I never really know what I'm going to end up with when I hit the monthly card show. Today was no exception, as I added 5 cards to the #'d/99 collection, all of them plucked from 3/$1 boxes. Today, I get to learn about a few players that I really don't know a lot about as I show off the cards.
Not following basketball for the past couple of decades has led to not knowing who a lot of the regular players are in the league, such as Wesley Matthews above. 750 games into his career as of this writing, Wesley is now on his 6th NBA squad (Portland, Dallas, Utah, NY Knicks, Indiana and Milwaukee), and has averaged over 13 pts a game during his career. Love this Green Laser Beam parallel from the 2016-17 Donruss set, and it's #20 of this mini PC.
All I could find on Sheldon McClellan shown here is that he played a half dozen games in the G League in 2016-17, averaging 10.7 PPG for the Delaware 87ers. Guess that's what happens when you start reaching to put RC's in a set. None the less, Sheldon is the 21st card in the PC.
Topps Pro Debut brings up card #22, featuring Astros prospect Cristian Javier. Cristian climbed the minor league ladder quickly this year, moving from high A-ball to AAA Round Rock for a couple of starts in late August. In 113 innings, his ERA was a great 1.78, 170 K's and a WHIP just below 1. Maybe see him on the major league roster in 2020?
Chris Tillman has had a decade long run in the majors, pitching for the Orioles between 2009-2018. I didn't see any stats for Chris in 2019, making me wonder if he's out of the game altogether now. He's card #23 in the PC with this 2015 Donruss Gold press proof #'d 22/99.
Many of you will have heard the name Grover Cleveland Alexander, who pitched for 2 decades for the Phillies, Cubs and Cardinals. I've heard the name many times, but never really looked into how great a pitcher he was. Case in point, a 4 year stretch between 1914-1917 where he won 121 games, a combined ERA of 1.74, and a WHIP of 0.985. He started 170 games, completed 140 of them, led the league in K's each of those 4 seasons, and recorded 42 shutouts. This 2018 Diamond Kings Red Artists Proof becomes the 24th card in the /99 PC.
I can honestly say that I likely will never beat these prices on any of the internet sites. Ever.
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