Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The (Second) Dime Box Frankenset Bracket: The Play-Ins (Pt. 2)


The bracket madness is underway, and we've already got some surprises and drama -- let's take a look at how the first batch of play-in matchups turned out.


Play-In Seed #1 (Page 42) -- 1992 Stadium Club #376 Greg Gagne (27 votes)

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Play-In Seed #20 (Page 66) -- 1991 Upper Deck #587 Kurt Stillwell (14 votes)




#2 (Page 53) -- 1991 Score #475 Andy Van Slyke (23 votes)

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#19 (Page 59) -- 1995 Score #525 Kent Mercker (17 votes)




#18 (Page 7) -- 2008 Bowman Prospects #BP58 Scott Van Slyke (20 votes + tie-breaking vote)

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#3 (Page 63) -- 1993 Topps #565 Jerald Clark (20 votes)




#17 (Page 5) -- 1973 Topps #38 Mike Epstein (27 votes)

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#4 (Page 14) -- 1998 Topps #119 Orlando Merced (13 votes)




#5 (Page 24) -- 1970 Topps #213 Andy Etchebarren (22 votes)

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#16 (Page 3) -- 1995 Stadium Club #24 Julian Tavarez (19 votes)

First off: the bracket's already seeing excellent voter turnout, so much thanks to my awesome readers for that! Seed-wise, the Epstein was the only upset in the bunch -- but is '73 Topps really ever the underdog in any matchup? Hard to think so.

Also, as you may have noticed...we already have a tie! Jerald Clark and Scott Van Slyke were neck-and-neck all week until inevitably winding up in a 20-to-20 deadlock on the final day. As was the protocol for the ties we had with individual pages, I ask the first five people who care to comment on this post to leave their choice between Clark and Van Slyke. The first to receive three of these tie-breaking votes will move on to the bracket.

I'll update this post (and the bracket) once we have a winner.

(EDIT: Van Slyke wins!)

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In the meantime, we still have another batch of play-in battles to get to before the tournament gets fully underway -- here's a look at our remaining bracket hopefuls.





#6 (Page 26) -- 1973 Topps #231 Bill Parsons

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#15 (Page 73) -- 2013 Topps #649 Ryan Hanigan





#7 (Page 36) -- 1993 Donruss #319 Geno Petralli

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#14 (Page 70) -- 1993 Topps #623 Al Martin





#8 (Page 49) -- 1996 Upper Deck #434 Al Martin

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#13 (Page 65) -- 1993 Upper Deck #582 Brian Hunter





#9 (Page 20) -- 1996 Collector's Choice #173 Gary Gaetti

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#12 (Page 56) -- 2017 Topps #499 Danny Valencia





#10 (Page 27) -- 1974 Topps #238 Fran Healy

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#11 (Page 48) -- 1992 Stadium Club #430 Howard Johnson

Them's the matchups -- the polls are now on the sidebar. (And help break last week's tie!)

Happy voting!

7 comments:

Mike said...

Van Slyke!!

P-town Tom said...

Another for Van Slyke!
I think this week's match-ups are a little easier. There were some tough one's last week. I still can't believe Mercker lost! I love that card!

Jeff Bozovsky said...

Van Slyke

acrackedbat said...

i voted! also would've picked van slyke!

Lee Hero said...

Glad to see both Van Slyke's make it! Some tough choices this week. The 73 Parsons is my favorite of the bunch though. Just an epic shot.

Fuji said...

Voting is going to be tough if these are just the play-ins

Tim said...

The Martin vs Hunter match is the toughest choice in this round for me. Both are great and unique cards.