Friday, December 31, 2010

CC: Statuesque Physique

Well, it's come to this. Below is a picture of the last CC Sabathia card I needed from the 2008 Upper Deck Documentary set. As it turns out, this is literally the last card of CC Sabathia-as-a-Brewer that I could find. There are a couple more out there, but I haven't seen them for sale. We'll get to that later, but let's take a look at this last soldier.
2008 Upper Deck Documentary #3858 MIL130

It's a ho-hum affair, and I hope to God this is not the way I go out on this affair. Let me break it down for you.

There are two main cards left featuring Sabathia in a Brewers uniform or with a Brewers logo that I do not have. The first is a 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History gold parallel numbered to 50. Gold seems to be the unobtainable color here, because the other one I need is a 2008 Topps Stadium Club Gold Photographer's Proof, also numbered to 50. In today's world, this is relatively high serial numbering. I have spent a lot of time on eBay and COMC, always coming up empty. The problem here is that these are products almost nobody is opening any more. Stadium Club was an overpriced mess, and Piece of History was produced by the truckload. Boxes of it go for very cheap, and I've picked up a few this year in a fruitless search for CC.

Another card I lack is theoretical in nature. I am less sure about the existence of this card than the others, but certain clues lead me to believe it might indeed exist. This mysterious card is another 2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History card, the Sabathia/Zambrano Cut From the Same Cloth insert. While I own a gold, red, blue, and green, I have also seen a purple parallel of this card, numbered to 25, featuring other players. Does the Sabathia/Zambrano purple parallel exist? Only time will tell.

Of course, there are other assorted printing plates that could surface, but I'm considering this project complete only if I can get those last three (or perhaps only two) cards. If you have a positive lead on any of these cards, whether it be at a show, local card shop, internet site I haven't thought of, or even your own collection, I'd appreciate the help and would compenate you for your trouble.

In any case, here's the almost-final list.

THE LIST
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold Foil
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold (0313/2008)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Black (56/57)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39 Gold
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162 Gold Stamp
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #242
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112
2008 UD Documentary #3408 MIL115
2008 UD Documentary #3498 MIL118
2008 UD Documentary #3588 MIL121
2008 UD Documentary #3678 MIL124
2008 UD Documentary #3768 MIL127
2008 UD Documentary #3858 MIL130
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160
2008 UD Documentary #4848
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3408 MIL115 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3498 MIL118 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3588 MIL121 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3678 MIL124 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3768 MIL127 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3858 MIL130 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160 Gold
2008 UD Documentary #4848 Gold
2008 Topps Stadium Club #10
2008 Topps Stadium Club First Day Issue SP #10 (463/599)
2008 Topps Satdium Club Photographer's Proof #10 (66/99)
2008 Topps Satdium Club Platinum Photographer's Proof #10 (1/1)
2008 Topps Stadium Club Magenta Printing Plate #10 (1/1)
2008 eTopps #54 (344/499)
2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #18
2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #27 (081/350)
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic #44
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic Marquee Matchups (w/Ordonez) #MM-31
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic Marquee Matchups (w/Mauer) #MM-43
2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Micro Magnet
2009 Topps #170
2009 Topps #170 Gold Parallel (0949/2009)
2009 Topps #170 Black Parallel (28/58)
2009 Topps #170 Target Black
2009 Topps #170 Target Old School
2009 Topps Silk Collection (35/50)
2009 Topps Magenta Printing Plate #170 (1/1)
2009 Toppstown #TTT14
2009 Toppstown #TTT14 Gold Parallel
2009 Topps Vault First Edition Blank Back (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck #212
2009 Upper Deck Team Checklist #476
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS Game Jersey Triple Swatch "MIL" (45/99)
2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #OPC-6
2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee 2008 Highlights and Milestones #HM15
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Dual Swatch "52" (136/149)
2009 Upper Deck #R6 Rivals (w/some guy on some other team)
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Gray Swatch "J"
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Quad Swatch "GAME" (08/15)
2009 Upper Deck #GG-CS Stars of the Game
2009 Upper Deck First Edition #166
2009 Upper Deck Documentary #4903 MIL-NLDS2
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Turquoise Parallel #54 (10/25)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Black Parallel #54 (16/50)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Red Parallel #54 (016/250)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Green Parallel #54 (82/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Blue Parallel #54
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Jersey #54 (36/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Yellow Printing Plate (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (Red, Blue, White, Silver Patch) (24/25)
2009 Upper Deck SPX #81
2009 Upper Deck SPx #WM2-PS (w/Peavy, Game-Used White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Red Parallel #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Blue Parallel #51 (161/299)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Green Parallel #51 (041/150)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Gold (47/75)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Red (49/99)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Blue (923/999)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Green (064/149)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey #112
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Blue Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Red Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Green Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Black Frame #35-32 (10/21)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini #112
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Black Parallel #112 (10/21)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Blue Parallel #112
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Highlights #AGHS20
2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Stat kings Quad Swatch (w/Hoffman, Santana, Garza) #288 (082/500)
2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (03/40)
2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (06/40)
2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (40/40)
2009 Topps Sterling "Back-to-Back Warren Spahn Awards" Quad Gray Jersey #4CCR-62 (06/25)
2009 Topps Sterling "Back-to-Back Warren Spahn Awards" Quad Gray Jersey #4CCR-62 (01/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "Back-to-Back Warren Spahn Awards" Quad Patch #4CCR-62 (1/1)
2009 Topps Sterling "Back-to-Back Warren Spahn Awards" Quad Gray Jersey AUTO #4SCA-100 (07/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "Led MLB in CGs and SHOs in 2008" #5SCA-37 (5x Game-Used Gray Jersey SHO CG) AUTO (08/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "Led MLB in CGs and SHOs in 2008" (5x Patch) #5CCR-30 (1/1)
2009 Topps Sterling "Led MLB in CGs and SHOs in 2008" (5x Patch) #5CCR-30 (09/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "Led MLB in CGs and SHOs in 2008" (5x Patch) #5CCR-30 (08/25)
2009 Topps Sterling "One-Hitter 8/31/08" (3x Patch on Gray Jersey) #3CCR-81 (14/25)
2009 Topps Sterling "One-Hitter 8/31/08" (3x Patch on Gray Jersey) #3CCR-81 (01/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "One-Hitter 8/31/08" (3x Gray Jersey) AUTO #3SCA-126 (10/10)
2009 Topps Sterling Seasons Booklet Card 8x Jersey AUTO #SSA-34 (1/1)
2009 Topps Sterling Seasons Booklet Card 8x Patch AUTO #SSA-34 (04/10)
2010 Bobblehead

Oh, and here's another thing that needed to be featured before it got to be 2011. As part of the Brewers' celebration of their 40th anniversary season, they promoted an all-fan bobblehead giveaway for each of their first four decades. Sabathia's short stint was deemed important enough to make him the 2000s representative. Here is his bobblehead.

You might recognize this pose from CC's thrilling victory in the Brewers' final game in 2008. Scary, but realistic.

And if you think the first one was intense, you should see the close-up.

With that wide open mouth, I thought a prop might be appropriate. It may have been the thrill of my baseball life, but I can still poke a little fun.

Every quest had a few difficult patches. If you can help me out, let me know.

2 comments:

Tom. said...

Uh, it kinda looks like CC just got kicked in the nuts.

Todd Uncommon said...

So, what did you feed him?