Thursday, May 12, 2016

frankendodger sheet 9 (cards 73-81) - i know that fernando is already in the set, but that's not a fernando card...

here's sheet number 9 of my dodger frankenset - cards numbered 73-81:
and the back:
these cards are:

73. 2008 topps stadium club greg maddux
74. 2005 fleer ultra steve finley
75. 2015 topps opening day jimmy rollins
76. 1994 upper deck sp delino deshields
77. 2001 topps finest mark grudzielanek
78. 2014 topps allen & ginter's zack greinke
79. 1975 hostess andy messersmith
80. 1992 donruss triple play roger mcdowell
81. 1999 topps gallery todd hundley

the "no brainer" of the day:

you know i love the murals on the outfield wall at dodger stadium, so it's got to be the finley card.

about the cards:

there are three dodger double dippers on the page (maddux, messersmith, and hundley), plus a couple of shiny cards (deshields and grudzielanek).  the maddux card is probably my favorite of him as a dodger, and i am glad that finley has such a great card from his short time as a dodger - i just wish he had at least one card that documented his division clinching grand slam for the team.

the jimmy rollins card joins the 1985 leaf/donruss orel hershiser card(s) to be an almost double in the set.  jimmy's regular 2015 topps card checks in a bit later, and it's pretty much the same card as this one. deshields and grudzielanek share the distinction of being former expo infielders to join the dodgers in the 1990's. both were all-stars in montreal, and the dodgers gave up wilton guerrero, ted lilly, and a minor leaguer to get gru (plus carlos perez). we all know what the dodgers gave up to get deshields.  the greinke card is here because it fits. it's pretty much filler.

the best thing about the messersmith card (other than it's general hostess greatness) is that he's wearing a batting glove while simulating a throw.  would have been nice to have a card with him holding a bat, if in fact that is why he was wearing the glove.  there are other roger mcdowell cards that i like better than this triple play card, but it fit the set and if he's going to be in the set, it might as well be one of his less-silly cards.  if wearing a toolbelt on the mound counts as less-silly.

finally, it's interesting to see a card showing hundley batting from the right side.  he was a switch-hitting catcher, but for his career, hundley hit just over .200 (.204) as a righty, and he may have given up switch hitting at the end of his career if i recall correctly.  even though his first stint with the dodgers wasn't too bad from a power perspective (he hit 24 homers in both 1999 and 2000), dodger fans were used to much higher batting averages from their catcher at that time.

cards that didn't make the cut:

notable near misses include 1974 topps traded mike marshall (#73), 1988 topps tommy lasorda (#74), 1979 topps steve yeager (#75), 1980 topps bill russell (#75), 1982 donruss bob welch (#75), 1983 donruss mike scioscia (#75), 1991 topps archives the ultimate 1953 set pee wee reese (#76), 1999 fleer sports illustrated devon white (#77),
2001 topps archives reserve don sutton (#78), 1992 upper deck pedro/ramon martinez bloodlines (#79), 1957 topps gil hodges (#80),
1998 donruss signature series eric young (#80),
and 2003 upper deck sp legendary cuts leo durocher (#81).

my favorite card on the page:

once again, the no-brainer card is also my favorite. kudos, fleer.

final thoughts:

one reason i noted those near misses at #75 was to note that they are cards that appear in consecutive years of players from the same team.  for card companies that seemed to randomly assign card numbers, it seems like this happens fairly often (or maybe i have just noticed it a few times).  it makes sense, as i think i might have defaulted back then to the previous year's checklist to create a new one to make sure things are pretty equal as far as team distribution goes, and then maybe swap the numbers to mix things up. i wonder if that's what happened, with some number/team assignments not being switched, or if i'm imaging things. probably the latter.


  1. How did a '57 Gil Hodges not make the cut? I have never seen that Steve Finley card before, it sure is a neat image.

    1. the 1957 set was already represented by sal maglie, and hodges was already included with a modern card. basically, i rigged the checklist so that i didn't need 3 copies of his 1957 topps card (one for the dodger collection, one for the 1957 set, and one for the frankenset).

  2. Whoa, I probably missed something here, but does this mean you have 2 '57 Gil Hodges?

    Cards on the page I'm missing: '94 SP DeShields (of course, I have diecut version), Topps Gallery Hundley.

    1. i do not have a dupe of the hodges. cards that didn't make the cut are either doubles, cards that i would need to acquire a duplicate of (like the hodges - although i would need two more of those to put one in my 1957 set, too), or cards that i need two copies of (like the roy gleason at 44). i didn't want to put any card in the frankenset that wasn't also in my dodger collection, so there were a few times where i picked up two copies.

  3. Didn't know you had started this up already. Looking forward to viewers the set.

  4. DeShields and Grudzielanek were both PC guys for me back in the day, and that was before they both played for the Cubs. Nice additions to the set.

    1. i was happy to have them both join the dodgers, although i hoped for more from deshields than he delivered.

  5. Tough choice between the Finley, Maddux, and the Messersmith. Since you went with Finley, I'll go with Andy because it's a vintage oddball.

    1. i saw your current post, so no surprise you went with hostess!