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Sunday, November 20, 2011

2011 Quarry Cards - #'s 1-8

After the experimental phase, I had to make a choice.  Do I want to use a classic design or create a new one?  Because I am not a complete hack, I decided to go with a new one.  So the next question was what should it look like.  I have always liked colorful bordered sets such as 1975 Topps (loved by lots of people), 1990 Topps (loved by substantially fewer people), and 1991 Fleer (loved by the designer of 1991 Fleer), so I decided to go colorful.  Of course, purple had to be included, but I didn't want a solid purple border.  I went with the purple complimentary color yellow as a mix for the psychedelic first Quarry Cards set.  I also decided to go with the old Fleer numbering system of alphabetical order rather than the Topps let's throw a bunch of shit against the wall and see what sticks system.  Let's see the results.

DISCLAIMER: I would like to point out that the photos taken were not taken by me.  These cards are not for sale.  They are just made for my (and hopefully your) enjoyment.

#1 Eliezer Alfonzo
Alfonzo is a journeyman back up catcher that hit .267 in 25 games for the Rockies.
Quarry Fun Fact: Alfonzo was traded from the Cardinals to the Brewers for Fernando Vina in 2000.

#2 Alfredo Amezaga
Amezaga hit .242 in 20 games in his second go around with the Rockies before being traded to the Marlins for minor leaguer Jesus Merchan.
Quarry Fun Fact: 2011 was nearly Amezaga's third stint with Colorado.  He was drafted in the 44th round in 1998, but did not sign.

#3 Matt Belisle
Belisle was 2nd on the Rockies in victories with 10.  One of the more reliable relievers of the "Matt-pen"
Quarry Fun Fact:  Belisle was traded from the Braves to the Reds for Kent Mercker in 2003.

#4 Rafael Betancourt
Betancourt took over as closer near the end of the year and posted 8 saves.
Quarry Fun Fact:  Suspended in 2005 for PEDs relating to injury recovery.

#5 Bruce Billings
Billings pitched in relief in a single game in Colorado in 2011 going 2 innings and giving up 1 run.  He was traded to Oakland with a PTBNL for Mark Ellis.
Quarry Fun Fact: He attended Samuel Morse High School in San Diego.

#6 Charlie Blackmon
Highly regarded prospect Blackmon played in 27 games in 2011, hitting .255 with 8 RBIs.
Quarry Fun Fact: Blackmon hit his first major league home run on his 25th birthday.

#7 Rex Brothers
Brothers is one of Colorado's most highly rated pitching prospects.  He fit in well in the bullpen and projects to be a closer in the future.
Quarry Fun Fact:  Brothers is the 2nd alumnus of Lipscomb University to play in the majors following current Rockies pitching coordinator Bo McLaughlin.

#8 Jhoulys Chacin
Chacin became the default ace for the Rockies following the injury to Jorge de la Rosa and the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez.  He led the team with 11 victories in 2011.
Quarry Fun Fact: Chacin led the minors with 18 victories in 2008.

I'll be back soon with cards #9-16.  Let me know what you think, I do love reading the comments.


Robert said...

Love the purple/yellow borders, really makes the cards stand out. The fun facts were cool too, looking forward to the next group of cards.

The Lost Collector said...

These are cool. Nice work!

Ryan G said...

Good design, reminiscent of a colorful, modern Piedmont design.

Ross said...

Lots of fun putting together new card designs.