Tag Archives: 2001

Card of the Day: 2001 Fleer Platinum Aubrey Huff

Featuring a world series winner. Man, those Rays uniforms were pretty awful, weren’t they? Yikes.

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Card of the Day: 2001 Topps American Pie Joe Pepitone

This was a fun little set, and I liked the Pepitone card a lot. I need to pick up some more of these.

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Card of the Day: 2001 Topps Kent Mercker

I picked this one as a “fish-out-of-water” card. I had no idea Mercker had been with the Red Sox. It’s a weird site.

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Card of the Day: 2001 Upper Deck Dan Haren

Why doesn’t Dan Haren get the respect he deserves? Is it because of the teams he’s played for? I don’t get it.

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Card of the Day: 2001 Topps Finest Adrian Gonzalez Auto

I actually sold this a few months ago, but with trade talks heating up, I thought it was time to feature Adrian.

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Trade with Thoughts and Sox

I was excited to open the mailbox yesterday and find a little white box. What could it be? I wondered. Well, none other than a box from a trade Adam from Thoughts and Sox had worked out with me! And he hit the nail right on the head with what I needed.

2001 Studio

I had never seen this set, but damn, pretty sweet! I need more of these.

2006 Topps 52

I’ve been looking to get more cards of guys like Harper, as they only had a season or half a season in the uniform. Not to mention I have very little of this set, so nice send!

2005 Turkey Red White

Oooh, a Turkey Red white! And it’s Vinny Castilla!

1994 Bowman

Shiny! This is a perfect example of what he sent. I have a ton of 1994 Bowman, but not this one. I like it!

2004 Leather and Lumber

He also included a game-used! Awesome!

Here are some other notable Nats cards:

He also included a few Reggies!

1978 Topps Record Breakers

All in all, a great trade. Thanks a lot, and the rest of the cards will go up as appropriate! I’ll be sending your cards in the next day or two. As always, I welcome trades.

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Expos Prospect: Grady Sizemore

2001 Bowman Chrome

Sigh. Oh, what could have been. But I’ve talked at length about the idea of Sizemore as a National, so today let’s look at Sizemore’s minor league record up to 2001. Sizemore was a third round pick for the Expos in 2000, and made his debut in 2000 Bowman Draft (which I may have posted here already…can’t recall).

In Rookie Ball in 2000 at the tender age of 17 (can you believe he’s that young here?), ¬†Sizemore put up a 293/380/376 slash in 55 games. He also stole 16 out of 17 bases, so it was clear right away that he was something special. Oh, and a 19-year-old Shawn Hill was one of his teammates at the time.

In 2001 they bumped him up to Low A Clinton, where he teamed with players like Jason Bay and Brandon Watson. Faced with the tougher pitching, his BA and SLG dropped, but his OBP stayed steady, with a 268/381/335 slash.

So at this point, he still looked like a good prospect, but there must have been some questions about his ability to handle stronger pitching. John Sickels at Minor League Ball summed up his 2000 and 2001 seasons as follows:

Grady Sizemore was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the third round in 2000, out of high school in Everett, Washington. He was considered a first round talent due to his excellent tools, but he had a football scholarship to the University of Washington, and it took $2,000,000 to convince him to play baseball. He hit .293/.380/.376 with 16 steals in 55 games for the GCL Expos, showing strong speed and strike zone judgment, but not much power. I gave him a Grade C+ entering 2001, noting that he did have some power potential but needed to refine his swing.

Sizemore spent 2001 with Clinton in the Midwest League, hitting .268/.381/.335 with 32 steals, 81 walks, and 92 strikeouts in 451 at-bats. His power was unimpressive, but the plate discipline and speed continued to stand out. Scouts complained a bit about his route-running and said his defense needed work, and also worried that his line drive swing was not conducive for power at that point. I gave him a Grade B-.”

Of course, poor Grady has been injured the last two seasons and it’s kept his numbers down, but I think he can still pull it together and have a decent, if not Hall of Fame, career. That’s respectable, certainly. We’ll see.

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Nats Auto: Felipe Lopez

Okay, kind of a Nats auto. I did get this during his run with the Nationals.

Upper Deck Victory, personally autographed

Upper Deck Victory, personally autographed

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Vladimir Guerrero: The Revenge

WOW I have a lot of his cards…

1997 Bowman

1997 Bowman

 

1998 Score Rookie Traded

1998 Score Rookie Traded

1998 Bowman

1998 Bowman

2001 Bowman's Best

2001 Bowman's Best

2003 Bowman's Best

2003 Bowman's Best

2003 Leaf Hard Hats

2003 Leaf Hard Hats

2003 Bowman Heritage

2003 Bowman Heritage

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Milton Bradley: The Early Years

A sampling of some of Milton Bradley’s early cards with the Expos…

2001 Topps Prospects

2001 Topps Prospects

 

1997 Bowman

1997 Bowman

2000 Fleer Tradition Update

2000 Fleer Tradition Update

1998 Bowman

1998 Bowman

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