Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1995 Topps: Part 2

Before I get into Part 2 of the Most Amazing Break Ever, here's the round-up so far of cards and where they are headed:

Community Gum: Greg Maddux cards
BA Benny: Mets and Yankees
SpastikMooss: Want list cards

Anyone else want in on this action? There are plenty of Jay Bell cards to go around.

Pack 10:
125 - John Doherty
102 - Phil Plantier Cyberstats (Plantier was a huge Red Sox prospect for awhile, had one Adam Dunn/Dave Kingman style season and flamed out. He evidently made his last appearances with the Cardinals.)
332 - Jim Gott
52 - Mark Thompson Star Track
184 - Hector Fajardo
389 - Tony Gwynn / Albert Belle All-Stars (I wouldn't mind a return to the dueling All-Stars cards if they actually covered every player who made the All-Star team. I think they leave a few people out right now.)
219 - Dave Hansen

227 - Wayne Kirby (Trying to think of something clever to say... not happening. I did flip the card over to find that Kirby's brother played was Terry Kirby of the Dolphins.)
24 - Rene Arocha
20 - Denny Martinez

22 - John Wetteland (Continuing here with the theme of posed photos under dramatic skyscapes.)
39 - Darren Lewis
103 - Mariano Duncan
314 - Lance Johnson
310 - Ruben Sierra

Pack 11:
264 - Brent Mayne
46 - Matt Mieske Cyberstats
366 - Jeromy Burnitz

196 - Rondell White (Here it is again. Dramatic.)

51 - Al Martin (I don't see how Martin avoids kicking this bat coming out of the batter's box.)
253 - Lance Blankenship
257 - Shane Reynolds
361 - Mark Carreon
181 - Jeff Reed (Reed was anti-glove oil and pro-shaving cream. Whatever works, man.)
9 - Delino DeShields (I was always convinced that DeShields was going to be a huge star. He eventually came to the Cardinals and I was had readjusted my expectations a bit.)
262 - Allen Watson
162 - Luis Gonzalez
378 - Mark Dewey

295 - Greg Maddux (Just to please the masses.)
335 - Chili Davis (I don't of anyone else named Chili. Chilli, sure, but not Chili.)

Pack 12:
259 - Mike Thurman Draft Pick
80 - Brent Gates Cyberstats
259 - Mike Thurman Draft Pick (Yeah... not the best collation here.)
251 - Kurt Miller Star Track

124 - Todd Benzinger (Caption contest! Quick... someone say something funny!)
184 - Hector Fajardo (Why does it feel like I'm typing the same names over and over again?)
97 - Mike Gardiner
34 - Eddie Zambrano (Same team, different Zambrano.)
137 - Chris Sabo (Sans Sabo glasses.)
122 - Denny Hocking
226 - Randy Milligan
27 - Hal Morris (The Reds counter-answer to the Yankees' Paul O'Neill taunts.)
206 - Howard Johnson (HoJo MoJo!)
121 - Mike Morgan
157 - Troy Neel

Pack 13:
66 - Ismael Valdes

2 - Mickey Morandini Cyberstats
49 - James Baldwin Future Star
336 - Benji Gil Star Track
351 - Mike Williams
337 - Jason Jacome
337 - Jason Jacome (Really... not necessary.)
326 - Jim Eisenreich
131 - Doug Henry
317 - Paul Wagner
68 - Junior Felix
96 - Chuck Carr (Carr turned in a 58 SB performance in 1993 after the Cardinals left him unprotected in the expansion draft. The Cards also lost Cris Carpenter and someone named Scott Baker to Florida. Interestingly enough, the Yankees contested the entire draft which was probably sour grapes for losing their starting third baseman and two players with considerable futures.)
90 - Mark Grace

310 - Ruben Sierra
280 - John Franco

Pack 14:

99 - Cris Carpenter (Cris not Chris! There was no overlap of Carpenters in the Topps base sets, so I guess I can see where some of the confusion comes from.)
90 - Ed Sprague
86 - Gerald Williams (Bernie was better.)
156 - Bill Pulsipher (Pulsipher crossed paths with the Cardinals system at one point, but injuries really cost him.)
255 - Darrin Fletcher
42 - Jose Bautista

394 - John Franco / Lee Smith All-Stars
117 - Rafael Belliard
191 - Roberto Hernandez
308 - Josias Manzanillo
364 - Bob Welch (Welch saw his ERA rise above 7.00 in 1994 and eventually ended up in the bullpen. Ouch.)
296 - Mike Macfarlane
113 - Bret Boone
85 - Andy Ashby
197 - Steve Cooke

Pack 15:
2 - Mickey Morandini (For some reason I always associate Shane Victorino with Morandini even though they didn't play the same position.)
100 - Wade Boggs Cyberstats
179 - LaTroy Hawkins Future Star
116 - Rob Butler

73 - Dave Weathers (It is time for Stormy Weathers!)
393 - Danny Jackson / Jimmy Key All-Stars

195 - Bob Tewksbury (Good pitchers never get any baseball card love, not that Tewksbury had a Hall of Fame career.)
65 - Rick Aguilera
266 - Sterling Hitchcock
188 - Billy Spiers
345 - Don Slaught (Remove the 'D' and it's Onslaught.)
128 - Joe Orsulak
306 - Damion Easley
157 - Troy Neel
145 - John Smoltz (Smoltz was coming off of a rare mediocre season, going 6-10 with a 4.14 ERA if you care about such things. Not that 1994 ever happened, because it did not.)

Pack 16:
219 - Kevin Rogers
187 - Don Slaught Cyberstats
282 - Jeff D'Amico Future Star
37 - Kevin Tapani
133 - Mike Hampton

15 - Lou Whitaker (Signing autos in the dugout? Is this for the ballboy or can Lou reach over the dugout roof?)
209 - Tim Belcher
58 - Mike Timlin
74 - Mel Rojas
228 - Darryl Kile (Another DK card.)

77 - Tim Raines (Totally not posed!)
172 - Hipolito Pichardo
108 - Wil Cordero
279 - Rusty Greer
124 - Todd Benzinger

Pack 17:
327 - Randy Knorr
87 - Bob Hamelin Cyberstats
156 - Bill Pulsipher Future Star
282 - Jeff D'Amico Future Star

4 of 16 - Pat Hentgen League Leaders (Finally, here's another one of the inserts.)

316 - Terrell Wade / Juan Acevedo / Matt Arrandale / Eddie Priest Prospects (This is the first I've ever heard of Matt Arrandale.)
316 - Terrell Wade / Juan Acevedo / Matt Arrandale / Eddie Priest Prospects (Seriously?)

347 - Ozzie Smith (Ozzie! I probably already have this, but who cares? Ozzie!)
98 - David McCarty
88 - Heathcliff Slocumb (Yes, this man was once traded for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek.)
73 - Dave Weathers
81 - Charlie Hayes
242 - Terry Pendleton (Yes, count me among the bitter that Pendleton raised his batting average by 384924 points as soon as he joined Atlanta.)
197 - Steve Cooke
303 - Steve Buechele

Pack 18:
52 - Mark Thompson Star Track
57 - Charlie Hayes Cyberstats
383 - Billy Hatcher

167 - Bret Wagner Draft Pick (Yeah, I don't know who he is, either.)

180 - Raul Mondesi (Here's a nice example of the new and improved and extremely huge Rookie Cup.)

233 - Alan Benes Future Star (Nice, um... lines.)
351 - Mike Williams
297 - Curt Schilling
354 - Todd Stottlemyre
148 - Otis Nixon (Weird looking guy.)
155 - Mark Portugal
293 - Eddie Taubensee
377 - Tino Martinez
370 - Eddie Murray (Oh, sure, now I get the good players.)
268 - Greg Harris

5 comments:

night owl said...

I'd be happy to take any cyberstats Dodgers.

(Now that is a very specific category).

SpastikMooss said...

I saw Jose Bautista's name and was like damn, that guy on the Blue Jays is old.

Turns out this guy's a pitcher though. Hmm...interesting.

smedmusic said...

Don't have much of this set. Twins, Cubs, Expos, whatever. Just an assortment would be good. It's one of my least favorites of the mid-90's Topps. I don't like that font. (Yes, I'm a font snob...)

thewritersjourney said...

If no one wants the Reds, I'd be happy to take them off your hands. :)

Play at the Plate said...

If you turn up any Cyber Stats Rangers I'll send you a Card card.