|1992 Donruss #350 Ray Lankford|
|2007 Upper Deck #667 Byung-Hyun Kim|
He always seemed to be on the wrong side of famous home runs, allowing the Yankees to nearly grab the 2001 World Series, and helping Derek Jeter get his "Mr. November" nickname. He also gave up #715 to Barry Bonds as a Rockie, on which Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with only Hank Aaron ahead of him.
Amazing that Bonds hit that shot over ten years ago.
|1997 Bowman #349 Shawn Chacon (RC)|
|1997 Bowman #331 Todd Helton|
Though the card doesn't mention it, Helton had to come out of the game in that third start, replaced by a now well-known NFL player named Peyton Manning. No one knew it at the time, but this card had a lot of Denver sports history ahead of it.
|2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Highlight Sketches #BHS-22 Ubaldo Jimenez|
April is a fun time to be a Rockies fan, let me tell you.
Surprisingly, six or more walks in a no-hitter isn't that uncommon. Dock Ellis walked eight in his LSD-fueled gem, A.J. Burnett walked nine earlier this century, and the record is ten in ten innings by Jim Maloney of the Reds in the mid-'60s, of course against the Cubs. Could it be that batters hold back in some of these games expecting to get a free pass?
|2008 UD A Piece of History #115 Seth Smith (RC)|
You never know what can happen in September. Hopefully you keep yourselves in the pennant race long enough for some star rookie to help push you over the edge.
|2016 Topps Spring Fever #SF-33 Jon Gray (RC)|
|2015 Topps Toys R Us Purple Border #540 Drew Stubbs|
This isn't just a colored border, there's actually some foil and shininess going on here. The three rows of dots at the bottom are printed in silver foil, as his Stubbs' name. I don't like it quite as much as 2013 Topps Emerald, but I'd love to find more of these.
|2015 Topps Chrome Prism Refractors #58 Justin Morneau|
|2010 Topps Chrome #93 Carlos Gonzalez|
|2015 Topps Chrome Sepia Refractors #77 Charlie Blackmon|
If they want to print up all these varieties, fine, but I'd find if extremely helpful if they told us which was which, even a little bit.
|2015 Topps Update Tape Measure Blasts #TMB-2 Andres Galarraga|
The Marlins had a tarp over the upper sections that day, one of which had the Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary logo on it. That logo patch appears on Galarraga's sleeve...
|1998 Score #97 Vinny Castilla|
As is common for a late-1990s card, there are a lot of fonts being used. The last name is in an easy-to-read stencil font, the team name in a basic serif font, and the letters of his first name each housed in their own little rounded cylinders, sort of like an old-time cash register. The color-coding is nice, though.
|1994 Score Rookie/Traded #RT16 Walt Weiss|
When Weiss signed with the Rockies, triggering this late-series update, he became the first player to represent both the expansion Marlins and Rockies. He's currently managing the Rockies, but some question remains as to whether he'll continue that job in 2017 and beyond.
|2016 Topps Heritage #166 Tom Murphy (RC) / Jon Gray (RC)|
More on why I know that Salt Lake's Triple-A team is called the Bees in an upcoming post.
|2011 Topps Update #US2 Ty Wigginton|
Though he's listed as a third baseman, he's stretching with all his might to catch the ball at first before Rickie Weeks (another #23) beats it out. I'll guess this is from May 21st, 2011, a day when Wigginton started at first in place of Todd Helton. Hard to say which exact play it was, or whether Weeks made it to first safely. It's definitely a bang-bang play, and the lower banner mostly obscures what's occurring on the bag itself.
|1993 Upper Deck Home Run Heroes #HR20 Ray Lankford|
A fitting bookend to a well-rounded trade package.