Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Frankenset Page 24

This is the 24th page of my frankenset and features cards 208-216, the first full page of cards in the 200s in the frankenset thus far. Likewise, 24 is actually a fairly large number in terms of my frankenset because it means that I am about 1/3 of my way through the 74-page frankenset of 666 cards.

As I have said before, I'm not entirely sure if I want to do anything with the frankenset pages when I'm done, whether I choose a top 10 or some type of tournament. However, the good thing is I have 2/3 of the set, or 50 more pages to make this decision. As for now, here's page #24, including cards 208-216.

#208 1986 Topps Ramon Romero
Since so much of my collection, especially cards eligible for the frankenset, is from the late 2000's and early 2010's, it's nice to see cards from different eras than what we typically see nowadays, even if it's only as far back as 1986. In addition to the classic Indians jersey, Ramon Romero's blue glove almost exactly matches the light blue sky, a small detail that you don't usually see in today's sets.

#209 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Hunter Pence
The Giants are certainly not the only team to sport these off-white home jerseys shown on Hunter Pence's 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen card. The Twins and Cardinals are examples of a couple other teams that go for these retro-style home uniforms, I must say, especially when they're put on cardboard, that I'm a huge fan of them.

#210 2016 Topps Archives Orlando Cepeda
Speaking of retro and the Giants, Orlando Cepeda was one of the most underrated players of his era of the 60's and early 1970's. Having played alongside Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, and Willie McCovey, Cepeda didn't stand out for the talented player he was, but his career .297 average and 1958 NL Rookie of the Year season with the Giants speaks volumes about his ability. 

#211 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Fernando Rodney
Fernando Rodney reminds me quite a lot of Bartolo Colon in terms of how long he's been playing for and how it also appears he's not going to be retiring anytime soon. Unless I missed something, I've heard nothing stating that Rodney won't return for the 2018 season, his 17th major league season. It's just a question of what team he'll be playing for.

#212 1989 Donruss Mickey Brantley
I really wish MLB would have one day (preferably a weekend day) in which all 30 teams would wear throwback jerseys, kind of like the old 80's Mariners jerseys worn on this card. The teams could choose which uniforms to wear, and it would kind of be similar to Players Weekend, including auctioning off the jerseys after the games had been played in order to raise money for charities.  

#213 1993 Sporting News Conlon Collection Paul Derringer
This is, I believe, the 2nd page in a row to showcase a Conlon Collection card from the Sporting News set released in the early 1990's. As I explained the last post, I attempted not to include too many Conlon cards since, although they're incredible, any one of them could make this set. Instead, I stuck primarily to spots that were tough to fill, giving a handful of Conlon Collection cards a spot in the set.

#214 2017 Topps Jose Altuve
This card really should be in my Jose Altuve player collection, making me wonder how it ended up in the frankenset considering I was definitely collecting Altuve by the time 2017 Topps came out. I guess I'll leave it here for now, but if I remind myself and eventually spot a different card #214 that I can replace Altuve with, I'll definitely do that in order to place this card where it belongs.

#215 2006 Topps Garrett Anderson
I can't tell exactly where this photo was taken from, but judging from the grey jersey that Anderson is wearing, he seems to be playing on the road. Furthermore, the blue in the background leads me to believe this photo was captured during a battle of LA Angels vs Dodgers game from Dodgers Stadium, but there's also a chance that I could be wrong about that.

#216 1991 Topps Greg Gagne
Because of all its unique angles and photographs, 1991 Topps is a standout set in an era of dozens of bland and overproduced products. A pretty great way to end the page, Greg Gagne's 1991 Topps card is one of many standouts to me from the set that helps to make this page one of the best of the frankenset thus far.

1 comment:

  1. That Romero is indeed pretty sweet with the blue glove. I'll pick it as my favorite although it's always nice to see Orlando Cepeda.