Sunday, February 18, 2018

Trader's Log: Bob Walk The Plank

Matt from Bob Walk The Plank sent me a stack of relic cards last week, each representing a Diamondback from their days of Purple and Teal.

It's been almost two years since Matt sent me a "welcome to the blogosphere" gift that also contained an awesome assortment of Diamondbacks relics and autos that you can read about HERE

Let's get started!

This is a super thick, super shiny card that didn't scan well at all. It's probably my second favorite of the bunch.

I'm not sure why the relic is in the shape of an arrow. Card companies came up with some really interesting insert ideas in the late 90's and into the early 2000's. This is the a Gold parallel version of the insert numbered to 51 (The Big Unit's jersey number)

Troy Glaus was a one-and-done player for the Dbacks in 2005. Arizona had a knack for doing that with players that were once big stars (See: Roberto Alomar, Richie Sexson)

Curt Schilling has some funky relic cards. Not much else to say about this one.

This is my very first Travis Lee relic card! Black Diamond was a pretty cool set. The Goatee doesn't really work for Lee, but it's fitting for the year.

I don't remember Jose Cruz Jr. ever playing for the Dbacks... Still a cool card though

I let out a big sigh every time I see a card of Brandon Webb. The dude was such an awesome pitcher but fizzled out so fast. 

This relic card has a nice clean feel to it. The purple pinstripe is a great added touch. Matt Williams always looked to me like he was way too old to still be playing baseball when he was on the Dbacks. 

And my favorite card of the package, which my scanner decided to terribly auto-crop. I love the framed mini relic and autos Topps produces. 

Thanks so much for the cards, Matt!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Significantly Different Signatures

I recently acquired a second example of the 2004 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Red Autograph of Steve Finley. I decided to go after this second copy for two reasons. First, the price point was set relatively low on eBay. And the second reason was because I actually thought it might be a variation of a parallel. Crazy, right? But I wouldn't put it past Donruss considering some of the incredible sets they put out with dozens of variations (see: 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings).

Here's what I'm talking about:

Steve signed the first card in black sharpie, but signed the second card in blue sharpie with an inscription of his MLB debut date below his signature. 

As far as I know, the cards are essentially the same. The only difference are the stickers someone from Donruss slapped on the cards before putting them into circulation. It makes me wonder whether Donruss just held onto a pile of signed stickers from players and grab whichever one lays at the top of that pile. 

Does anyone have any insight or ideas as to why these cards have different signatures? Also, why would Steve Finley inscribe some and not others? Was that a part of the contract with Donruss, or do players sometimes inscribe out of their own free will?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Trader's Log: Scribbled Ink

Paul from Scribbled Ink sent a surprise "Off-Season" card package my way with some goodies inside.  Let's take a look!

Some beautiful Fleer Tradition full-bleed photos of the newly created Diamondbacks teams in the field and taking photos. That Devon White card is especially cool.

Continuing with another full-bleed Fleer product again of the young Dbacks sporting the bold purple and teal. 

Transitioning back to some more Fleer Tradition and into some cool parallels and a RC from recent years. The pink chrome refractor of Greinke is really sharp, and the Yasmany Tomas purplish/pink parallel is number to 250. 

Some miscellaneous Dbacks cards including a SC black foil of Shelby Miller. 

My Zack Greinke PC has been growing steadily over the last year. I hope he has a solid follow-up to last season.

Please, Please, Please AJ, stay healthy for a whole season. 

What's a Dbacks package without some Goldy's? I'm not a fan of the art done for 2017 Gallery, but I thought the artist actually did a decent job with Goldschmidt's portrait. 

We'll wrap things up with two early-year cards of the 300-300 man, Steve Finley. Sweetness.

Thanks for the surprise package, Paul!

Thanks for reading!