Box number nine contained the ninth different box topper so far. This card here is one of the reasons why this set is missed so much. This is a beautiful card of one of the greatest hitters of all time. I can completely understand why Upper Deck stopped producing this set though. It was very costly to produce with the fancy card stock and on-card autographs It didn’t sell very well at the original suggested retail price. It sells very well now for half of that, but many of the people who love the set now didn’t buy it when it first came out (myself included).
Windsor Green Linen: Ichiro, Lou Gehrig, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Ty Cobb
The Ichiro is taken, but everything else is up for grabs. Any Phillies fans out there? Feel free to promote this break to anyone out there who doesn’t collect what you collect. (Thanks Guy!)
Ryan Howard Hades 1/50 and Kei Igawa Serious Black /99
The Howard is currently up on eBay due to the numbering. Weird things tend to happen when you’ve got the first, last or especially the jersey number. I’m hoping for some of that magic here. So far, so good on the Ripken 50/50. The Igawa is available for those of you out there collecting rookie flops.
Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez and Dontrelle Willis
The Felix Hernandez is spoken for, but the Roy Halladay and Dontrelle Willis are available.
Upton doesn’t hit for average and doesn’t have a high on base percentage. He gets a high number of steals, but his success rate isn’t all that great. The modern belief by those really into sabermetrics is that stolen bases aren’t worth the gamble for the most part. I think you have to be successful close to 90% of the time in order for it to make a substantial difference. Ok, who wants to buy this? Me am good salesman.