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Receiving Cards From a Moos

Tim from the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame recently contacted me about a trade, and, being open to all manner of trade right now, I figured yes, let’s do it. I received the cards from him on Saturday and was very pleased!

1992 Topps Kids

Remember how I got that Denny Martinez Topps Kids card in another trade recently? Well, Moos sent two cards from the set, and I found a Delino DeShields. I suspect I may have the complete team set now, but I’ll need to research it. How is it that these feel fun to me now while the Triple Play cards feel so juvenile? I don’t know.

1993 Baseball Aces

Here’s another parallel. Remember the 92 Aces Denny Martinez from the Mysterious Box of Mystery? Well here’s a 1993 version of that same set, with Marquis Grissom. Moos included a few of these, too. It’s always good to get cards from sets you’ve never had before. Speaking of which…

1998 Collector's Choice

I had no idea Collector’s Choice made it to 1998. Was the set that popular? Back when it was first out, I thought it would last maybe a year or two and fade away. You can imagine how surprised I was to see this card. But hey, it’s another team set I had no idea about, so it gives me another target!

1995 Pinnacle Zenith

Moos included a lot of those tasty Mid-90s cards that I either had no idea existed or are just rare in my collection. It was great to fill my collection with some cards like these:

1996 Upper Deck

1997 Upper Deck Rookie Class

Let’s just say I’m starting my fourth binder of Senators/Nationals/Expos cards thanks to this package. But let’s take a look at the real gems of this trade:

1970 Topps

If you read regularly, you know I welcome any and all 1970 Topps, so it was a real treat to get one I didn’t have. I also got another one that I already have but am quite happy to add for that day when I finally decide to go after that 1970 set. But the real gem of this trade was something I had never seen in person:

1971 Topps Coin

That is sheer awesomeness. Why is it that I don’t care for the 80s versions of these at all, but the 70s versions absolutely fascinate me? Is it the age of them? I don’t know. I suspect it might have something to do with being interested in all those failed experiments that Topps did in the 60s and 70s, but I’m not sure. Either way, this is one I’ll treasure. Thanks a lot, Moos! Your cards are going out tonight.

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1996 Topps #3

Segui had a 114 OPS+ on the juice.

Segui had a 114 OPS+ on the juice.

Martinez had a 117 ERA+ in 1996 and made the All Star team for the first time.
Martinez had a 117 ERA+ in 1996 and made the All Star team for the first time.
Carlos did not pitch in the majors in 1996.

Carlos did not pitch in the majors in 1996.

Rojas had 36 saves and a 134 ERA+ in 1996.

Rojas had 36 saves and a 134 ERA+ in 1996.

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A Mess of Pedro Martinez

1994 Score Rookie/ Traded

1994 Score Rookie/ Traded

1994 Leaf

1994 Leaf

1994 Bowman

1994 Bowman

1995 Collector's Choice

1995 Collector's Choice

1995 Score

1995 Score

1996 Bazooka

1996 Bazooka

1996 Studio

1996 Studio

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More Flair…

I promised more Flair, and so here it is.

1993 Wave of the Future

1993 Wave of the Future

1997 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future

1997 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future

1994 Flair

1994 Flair

1996 Flair

1996 Flair

1996 Flair

1996 Flair

1994 Flair

1994 Flair

 

1995 Flair

1995 Flair

1996 Flair

1996 Flair

More to come…

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All Star Special

As I’m watching the All Star game, I thought I’d post a few Expos and Nationals All -Stars from over the years…

Alou 94 Bowman

Moises Alou, 1994

Martinez Pinnacle

Pedro Martinez, 1995-1997

Grudzielanek Minors

Mark Grudzielanek, 1996

Guerrero Power Deck

Vladimir Guerrero, 1999 – 2002

Vidro Auto Best

Jose Vidro, 2000, 2002-2003

Hernandez Topps Chrome

Livan Hernandez, 2004-2005

Cordero Auto

Chad Cordero, 2005

Soriano Gold

Alfonso Soriano, 2006

Young CoSigners

Dmitri Young, 2007

Guzman All Star

Cristian Guzman, 2008

And of course, Ryan Zimmerman tonight. God this team needs some more All-Stars.

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Bad Wax Break: 2003 Fleer E/X

Signed up for another group break on badwax.net and got my three packs today. These cards are absolutely gorgeous, AND I got a hit! Very nice.  As always, shoot me an email at crimnos at gmail.com or comment if you want some of these.

Pack 1:

Panel 1

Pedro Martinez (think I know where this one’s going), J.D. Drew, Carlos Beltran

Pack 2:

Panel 2

Curt Shilling, Troy Glaus Emerald Essentials, Magglio Ordonez

All right, there’s the hit! In pack  2. A closer look:

Glaus

And yeah, it’s die cut and numbered to 250.

Pack 3:

Panel 3

Sammy Sosa, Eric Byrnes, Jeff Bagwell

As I said, gorgeous cards. I could do with a box full of them, and I really want some Expos. Nice break!

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Expos Star: Pedro Martinez

This card gets another shout-out to John at Old School Breaks, who sent me this along with the Milton Bradley auto and some other goodies. Thanks again, John!

Martinez Matrix

Pedro Martinez
1997 Stadium Club Matrix #12
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: I’ve spoken about Pedro’s career, and really, what else is there to say? Instead I thought I’d take a look at the Expos years. 1997 was Pedro’s breakthrough year, when he went 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Really, Montreal? Really? You thought it was good to get rid of this guy? Sigh…
Did You Know?: These inserts were limited to two to a box in the 1997 Stadium Club set.
Rating: 9/10 – John said it on his site, and I’m agreeing – it’s hard to really capture what this parallel looks like; there’s a kind of wavy effect that I’ve never seen on another card. It gives it a depth that I’m not used to, and I like it alot.

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Expos Star: Pedro Martinez

p-martinez-95-fleer

Pedro Martinez
1995 Fleer #356
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: Sigh. Another one of those Expos/Nationals “could have been” stories (see Larry Walker, Randy Johnson, Marquis Grissom, Chris Young, Grady Sizemore). I can’t imagine what the Expos could have done with a 1999/2000 Pedro Martinez, but alas, it was never to be, as he was traded for Carl Pavano. Okay, Tony Armas came with him, but good lord, that’s just wrong. I don’t know what to really say about Pedro that hasn’t been said already. He was easily the best pitcher of his generation for a few years there, and will definitely be in the Hall of Fame. Ah, fate.
How Did I Get it?: I tried to put together the set back in 1995.
Did You Know?: Everyone knows about his brother Ramon, but not so many people know about his little brother Jesus, who was a Dodgers prospect at the same time as Pedro. He never made the majors, unfortunately.
Card Rating: 3/10 – I really want to like this card, since it’s one of my few with Pedro as an Expo, but the 1995 set was an abomination before the Lord our God, and I have no clue why I ever tried to put it together. Something in the water, perhaps.

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