Thursday 10 October 2013

As exicted as anyone has even been over a MLB Showdown card

Aaron Ledesma, an easy forgettable player, who played in 284 MLB games from 1995-2000, best known for being a bench player for the expansion 1998 Devils Rays. A player with 49 cards in the Beckett database with a total value of $80.15. A player who spend two months with Colorado, playing in 32 games, starting 3, before being DFA's in June of 2000. This was the player that was at the top of my want-list since I started this blog over two years ago. A card from a set that I hate, MLB Showdown with its rounded corners and generic playing card back. A card I am sure I hate for taking so long to track down, or love now that I finally have a copy.

The reason for this being so high on my list is this is the last card I needed to "finish" my "One of Every Rockies" collection, or at least be up to date until 2013 Update comes out. It's hard to call a common base card of a player no one remembers from a set that no one cares about a "white whale", but there is no small satisfaction in adding this one to the collection and striking it off the want-list.


  1. Congratulations, I know exactly how tough of a goal that is. Ledesma is still on my need list along with three other guys, but I'll get there eventually too. Hopefully, Ottavino, Oswalt, Garland, and maybe McHugh make it into Update but I figure only 1 or 2 of them get in.

  2. Way to go! Nice to have a team young enough to make this a reasonable goal. I'm doing this with the Dodgers. Limiting it to Los Angeles, for obvious reasons, but it's still pretty tough.

  3. Well I was half right. Ottavino and Oswalt are in Update, but no Garland or McHugh. Update did include Reid Brignac and D.J. LeMahieu (I don't count the GQ auto as his first card) though. Oddly enough, Christian Friedrich is on the checklist also. Most people would be confused, but I LOVE IT. The one that really confuses me is the inclusion of Rafael Betancourt since he was in Series 2.

    Here is the full Rockies list if you haven't seen it yet.

    15 D.J. LeMahieu
    42 Rafael Betancourt
    76 Roy Oswalt
    88 Troy Tulowitzki AS
    102 Christian Friedrich
    145 Michael Cuddyer AS
    201 Adam Ottavino
    206 Reid Brignac
    226 Michael Cuddyer HRD
    227 Carlos Gonzalez AS
    259 Nolan Arenado