Sunday, October 25, 2009

5 on the 5: 2003 Topps Series 2

Here are my first five series 2 packs of a set I'd like to work on someday. This is a companion piece to this post from a few weeks ago.

Pack 1:
428 - Ricky Ledee

456 - Robin Ventura
582 - Dmitri Young
421 - Carlos Delgado
570 - Jake Peavy (I never got to see Peavy pitch in person here in Portland as he skipped AAA.)
693 - Torii Hunter Award Winner
547 - Roger Cedeno
634 - Boston Red Sox
372 - Cliff Floyd (The Mets orange uniforms were hideous. I'll spare you the image.)

682 - Chase Utley / Gavin Floyd Prospects (One of these guys worked out pretty well for the Phillies.)
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- Checklist 3 of 3

Pack 2:
577 - Tom Glavine (There's that ugly orange again.)
515 - Darin Erstad
538 - Jorge Julio
373 - Bobby Hill (That boy ain't right.)
565 - Paul Wilson

704 - Randy Johnson Award Winner
426 - Bill Mueller
575 - Chris Widger (At some point Widger was a Cardinal, but I don't remember what year or why. It had to be after 2002 as he's pictured as a Yankee here.)
518 - Kerry Ligtenberg

589 - Fernando Tatis

Pack 3:
432 - Damion Easley
585 - Mike Sweeney (I can never keep Mike and Mark Sweeney straight.)

479 - Raul Ibanez
620 - Brett Myers
616 - A.J. Pierzynski
705 - Miguel Tejada Award Winner
371 - Chris Singleton
383 - Luis Vizcaino
525 - Joe Mays

394 - Eli Marrero (Marrero was always one of my favorite bench Cardinals when he was around.)

Pack 4:
559 - Moises Alou
555 - Damian Miller
591 - Corey Lidle
615 - Tyler Houston (This guy was the #2 overall pick of the 1989 draft, but he spent his career as a reserve infielder and platoon catcher.)

661 - Jeremy Guthrie

698 - Scott Rolen Award Winner (I miss Scott Rolen, but not so much his injuries. He's a very good hitter and terrific in the field.)
715 - Vladimir Guerrero All-Stars
637 - Cincinnati Reds

675 Brandon Phillips / Victor Martinez Prospects (This is quite a pack for successful former Indians.)
679 Joe Borchard / Corwin Malone Prospects (For every Phillips and V-Mart there's a bunch of these guys laying around.)
- Checklist 2 of 3

Pack 5:
443 - Flash Gordon (Topps, your nickname thing is kind of annoying. His name was Tom. He had a name.)
543 - Terry Mulholland (I never thought this guy would retire. Wait, is he retired? He never played for the Cards but I think he played for just about everyone else.)
586 - Alex Cora
437 - Morgan Ensberg

469 - Brett Tomko (This is from Tomko's stopover in Missouri on his own quest to pitch with incredible mediocrity for every team in the league.)

701 - Larry Walker Award Winner
368 - Francisco Rodriguez
415 - Milton Bradley (From the text on the back: "Milton is one of the young, multi-tooled played around whom the Indians are planning to rebuild." I wonder how that worked out.)
647 - Montreal Expos
422 - Kevin Mench
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5 packs and no inserts to speak of. That's fairly surprising. At least I got a pretty decent amount of Cardinals.

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