The Great Cardening of 2009 #2: New York Yankees

Finally!  Mercifully!!  It’s time for the next team in The Great Cardening of 2009.  To be fair, I did start writing this on the long ago Friday afternoon in question.  Really, there is no excuse for not getting this done sooner, other than laziness.  I guess total lack of organizational skillz played a decent-sized role too.

Anyway, I’m still waiting to know what’s gonna happen on the Phillies, but it’s the Yanks time in the spotlight right here & now.  We’ll do it the same way as last time, though I’m not sure the Yankees have anyone that doesn’t qualify as a star on their team, having a bigger payroll than the GDP of several (dozen?) third world countries combined.  Yes yes, I know the Cubs are in the upper tier, but they at least got playoff returns on their investment last year.

Nothing touches the ridonkulous-ness of the Mariners payroll though and epic fail it got them though.  Ouch. XD

Oh btw, can you believe Adrian Beltre may be knocking on the door of 3000 hits, 500 home runs, and 1800 RBIs by the end of his career?  Guess there is something to be said for steady production and longevity, huh?  As of this day, I think I am officially an Adrian Beltre fan.  He has gotten no love at all, probably due to the huge expectations people had for him (that were only exceeded once, in his huge contract year), but he quietly produces solid season after solid season after solid season.  I may even have to add him to the players I collect list.

Now then, onto the Yankees cards.  For the sake of simplicity (in theory at least), all Roger Clemens, Reggie Jacksons and A-Rods go with the Yankees, while all Randy Johnsons go to the D-Backs and CC Sabathias stay with the Indians. If they be wearing a different team’s jersey, it will be noted. The few remaining Yankee Stadium Legacies will get their own space as well.

With everything tediously said, let’s get to the cards.

Roger Clemens

2002 Donruss Classics #22, 2003 Flair #24, 2003 Fleer Tradition #301, 2007 Topps Chrome #127, 2006 Topps Opening Day #84 (Astros), 2006 Ultra Strikeout Kings #SOK1 (Astros), 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics #40 (Astros), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #123

Guess Shane got all my Red Sox Clemens’ if I even had any to begin with.

Derek Jeter

2008 Allen & Ginter Mini #120, 2002 Donruss #3 (corner dingage), 2003 Donruss Diamond King (Regular) #2, 2006 Fleer #390, 2002 Fleer Genuine Names of the Game #NG 10 if 30, 2004 Fleer Legacy #??, Topps Updates and Highlights League Leaders (w/ Joe Mauer & Robinson Cano) #203, and Classic Duos (w/ Robinson Cano) #321, 2007 Topps #40 (yes, THAT one), 2008 Topps Chrome 50th Anniversary All-Star Rookie Team #ARC6, 2006 Ultra Midsummer Classic Kings #MCK3, 2007 Upper Deck #163, and #844, 2008 Upper Deck Team Checklist #780, 2008 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #DJ9, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Black Retail Parallel #144(x2), and Triple (w/ A-Rod and Cano) #188, and Black Retail Parallel Triple (w/ A-Rod and Cano) #188, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey B&W #258, 2005 Upper Deck MVP #23, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Player Highlights #PH-24

Hideki Matsui

2003 Donruss Studio Masterstrokes #MS-9 #’ed 0805/1000, 2007 Topps Chrome #96, 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics #18, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes # 118(x2), 2006, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #124, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Run Producers #RP-13, 2008 Upper Deck X #67

Mariano Rivera

2008 SP Authentic #64, 2007 Topps Turkey Red #349, 2008 Upper Deck #586, 2009 Upper Deck #273, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #111, and Charcoal (WTF~?!) parallel #111, 2008 UD Masterpieces #61

Alex Rodriguez

2005 Bowman Chrome Rookie Reprint #94-AR, 2005 eTopps Promo #AR3 (corner ding-age), 2006 Flair Showcase Hot Numbers #HN-2, 2008 Topps Heritage Baseball Thrills 500th HR #366, 2008 Topps Opening Day Puzzle #11 of 28, 2009 Upper Deck StarQuest Blue Uncommon #SQ-2, 2009 Upper Deck Superstar Scrapbook #SS-2, 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #64, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #122, 2008 Upper Deck Heroes #115, 2008 Upper Deck X XPonential4 #X4-AR

I think the eTopps Promo came from a Tuff Stuff Magazine, but I’m not 100% sure.

Legends/Merely Solid Players that Get Undue Legend Cards Because they Played for the Yankees

Reggie Jackson- 1988 Score #500 (A’s), and #503 (Angels), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #190 Triple (w/ Winfield & Mattingly), and Charcoal (Pfft) parallel #122

Don Mattingly- 1988 Topps (’87 Record Breaker) #2, 1989 Topps (All-Star) #397, 1986 Topps Major League Leaders #28(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #125(x3)

Mickey Mantle- 2006 Topps Mickey Mantle Home Run History #MHR1(x3), #MHR168, #MHR17, 2007 #MHR228, #MHR337, #MHR361, and 2007 Topps Chrome #MHR230, 2007 Topps Chrome Mickey Mantle Story #MMS16, and 2008 #MMSC55, 2008 Topps Chrome Trading Card History #TCHC6

Dave Winfield- 1988 Topps #510, 1986 Topps Major League Leaders #29(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #126, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Redback Mini #219

Everyone Else- Yogi Berra Charcoal (B*tch please) parallel #121(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Bucky Dent #128, 2003 Flair Greats Bill Dickey #71, Topps Joe DiMaggio The Streak JD26, and JD48, Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Joe D Quad #197 (w/ Yogi, Reggie, & Jeter), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Don Larsen #132(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Graig Nettles #130

Yankee Stadium Legacy

(EDIT!!) Oops, forgot the remaining YSLs.  I’ll get to it in the morning, eh.


2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Mike Mussina #315 Purple Parallel #’ed 008/150, and Kyle Farnsworth #720 Green Parallel #’ed 14/99


2004 Donruss Studio Steve Schirripa Fans of the Game #219FG-4

2006 Flair Showcase Robinson Cano Wave of the Future #WF-26, and Bernie Williams World Baseball Classic Moments #CM-40, 2006 Ultra Robinson Cano Ultra Rising Stars #URS6

2008 Bowman David Robertson RC #BDP48, and Braedyn Pruitt #BP72, 2008 Upper Deck Ian Kennedy Diamond Collection #DC-9, 2008 Upper Deck X Ian Kennedy RC Die-Cut Parallel #66, and Robinson Cano Die-Cut Parallel #71


1983 Topps John Mayberry #45, Andre Robertson #281, Dave LaRoche (Super Veteran) #334, Rudy May #408, Shane Rawley #592, and Butch Hobson #652

1986 Topps Billy Martin #651

1988 Score Tim Stoddard #258, and Bill Gullickson #585, Topps [whatever it is…] Willie Randolph #59(x2)… What are the name of these minis?  They got the “Talkin’ Baseball” thing on the back with definitions of baseball terminology.

1989 Topps Wayne Tolleson #716

1991 Donruss Mike Blowers #63, and Matt Nokes #170

1993 Donruss Rich Monteleone #445, and Scott Kamieniecki #681

2002 Donruss Mike Mussina Classics #45

2003 Topps Opening Day Jason Giambi (Season Highlights) #163

2005 Bowman’s Best Steven White First Year #77, 2005 Bowman Heritage J. Brent Cox First Year #345, 2005 Topps C.J. Henry First Year #UH324

2006 Bowman Heritage Bobby Abreu #120, 2006 Fleer Tradition Wil Nieves #195, 2006 Topps Carl Pavano #427, and Joe Torre #587, 2006 Ultra Johnny Damon #136, 2006 Upper Deck Ovation Bobby Abreu #55, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Kyle Farnsworth #720

2007 Bowman Dellin Betances 1st #BP5 (corner ding-age), 2007 Bowman Chrome Johnny Damon #180, 2007 Topps Johnny Damon #196, 2007 Topps Chrome Andy Pettite #16, 2007 Topps ’52 Rookies Chris Basak RC #28, and Tyler Clippard RC #33

2008 Allen & Ginter Ross Ohlendorf #157(x2), Jorge Posada #164, Melky Cabrera #168, Phil Hughes SP #335(x2), 2008 Bowman Joba Chamberlain #151, Bowman Chrome Anthony Claggett 1st #BCP12, SP Authentic Joba Chamberlain #12(x2), 2008 Topps Ross Ohlendorf RC #102, Robinson Cano #136, Jasom Giambi #409, Joe Girardi #631, and Billy Traber #UH114, 2008 Upper Deck Joba Chamberlain #294, Brian Bruney #295, Jorge Posada #296, Kei Igawa #585, Shelley Duncan #592, Kyle Farnsworth #594(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Phil Hughes #113, and Jorge Posada #117, Upper Deck Goudey Chien-Ming Wang #123, and Ian Kennedy RC #131, 2008  UD Masterpieces Ian Kennedy RC #58

2009 Upper Deck Jason Giambi #263

Gahahhhhh, finally freaking done!  Mercy me.  Get ’em while they’re hot.  That’s… a wrap.

Yankees by Friday

It looks like I’m going to be able to trade some of my Phillies after all, so I’m shooting for having the Yankees up by Friday afternoon, at the latest.  I will be including the handful of Yankee Stadium Legacies that weren’t claimed by Marie in a behind the scenes trade.

Watch out for low flying Jeters when The Great Cardening of 2009 rolls on.


Allen & Ginter, We got BOTH of ‘Em!

I picked up my blaster of A&G last night, and… I think I picked the right one.  Let’s see if you agree.

Pack 1

61 Adam Dunn

18 James Loney

271 Paul Lo Duca

254 Hunter Pence

131 Todd Helton Mini

Crack teh Code Promo

106 Brian Schneider

Pack 2

192 Yunel Escobar

196 Edgar Renteria

112 Akinori Iwamura

336 Allen Fisher SP- Arm wrestling champion.

WL16 Konstandinos Karamanlis. Greece The World Leaders- Prime Minister is his official title.

AGR-TPH Travis Hafner JERSEY- w00t!  Finally got a hit of a guy who I can say is difinitevely NOT the worst player in the pack. *dances awkwardly and moral victoriously*

Checklist Three of Four

167 Marie Curie

Pack 3

266 Matt Kemp

53 Chien-Ming Wang

WGV16 The Battle of Thermopylae The World’s Greatest Victories- Speaking of moral victories, I think it’s fair to say this battle was one.  They held out long enough for the forces back home to be prepared and ultimately win the war, but they all ended up getting killed.  Moral victory, no?

234 Jared Weaver Mini

166 Bram Stoker

42 Luke Scott

Pack 4

46 Chris Young (Padres)- Team Denotation will become important later…

74 Khalil Greene

5 CC Sabathia

335 Phil Hughes SP

120 Derek Jeter Mini

US39 Paul Konerko (Rhode Island) The United States of America

223 Nyjer Morgan Pirates RC

Pack 5

155 Troy Tulowitzki

90 Jose Reyes

126 Chris Young (Diamondbacks)- Wait for it… WAIT FOR IT… keep waiting… there it is… yes…

46 Chris Young (Padres) Mini- WHAMMY~!!!!!!!!!!! Back-to-back different people with the same names!!

72 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC

154 Jesse Carlson Blue Jays RC

Nice to get two rookies I have yet to pull from A&G or elswhere.  I am so sick of Ian Kennedy and Max Scherzer.

Pack 6

222 Jeremy Bonderman

47 Chad Billingsley

195 Russell Martin

343 Bengie Molina SP

9 Ian Kinsler Bazooka Back Mini

US18 Jonathan Papelbon (Louisiana) The United States of America- It might already be too late to stick this in with all the other cards I’m sending to Shane.

Checklist Four of Four

273 Jay Bruce Reds RC

Pack 7

101 Adrian Beltre

241 Ryan Garko

36 Michael Young

54 Takashi Saito Mini

Crack teh Code Promo

217 Friedrich Nietzsche

286 Pat Burrell

Pack 8

164 Jorge Posada

225 Roy Oswalt

111 Dan Uggla

305 Randy Johnson SP

177 Evan Longoria Mini Rays RC

US19 Tim Stauffer (Maine) The United States of America

252 Callix Crabbe Padres RC

I think I did pretty well for myself with this one.  A not guaranteed jersey, a couple of nice inserts, good rookies and a couple of nice minis.  Can’t ask for any better than that from a blaster.

Hit me up in the comments section if you see something you like.

Until our next…