Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Serial Insanity cards 1006-1010

Starting to fall a little bit behind on these cards again.  It seems as if my goal of hitting 1100 by year's end is not totally out of reach, or so the blogosphere says.  I've received packages from Jeroen who runs The Dutch Card Guy blog (thank you Jeroen!) and from Dennis at the Too Many Verlanders blog (thank you Dennis!) in the past couple of days that have augmented my totals.

Here's the latest 5 card post, courtesy of Kevin at The Diamond King blog  (yes, it's blog promotion day...)


Card # 1006:  B.J. Upton

Serial Number:  376
39th card out of 50 for the Rays

Interesting to note that when I looked up B.J.'s profile on baseball reference's website, they list him as a center fielder, third baseman and second baseman.  B.J. hasn't played 3rd base in the bigs since 2006, and he hasn't seen 2nd base since 2004.  That's kind of like saying when I leave a comment on your blog I've become one of the writers on your blog.  Please be sure to give me proper credit....

Card # 1007:  Frank Robinson

Serial Number:  340
43rd card out of 50 for the Nationals/Expos franchise.

If I recall correctly, this is only the 2nd card of an Expos player that I've used toward the Nationals totals (Andres Galarraga is the other that I remember...).  Frank was a real ball magnet in his day, he was hit 10 or more times in a season 11 times, and two other seasons led the league in HBP with totals of 9 and 8.  I guess 586 career HRs will make any pitcher do what they can to keep from being hit out of the yard.

Card # 1008:  Marshall McDougall

Serial Number:  673
43rd card out of 50 for the Rangers.

Damn red parallels from 2006 Opening Day, why do I like you so?  By the way, this may rank as one of the best names in the set so far.  By the by, Mr. McDougall had a career total of 18 ABs in 2005, striking out 10 of the 18 times he stepped to the plate.  Marshall also played more positions (4) than he had hits (3).

Card # 1009:  Jim Edmonds

Serial Number:  478
40th card out of 50 for the Cardinals

The Cardinals become the first team in the NL Central to hit the 40 card mark.  I had to take a 2nd look at this card before I scanned it, because it seemed weird that there was no top border for the card.  Anyone recall any other sets out there that had 3 borders??

Card # 1010:  Christian Friedrich

Serial Number:  12 (!)
25th card out of 50 for the Rockies

Now that the Rockies have hit the 50% mark, there are only two teams remaining that haven't reached 25 cards (Astros, Orioles).  The Gold Bowman Chrome scanned quite well (better than I thought it would), and this card finally completes the 2nd page, which I'll show off tomorrow.

thanks for reading, Robert