Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Where is the ball Gates!?

I think only now I noticed that Brent Gates is looking up like waiting to see the ball and catch it, when the ball is already on his glove.

I think the problem are those glasses...

Friday, 11 October 2019

You CRASH the game

Back in the days Upper Deck could play fair with Topps, there was this great set they had called Collector's Choice. And it is probably one of my favourite sets, incarnated in a few years.

One of those years were 1996 CC set which had some insert cards that served other propose besides collecting cards and seeing players stats. IT also served as a game. A lucky one...or not.

The game You CRASH The Game consisted in collecting our favourite players and seeing if those players would hit a hume run during the dates showing on the card front.

If one got lucky, one had to send the card to UD (and some money of course) and they would send back a super-hiper-mega-special card!

So I decided to spend a couple of minutes looking through Baseball Reference and see, if I was playing the game back then I'd get some reward.

Starting is Eric Karros and the series during 1996 August 13-15.

Karros has a total of 284 HRs in his career and in 1996 was one of the years he got most HRs, 34, along the year 1999.

Soooooo checking the date...BINGO!

Karros got a HR on August 13 in a game against Cardinals!

Next in queue is Ken Caminiti and a series in August 16-18.

Ken have a total 239 HRs for his all career.

Lets see if I'm lucky again...


Ken got 1 HR on August 16 and 2 HRs in August 18! All against NYM

Coming next is Matt Williams for August 19-21.

Williams has a grand total of 378 HRs in his career. Quite a few...

But checking BR I have to sadly say that I get nothing here, because Williams last HR in 1996 was in 1996-07-27.

Finally I have Jay Buhner for a series in July 25-28.

And Jay is the second in this list of the cards I have in HRs, getting a total of 310 homers throughout his career.

But even if 1996 was a great year with lots of HRs, Jay didn't homer between July 23 and 30. So I also get nothing here...

Do you reckon if I send the first two cards to UD they might be my Santa this year and get me something!?

Besides that The cards look nice!

Van Slyke presenting E-Sports

Andy Van Slyke here was getting ready to play some MLB The Show 19 online.

(This was an excuse just to bring the PS4 game up. Because it's one of the 2 games this month on PS Plus and it's one of the best things I could get! It's like Christmas for me!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Marquis Grissom - Catch me if you can

Upper Deck sometimes had it going on in a way no one else could do it like them.

That's why Marquis Grissom here looks like his trying to run out of Heaven back to the field.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Chris Turner was lost but I found him in a dust cloud

I had this fantastic Dust-is-in-the-air card in a box and never realised it!

This is a 1994 Upper Deck Star Rookies card for Catcher Chris Turner.

Turner just played 25 games in his first Major year with 75 ABs and had good stats for such a few appearances.

But what adds to this card is that Turner ended his career with my Yankees with the 2000 World Series title. So this makes the card also eligible to my All-Those-Players-That-Once-Played-for-my-Yankees-but-I-Have-Their-Cards-Playing-for-Other-Teams.

Quite the title there.

Monday, 2 September 2019

50 Cities of the World #38 Chicago

An other trip inside USA. Well...the country has the size of a continent so it's normal there are lots of interesting cities to visit.

Today we go to the Windy City Chicago. The city I always tend to type as 'Chigaco'...I have keyboard dyslexia sorry...

Well, I was checking the other existing nicknames for Chicago and this one I just don't get it: City of Big Shoulders.

Errrrrr someone to enlight me please!?

Besides that the representation of back then Chicago to the current Chicago changed *just* a bit.

Still one of the most important cities, but I don't know if you can still say it's the second most important after NYC.

But hey! Cubs one the WS after so many years!

Checking the city wiki page I also found out that its best known for Italian cuisine. Pizza and pasta and we are all good to go!

For more on Chicago here the wiki page.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Facial Hair Style - 2011 A&G edition

Love to see the evolution, or not, about the hair and beards and moustaches ball players show on their cards.

It's a theme on its own.

Carmona looks like he was shaving and forgot to do that little thing under his chin.

I had to double check these cards because McGehee and Marcum look just like the same...

But I prefer Marcum's beard and so...

Soto...that's too much of a drawn beard. Less is more my boy.

And my favourite has to be Scutaro 2/3 days beard. That beard that looks like he doesn't care but has all the style. Got to love it.