Saturday, June 1, 2013

Serial Insanity cards 837-840

OK gang, 4 more for you to look at.  By the way, 840/1500=56% of the set completed.  Still a long way to go, but with only 660 left to go, the chase is becoming more and more fun.  

The last card show I hit a few weeks back was especially entertaining, as I had to put back a bunch of serial numbered cards because I already had them for the set.  That is starting to happen more and more, and with that it's becoming more of a chase now.  That's what I wanted in the first place.

Here you go, cards 837-840

Card #837:  Brian Stokes

Serial Number:  771
Team:  New York Mets, #28 out of 50

This 2009 Topps card coincides with the season that Stokes appeared in 69 times, the most in any of his 5 seasons in MLB.  Brian's final season was the next year with the Angels, and unfortunately he finished his last year with an 8.10 ERA and 2.520 WHIP. 

Card #838:  Humberto Sanchez

Serial Number:  893
Team:  New York Yankees, #39  out of 50

Just imagine, there are 2009 gold cards of this guy who pitched a grand total of 2 big league games in 2008!  He bounced the minors and Mexico for the next 4 years, but it appears that he is no longer pitching professionally.  (please correct me if I'm wrong)

Card 839:  Adrian Beltre


Serial Number:  1204
Team:  Seattle Mariners, card # 24 out of 50

We go from a couple of fringe major leaguers to a bona fide slugger.  I looked at his career stats, and it surprised me that he's in his 15th season in the majors.  Has it really been that long?

At age 34, Adrian needs a little over 700 hits to reach 3000.  If he plays that many seasons (my guess is at least 4 more), he'll also need 143 more HRs for 500.   With 4 gold gloves to his credit, can we start putting him in the conversation about the upper echelon at the hot corner if he hits those numbers?

Card # 840:  Glen Perkins

Serial Number:  663
Team:  Minnesota Twins, card #24 out of 50

After rocky 2009/2010 seasons, has really rebounded to enjoy some great success in 2011 and beyond.  So much so that he's taken over the closer role in Minnesota, to the tune of 11 saves so far in 2013.  Who knew?

Thanks for reading, Robert

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