I've been sitting on a bunch of purchases from late 2013 that needed to be recorded, scanned, and posted, and I'm finally getting around to those. In many cases I may just mash up purchases by player instead of online store to make things easier. We'll see just how many posts I get out of this series, which I'm going to abbreviate COMC-JC-SL 2013.
We're finally getting somewhere with these posts covering my last 2013 purchases, and I'm pretty sure I've got about three left--two more baseball players plus the rest of my football haul. Today you get three more baseball guys:
Jim Abbott 1989 Donruss Rookies RC
Jim Abbott 1989 Fleer Update RC
Jim Abbott 1989 Score Rookie-Traded RC
And just like that I now own all six of Abbott's 1989 RCs (click these for Bowman, Topps, Upper Deck). You should note that all three of these come from update-type sets, but as is usual retain just about all design elements from the regular sets. The Donruss card is the most notable as it includes the ubiquitous "The Rookies" logo, which is as familiar to collectors as the company's legendary Diamond Kings. Meanwhile, the Donruss and Score backs note Abbott pitching at UM and leading the US to the 1988 gold medal while the Fleer card has no stats available and fills the wasted space with...nothing.
Jim Abbott 1993 Finest
Ok, now I have Jim's card from the noted debut set of Finest, now I just need the Refractor. It can't be all that expensive, right?
Jim Abbott 1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection
I keep saying the '95 set is a huge improvement, but I really shouldn't knock the original, which was a cool innovation at the time. Pinnacle deserves some kudos for a design element that lives on today!
Jim Abbott 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites
This card actually fills two needs as I was chasing the '05 TATFF set, which I was happily able to complete in the process. It's done in the style of 1994 Topps, and Jim was actually with the Yankees then, so that works out nicely.
Jim Abbott 2013 Upper Deck National Convention
UD picked a bit of a goofy picture for this convention card from last year, but those of you who know me already understand that I grabbed it because of Abbott appearing in a Michigan uniform. This was one of the wrapper redemption cards available at the 2013 Chicago national, requiring attendees to purchase certain numbers of packs from the manufacturer.
Seven new Abbott cards give him a new total of 63 cards in his PC!
Chris Getz 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects X-Fractor (#120/199)
Chris has 10 different versions in the 2008 Bowman Draft/Chrome rainbow and this is my 7th, leaving me shy the Blue, Gold, and Red Chrome Refractors.
Chris Getz 2009 O-Pee-Chee
While picking up some other stuff on Sportlots I was able to turn up the base version of Chris' 2009 OPC card, a set produced by Upper Deck (which seems strange since it was a Canadian version of Topps for so long). I'd previously picked up the Black Mini and now just need the Black parallel along with the Black Blank Back (say that three times fast!) version.
Chris Getz 2012 Topps Toys R Us Purple Border
"Hooray for retail exclusives!" said NO ONE EVER. With Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target, in addition to the surplus of parallels, it's a bit of a chore to collect all of a player's yearly flagship issues these days. In the case of Getz's 2012 cards, it looks like I'm short his Black, Factory Set Orange, and Mini Gold versions, so that's not too terrible.
Chris Getz 2013 Topps Update Emerald
Chris Getz 2013 Topps Update Gold (#0771/2013)
Chris Getz 2013 Topps Update Target Red Border
The other half of the Getz haul this time is this three count of 2013 flagship rainbow additions. Justcommons hooked me up with these on the cheap as they had recently busted a bunch of 2013 Update at the time (I did the same with 2014 flagship recently). Of his nine issues from that set, I'm surprisingly missing just the Sapphire parallel (/25) and the Walmart Blue exclusive.
Clayton Richard 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor (#083/150)
Well, well, well, if it isn't my favorite Refractor color! Back in the pre-parallel explosion days, Clayton had just seven different versions in the 2005 Draft/Chrome set, and I just need the Gold (/50) Refractor version to sew things up. It's so nice not having to chase down the Orange and Red versions, limited as they are!
Clayton Richard 2011 Topps Target
Again with the retail exclusives! At least this is the final one of the post. To finish up Clayton's flagship/Chrome collection for that year, I just need to pick up the Gold and Red Refractors; beyond that, I can close the book on all of his 2011 cards by scoring his 2011 Heritage SP, which has been on my radar for a bit. I'm sure it helps that there's only 22 cards to chase.
Clayton Richard 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Black (#080/199)
I've decided that one Mini doesn't deserve the "Arrrg minis" tag, so you won't see that today. I like two things about this one: the black border looks quite nice, and because the variation is on the front, I didn't have to scan the back! From the set I need three more Minis (including the Wood /5) and the very tough Currency card, also numbered to five, so this one might take a while!
Clayton Richard 2013 Topps Mini
Clayton Richard 2013 Topps Mini Gold (#36/62)
Clayton Richard 2013 Topps Silver Slate Blue Sparkle Wrapper Redemption
We'll finish today's post with one more rainbow chase. The pair of Minis gives me three of the four from that set (I already had the Pink), although the Black /5 looms large. The Blue Sparkle is a nice addition, but again, the Silver Slate version /10 will be a tough get. There's a lot of 2013 parallels to chase and I still need many of them, but I'm sure I'll slowly pick them up as prices drop.
These six new Richard cards run his collection to 95/145 and his total PC to 99 thanks to some 1/1s!
Stay tuned for the final three posts with some newer stuff mixed in.