Tuesday, 7 June 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: James Pazos

James Pazos is probably best know for his two seasons in Seattle (2017-2018) in which he pitched in 119 of his 155 career MLB games. He would come to the Rockies in September of 2019, finishing with a 1.74 ERA over 12 games. He would return to Colorado in August of 2020, but failed to have the same success finishing that season with a 16.88 ERA

I miss Upper Deck, their flagship sets always seem to be nice, something that I haven't thought about Topps in quite a few years. I changed a few elements as the foil never seems to translate to a digital card.

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Friday, 27 May 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: Gonzalez Germen

Gonzalez Germen was claimed off waivers by the Rockies from the Cubs in July of 2015 and ending up pitching in 29 games, including his only career start, with a respectable 3.86 ERA for Colorado, earning his second career save pitching a scoreless 16th inning in a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. He would return to the Rockies in 2016 going 2-1 with a 5.31 ERA and his 3rd career save over a career high 40 games in what would be his final MLB season.

1991 Score football is among the junky-est of junk wax, but it does have a place in my heart as 1991 was the first year of me opening football packs (I'm also running out of ideas on sets to customize). I kind of liked the design and the team colors actually work pretty well.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Football Frankenset - April 2022


#014 - 2003 UD Honor Roll - Chad Hutchinson

Two sport athletes are a must to include somewhere, Hutchinson played in 15 NFL games between the Cowboys & Bears as well as 3 games with the Cardinals of the MLB.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: Wes Parsons

Wes Parsons was claimed off waivers by the Rockies in August of 2019 and finished the season with Colorado, his last in the majors. His 15 games run with the team was mostly forgetable with no desictions and a 6.98 ERA that was ballooned by two really bad outings. He spent all of 2020 with the Rockies "Alternate Training Site" (remember no minors in 2020), and has spent 2021-2022 with the NC Dinos of the Korean League.

I have always liked Metal Universe going back to the Giant Claws of 1997, but never got far with a custom. This time it actually started to look like something and eventually became something I am pretty happy with. This is heavy based on the 2021 Hockey design with a few tweaks, mostly in the player name area, and adding a very Rockies purple background.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Hey, I'm Still here.. And I bought some stuff

Contrary to the lack of action here, I do still collect cards (and not just post digital customs). I haven't opened any wax in a loong time, but here are a few pick-ups worth posting. Starting with a card I didn't know existed until recently, Wade Redden played in over 1,000 career NHL games, his final 6 being with the Bruins, along with 5 playoff games. Panini must have had some extra cloth to use up, so here is his only card with Boston. Being 10 years old and limited to 25, I never expected to find one, but when one popped up with an $8.00 BIN, I couldn't click fast enough. So here it is, from Sweden of all places, now in my Bruins PC.

Saturday, 9 April 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy made his MLB debut with the Rockies in September of 2009, played in 12 games, not starting any and went 0-5 at the plate. He did manage to score a run and steal 2 bases as a pinch runner.

McCoy would spend the next 3 years with the Blue Jays, playing every position other than First & Catcher, including pitching one inning. His versatility allowed him to stay in the majors for 170 games despite hitting for a .190 average.

When was the last time you though about Upper Deck Victory as a set? Back when it seemed like there as 50 sets a year, Victory was usually good for some weird players (see 2002 Mario Encarnacion). Not a horrible design, just something different to play with.

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Monday, 4 April 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: Blaine Neal

Plagued by arm trouble and inconsistency, Blaine Neal managed to appear in 113 career MLB games from 2001-2005, with the 2002 season being his career highlight going 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over 32 games with the Marlins. His final 11 games would come with the Rockies, finishing with a 1-2 record and a 6.14 ERA for Colorado. He would pitch professionally until the 2010, as well as with Team USA in the 2008 Olympics, but wouldn't return to the majors.

I thought I had posted a 1973 Custom before, but what better time than with Heritage coming out recently. I stayed pretty loyal, but used a different position icon, as I like this one better.

Friday, 1 April 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: Jacob Cruz

Did you know 12 different players patrolled left field for the Rockies in 2001. If you did, you probably knew one of them was Jacob Cruz. Cruz was traded to the Rockies in June of 2001 for Josh Bard & Jody Gerut, both of which would have solid MLB careers. He would go on the play 44 games for Colorado, hitting a pretty bad .211 and eventually loosing playing time when the Rockies traded for Alex Ochoa in July, then would be released in November.

Debuted in the MLB in 1996 with the Giants, but is probably best know for this last two MLB seasons in 2004 & 2005 playing in 206 games with the Reds over those two seasons.

1992 Pinnacle is one of my favorite all-time designs, the RLC logo looked weird where the Pinnacle logo was, so I moved it down, but now it looks weird with that spot empty, but I am newly commited to posting these things, so here it is.

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Sunday, 27 March 2022

RLC Custom Card Project: Chris Gissell


 The MLB career of Chris Gissell consisted of 5 games with the Rockies in late 2004, in which he gave up earned runs in all 5 games, and gave up a home run in 4 of the 5. At one point his ERA was 17.36 and it finish at 14.54. The one thing he can hang his hat on is his last game and only start in which he struck out 8 Cardinals in 4 innings, including Hall of Famer Larry Walker twice and Jim Edmonds 3 times.

Sometimes the photo limits to what design can be used, this one needed a full bleed horizontal and what better design than 2016 Stadium Club.

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Saturday, 26 March 2022

Clearing out the Scan Folder


 Some recent additions I have wanted to post, starting with a rare purchase from everyone's favorite auction site, I have been trying to track one of these down as I believe it is the only cardboard evidence of the Bruins 2019 Winter Classic Uniform that was work after the Classic, notice the lack of a Shamrock patch on the shoulder and obviously the date. I'm a laundry guy as you can see here.