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, January 31, 2014

2013 Quarry Unlimited - The Grand Finale

Another year of baseball is officially behind us again.  They say sequels are often inferior to the original, but I believe this year's installment of the Quarry Unlimited set was superior to the original.  I learned more about making the cards and they look a lot more uniform.  Once I figured out why my posts were not updating, the process was a lot simpler as well.  (By the way, that had to do with Google AdSense)  Before we put the 2013 Quarry Unlimited to bed, let's take a look at the top 12 cards chosen by you, including a surprise at #1.

3 votes

 4 votes

 5 votes

6 votes

 7 votes


My personal top 5 was almost exactly the same as the vote, just in a slightly different order.   I had it
1. Ben Revere
2. Mike Moustakas
3. Joe Mauer
4. Ryan Howard
5. Todd Helton (yes I am a homer)

Last year the Royals had 2 of the top 4 to claim the 2012 Team of the Set.  This year the Phillies went one better by claiming 3 of the top 5 spots and are obviously the 2013 Team of the Set.  I am a bit surprised that Howard won over Revere, but it is still a gorgeous card.  I would say that if people ranked the cards as they voted for them then there would probably be a different winner.  Once again, you guys made some great choices and I hope you enjoyed this set.

As of right now, I am leaning toward doing a 2014 Quarry Unlimited set.  I'm sure I can have my arm twisted one way or another if enough people ask.  One thing I am sure of is that I will be stepping away from a Topps set, because Topps is reprinting their designs enough for everyone.  If there is a 2014 Quarry Unlimited set it will most likely be modeled after one of my favorite sets of all time.

There is definitely going to be some tweaking involved since I am only doing card fronts and 1988 Score is more known for a tremendous card back, but I think I can make it look good.  It is a relatively simple design, but it is also missing a key element that needs to be worked in somewhere, a team name or logo.  If I can't get the design to work the way I want it to, I have another idea, but I would rather have this one work.

Thank you guys so much for making this a wholly enjoyable project once again. 

Thanx for reading.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

2013 Quarry Unlimited - The Index

One last time, don't forget to vote for the top 10 in the 2013 Quarry Unlimited set on the right sidebar if you haven't voted yet.  I'd like to get as many votes as last year and we are a little short right now.

Last year I did a Traded set, but it didn't really work as well as I was hoping and it didn't really fit into the whole theme of everyone on a card that appears in a game that goes along with the Quarry Unlimited set.  So then I had to decide what to replace it with on Thursday.  One thing I realized I was missing was an index which could take you to whichever team you wanted to see very quickly.  I am going to rectify that now.  I will also make it easier for you to find your team by division rather than my likability scale.

Brewers     -           Part 1                          Part 2
Cardinals   -           Part 1                          Part 2
Cubs         -           Part 1                          Part 2
Pirates       -           Part 1                          Part 2
Reds          -           Part 1                          Part 2

Braves        -           Part 1                          Part 2
Marlins       -           Part 1                          Part 2
Mets           -           Part 1                          Part 2
Nationals    -           Part 1                          Part 2
Phillies        -           Part 1                          Part 2

Diamondbacks    -           Part 1                          Part 2
Dodgers              -           Part 1                          Part 2
Giants                 -           Part 1                          Part 2
Padres                -           Part 1                          Part 2
Rockies              -           Part 1                          Part 2

Indians             -           Part 1                          Part 2
Royals             -           Part 1                          Part 2
Tigers              -           Part 1                          Part 2
Twins              -           Part 1                          Part 2
White Sox       -           Part 1                          Part 2

Blue Jays        -           Part 1                          Part 2
Orioles           -           Part 1                          Part 2
Rays               -           Part 1                          Part 2
Red Sox         -           Part 1                          Part 2
Yankees          -           Part 1                          Part 2

Angels             -           Part 1                          Part 2
Astros             -           Part 1                          Part 2
Athletics          -           Part 1                          Part 2
Mariners         -           Part 1                          Part 2
Rangers          -           Part 1                          Part 2

Big League Brothers
Four Paneled Rookies
League Leaders
Postseason Highlights
Rookie All Star Team
Manager & Coaches Cards

Part 1
Part 2
Grand Finale

I am also going to retroactively put an index on the 2012 Unlimited set this weekend, just in case anyone ever wants to revisit that collection.  I will also repost this one after the Grand Finale, so they will be the first thing that pops up when you click the Quarry Unlimited link on the left sidebar. 

Thanx for reading.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2013 Quarry Unlimited - The Recap Part 2

Don't forget to vote for your top 10 cards in the 2013 Quarry Unlimited set.  Check out the nominees here.

I was hoping to be finished with the Quarry Unlimited set before 2014 Topps became the hot topic of the blogs.  In fact, the main reason for me doing this was to take up the boring final two months of the card year before flagship is released.  I got a little bit behind, so hopefully this post will make it through the 25 posts about people having or not having 2014 Topps in their are.  For the record, I have not even looked mainly because it is way too cold, but I doubt I have Topps in my area.  My Wal Mart is usually about 3 weeks behind getting the new stuff.  However I have already ordered the Rockies team set off eBay, which I will show off when it arrives.

Anyway, back to the Quarry Unlimited set.  Today I am going to show some facts and figures about the set along with showing the FINAL card from the 2013 Quarry Unlimited set.  It is an accidental homage to both Al Leiter and Jose Gonzalez.  Hopefully you get those references.  Let's check out some (hopefully) fun trivia.

First player alphabetically 

David Aardsma    (David Aardsma in 2012)

Final player alphabetically 

Mike Zunino         (Ben Zobrist in 2012)

Team with the most cards
(tie) New York Yankees & Chicago Cubs (57)  (2012 - Red Sox, 57)

Team with the fewest cards
(tie) Detroit Tigers & Cincinnati Reds (40)  (2012 - Mariners & Reds, 39)

Team with the most players in first year with the franchise
Chicago Cubs (35)

Team with the fewest players in first year with the franchise
Detroit Tigers (9)


Total # of cards in this set
1478      (16 less than 2012)

Total # of unique players appearing in the set
1304      (20 more than 2012)

Total # of Q.U. "rookie cards" in 2013
300   (Including such youngsters as Scott Kazmir, Ramon Ortiz, and Miguel Tejada)

Total # of 2012 players that didn't appear in 2013  
280   (There will be a decent Hall of Fame ballot in 2017 led by Chipper Jones and Omar Vizquel)

Total # of players appearing with multiple teams
98          (19 less than 2012)

Total # of players appearing on 3 or more teams
6            (same as 2012)

Five players appeared in major league games for three different franchises in 2013.  They are shown in chronological order for the player.

There was also one player that appeared in major league games for 4 different franchises in 2013.  I remember Dave Kingman famously did this in the 70s, but I'm not sure of the last player to play for this many teams in one year.  Does anyone have the answer?

Total # of players sharing the same name
8           (2 less sets than 2012)

Interestingly there were 6 sets of same names in 2012 and only 2 of these were a part of that group, David Carpenter and Henry Rodriguez.  Of the other 8 players (7 players and 1 manager) that appeared in the same name group last year, only Chris Young of the A's appeared on a Quarry Unlimited player card in 2013.  Former Astros manager, Brad Mills also appeared as a coach on the Cleveland Indians team card.  Neither of the Chris Carpenters nor Rich Thompsons played in the majors in 2013.

The Henry Rodriguezes were a pain to search for photos.  Not only did they share the same middle initial with each other, but also with the Henry Rodriguez that played for the Dodgers and Expos in the late 90s.  All 3 of them are Henry A. Rodriguez.  The first two cards here are Henry Alberto Rodriguez and the final card is of Henry Alejandro Rodriguez.

Team write ups with the most pageviews
1. Tampa Bay Rays Part 2  (The bots caught this one)
2. Baltimore Orioles Part 2
3. Team Cards
Team write ups with the fewest pageviews

1. Arizona Diamondbacks Part 1
2. Boston Red Sox Part 2
3. Cleveland Indians Part 1

Total # of teams with color changes from 1977 Topps
3 (Brewers, Astros, Dodgers)

Total # of "rare" corrected error cards created

First the original error which actually showed Dustin Pedroia. 
(I blame Getty Images which had this photo mislabeled)
Thank you to Swing And A Pop-Up for the heads up.

Now the corrected version which shows the real Daniel Nava.

Once again don't forget to vote along the right sidebar.

Thanx for reading.

Monday, January 27, 2014

2013 Quarry Unlimited - The Recap Part 1

Just like last year, I have selected 42 nominees for "Best in the Set" for the 2013 Quarry Unlimited set.  The 42 consists of my #1 pick for each of the 30 teams along with 12 Wild Cards.  I didn't include any of the subsets, because they were great as a whole but none of them stood out as individually great.  Once again you will have the task of voting for your favorite ten cards.  You could vote for more than ten, but keep in mind that the more cards you vote for, the less significant your vote actually becomes.

I'm not going to write anymore, because as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well, here is 42,000 words for you to enjoy. 

The voting will end on Friday morning at 9AM Eastern.  Please select your favorites and I hope you have enjoyed this labor of love.

Thanx for reading.