Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 COMC purchases: George Sisler will see you in St. Louis

I'm back with more COMC pickups (just a few posts left!), and today is all about "Gorgeous" George Sisler:
George Sisler 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball Chronology Gold (#074/550)
Lots of other records always got more press, including Lou Gehrig's 2130 consecutive games, Maris' 61 homers in a season, and Ruth's 714 career HR.  Still, it took longer for a different mark to get broken than each of those:  It wasn't until Ichiro totaled 262 hits in 2004 that Sisler's single-season record of 257 was broken--a full 84 years later.  Good on UD to highlight this feat (the original one, that is) with a cool numbered card.
George Sisler 2006 Ultimate Collection (#152/799)
It's well-known that card companies love to re-use photos as much as possible when producing their cards, and here's a good example, as I have issues from 2007 UD and 2010 Topps, among others, featuring the same image.  It's certainly a nice one to use, and I very much like Ultimate Collection's premium design (and serial-numbering).
George Sisler 2008 Topps Triple Threads base (#0716/1350) and Sepia (#122/525)
One of today's themes is "Triple Threads pairs," and I think you'll see why in a minute.  By the way, I've always appreciated that it's very easy to distinguish Triple Threads' various parallels.
George Sisler 2009 Topps Wal-Mart Chrome Cereal Refractor Platinum
What would George think of this very flashy Refractor?  Probably too over-the-top for him, but I thought it looked cool enough to pick up, plus, hey--Refractor!
George Sisler 2009 Topps Triple Threads base (#0765/1350) and Gold (#83/99)
"Whaddya MEAN smile--I ain't smilin', that's for broads, see?"  In this case I'm glad the cards are numbered on the front because I would have guessed the one on the right was Sepia compared to the previous year's set.
George Sisler 2009 Topps Turkey Red
Turkey Red!  (Almost) Always a favorite of mine.  I really like the fielding pose used here--which may look familiar since it's the same image from the Refractor above.  Since Sisler was known more for his hitting, he doesn't get too many shots in the field, and I confirmed that by counting just six in his collection so far.
George Sisler 2010 Topps Triple Threads base (#0184/1350) and Sepia (#119/525)
And now in 2010 we're back to the Base-Sepia combo.  Of the group today, I think 2010's design is my second favorite, with my #1 choice upcoming.  Also, "Only dames don't choke up on the bat, ya palooka."
George Sisler 2010 Topps Turkey Red
This Turkey Red card, which looks as nice as the '09 version in its own way, shares the image from the Ultimate Collection card seen above.  It's artsy enough to blow up, frame, and stick up on the wall of your favorite museum!
George Sisler 2011 Topps Triple Threads base (#0274/1500) and Emerald (#228/249)
As a curveball, for 2011 I threw in an Emerald parallel instead of Gold or Sepia.  Not on purpose, really--that's just what had the best price.  Out of the four versions today, the 2011 has my favorite design that includes a nice color scheme and quality photos.  That might influence me to put more effort into this rainbow at some point.
George Sisler 2013 Panini Cooperstown Green Crystal
Speaking of colorful cards and verdant colors, we close things out today with this Green Crystal parallel from 2013 Cooperstown.  I previously owned just the base version, so maybe this is the start of another rainbow as well.  By the way, this is one of the few cards I'm showing off today that doesn't re-use a photo from another Sisler in my PC!

An especially productive addition of 14 new Sislers puts the HOFer's PC up to a stout 48 cards, meaning it's almost time for another milestone here at chez TMM!

Now stay tuned for one more baseball PC post, plus some football cards of the hit variety (George's favorite!).

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