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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #18 St. Louis Cardinals Part 2





My Top 5 Cardinals Cards
1. Allen Craig (blue)
2. Joe Kelly (yellow)
3. Daniel Descalso (orange)
4. Justin Masterson (blue)
5. Carlos Martinez (yellow)

I absolutely love the Allen Craig card.  The sliding catch with the flying dirt is all well and good, but the star of that card is definitely the shocked female fan in the background.  Great image.  The Joe Kelly card is just humorous.  I will never not like seeing odd things like cups or gloves atop the head of a baseball player.  What has to go through the mind of a person to stick a paper cup on their cap with bubble gum AND think that will help their team rally?  It's really much better if you don't think about it.  The Descalso card is one of those images that just doesn't seem to fit with baseball.  It's like seeing a baseball image in football weather.  Just a nice "fish out of water" photo.  On the Masterson, I have to agree with Dimebox Nick.  There are definitely not enough photos of pitchers doing something other than pitching and crossing the plate is near the top of that list.  Finally, I will close with the Carlos Martinez.  Part of me wanted to make this one much higher, perhaps even as high as #2, because it really was a nice capture by the photographer.  In the end I settled with #5 because I just liked the others a tad bit better.  I haven't done this yet, but I do have to give an honorable mention to the yellow Keith Butler card.  I'm sure a certain bird of the evening will really like that card.

Coming Monday - #19 Philadelphia Phillies

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Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #18 St. Louis Cardinals Part 1

Finishing up Week #7 of the 2014 Quarry Unlimited showcase, we can take a look at the St. Louis Cardinals.  I mentioned in the Brewers intro that they were the team that posted the biggest rise in 2014.  Well as Isaac Newton once famously stated, "With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."  The Cardinals plummeting down this list is the reaction to the Brewers climb.  If I may mix a metaphor here, the Cardinals/Brewers change is also a bit of the chicken and the egg.  I don't really know if my liking of the Brewers pushed the Cardinals down or if my new dislike of the Cardinals made the Brewers rise.  It's probably a combination of the two things, but it does give one pause for reflection when making a list such as this. 

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the tragic death of Oscar Taveras of the Cardinals.  It is really sad, but it is no more sad than the death of any 22 year old that drinks and drives as if they were immortal.  Stories like Taveras have been in local newspapers for years, the cars may have been less expensive but the young lives taken were just as valuable.  The loss of Taveras to the Cardinals and to Cardinal fans is indeed noteworthy, but in the grand scheme of things baseball is meaningless in this situation.  The loss of Taveras and his girlfriend to their families is the same as all of the rest of those people that lost a family member before they really even got started in life.  I really do feel for the families involved in this situation.

I really don't have a good segue here, so let's just look at some Cardinals and try to move on.


Total # of Cardinals in 2014 - 46

# of new Cardinals in 2014 - 19

Best score in 2014 - August 30 vs. Cubs 13-2

Worst score in 2014 - May 12 vs. Cubs 17-5

Border color that worked best with this team - Blue

Border color that worked least with this team - Purple

Position on last year's list - #13 = DOWN 5

Let's take a look at the first half of the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals with the manager's card leading the way.




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

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #17 New York Mets Part 2





My Top 5 Mets Cards
1. Matt Den Dekker (red)
2. Juan Lagares (yellow)
3. Daisuke Matsuzaka (orange)
4. Juan Centeno (purple)
5. Dilson Herrera (rookie prospects)

The Mets were a really strong team this year, arguably top 5 top to bottom, and I think their brightly colored uniforms have a lot to do with it.  They really work well with the colored borders of 1988 Score.  I have really grown to love the outfielder jumping at the wall catch and the Den Dekker card is no exception.  The foliage over the wall really add a nice background to the Den Dekker card as well.  The Lagares card is another fantastic defensive outfield capture.  For me, this one is really special because this play happened at the game I attended.  The Matsuzaka goes the other way.  Instead of a great action shot, this is a very poignant portrait of a veteran whose best days are behind him.  He looks so sad on that card.  That's art.  Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, we come to Juan Centeno treating the baseball as if he had just dropped a live grenade.  I have never seen that much care displayed by a catcher.  For #5 I was close to picking Jenrry Mejia's "hallelujah" pose, but I just couldn't pass up the wonderful coloration of the Herrera.  I think every color in the Crayola box is on that card and they all seem to work together very well.

Coming tomorrow - #18 St. Louis Cardinals

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