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.

Hits/#’ed

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

Inserts/Parallels

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

Base

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.

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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.

.::~Outtro~::.

Philadelphia Phillies Updates and Highlights

After breaking down and succumbing to my baseball card addiction Saturday night, I have a few more Phillies to add to the mix, though it seems there are no takers.  Are there even any Phillies fans out there in the blogoverse?

Chase Utley

2009 Topps Turkey Red Insert #TR14

Steve Carlton

1983 Topps Phillies Batting & Pitching Leaders w/ Bo Diaz #229

The rest…

1988 Topps Ron Roenicke #783

1989 Topps Juan Samuel mini thingamabooble #66- I forget the origins of these minis.

2003 Upper Deck First Pitch Randy Wolf #238

2007 Upper Deck Carlos Ruiz #868

2009 Topps Andrew Carpenter RC #12 and Ryan Madson #186

There ya go, and here’s what came before

I’m having issues at the moment, so seeya when I sees ya.

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.