A small flat-rate box showed up not long ago, packed full of those Rockies extras. As you might expect from a collector focused on the same team I like, there were a ton of great cards in there. So many, in fact, that I had to break this up into two posts. This first part will cover the best of the non-Topps cards, starting with the late Darryl Kile, who pitched for the Rockies for two years.
|1998 Ultra #303 Darryl Kile|
Pacific was always trying to be one of the big boys in the card collecting world, often one of the first to put forth some minor innovations, such as listing which set a card was part of near the card number. Upper Deck didn't adopt that until many years later.
Topps is well-known these days for short-printed photo variations, and there has been lots of buzz about this year's SPs with the recent release of 2015 Topps. However, Pacific was printing photo variations long before Topps became known for it.
I don't have an issue with having different varieties on the market; in fact, David Freese's Rally Squirrel card is one of my favorites in recent years. I just wish there was less of a super-secret-handshake feel to them. Just print it as card 141b or something.
Any trade package with mid-'90s cards is bound to have lots of shiny, and 1997 Pinnacle Certified certainly fits that bill.
|1997 Pinnacle Certified #86 Eric Young|
The shininess doesn't end there; although this Castilla isn't reflective enough to put on your side-view mirrors.
|1995 Flair #128 Vinny Castilla|
The post-strike hobby was a weird place. Like many collectors that return after a long hiatus, I'm still finding cards and sets from that era that I had no idea about.
|1996 Pinnacle Aficionado #152 Larry Walker GR|
Donruss Studio was still alive and kicking in 2004, and one of their insert sets that year is pretty similar to the 1995 base set. You know, the one that was supposed to look like a credit card.
|2004 Studio Stars #48 Todd Helton|
I've blogged about the 2008 Baseball Heroes set before, but I don't think I've yet shown one of the black parallels, one of the many colors you'll find this set in.
|2008 Upper Deck Heroes Black #57 Troy Tulowitzki|
Perhaps Tulo's second-place finish isn't as big a snub as Ken Griffey, Jr. finishing third in 1989, but I think that voters made the wrong call by picking Braun.
But that's water under the bridge, so let's move on to something a little more fun.
|1999 Fleer Tradition #311 Jamey Wright|
One thing I do know for sure is that the Rockies play in a beautiful state, one I am proud to call home.
There are a few cards that show off the glory of the Rockies (the mountains, not the team), like the card backs of 1993 Leaf...
|1993 Leaf #244 Freddie Benavides (Reverse)|
|1993 Upper Deck #478 Dante Bichette / David Nied / Andres Galarraga|
Then you'd have 1998 Metal Universe.
|1998 Metal Universe #151 Mike Lansing|
But I know where this one is.
|1998 Metal Universe #39 Vinny Castilla|
This weekend has brought unseasonably warm weather to the Denver area, and it won't be long until the Maroon Bells look like that once again.
Baseball will be well underway by then.