Saturday, November 24, 2012

Well, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

More from the 'Screw Topps 100 Card Challenge'-

1991 Woolworth Baseball Highlights #5 Dave Justice (50 cents)
My second recent purchase which shows Justice in the infield. While the front of these cards are pretty sweet, the backs are rather plain- featuring no stats and no photos, only a red back with black and white lettering. It does announce Justice as the NL Rookie of the Year. This plain back is what makes it a great odd ball!

1994 Braves Topps Stadium Club Team Set #45 Tyler Houston (25 cents)
I liked the '93 Stadium Club Team sets, but the ninety-four's are just plain horrible.

Houston was chosen second overall in the 1989 amateur draft. At the time, the pick was a no-brainer. Looking back in hindsight, how good would Frank Thomas have looked sporting a Braves uni? The big hurt was taken 7th overall. Heck, even Chuck Knoblauch, taken 25th, would have been a better pick. I included this player in the challenge as a reminder of those super prospects who don't live up to the hype.

Rafael Furcal: 2004 Bazooka #18 (50 cents), 2008 Topps 50th Anniversary All-Rookie Team #AR99 (37 cents), 2004 Topps Own the Game #20 (50 cents)

It was just reported this week that Furcal's injured elbow is 100 % healed and he should be ready for spring training. That's good to hear. I've always liked Rafa- even after the free-agency debacle a few years ago when his agent supposedly pulled out of a deal they had reached with the Braves.

Running Total: 89 Cards/  $59.09

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