ARPSmith 2: Killer B Boogaloo
I mean, you should have really seen this coming if you read yesterday’s post. What, a flat rate box full of Astros isn’t going to have any useful Bagwell’s for the collection? Hah, yeah right. Adam even threw in some Biggio cards I could use as well. Let’s take a quick look at what I picked up of Houston’s two career HOFers.
First – some lovely “don’t call it junk” wax. O-Pee-Chee put out a really lovely set in 1993, with a solid front design and a back that rivals the stat layouts of Fleer and the writing of the early Score designs. I was pleasantly surprised to find this baby in the bunch, along with some others from ’93 OPC that I’ll get to in a future post.
I had copies of these two food-issue oddballs (’93 Hostess and ’94 Tombstone) but these will go toward set builds now. Plus, it helps me get my Bagwell scanning done!
Moving into the aughts, when the goatee was in full effect and Bagwell was still mashing. That’s a Big League Beat insert from 2001 Upper Deck, and a mini-sized sticker from 2003 Opening Day, something that wasn’t even on my radar..
There was a good bit of 2004 Bazooka in the box, including these two cards I needed of Jeff. The left is the base, and the right is a thick ol’ Red Chunks parallel.
OR DO I? What’s this? Home Stats parallels? Yep, I needed both of these! Now I just need the Away Stats versions and I’ll have the trifectas. These are a fun and simultaneously mildly amusing but annoying parallel that I didn’t even know about until a few months ago. I wonder how many of my ’98 Pinnacle cards I’ve listed at TCDB are actually one of these Home/Away versions.
Finally, a pair of new millennium Biggio cards to close out our post. I recall Pacific Private Stock being a pretty good set, but I couldn’t tell you what they were going for with the borders on this 2001 set. It reminds me of a discussion I’ve had with Nick Vossbrink about the cloudy borders on the ’80s Topps Team Leaders cards. There was another ’04 Bazooka need here, featuring Craig during his time spent manning center field while Jeff Kent took over the job at second base.
Thanks again for the awesome box, Adam! For the rest of you, I’ve still got a pair of posts to go in this series, so stay tuned.