Saturday, June 17, 2017

Frankenset Redux, Page 4: Numbers 28-36

Page #4 (Numbers 28-36):

Completion Status: 9/9

Numbers Needed: None.

The Players

1995 Pinnacle #28 Derrick May

A leaping grab at the ivy. 

2000 Just Minors #29 Brian Daubach

Brian Daubach celebrating with...whatever the heck that mascot is supposed to be. 

1993 Classic #T30 Junior Felix

Baseball card ballet. 

2016 Topps Update #US-31 Eduardo Nunez

Turning two at the Midsummer Classic. 

1973 Topps #32 Fred Norman

One of the shiniest gems from the legendary '73 Topps checklist. 

1973 Topps #33 Jim Breazeale

Jim Breazeale and his curious frames completes the '73 Topps one-two punch. 

2013 Topps Update #US-34 AJ Pollock

For the win! 

1995 Topps #35 Ricky Bones

Either Ricky Bones's hand is really big, or that water bottle is really small. 

1994 Collector's Choice #36 Wilson Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez giving some tips to a young Sox fan.


Cards By Decade:

1970's -- 2 (Running total: 2)
1990's -- 4 (Running total: 18)
2000's -- 1 (Running total: 4)
2010's -- 2 (Running total: 9)

Mini-collection Hits:

Double Dips -- 1 (Running total: 6)
At the Wall -- 1 (Running total: 4)
Cards with Kids -- 1 (Running total: 3)
Play at the Plate -- 1 (Running total: 1)

Best Cameo

Paul Goldschmidt makes a special appearance on this All-Star Game double dip.

This Magic Moment

I could've taken the easy way out and decided to date the aforementioned Eduardo Nunez double play, which was turned at the 2016 All-Star Game (of course).

But that's not how we do things here: instead, I sought out to find the exact moment this celebratory shot of AJ Pollock was taken. The D-Backs players spilling out of the dugout would seem to indicate a walk-off win taking place, which makes this task a whole lot easier.

It seems certain this photo was snapped as Pollock was in the process of scoring the winning run in a game against the Dodgers on April 14th, 2013, early enough in the season for the shot to appear in a late-calendar release like Topps Update. 

Pollock scored the only run of the game on a single by Paul Goldschmidt (again!) to complete the Diamondbacks' 1-0 win that afternoon.

Funniest Card

I don't want to know where Jim Breazeale shopped for glasses.

Lessons in Card Backs

I couldn't find any record as to whether or not former Padre pitcher Fred Norman is still a bachelor, but thanks to the cartoon on the back of this card, we know he was fighting off the ladies as of 1973.

Best of the Rest

2008 UD Masterpieces #33 Asdrubal Cabrera

You'd think an unassisted triple play -- like the one Asdrubal Cabrera turned in 2008 -- would warrant a spot in this frankenset...until you realize you have to go up against Jim Breazeale's glasses.

Toughest Draw

1999 Stadium Club #34 Turner Ward

Pollock's dramatic walk-off win is a fantastic card from a great year of Topps, but the card-numbering gods unfortunately put him up against a picturesque shot of Turner Ward almost literally making a pitcher eat his dust.

Sorry, AJ.

Second Guessing

1997 Upper Deck #33 Scott Servais

I'll be second-guessing this one for as long as I live: I keep switching these two cards in and out of the Inaugural Frankenset.

For now, Scott Servais and his masterful point-of-impact PATP from 1997 Upper Deck wins over Breazeale's goofy shades at slot #33, but check back with me tomorrow because I may well have a different answer.

Favorite Card

No contest here: between the off-kilter mound shot, those god-awful McDonald's-mustard Padres jerseys, and the attendance of exactly zero in the background, Fred Norman is the unquestioned king of this frankenset page.

Another nine in the books.

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

Kin said...

I agree 100% with your favorite of the page. My love is the empty seats. Can't wait to see more of your set!