Wednesday, May 18, 2016

frankendodger sheet 13 (cards 109-117) - reggie!...

here's sheet number 13 of my dodger frankenset - cards numbered 109-117:
and the back:
these cards are:

109. 1997 bowman wilton guerrero
110. 1992 score kal daniels
111. 1981 fleer reggie smith
112. 1965 topps darrell griffith
113. 2010 topps chrome hiroki kuroda
114. 2009 upper deck a piece of history scott elbert
115. 1994 pinnacle tom candiotti
116. 2005 bowman heritage cesar izturis
117. 1991 upper deck juan samuel

the "no brainer" of the day:

i don't have too many doubles from 1965 as i am working on the set (at least, i have a want list), so this sheet was built around darrell griffith.

about the cards:

this sheet starts with a bang with that wilton guerrero card.  1997 bowman is probably my favorite bowman set - i had the nomo card from the set in my garvey cey russell lopes header.  to go from there to 1992 score is a bit of a letdown, but reggie smith picks things back up with his 1981 fleer card, and it is difficult to not like the 1965 topps design.  even if the card i chose features a guy who kind of looks like robin williams in his photo.

i have a few cards from 2010 topps chrome that look like the final layer of shellack wasn't applied, and the kuroda here is one of them.  the surface of the card is a bit rough.  maybe it's a super short print parallel version. scott elbert was the dodgers' first round pick in 2004, and he was pretty good out of the bullpen in 2011 and 2012.  then he got hurt, returned and did well again in a few games in 2014, but was signed and released by the padres in 2015.

the bottom row of cards is pretty nice.  i reaaaaaaally like the candiotti card with the tight shot from behind the plate, but i also think that 2005 bowman heritage is a underappreciated set.  which is to say, i've never seen it appreciated, and the izturis card deserves some appreciation.  even the photo choice for juan samuel's card makes me like 1991 upper deck more.

cards that didn't make the cut:

some of the best cards that were not chosen for this sheet include tommy john's 2003 topps all-time fan favorites card and a 1979 tcma the 1950's card of carmen mauro at #109, rick monday's 2005 topps all-time fan favorites card
and juan pierre's 2008 upper deck card at #110, don drysdale's 2005 upper deck baseball heroes card at #111, a 1999 topps stadium club card of chan ho park at #112,
lee walls' 1963 post card at #113, a 1972 topps bill buckner card at #114, robin ventura's 2003 topps traded card at #115, rafael bournigal's 1995 topps stadium club card at #116,
and a 2015 topps update enrique hernandez card at #117.

my favorite card on the page:

there are a few cards here that i really like for one reason or another, but candiott's 1994 pinnacle card is my favorite of the bunch.

final thoughts:

the darrell griffith card brings some orange to the page, along with the baby blue banner. it's interesting to me to see cards from 1965, 1981, and 1997 all use baby blue as an accent for dodger cards (in the case of the 1997 bowman set, they used baby blue for all of the rookies and red for veterans).  it's better than pink, though.


  1. It's your frankenset, but it'd be so nice if 2010 Topps Chrome didn't make an appearance.

    1. well, if i come across a double of that '63 post walls card, i'll swap it out.