Thursday, March 5, 2015

Player collection scanning project: too many Grandersons or not enough?

A couple weeks ago I showed off my newly-scanned Kirk Gibson PC, and now I'm back with another one I completed this week, this time for Curtis Granderson, this blog's original namesake.  Curtis was with Detroit from 2004-2009 and has cards in that uniform from 2002 and 2006-2010; I've always limited myself to his stuff from his Detroit days because I don't care for the Yankees and Mets.

As with the rest of the players in this series, Grandy's PC includes cards from my completed sets plus singles I've acquired through purchases and trades over the years.  All told I ended up with 68 cards, including a few inserts and hits plus a RC that I'd previously had occasion to show off.  Just nine of those came from my complete sets, but that's mostly due to being limited to his Detroit years and my relative dearth of sets from that time frame.  Besides, I've received some great stuff in trades!  So while I don't feel like I can say I have too many Grandersons yet, I'm well on my way.

Here's a few highlights for you to enjoy, plus a reminder that you can view his PC album at any time as I add incoming stuff:
Curtis Granderson 2006 Topps Turkey Red
This is one of three Turkey Red inserts I currently own of Granderson, with the others hailing from 2007 and 2010.  I give this one the award for best background.
Curtis Granderson 2007 Topps Generation Now (#GN521)
Curtis had 31 doubles in 2006 so he has that many cards in this insert set that highlights accomplishments like that.  I own seven different versions, and though I'm not actively chasing the rest I wouldn't mind adding them in trades or via purchase, though I wouldn't pay more than a quarter for them!
Curtis Granderson 2007 Topps
Nothing too special here, just my favorite flagship base card photo of Granderson playing catch while looking like he's a catcher.  Is this during a rain delay?  You can clearly see the tarp on the field.
Curtis Granderson 2008 Stadium Club First Day Issue
Awesome Stadium Club photography plus great nostalgic throwback parallel equals perfect card.  If this was in flagship it would be vertically-oriented, Grandy's left leg would be cropped out, and the border would take up 50% of its area.
Curtis Granderson 2008 Upper Deck Documentary (#403)
Why did you make this misguided product, Upper Deck, WHY?!  I've got four of these and I'm definitely not proactively going after more since I'm already annoyed at having to chase down cards of a couple other PC guys.  BOOOOOO!
Curtis Granderson 2008 Upper Deck Heroes
I included this one to highlight Curtis' insane 2007 season, in which he went for 38 doubles, 23 triples, 23 homers, and 26 steals (with all but the home runs being career bests).  Frank Schulte of the Cubs became the 20-20-20-20 Club's charter member in 1911 (and won the NL MVP while he was at it), then some guy named Willie Mays managed the same feat in 1957.  A very cool accomplishment indeed.
Curtis Granderson 2009 UD A Piece of History Franchise Members Quad (with Ordonez, Cabrera, and Guillen) (#362/999)
I decided to include this because UD chose a very good group of Tigers to highlight on this four-player card.  It lacks pitchers because a quartet of them features on another card, and that's good since there were plenty of guys worth including that year.  Though the 2008 Tigers only went 74-88, Magglio followed up his 2007 batting crown with another nice campaign, Cabrera starred in his first season in Motown, Guillen got his second straight All-Star nod, and Granderson had a typically solid season.

And finally, a retrospective of Granderson base cards from Upper Deck, 2006-2010:
Curtis Granderson 2006 Upper Deck
Curtis Granderson 2007 Upper Deck
Curtis Granderson 2008 Upper Deck (#499)
Curtis Granderson 2009 Upper Deck (#131)
Curtis Granderson 2010 Upper Deck

Stay tuned for more players as I get them scanned and uploaded!  Trammell, Verlander, and Whitaker are likely next up in some order before I get to the big guns, Griffey, Gwynn, Maddux, and Ripken.

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