Thursday, August 4, 2016

Jupiterhill

Big Bag O'Cards- Minor Details & Rookie Roundup

As we head to the finish line of this big bag of cards, I thought today I would showcase some of the Minor League cards as well as some rookie cards.  I'm a sucker for Minor League cards, so I was excited for the amount that I got in the bag and surprised at some of the names.  Enough with the hype, let's dig in.


Classic Best had some really good sets in the early 90's but to unfortunately for me, I wasn't much of a fan of the 92 design.  That being said, I was happy with these names though.  Sometimes it can be tough finding minor league players you've heard of, but for me this was easy.  Steve Dixon, Chad Ogea, and Rich Becker were all names that I immediately recognized, but the big one was the Aaron Sele. I can just imagine pulling these near 25 years ago and wondering if they would ever hit it big, then a decade or so later knowing so many did (at least making it to the Major League level).  That would be an incredible pack.  I might have heard of the others, but they don't ring a bell.  I have heard of all these teams at one point or another, which is another reason the Minor League sets are fun.  While no AquaSox or Isotopes in this bunch, I did secure some Generals, Chicks, and Travelers, which isn't too shabby.


A few more from Classic including David McCarty which was nice to get as well.  After viewing these cards again, I guess the design wasn't too bad.

With these cards I also included some card that don't really fit today's theme, but they saved me scanning time so I bunched them together.  I liked the thickness of the Flair cards and how they seemed to be Fleer's version of Stadium Club, but something about double photos turn me off.  None more then the Mike Henneman card.  The names are solid with Pat Hentgen and Moises Alou, but It's not a set I see myself chasing at any point.


OH YEAH!  I remember these cards.  I had a good amount of them, but besides a couple players I can't think of any of the names.  Well except for Vladimir Guerrero, I do remember having that one.  It was nice to get it again, and is one of the top names in this bunch.  Though he has good company with Torii Hunter, Doug Million, Chris Carpenter, C.J. Nitkowski, and Billy Wagner.  This would be another pack you would wonder if any would become starts and now would be amazed at all these names.  Even a guy like Todd Dunn isn't too shabby. In fact, I might even remember having the Todd Dunn now that I think about it.  Overall, it was a nice set.


That wasn't all though, I got more.  The standout to me in this bunch is the Doug Glanville.  I must admit what little bit of ESPN baseball I watch, I do like the job that he's doing.  He is pretty good at it.  Of course the bigger name in the batch is Devon White, but that was a Major League card, so I don't think that really counts.  Besides the different foil for the logo and the name, nothing is really different between the two sets.  I don't really like that, but its a practice that still happens today so my complaining would fall on deaf ears.


Whoa, even more cards.  This mixed in some of the Majors too and even a Stadium Club of Joey Hamilton, but the highlights to me is the Minors.  Sure they may not be as famous as Darren Oliver or Ken Hill, but still minor league cards 9 times out of 10 will catch my attention before Major League ones (unless they are Royals).  Brooks Kieshnick really seemed like a big star to many people and I kept hearing how he'd be huge but it never happened.  It's only fitting I have a double of him in this scan.  I didn't plan it, but did just now notice it.


Now this brings back memories.  Those top cards were some of the first minor league cards I remember ever seeing and getting.  Some were included in a Christmas collection of cards that were inside a giant plastic candy cane.  One of the cards I remember is the Mike Smith in fact.  So it is nice to get that card again.  I was really happy to see the Travis Fryman card and for some reason Todd Haney sounds familiar though I might just be thinking of Chris Haney.  If I ever did chase minor league sets, this one would be at the top.

Procards were always interesting to me because they just never seemed to come up with really good designs.  These are okay, but it just doesn't seem too memorable which while minor league sets should seem somewhat basic, they should be at least memorable.  Oh well, they could be worse, they could be like the 4 Sport cards, which were a huge mass of... I don't even know.  Before I joined Trading Card Database, I didn't have a big problem with them combining sports into a set like this, but now it just bugs me.  I make exceptions for Sports Illustrated for Kids cards because they are directly targeting kids and show all sports, not just the main 4.  These seemed directly targeted at adults and the designs were dull to boot.  It's one of a few brands that I don't miss not being around anymore.  Though it wouldn't surprise me if someone like Panini would think its a good idea to bring it back.


The last scan is a mixed bag of cards and sets.  I finally got a Ted Williams!  Wait, I think that's a different Ted Williams. DOH!  Those top two on the left are really thin and really basic, but I think for those reasons I remember having a couple as a kid.  I know I have some Royals in the collection, but can't think of any off the top of my head.  I also believe Kerwin Moore was a Royal, so I need to look into this card more, might be one that I need.  One I didn't need or have, but so glad I got was the Brian Hunter.  I had very few of the Action Packed cards, but never had any of the minor league cards, so this one really pops.  I like the photo they used.  Action Packed cards were embossed cards that felt a little bumpy and seemed 3-D ish so they were fun as a kid to find.  It's another set I'll need to look into.

Bottom row starts with a couple heavy hitters in Tim Salmon and Cliff Floyd.  I might remember having the Floyd, but not the Salmon.  I miss when the team was named CALIFORNIA ANGELS, not whatever they want to call themselves this week.  The uniforms were nice too.

The last two cards are of guys I don't remember, but they were nice to see.  I don't think I remember any Prospect cards from the Ultra set, so that was interesting to me.

So overall I think I got some good players from the Minor League days that became some solid players.  I was very happy with who I got.  Tomorrow will be my last day talking about this big bag and I'm sure most will be happy, and so will I.  It is fun going through them, but after a while when you spend too much time on one thing it tends to get boring.  Luckily, I have other stuff to show and I'll be showing those soon.  I also might have plans to knock a couple goals I set for 2016 off my list in the next couple weeks and if I do, I'll talk about them.  I also hope to be working on the site redesign and debuting it soon.  If I get busy with other stuff, I might make a couple quick custom card posts just to stay active.  Thanks so much for reading and have a great night.

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Mike Matson
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8/4/16, 11:19 PM delete

Nice batch of cards! Like the Jays and Expos in there.. The minor league cards are nice when trying to create uniforms for Out of the Park baseball.. Visual references always work..

Ted Williams played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Duluth-Superior Dukes in the Northern League in 1994. I believe he was in the game I watched in Thunder Bay.

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Jupiterhill
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8/5/16, 6:42 PM delete

I heard of Ted Williams but don't think I ever had a card of his. I hope to go to a few minor league games sometime for no other reason that to say I say maybe one or two stars before they got big. When I heard Yasiel Puig got sent down it crossed my mind to go to a game and see him since its a few hours out, but doubt I do.

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Mike Matson
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8/6/16, 8:44 AM delete

Where I am the closest minor league team is Buffalo, though I imagine the CanAm League is still around and could go to Quebec..

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