Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Let's Go Mets! ...and Angels, Giants, Yankees and Phillies?!?!?

As I mentioned in a previous post, my final stop at Showtime Sports Cards was a brief stop between dropping my sister off at the airport, and heading to an Arizona Fall League game.

Along with the football cards that I've shown, I went through two rows of a Mets monster box just trying to grab some cards to use for my Opening Day Starting Lineup Project.

I bought about 60 cards, and could use three quarters of them, so I was pretty happy with that. It was funny that I grabbed cards of players like Mike Bordick, Fernando Tatis and Lastings Milledge because I couldn't remember if they had ever started for the Mets on Opening Day or not. They hadn't.

Beautiful day at the ballpark

I feel the just above freezing weather that I have outside and wonder why I don't live in Arizona with my mom. I'm getting warm just looking at this picture and remembering sitting outside for the game.

I was at the game cheering for the Scottsdale Scorpions, a team consisting of prospects from the Mets, Angels, Giants, Yankees and Phillies. Players would wear their own team uniforms but everyone wore a Scorpions cap. (It is black with a red scorpion on it. I bought one but forgot to take a picture of it for this post. Maybe I will add one in later.) They were playing the Peoria Javelinas, consisting of Padres, Orioles, Braves, Mariners and Reds.

Of course, as a football fan, and a Mets fan, I wanted to see Tim Tebow. I had read a lot of reports on his play, but wanted to see him myself in person.

His first At-Bat

Tebow singled up the middle in his first At-Bat.

I took this shot because the First Baseman is Chad Wallach, son of Tim Wallach who I saw play in Montreal many times. Wallach made a few really nice defensive plays at first.

Tim Tebow batted twice, reaching base the second time on a Fielder's Choice - he beat a double play ball out at first. He then tried stealing second with a little bit of an awkward slide, and was thrown out. He reached for his knee a bit as he stood, and after a discussion with a trainer was removed from the game.

Tickets were General Admission seats and only $8.00. The announced crowd for a Monday 12:30 game was 504 people. But, man, do I wish I could have attended more games. I'll have to consider visiting my mom in the Fall more often.

Another Mets player in the game that really impressed me with his speed was Champ Stuart.

He stole three bases during the game, including second and third in the same inning. And he wears his pants/socks properly. I'll have to keep an eye on him and may drive down to Binghamton to see him next year if he starts in AA.

Anyway, here are the Mets cards that I picked up.

Top (l-r): 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game #58; 1993 Fleer #89
Bottom (l-r): 1985 Topps #170; 1986 Topps #520
Cards are not always committed to any given spot, but I'll definitely use cards as placeholders to fit different years where I need a player.

The Mazzilli card is being slotted into the CF spot of 1978, and the Howard Johnson into the 3B slot of 1985. The Foster and Hernandez cards are being used for their proper years.

Top (l-r): 1989 Topps #9 and #480
Bottom (l-r): 1992 Upper Deck #362; 1992 Donruss #288
Both 1989 cards are being slotted into 1987. The Upper Deck McReynolds is going to 1987 while the Donruss one is going to 1990. The cards being added to 1987 complete that page.

Top (l-r): 1992 Upper Deck #114; 1995 Collector's Choice #316
Bottom (l-r): 1997 Pinnacle #20; 1998 Topps Chrome #324
The Hubie Brooks card is being placed into his RF slot for 1991, while the Vizcaino goes to the SS slot in its appropriate year of 1995, completing that year.

Both of the bottom cards are being used for the set from a year earlier, Johnson for CF in 1996 and Olerud for 1B in 1997. It could be that the card pictures were taken from those seasons.

Top (l-r): 1998 Finest #122; 1997 Topps Gallery #22
Bottom (l-r): 1998 Finest #12; 2001 Fleer Triple Crown #242
The Butch Huskey card is going into the 3B slot for 1997, while the Lance Johnson card goes into CF of the same year. I really like the Topps Gallery card.

The Brian McRae card fits into CF of its proper year of 1998, while the Derek Bell card slots into RF for 2000.

Top (l-r): 2005 Upper Deck First Pitch #132; 2001 Fleer Triple Crown #132
Bottom (l-r): 2000 Topps Chrome #378; 2002 Upper Deck Vintage #222
The Zeile (at 1B), Hampton (P) and Hamilton (CF) cards also go to the page for 2000. The Ventura card is being placed in the 1991 page.

I can see that I would really enjoy the Upper Deck Vintage baseball cards too. Great photo.

Top (l-r): 2002 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #99; 2002 Fleer #409
Bottom (l-r): 2003 Finest #39; 2000 Ultra #168 
Filling up the P and SS page of the 2002 starting lineup are the Leiter and Ordonez cards. The Floyd (LF) and Cedeno (CF) cards are being used for the 2003 page.

Top (l-r): 2002 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #103; 2003 Upper Deck 40 Man #625
Bottom (l-r): 2003 Upper Deck Honor Roll #96; 2007 Bowman Chrome #118
These cards are being used for Jeremy Burnitz as the starting RF for the 2003 team that also had Ty Wigginton at 3B.

The Cliff Floyd card is being used for his LF spot in the 2004 starting lineup, while Pedro Martinez only started one Opening Day for the Mets, and this card is being used to represent that start in 2005.

Top (l-r): 2005 Bowman Chrome #51; 2006 Topps Co-Signers #51
Bottom (l-r): 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter - Dick Perez Sketches #18; 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter #181
The Kaz Matsui card is also going into 2005 at 2B, while the Lo Duca card slides in the Catcher position for 2006. I recognize the Co-Signers design from football sets.

A couple of Allen & Ginter cards for the 2007 lineup, with Reyes at SS and Alou in LF.

Top (l-r): 2009 Topps Chrome #37; 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH224
Bottom (l-r): 2010 Bowman Platinum #40; 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum #59
The top two cards jump into the 2008 starting lineup page while the bottom two go into the 2009 page. I really like the way the Upper Deck Spectrum card scanned.

Top (l-r): 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter - National Pride #NP65; 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter #278
Bottom (l-r): 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter #83 and #50
The box had quite a bit of Allen & Ginter that I grabbed. All these cards are being used in their proper year.

A nice shot of David Wright. Although I would like to see it as a close up, I think it works fine in this set.

Top (l-r): 2011 Bowman #217; 2008 SP Authentic #26
Bottom (l-r): 2011 Bowman Platinum #84; 2008 SP Authentic #67

Went a little out of order with this scan. I'll be slotting the Lucas Duda rookie card into the 2016 starting lineup spot, while the Reyes card will go into the 2011 page. The bottom two cards slid into the 2012 lineup page.

Again, I like how the Davis card looks in the scan.

All in all, this brings my project just over the 50% mark. It is something fun, simple and cheap to do for now.


  1. Man, if I lived in Arizona I'd never get anything done.

    1. Oh, I so understand. I mean the weather is beautiful, and sports are plentiful.

  2. Did Tebow perform any miracles while you were there?

    Seeing AFL games on a regular basis would be awesome. Probably a great way to get some in person autos of future stars.

    1. No miracles, but maybe he helped the weather be so beautiful for the game.

      I saw a bunch of people getting ready to descend on the players for autographs at the end of the game so I'm sure that you're right.

      It was a great game to watch. I may have enjoyed it more than the Cactus League games that I've gone to. (Probably because there were Mets involved.)

  3. 504 is a ton of people for an afl game. Usually they have between 100-200 people. I heard some of the first Tebow games were getting up to 800 people at them. The only times I have seen lots of people at a game are the afl all star game and other special events. (Perdoia jersey retirement drew a bunch)

    Players usually sign stuff before games and then again as they are leaving. When there only 100 people at a game and 30% of those are scouts there are ample auto opportunities.

    I'm less busy I the fall so I make it to more games this time of year than when cactus starts up.