Saturday, May 22, 2010

99 Bowman Conclusion

2010 Bowman has hit the shelves this week, or so I hear. I'm actually more interested in this year's release than normal, mostly due to the lack of competing products out there this year. I've read a few fairly discouraging reports about the set, however, so I don't know if I'll buy much. If I buy any, it won't be because I'm trying to chase some red hot rookies. I just like opening packs and, hopefully, collecting the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, I have the last 8 packs to go through from the 1999 Bowman Series 1 box. I suppose it's time to go shopping for new boxes.

Pack 17:
74 - Matt Clement
126 - Freddy Garcia (not the pitcher)
160 - Armando Rios
116 - Juan Melo
156 - Terrence Long
150 - Scott Schoenweis (his last name is spelled wrong on the back)
187 - Nate Cornejo
167 - Clayton Andrews
189 - Wes Helms

173 - Chip Ambres International (His photo looks extremely bizarre when the outfield fence is cropped out.)

Pack 18:
49 - Bobby Higginson

62 - Chuck Finley (Finley spent some time with the Cardinals briefly. I need a Chuck Finley Cardinals card if such a thing exists.)
34 - Barry Bonds
70 - Shane Reynolds
17 - Travis Lee

94 - Vernon Wells (I heard that he was signed to some sort of contract or something.)
182 - Ryan Glynn
149 - Victor Valencia
33 - Jeff Cirillo
167 - Clayton Andrews International

Pack 19:
98 - Ruben Mateo
134 - Jason Tyner

37 - Ivan Rodriguez
87 - Mike Frank

24 - Curt Schilling
147 - Dan Reichert
97 - Kevin Barker
164 - Jason Standridge
120 - David Riske
87 - Mike Frank International

Pack 20:
21 - Todd Walker
48 - Jorge Posada (Posada wasn't even drafted.)
214 - Alex Escobar

60 - Mike Mussina
169 - Alex Ramirez
86 - Rod Barajas
123 - Michael Barrett
125 - Mitch Meluskey

5 - Cal Ripken

5 - Cal Ripken International (Back-to-back Ripkens. It's too bad that Billy Ripken isn't present and accounted for.)

Pack 21:
218 - Dernell Stenson
45 - Eric Young
23 - Barry Larkin
122 - Corey Lee

54 - Matt Williams (Williams had an extremely large head if I remember correctly.)
152 - Odalis Perez
162 - Jason Conti
145 - Ryan Bradley
13 - Chuck Knoblauch

4 - Sandy Alomar International

Pack 22:

57 - Ray Lankford (First Cardinal in quite awhile...)
183 - Calvin Pickering

175 - Pat Burrell (Here's a bona fide Pat Burrell rookie card.)

11 - Gary Sheffield
201 - Alex Gonzalez
133 - Carlos Febles
196 - Scott Hunter
195 - Chris George
107 - Matt Burch
190 - Nelson Lara International

Pack 23:
119 - Glenn Davis (Not the same guy that played for the Astros in the '80s.)
39 - Brian Hunter
59 - Brett Tomko (Every team goes through that phase where they need Brett Tomko on the staff for some reason.)
15 - Rusty Greer
18 - Jose Cruz Jr.
197 - Ryan Brannan

154 - Milton Bradley (Yep, quite a character...)
194 - Ben Petrick
128 - Jeff Liefer
124 - Lariel Gonzalez International

Pack 24:

51 - Trevor Hoffman (It figures that the one year that I actually am okay with picking Hoffman for my fantasy team that he completely loses it and can't pitch decently anymore.)
141 - Grant Roberts
82 - Jeff Urban
91 - Arturo McDowell
155 - Josh McKinley

140 - Brad Penny (Penny hit a huge grand slam last night but then left the game shortly after with what is being called a "strained lat". Yikes!!!)

185 - Nick Johnson (Here's another "rookie card".)
81 - Seth Etherton
203 - Scott Williamson

118 - Jared Sandberg International (Here's a Collective Troll favorite. I had no idea this guy existed or that he was actually the nephew of Ryne Sandberg until recently.

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