Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 Justcommons purchase: tons of Trams

First, to quickly explain away my recent lack of posting, the weather around here has been great and I'm taking advantage of it!  That said, I still have plenty to post.  Here's my penultimate post covering my recent Sportlots PC pickups, today focusing on Alan Trammell:
Alan Trammell 1986 Sportflics (#172) and 1987 Sportflics
Crazy hologram technology!  I picked up some of these 80s Sportflics (NOT "Sportsflics," guys!) cards of a few of my players and happily included Tram.  I noted the card number from the '86 set as Alan also appears on a World Series MVP-themed card along with Rick Dempsey and Reggie Jackson.
Alan Trammell 1988 Topps Mini Leaders
Moving up a year and towards the oddball realm is this mini '88 card.  The back notes that Tram was third in the league in batting average and hits in '87, fifth in OBP, and tied for 5th in game-winning RBI and runs.  A damn fine season for the should-be HOF SS.
Alan Trammell 1990 Score 100 Superstars
Also a bit oddball-ish is this '90 Score issue from a boxed set that included a nice number of guys I collect.  The back actually notes how well his '87 season went, which you knew if you looked at the card above this one!
Alan Trammell 1992 and 1993 Stadium Club
Early Stadium Club, late Stadium Club, doesn't matter--I'll always love this set.  Here in consecutive years we get a nice batting shot followed by a humorous post-play scenario where it would appear that the player made it safely to second, much to Tram's annoyance.

Alan Trammell 1994 SP Die Cuts
I never did buy this product when it came out in '94, but I'm sure for those that could afford it, the combination of shiny and die-cut were irresistible.  Another nice shot of Tram in the field, by the way.
Alan Trammell 1995 Finest
Here's another Finest card that I really should peel and re-scan at some point.  At least Trammell didn't need people campaigning on his behalf for entry into the Finest set!
Alan Trammell 1995 Studio
It's the "love it or hate it" '95 Studio set.  Or, as comedy legend Mitch Hedberg said, "I played in a death metal band.  People either loved us or they hated us...or they thought we were OK."  I'm more of an "OK" on this one but I've always been a fan of Studio's offerings.
Alan Trammell 1996 Upper Deck (#106)
Here's my favorite card of the group, though apparently not enough that I thought to scan the back myself (thanks COMC!).  '96 Upper Deck included a fantastic 16-card subset called "Young at Heart" that highlighted players that had been in the game for a long time.  The beautiful, simple front is complemented by a back that features a photo of a younger version of the player plus career stats.  Tram's teammate Lou Whitaker is part of the group, and oddly enough, their '84 Champs teammate Lance Parrish was also around long enough to make an appearance!
Alan Trammell 2003 Flair Greats
Everything else from here on came out after Tram retired, and he was obviously still significant enough to the Tigers and the sport to be included in some greats-themed sets like...2003 Flair Greats!  This set features some cool sepia tones paired with great vintage photos.
Alan Trammell 2005 Diamond Kings and Diamond Kings Framed Red
"Legend" is damn right, Panini, and good on you for highlighting Tram in this set.  I grabbed both the base and Framed Red versions, with the latter differentiated by a raised "frame" and red foil.  Another classic Diamond Kings product.
Alan Trammell 2008 Donruss Threads
And lastly here's another set that included some very cool throwback photos.  The one on this '08 Donruss Threads issue looks like it came straight out of the 80s!

That's another 14 cards to add to my Trammell collection, and I still have a nice number to scan and post, so hopefully it won't be much longer before I'm showing those off as well.


  1. Any post with a Mitch Hedberg quote in it is a winner !

    1. "I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to too!"

  2. The weather has finally been consistently spring like here as well. Doesn't leave much time on the weekends when my wife has 30 projects.

    The Trammell collection is growing nicely!

    1. This comment was from more than two months ago, but it's still relevant today!

  3. Nice. I think Trammell should be headed to the HOF

  4. That Donruss Threads card is nice!