last one!) but a nice consequence is that I now have two extras each of the base and Chrome versions. How does that benefit you? Now that they're no longer in some seller's grubby little hands, they're in my possession, and I'm a
Hokay, now on to the actual, intended subject of this post:
More rookies! You readers made this my 7th most popular post of all time previously, so I finally got around to adding more. As a reminder, these are RCs that I have lying around, either because they're dupes or parts of sets I'm not collecting. When I have more time I'll add scans of my best rookies that ARE part of sets I own/am working on. As another reminder, you can always view the full Picasa Album hyah. Now, on with more baseball RCs so I can get a bunch more views!
He did, however, garner the '91 NL Rookie of the Year Award (edging Orlando Merced with 23 of the 24 first place votes).
Adrian Beltre 1997 Bowman's Best: I just about always liked the look of the Bowman's Best sets and finally finished putting this one together not long ago after buying a box years and years ago.
he only picked up 200+ in a season once and his career BA was .281--and was the very definition of a gamer.
Barry Bonds 1987 Topps: Yeah, I don't like him either, but this is still a decently important card, even if it's from a prime junk wax set.
Dye won't be going to the Hall of Fame, but he put up some very good numbers for many years. I'll always remember him (along with Andruw Jones) playing as a rookie in the '96 World Series, which the Braves lost, but Dye did get his ring with the '05 White Sox (and had himself a pretty nice Series).
In 18 seasons, Pedro won 219 games, three Cy Youngs (including one of the NL variety with the EXPOS), and won a ring with the 2004 Sawx. His Hall-of-Fame numbers look to be there, and it helps that he compares to teammate Curt Schilling, Whitey Ford, Juan Marichal and even Sandy Koufax. Plus he threw Don Zimmer's stupid fat ass down--give this man a plaque!
Justin Morneau 2001 Bowman: Speaking of catchers--just kidding, everybody knows he doesn't play behind the dish anymore and that the "C" on this card stands for "Canadian." Morneau is an unfortunate example of what a concussion can do to a good player's career, but at least he'll always have the 2006 MVP.
Moose was the picture of consistency in his 18 seasons and he finally nabbed a 20-win season in 2008, which, oddly enough, was his final season. His 270 wins are a nice stat, but he never won any major awards and fell short in both World Series appearances with the Yankees, which makes me think he won't make the Hall.
Omar's 1993 trade to Cleveland became a key moment in the Indians' big run in the mid-to-late 90s. Unfortunately they ran into the '95 Braves steamroller and the '97 Marlins farewell tour. He was a very good player for years and the gold standard at the position after Ozzie Smith retired. Also, this is from '89 Upper Deck, so that has to be worth something.
Barry Zito-Ben Sheets 2000 Topps Chrome: We'll finish off with a pretty good multiplayer RC. Neither guy is as bright a star as he was when this card was made but both have put up nice numbers at times. Plus it's Chrome!
Keep an eye out for more PC RCs in the future--I promise I'll get them up there for you to enjoy. For now, please shoot me some comments about these--whether you have them or don't, if you like them or hate them, if you'd like to see others, that sort of thing. Until then, I'll be enjoying tonight's Home Run Derby along with the season premiere of one of my TV favorites, Eureka!