A place where Colorado Rockies baseball card collectors (all 3 of us) can waste some time reading about our favorite sport. The Rockies and their cards will be the primary focus, but I like to go off on tangents as well so anything and everything baseball related may be covered here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #6 Minnesota Twins Part 1




Next up on the countdown is the Minnesota Twins.  I moved up one spot this year simply because they were seriously trying to catch lightning in a bottle and were somewhat successful at it.  Over the 2013 offseason, it seemed like the Twins picked up just about all of the mid-range free agents especially starting pitchers hoping at least one or two of them would have a breakout year.  Phil Hughes and Kurt Suzuki obliged.  Mike Pelfrey and Ricky Nolasco were not nearly as successful, but with the strategy the Twins employed it was just about impossible for everyone to be successful.  With their payroll limits, they did very well over the offseason, but it was their quiet in-season moves that I particularly enjoyed.

Two of those in season moves stand out to me just because of the fleecing of the other clubs.  The first is the big name signing of Kendrys Morales.  He wasn't very good with the Twins, but they were able to trade him to the Mariners, his original team, for a pitching prospect after paying him for a month.  Not bad, but it gets better with the next one. 

Sam Fuld started the year with Oakland and after the first month of the season the A's tried to sneak him through waivers to the minor leagues.  It didn't work.  The Twins claimed him and he played decent center field for them for a couple of months.  Fast forward to the A's trading for virtually every starting pitcher known to man.  When that happened a couple of pitchers that used to be in the Oakland rotation were out of luck.  The Twins got on the phone and managed to trade their early season waiver claim back to his original team for Tommy Milone, a decent young starting pitcher.  I don't think that one will go into the plot of Moneyball 2: Beane's Revenge.





TWINS TEAM TRIVIA

Total # of Twins in 2014 - 48

# of new Twins in 2014 - 17

Best score in 2014 - August 22 vs. Tigers 20-6

Worst score in 2014 - September 7 vs. Angels 14-4

Border color that worked best with this team - Blue

Border color that worked least with this team - Orange

Position on last year's list - #5 = DOWN 1


Let's take a look at the first half of the 2014 Minnesota Twins with the manager's card leading the way.





PURPLE






GREEN






BLUE






I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2.  As usual, your thoughts are always welcome and encouraged.

Thanx for reading.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #5 Pittsburgh Pirates Part 2





YELLOW






RED






ORANGE





ROOKIE PROSPECTS




My Top 5 Pirates Cards
1. Starling Marte (red)
2. Andrew McCutchen (purple)
3. Clint Barmes (purple)
4. Jordy Mercer (orange)
5. Josh Harrison (green)


I'm not 100% sure, but I think it is safe to say that the man on Starling Marte's card is guilty of fan interference.  The variety of expressions in the crowd is what really makes that one great.  There are two main things that I think of when thinking about Andrew McCutchen.  First is his upright batting stance that shouldn't work but does and second is the fun that he seems to have on the field.  This card really showcases the latter.  The Barmes is a nice in your face shot of a base runner taking third.  It is just an interesting angle.  Even with the unnecessary throwback uniform that is not even from the Pirates franchise, the Mercer card works.  Finally, the Josh Harrison really has timeless look about it.  That photo could have easily been taken in 1940 or 1970 or today and it would have the exact same look.  I love that.




Coming tomorrow - #6 Minnesota Twins

Thanx for reading.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #5 Pittsburgh Pirates Part 1



Here we have last year's Royals, the upstart group that had been losing forever.  This year the Pirates were playoff experienced and for the majority of the season it looked they were going to be a one year and done playoff squad.  It took a massive collapse by the Brewers coupled with a really hot August and September (primarily because they were playing the Brewers a lot) just for them to sneak into the playoffs in 2014.  Then unfortunately they ran into the hottest playoff pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2003.  The Pirates dropped a couple of places this year, but that was more a case of other teams catching my interest than the Pirates losing my interest.  I still enjoy watching the Pirates whenever I can.  The thing I like the best about the team is probably their stadium.  PNC Park is by far my favorite in the big leagues.  It is just a gorgeous stadium.


Before we get to the trivia and the first half of the Pirates, I need to explain just a bit about the 2014 Quarry Unlimited set.  As you may have noticed, instead of the using the same order (Purple, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Orange) for the colors as 1988 Score I divided the colors into darks (Purple, Green, Blue) and lights (Yellow, Red, Orange).  My minor change was inserting both green and red in between the somewhat look alike colors just to break them up a bit.  But the major change was the logos for the lights and darks.  For some teams, I have used a different colored logo for the dark borders and the light borders because the main logo didn't show up well on one or more colors.  The Pirates are the first such team, although there will be several others over the next few weeks.  You won't have to wait until tomorrow to see the difference because the manager's card uses the light logo.  Sorry for running off at the mouth a bit, but in addition to just showing off the cards I want to share my mindset from the design process as well.


Let's get back to the show.



PIRATES TEAM TRIVIA

Total # of Pirates in 2014 - 45

# of new Pirates in 2014 - 15

Best score in 2014 - June 6 vs. Pirates 15-5

Worst score in 2014 - May 31 at Dodgers 12-2

Border color that worked best with this team - Purple

Border color that worked least with this team - Blue

Position on last year's list - #3 = DOWN 2


Let's take a look at the first half of the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates with the manager's card leading the way.





PURPLE






GREEN






BLUE






I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2.  As usual, your thoughts are always welcome and encouraged.

Thanx for reading.