Kelly Dransfeldt 1999 Fleer Mystique RC (#0345/2999)
This super-shiny, numbered RC hails from 1999 Fleer Mystique, another 90s set with a gimmick (cards with opaque peels that made what you pulled a mystery until you peeled them). It's my seventh Dransfeldt rookie, and, though it seems strange in this day and age, doesn't have any parallels or anything, meaning I'm done with the set. One more will get me to 20 as I inch closer to 50% of Kelly's 45 issues.
Mike Matheny 1997 Ultra Platinum Medallion
Mike Matheny 2005 Topps Chrome Refractor
Mike Matheny 2006 Topps Chrome X-Fractor
My Matheny collection is one I've been trying to beef up as I've gained more interest in him since he became St. Louis' manager. I got some work done this time with this trio of parallels. The first is a '97 Ultra Platinum Medallion. Some of you might recall that they were limited to 200 copies, and BaseballCardPedia confirms that they also feature different photos than the base cards. As tough as they can be to find, it was a nice get. The other two are Topps Chrome parallels; the first is from 2005 and goes along with the flagship and Chrome base cards I already had. The other is an X-Fractor from 2006, and I have a flagship base and Chrome Refractor to go along with that. I'm now just a card shy of 50 for him, which will be a fun milestone.
Michael O'Neill 2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs auto
Michael O'Neill 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks
Michael O'Neill 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Signatures auto
And welcome to the PC, new guy! O'Neill, Paul's nephew, was New York's 3rd-rounder last year (#103 overall), and Michigan's highest draft selection since the Reds took Ryan LaMarre (2nd, #62) in 2010. He's also not to be confused with Cardinals prospect Mike O'Neill, so you'll always see me referring to the guy I collect as "Michael."
Right now I have him down for 40 regular issues which come out of three 2013 sets: Bowman Sterling, Donruss EEE, and Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks. I'm most excited about picking up the EEE cards right now since it's a fun set with interesting parallels. For now, though, I landed some nice cards from the other two sets: the Bowman Sterling base auto, Prizm base card, and the base auto from the same set. It looks like 2013 was a very chrome-heavy year for Mr. O'Neill, and I'm happy to have a couple of his (very nice) signatures from those sets. These three are a pretty nice debut for a guy I hope turns into a future star (just not with the Yankees, naturally).
Steve Ontiveros 1995 Select Certified Mirror Gold
I only landed one Ontiveros card this time, but it was one I'd been itching to pick up. Select Certified's Mirror Gold cards became highly sought after very quickly, especially the subsequent versions that were so rare. Instead of paying a ridiculous ransom on eBay for it, $2 was enough for me to grab it on COMC. I now have 59 of his 71 cards, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that I'll have his PC done before the year's up!
J.J. Putz 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Orange (#57/75)
J.J. Putz 2005 Donruss Signature
J.J. Putz 2008 Topps Black (#181) (With Borowski and Jenks) (#20/57)
Last up today is a man who's no stranger to this blog, as his 180 total cards (176 non 1/1s) will attest to. The first is from a nice 2005 Donruss Champions rainbow; the set includes a base card, autograph, and seven colored Impressions parallels, and this Orange leaves me needing the auto, base Impressions insert, and Black #d /5 (that'll be a bit tricky).
Speaking of 2005 Donruss products, I finally tracked down J.J.'s base card from the 2005 Signature set. Of his eight cards in the set I now own six, including two autographs, and need just the Platinum auto /25 and Century Proofs Platinum /10. And hey, doesn't that photo look awfully familiar?
Finally, I was able to knock off a card that had been on my COMC watch list for a long time. Putz made it into the 2008 Topps set twice, meaning he appeared on two Black parallels: his solo card, and this league leaders version with Joe Borowski and Bobby Jenks. An interesting note: all three were part of the White Sox organization at one time or another.
Here's hoping I don't have to wait much longer for Putz #200!
Well, it was a pretty productive day if I do say so myself, nearing multiple milestones and adding another new member to the baseball PC ranks. Stay tuned for more from COMC soon!