Friday, May 20, 2016

I Don't Know What This Is

I picked this up recently.  It looks like a commemorative coin for the 1997 World Series, but I have never seen anything like it before.

Here is the back:
I like the item.  It is definitely not a card, but it will go well with my more unusual oddball items.

Card #380: 1992 U.S. Playing Card All Stars #JC

YEAR: 1992
BRAND: U.S. Playing Card Co.
SET: All Stars
TEAM: Cleveland Indians

This is kind of an interesting action shot.  Alomar appears to be in motion, I am not sure his feet are even touching the ground, and his helmet is in the air too.  Judging by the decorations, this picture might have actually been taken at the All Star game.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1998 Topps Chrome Refractor

The 1998 Topps Chrome Refractors have been fairly elusive for some reason.  I saw the base card one time on COMC but before I had a chance to buy it, someone else snatched it up.  But I was able to add the World Series highlight card over the weekend for a very reasonable price.  I like this one better anyway.  Alomar had a terrific World Series in 1997 and may have been the MVP had Cleveland not blown it in Game 7.

Card #379: 1990 Baseball's Finest Stars #NNO

YEAR: 1990
BRAND: Unknown
SET: Baseball's Finest Stars
TEAM: Cleveland Indians

This is one of the many cards from the late 1980's/early 1990's known as Broder cards.  Print runs are unknown, manufacturers are unknown, and Beckett does not list them.  It is tough to find information on these sets.  They are cheap and pretty easy to find.  And there were a lot of variations.  There will be several more of these as we move along.