Sunday, August 14, 2011

August Group Break: Padres & Phillies

Today we're headed for the two cities in which John Kruk spent most of his career, San Diego and Philadelphia. Ironically, I don't think there was a John Kruk card to be found in either of these lots.

Team: Padres
Buyer: Rod (Padrographs)
Cards of Interest:
1995 Fleer Ultra Hitting Machine #7 Tony Gwynn
Cool insert card, this one looks better than the Albert Belle from a few days ago.

2011 Bowman #12 Orlando Hudson Green Parallel (124/450)

1988 Donruss #34 Roberto Alomar Rated Rookie
Best card from that set? Robbie looks like he's in junior high in this photo.

1987 Topps Tiffany #275 LaMarr Hoyt
Take a minute, go downstairs, and grab your 1986 Topps Sticker Album. Flip to the middle, where the All-Star stickers are. Look at the National League page. Now, I'm going off of memory for this, but are there not SIX PADRES on that page of nine players? I'm sure LaMarr Hoyt is with them. Is it just me, or is that amount totally undeserving? They must have been living off the glory of their 1984 season for that honor.

Team: Phillies
Buyer: BS
Cards of Interest: BS is doing rather nicely with his teams thus far, and it continues, more or less, with the Phils.
Ooh, another opened wrapper from a blaster of 2009 Topps U&H. What's in there?

2009 Topps Commemorative Patch #LPR-146 Mike Schmidt
You're all thinking it, so I'll just come out and say it: Mike Schmidt's ass is looking spectacular.

2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps #60YOT-55 Ryan Howard

2011 Bowman #111 Chase Utley Gold Parallel
These Bowman golds, although not numbered, are looking good this year.

Up next: Inception '98

1 comment:

Mad Guru said...

Shouldn't be that surprising. The 1986 album would have the 1985 All-Stars which is only half a season removed from the 1984 season.

You had Terry Kennedy at catcher, who, believe it or not, received MVP votes in 1982 and 1983. He had established a reputation.

Garvey at first would have received the vote of every woman who came to the park. Plus he was Steve Garvey.

Graig Nettles had name recognition, had a decent first half, plus Mike Schmidt had been moved to first base to make way for Rick Schu eliminating the normal easy voting choice.

Tony Gwynn was absolutely a legitimate All-Star.

Hoyt would have gotten the nod since his manager, Dick Williams, was managing the All-Star team because of the Padres being the NL representative in the World Series. But he was also 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in his first season with the Padres, two years after winning the Cy Young with the White Sox. This is also the trade that brought Ozzie Guillen to Chicago. What would life be like today of that trade hadn't happened?