a theme post - the theme being "Legend" cards.
Card Number 641: Topps Opening Day Legends of Baseball, 2021; #LOB-18
I am a little bit disappointed that Tony had card number 18. So close!
As I said, the theme of this card matches another card I had waiting in my 'to blog' folder.
Card Number 642: Topps Legends of the Game insert, 2009; #LG-TG
This card is a very dark green. That's not a scanning problem. It's how it looks.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
I wasn't intending to add to the three Project 2020 cards of Tony I already had, but this came up in an eBay lot of three Project 2020 cards all by the same artist, Naturel.
The lot was competively priced. And here we are.
Card Number 640: Topps Project 2020, 2020; #40
However, this was the first of these cards I've recieved still in a plastic bag with a green verification sticker on it.
Total: 640 cards