Do You Like Chrome?

I’ll be back to semi-regular blogging soon I think.  Got the card table and the cards are slowly getting organized and will begin being sent out in early August.  If those I owe cards or were in the process of working out a trade with would comment or email what I was supposed to be sending them, that would be helpful.  Thanks.

In the meantime, please enjoy these ’08 topps Chrome inserts, pulled from way too many packs from the $1.59 bin at Target awhile back.  All are available, as (well as the base cards) except for the Trading Card History cards. I’m thinking those may be a worthy set to build.  And the Mannyfractor is already set aside for Shoebox Legends if he wants it.

Now then, onto the cards!

Refractors: Swish, Kenji Johjima, Nick Markakis, Roy Oswalt, Jon Lester Heritage Chrome /1959, Brian Bass RC, Nate McClouth, Curtis Granderson

X-Fractors: John Maine, Justin Upton, Ryan Howard, Victor Martinez, Steve Pearce Chrome Heritage /1959, Randor Bierd RC, Prince Fielder, Jermaine Dye

Pudge, Pence, & Markakis 50th Anniversary All-Rookie Team, Mantle’s 470th and 480th home runs, and the big hit of the 24 packs: Joey Votto Heritage Chrome Refractor /559!

Trading Card History: Mannyfractor /400(I think), Cameron Maybin, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, Vlad Guerrero

Apologies for the lack of captions on a couple pics.  I’m not redoing them.  So just thank WordPress for eating ’em & proceed.  Besides, you can click on the pics to make them ginormous & readable anyway.  Grrr…

Anyway, as mentioned, all but the Mannyfractor are keepers on the last pic.  Kinda just want to get them all one version.

Alright, I’m gone. for now.

Holla.

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The Great Cardening of 2009 #1: Philadelphia Phillies

It’s time for the first team in The Great Cardening of 2009.  Can you feel the excitement?  The losingest team in professional sports history, but the defending World Series champions, the Philadelphia Phillies!!!!!

We’ll divide ’em up by superstars first.  So Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and legends like Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton will be in their own categories.  Then we’ll do hits and numbered cards.  Then inserts and finally base, by year on each I guess.  To make it easier to tell where one card ends and another begins, I’ll alternate between regular and italic as well.  Sound good?  We’ll see how it turns out. I’m pretty much doing this on the fly tonight since I forgot to set it up last night, so if you have any suggestions to improve things for later teams, please do leave a comment.

Onward!

Cole Hamels

2008 SP Authentic #49, 2007 Topps Chrome #28, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #136, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey #144(x2), 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum #73

Ryan Howard

2008 Allen & Ginter #300, 2005 Donruss Team Heroes #246, 2008 SP Authentic #39, 2007 Topps (NL MVP) #322, 2007 Topps Generation Now #GN32, #GN38, #GN46, 2006 Upper Deck (Team Checklist) #890, 2008 Upper Deck #604, 2009 Upper Deck #290, 2005 All-Star Classics (All-Star Futures) #74, 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #71, 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum #72, Upper Deck X #76

Jimmy Rollins

2005 Bowman Heritage #144, 2007 Fleer #98, 2006 Sweet Spot #65, 2007 Topps Co-Signers #42, 2008 Upper Deck (Season Highlights) #392(x2), Upper Deck Heroes Black Parallel #134(x2), Upper Deck Goudey #141, 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum #84 (Front is noticeably scratched up), 2008 Upper Deck X #75, 2008 Upper Deck X Die-Cut Parallel #75, 2008 Upper Deck X Xponential X #X-JI, 2008 Upper Deck X Xponential X3 #X3-JR

Chase Utley

2008 SP Authentic #27, 2007 Topps #350, 2007 Topps Generation Now #GN68, 2008 Upper Deck First Edition StarQuest Common SQ-27, 2009 Upper Deck Superstar Scrapbooks #SS-3, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #135, 2008 Upper Deck Timeline #10, 2008 Upper Deck X Xponential X2 #X2-CU (miscut a little bit)

Legends

Steve Carlton

1985 Topps #360, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes #139 and #183 (w/ Johan Santana)

Mike Schmidt

2002 Donruss Donruss ’83 insert #6 of 20, 1986 Topps Major League Leaders #55, 1989 Topps #100

Hits/#’ed

2005 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH287 Kelvin Pichardo First Year Gold Parallel #’ed 1706/2005

2006 Upper Deck Special F/X #414 Ryan Franklin Green Parallel #’ed 40/99 & #743 Green Parallel #’ed 77/99, #745 Sal Fasano Green Parallel #’ed 80/99

Inserts/Parallels

2008 SP Authentic Brad Harman Rookie Exclusives #RE-BH

2007 Topps Chrome Zack Segovia Refractor #323

2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Tom Gordon Blue Parallel #746

I’ve read the blues had a print run of only 25 and I did get the same number of them as red parallels that are #’ed /50 (2 of each) in the box I bought last year while getting way more of the higher numbered greens and purples.  I don’t know for sure though.  Not that it matters much, just thought it was worth mentioning.

Base

1983 Topps Greg Krukow #331, Ozzie Virgil #383, Ivan DeJesus #587

1986 Topps Major League Leaders Juan Samuel #54

1989 Donruss Chris James #312, 1989 Topps Keith Miller #268, Bruce Ruffin #518

1992 Confex The Baseball Enquirer (pretty sure it’s Lenny Dykstra) #37

1993 Leaf Milt Thompson #417

1996 Donruss Darren Daulton #395, 1996 Score Lenny Dykstra #67(x3)

2003 Flair (Woooooooooooo!!!!!) Bobby Abreu #49, 2003 Topps Opening Day Brett Myers #22, Mike Lieberthal #107, 2003 Upper Deck First Pitch Mike Lieberthal #236

2005 Topps Updates & Highlights Greg Golson (Prospect) #UH100

2006 Topps Opening Day Aaron Rowand #24(x2), 2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Scott Mathieson (RC) #UH139, 2006 Topps ’52 Scott Mathieson (RC) #179

2007 Bowman Zack Segovia (RC) #BDP16, 2007 Bowman Chrome Derek Griffith (1st Year) #BC34, 2007 Topps Pat Burrell #441, 2007 Topps Zack Segovia (RC) #323, 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Redback Aaron Rowand #3

2008 Allen & Ginter Pat Burrell #286, 2008 Bowman Chrome Chance Chapman (1st Year) #BCP21, Brad Harman (1st Year) #BCP99, 2008 Topps JD Durbin #18, 2008 Upper Deck Kyle Lohse #193, Brad Lidge #608, Brett Myers #609, Geoff Jenkins #612(x2), Tom Gordon #613, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Pat Burrell #137(x3), 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Shane Victorino #143

2009 Upper Deck Brett Myers #297(x2)

And we are done!  Hit me up in the comments section if you want some Phillies.

Once the Phils are whittled down by half or more, the Yankee Stadium Legacy cards will be up for the taking, followed by a very ridiculous number of Yankees themselves.