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2009 O-Pee-Chee and O-Pee-Chee Black #1

This is the first time I’ve ever done something like this; I bought both the main team set and the parallel team set for 2009 O-Pee-Chee, as I liked the design of the black cards far more than the white. I present them to you now.

Josh Bard was okay for the Nats last year; as a backup catcher, you could do a lot worse than a 0.4 WAR with a .288 wOBA, but I don’t really miss the guy.

Here lies the career of Daniel Cabrera. He sucked. He’s gone. The end.

I still can’t believe no major league team picked up Dukes. I mean, yeah, he has problems, but he’s not THAT bad. I wonder what’s gotten him practically banned?

Finally, Adam Dunn. I’m going to miss The Big Donkey, a lot, but I don’t think he’ll be re-signing with the team. I hope we can at least get some good picks for him disappearing from the order.

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Topps Million Card Giveaway Update

Update time! I’ve managed to turn the remaining non-Senators/Expos/Nationals cards into gold. To review, here’s what was left:

1961 Johnny Antonelli

1996 Charles Nagy

And a 2006 Mark Teixeria. Today I took delivery on the following. These are in order of what they were traded for.

1961 Bennie Daniels

This means I now have the 1961,1962, and 1963 cards of Bennie Daniels. I like that, and I’m not sure why.

1997 F.P. Santangelo

1997 is one of those years I don’t have many cards for, so I was eager to get my hands on one.

2009 Daniel Cabrera

And one I somehow missed last year. Weird, that one.

So, to review, I turned 10 non-Expos/Nats/Senators cards into 13 Expos/Nats/Senators cards. Once I’ve got them all in hand, I’ll scan them in the grand follow-up to this post. And I need to start accumulating more of these cards! This trading program is addictive.


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When They Were Young: Daniel Cabrera

Cabrera Rookie

2003 Bowman #191
Nationals Also-Ran
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: If ever there was a poster child for “pitching tools”, it’s Daniel. The guy has such an amazing repertoire, but…well, I think you know by now that he can’t control it to save his life. In 2003, though, Cabrera looked like a promising young pitching prospect who just couldn’t quite get it together. And hey, look – it’s still the same case.
How Did I Get It?: Pack of 2003 Bowman in 2004.
Did You Know?: Daniel Cabrera started the only American League game in which the opposing team scored 30 runs. He is also no longer a National.
Rating: 7/10 – This is a cool card for the clouds in the background. That’s something you don’t see every day.

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Birthday Break: 2006 Fleer

Hidden behind that 2008 Topps in the two-pack was a pack of 2006 Fleer. This is one of the repack companies’ favorite tricks: hide a not-so-great pack behind a somewhat decent one.

06 Fleer wrapper

I seem to remember my mother-in-law-to-be (at some point, not engaged just yet) has the entire 06 Fleer set.

06 Fleer Panel 1

Ryan Freel, Aramis Ramirez, Brandon Claussen (another Nats relative), and Ryan Jorgensen

06 Fleer Panel 2

Chris Duncan RC, Brandon Inge, Daniel Cabrera (there he is again!)

06 Fleer Panel 3

Mets Team Leaders, Khalil Greene (again), and Barry Zito

Nothing exciting int his pack at all. Okay, maybe the Mets card.

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Birthday Break: 2008 Topps Heritage

I didn’t realize I had bought a few packs of these back in 08 until I opened it up.

08 Heritage Wrapper

So. Did I miss something? It says eight cards, but I only got seven. What a ripoff!

08 Heritage Panel 1

Joe Borowski, Daniel Cabrera (doesn’t even count as a Nat anymore), Richie Sexson

08 Heritage Panel 2

Fausto Carmona, Ryan Church (ex-Nat looking rather queasy there), Steve Pearce, Carlos Pena

Still no Nationals; only a few people somewhat related to the team. And the rookie here isn’t even that great. Grrr…

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2009 Topps Nationals Set #1


Collin Balester
2009 Nationals Team Set #2
Nationals Prospect
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: I was a little disappointed Balester didn’t make the team this year out of Spring Training, and even more disappointed that he’s not pitching very well in AAA so far this year. I think (or thought) he was a pretty solid pitcher, certainly better than, say, Matt Chico. But I guess time will tell on whether he makes it back.
Rating: 7/10 – The picture is a good pose, even if the shot’s a little washed out. I’m not a big fan of the design of 09 Topps, though. Too much white space on the borders, and the corners make it a bit busy.
2009 Topps Nationals Set #9
Nationals Lynchpin
Position: 2B
Bio/Summary: Good old Tankass. And yes, that’s Ronnie Belliard, regrettable the bottom got cut off.  I was surprised to find on the back of the card that the Nationals represent a high-water mark for his career BA (for what’s worth) – .289. I guess that might explain why I have a favorable impression of him. It’s a shame he didn’t play in as many games last year, but he’s getting more time now.
Rating: 8/10 – A very cool shot. I like the shadows on the ground.
2009 Topps Nationals #4
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: I’m very familiar with Cabrera from his struggles with the Orioles over the years. I thought the kid was going to be something, but his control is absolutely abysmal, and from what I understand it’s difficult to teach the kid control, as he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I guess we’ll see what the Nats can do, but my faith in Randy St. Claire as a pitching coatch is not all that great.
Rating: 6/10 – I mulled this one over for awhile. It’s neat to see a new National in a “Nationals Uniform”, but man, is that one laughable Photoshop job. Look at how off the W is! I honestly suspect I could do a better job. Glad to see they’re still making awful comps like this even after the airbrush era. Wait, no I’m not.
Elijah Dukes
2009 Topps Nationals #7
Nationals Lynchpin
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: The troubled kid. But man, can he rake. Dukes isn’t the first troubled player I’ve liked (I was a big Barry Bonds fan back in the mid-90s), and I wonder if it’s my ability to put aside my personal feelings about someone and look at their contribution to the team. I think Dukes has a future if he can stay out of trouble.
Rating: 7/10 – What is it about Dukes pictures? Is there a rule that they can’t show his face? I like the pose and all, but it’s tough to see the guy. Ah, well.

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