Monday, November 24, 2014

2003 Upper Deck Classic Portraits


Upper Deck put out some crazy concepts back in the early 2000.  The Classic Portraits boxes came with a collectible player bust.  Rollie's card here belongs with the Baseball Royalty subset. It was made up of the last 42 cards in the set all serial numbered to 1200, and is kind of a shadowbox type card.  

It's a  neat card, but I'm not overly excited about the black and white photo used.





Friday, November 21, 2014

2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Red parallel

Nothing like a mid 2000's Donruss set with a ton of parallels. Here we have the Red Foil Impressions parallel.  By my count Rollie has 8 parallels in this set not counting the printing plates and one relic card.  The only difference between this card and the base and all the other parallels is the foil color, the impressions stamp in the center of the card, and that it's serial numbered to 250.

Basically this card is designed for the relic and autographed versions that some of these cards have.  But as a base card and as a silly parallel to the base card this card has so much wasted and unused space. Really the whole right side of this card is nothing.  It's one of the main failings of a lot of inserts and parallels from this time frame and still happens all the time today.





Thursday, November 20, 2014

1982 Police Issue - Milwaukee Police Department

I recently acquired a whole set of these 1982 Brewers Police cards from the Milwaukee Police Department from Tony over at Off Hiatus Sports Cards.  It's a great set (30 cards total) and features all the big and little names on the 82 World Series team including Mr. Fingers here.  I have a few Police Issues for Rollie, but I didn't have an 82 at all so this was quite a boon to get a full team set and get to add the Rollie officially to the Super Collection, although he'll remain with the set for the time being.

The Brewers Police issue cards are interesting in that there are tons of variations because these cards were given out in multiple towns through out Wisconsin and each police department is printed on the front.  According to a list Tony was nice enough to share with me this 1982 set, which was the inaugural police issue, only has 5 variations known, but that jumps to 29 in 1983 and into the high 60's for years after that.  So a player collector has lots of cards they could chase.




I always chuckle reading the back and the player says....

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 Topps Update World Series MVP Commemorative Patch


The first and so far only officially MLB licensed Rollie Fingers card finally made its way into the collection.  Of course it's another manu-patch, but at this point since I can count all the new Rollie cards are my fingers I'll take what I can get.

The card commemorates Rollie's 1974 World Series MVP award. These cards were found in retail Update blasters.




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Autograph #91

Here is the other Rollie auto I picked up recently.  The companion to the previously featured card #57.  While neither card mentions any team, this card is attributed to the Brewers and his card #57 was attributed to the Athletics.  I'm not sure why Rollie got two autographed cards in the set and didn't get a base card, but that's ok with me.  This card also has 5 serial numbered and colored parallels.  




Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Baseball Autograph #57

It only took most of the year, but Rollie is finally getting a few new cards issued.  
Rollie has not one, but two different Autographs in Panini's Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary set.  And all the numbered parallels for both cards too.  Being patient pays off again as I was able to pick this auto up for a little over $7 plus shipping, which put the card right at about ten bucks which is sadly what Rollie Finger's autographs tend to go for.  But I'll take any new Rollie card for the collection especially if it's an autograph issue. 




Thursday, October 16, 2014

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings HOF Heroes #91


How is the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings set like an onion?  

It makes you cry?

It kind of stinks?

You can buy it in 5 pound bags?

No, it has layers.  Lots of layers.  Or in this case parallels.  If you were lucky enough to have a player in this set you collect and wanted to chase you had lots of cards to go after. Not only parallels, but relic versions, autograph versions, relic autograph versions,  and all of those versions have parallels as well.  I think you get the drift.  Also take into account Rollie has two cards in this insert set.  This one and #66 so there are literally hundreds of cards possible.  And it's hard to tell them apart.  I'm pretty sure this is the base card for the set, but there is a parallel called the non-canvas version that looks exactly like this.  I'd probably need to dig out the standard catalog and even then...  The point is there are lots of cards in this set for each player, lots.  My other big player collection featuring Mr. Robin Yount also has a ton of cards in this set.  But that was all the rage in 2005.  Upper Deck's Baseball Heroes also features a ton of parallels and variations.

Anyway, we have here a basic base card of some sort.  It's really set up for the relic and auto versions.  with the relics being placed to the right in that open area above the Diamond Kings logo and the sticker autos being placed on the lower part of the card.