Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 Sportlots purchase #4: Kelly, Bill, Heath, Steve, and J.J.

Yep, more Sportlots pickups today, so let's get right down to it:
Kelly Dransfeldt 1999 Topps Gold Label Class 2
Just one Dransfeldt this time, but it's from the gorgeous '99 Topps Gold Label set.  Class 2 means two things:  the background is the "T" team logo, and the main image is Kelly as a baserunner (along with the inset image, which is the same on all three versions).  I have Class 1 and Class 3 already, giving me that trio, so now I'm left to work on some parallels.  I also have 21 of Dransfeldt's 45-card run, putting me pretty close to 50%!

Bill Freehan 2004 Upper Deck Legends Timeless Teams (#73)
Just one Freehan today as well, but that's sort of a theme since four of this post's five players are flying solo today.  In old Bill's case I finally landed one of his two base cards from this Timeless Teams set, this one honoring the '72 squad that lost to the eventual three-peating A's (the other is the more honor-worthy '68 team).  It goes nicely with the autographed version, which is pretty much the same card with a signature right where the year is (nice design!).  Bump the count up by one to 74 of Bill's 132 overall.

Heath Murray 1998 Bowman Chrome Refractor
Today's Refractor comes courtesy of former Padres hurler Heath Murray.  My fifth card from his '98 Bowman/Chrome rainbow leaves me needing four, including both Golden Anniversary cards (#d to 50) and the ultra-tough Golden Anniversary Chrome Refractor (just five made!).  I don't need a whole lot more than that, though, as this is my 21st of Heath's 30 issues.  Viva Refractors!

Steve Ontiveros 1995 Donruss Top of the Order
Steve Ontiveros party time!  First up is this Donruss card that looks like a precursor to the more popular MLB Showdown game.  It's slightly oddball-ish, but normal enough to count as far as I'm concerned.
Steve Ontiveros 1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond
Electric Diamond was a parallel of a few different Upper Deck sets in the 90s, and in this case, the one-per-pack version featured silver foil, including a home plate that encompassed the UD logo.  Personally I favor the copper foil and regular UD logo of the base card, but to each his own.  Meanwhile, I still need the rarer Gold version.
Steve Ontiveros 1996 Collector's Choice Gold Signature
This one was tougher for me to find for whatever reason, but I eventually nabbed it when I saw it on SportLots.  1996's Signature parallels are a bit better than some of the other years' since the border features the same color as the signature.
Steve Ontiveros 1996 Metal Universe Platinum
Look!  It's a very slightly different version of the base card!  This is such a typical 90s parallel that...well, I dunno, but it's a very typical 90s parallel!
Steve Ontiveros 1996 Stadium Club Extreme Players Silver
Out of all the cards I scanned for today, I'm proudest of this one, because I lucked out and really got a fantastic image of the "Extreme" Silver stamp.
Steve Ontiveros 1996 Stadium Club Members Only Parallel
This Members Only parallel is decidedly less interesting, but still features a pretty cool stamp.
Steve Ontiveros 1996 Stadium Club Silver
THIS parallel is probably the most unnecessary since the Extreme Silver card looks so much better and already features silver foil.  At least it closes the book on Steve's six cards from '96 Stadium Club!  Better yet, I now sit amazingly close to Ontiveros' PC with a new total of 68/71!

J.J. Putz 2008 Upper Deck Gold (#40/99)
It's kind of funny--I think Upper Deck pretty consistently produced Gold parallels numbered to 99 going back to around 2006, and yet the older ones are generally much cheaper than the newer ones.  Case in point:  this Putz from 2008.  I grabbed it for just $0.75 (before shipping), which seems crazy to me since I see cards from 2010 going for 10 times that much!  Hey, whatever--I'll take 'em as cheap as I can get 'em!  This is my 177th Putz of his 320 or so cards.

Stay tuned for the last part in this series pretty soon, and then some recent eBay and COMC scores!


  1. Off topic, but I love Pacific. Just wanted you to know!

    1. Haha, well I do have at least one Pacific card I'll be showing off soon!