My buddy Nick over at Dime Boxes sent over a stack of cards recently, and I have to admit, I had a really hard time narrowing down what I'd scan for the blog. He's kind of the king of mini-collections, and he did a pretty good job finding some great Coors Field cards for me.
I've written a couple times recently about pinpointing the date a baseball card photograph was taken. One of the cards that Nick sent probably provided enough information for me to do that.
|1997 Upper Deck #59 Walt Weiss|
The prior year's UD set didn't have the specific date listed, but this one's nearly as easy.
|1996 Upper Deck #65 Andres Galarraga|
I remember that game and the victory lap the Rockies took in their brand-new ballpark. And here's another Fun Fact: though it just opened in 1995, it's already the third-oldest ballpark in the National League.
Looking at 1996 and 1997 Upper Deck side-by-side, I never really noticed how similar these sets are. UD logo in the upper left, copper border on the bottom with silver foil above it. Even the backs have a pretty similar layout, though I do prefer the shift to full career statistics on the 1997 cards, rather than just a few recent seasons of stats that appeared on prior sets.
There's still a bit more Upper Deck to cover, starting with the second and final year of one of their most beautiful sets.
|2008 UD Masterpieces #30 Matt Holliday|
Longtime readers know that I'm a sucker for serial numbers. And this trade package didn't disappoint.
|2009 UD A Piece of History Blue #116 Dexter Fowler /299|
Like Masterpieces, the "A Piece of History" set only existed for a few years. However, it's a bit unusual, in that 25% of the checklist consists of "historical moments" from world history.
|2009 UD A Piece of History #175 Smallpox Eradicated|
Back to baseball, another serial numbered card came from 2013 Opening Day. The numbered blue parallels are one of the few places to find foil in the Opening Day brand, and it's just in that tiny date above the opening day logo.
|2013 Topps Opening Day Blue #79 Tyler Colvin /2013|
|2013 Topps Emerald #449 Michael Cuddyer|
|2012 Topps Stickers #273 Dinger|
|2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Bazooka #131 Chris Iannetta /25|
|2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Bazooka #131 Chris Iannetta /25 (Reverse)|
Nick loves the oddball cards, and while these aren't my cup of tea as much as some other collectors, they do mix things up a bit.
|1988 Donruss Pop-Ups #8 Bret Saberhagen|
Throughout its existence, Pacific straddled the line between mainstream and oddball. 1998's Pacific Online set was definitely a bit more on the oddball end of that spectrum.
|1998 Pacific Online #238 Jason Bates|
I could easily pick another three or four cards, but this has been a long post and it's getting close to gametime, so the last card I'll show today is pretty similar to a relic card I blogged about last week.
|2013 Topps Chasing History Holofoil Gold #CH-97 Troy Tulowitzki|
Just a quick note to wrap this up. In my opinion, Nick's blog is the best one around. The number of new blogs I see that mention Dime Boxes as an inspiration (my own included) is quite high. He's a great trader, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the hobby, and I don't think this community would be what it is today without him.
Thanks, Nick, and you'll find a return shipment headed your way shortly!