Page #5 (Numbers 37-45):
Completion Status: 9/9
Numbers Needed: None.
1995 Upper Deck #37 Pat Hentgen
The elusive American League pitcher at the plate.
1973 Topps #38 Mike Epstein
Another brick in the wall of off-kilter action photos from '73 Topps.
1995 Upper Deck #39 Matt Brunson
A minor league double dip.
1972 Topps #40 Bob Barton IA
Not much action to speak of here despite the title of the subset.
2016 Topps #41 Josh Harrison
Celebrating in the Sunday throwbacks.
1972 Topps #42 Tommy Davis IA
That's more like it.
1999 Stadium Club #43 Rico Brogna
I always think of Pigpen from Peanuts whenever I see this card.
2010 Upper Deck #44 Augie Ojeda
Safe at home.
1986 Fleer #45 Darrell Porter
Red jersey, red undershirt red batting gloves, red glasses: talk about color coordination.
Cards By Decade:
1970's -- 3 (Running total: 5)
1980's -- 1 (Running total: 4)
1990's -- 3 (Running total: 21)
2010's -- 2 (Running total: 11)
Double Dips -- 1 (Running total: 7)
Throwbacks -- 1 (Running total: 4)
Plays at the Plate -- 1 (Running total: 2)
Pitchers at the Plate -- 1 (Running total: 1)
Have to give it to the distracted cop on the other side of Mr. Barton.
This Magic Moment
Augie Ojeda played in just two of the four games the Diamondbacks played at Shea Stadium (edit: actually Citi Field) in 2009, and only one of those was a day game, which means that this shot most likely comes from a D'Backs-Mets matchup on August 2, 2009.
The tricky part is determining which of the two runs Ojeda scored that afternoon is depicted here. I'm going to go with the run he scored on a Gerardo Parra single in the top of the 6th, a play in which Parra was thrown out at second after the throw home was cut off. That would explain why the attention of the Mets catcher (Brian Schneider) and the crowd seems to be elsewhere.
For the record, the Diamondbacks would beat the Mets that day, 5-2.
Kick Out the Jams
Introducing a new sub-category this week in which I showcase a song that, for whatever reason, reminds me of a card from the week's frankenset page (or vice versa).
I'll leave John Sebastian here because I instantly think of Welcome Back, Kotter whenever I see the last name "Epstein."
Lessons in Card Backs
Ah, the days when ballplayers had to get offseason jobs.
Best of the Rest
1991 Classic Draft Picks #43 Buck McNabb
The moment when your Little League photo winds up on your first professional baseball card.
1996 Score #38 Bip Roberts
Not even '73 Topps can take down Sombrero Bip.
2012 Topps Chrome #43 Desmond Jennings
It's tough to go against a play at the plate (especially one of the chrome variety), but perhaps Rico "Pigpen" Brogna warranted a longer look for inclusion in the Inaugural Frankenset.
Lots of good ones to choose from this week, but it was still an easy call for me: Bob Barton takes the crown.
There's not much action going on at all here, but the image is pure gold. Barton looks to be a desperate convict in a prison cell behind the wiring of the backstop, a metaphor only further enhanced by the blue-shirted policeman in the crowd.
I suppose a shot like this foreshadowed the craziness that was to come for Topps the following year.
Another frankenset page in the books.
Thanks for reading!