2009 Cardboard World Series: Yankees v. Phillies

CardboardWorldSeries2009bWelcome to the 2009 Cardboard World Series. I am your host, Newspaperman. We’ve got an on-the-field competition pitting two of the most powerful lineups in all of baseball in the American League Champion New York Yankees and the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

But what happens on the field matters not in the Cardboard World Series. In this fictional championship battle, wel take a look at Newspaperman’s collection and pit the rookie card* (or best available card of the player if no rookie is available) of each player at each position against one another.

Last year we saw the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in a stunning 5-3-3 victory. This year the same rules apply with a few tweaks: I’ve lumped the outfielders all together, scraped the DH and added late-inning bullpen guys.

With Hobby studs Ryan Howard, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in play, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Without further adieu, let’s play ball.



1989 Upper Deck Joe Girardi rookie / 2007 Topps Heritage Special Charlie Manuel

Analysis: It kind of shocked me when I started researching cards of these two coaches that Joe Girardi’s rookies were within three 1989 products. I somehow felt he had cards that were a little older. None the less, he’s got this 1989 Upper Deck High Series rookie, which made me happy because I knew I had one in my factory set. Sadly, I do not have a rookie of Charlie Manuel, who is featured on a 1970 Topps card. He is labeled as “Chuck.” I like this Manuel card a lot; it can’t hurt to have the heart and soul of the Phillies on one card. That said, I always give the advantage to the rookie card.

Advantage: Yankees. (NYY 1-0 PHI)



2005 Diamond Kings Black Border Jorge Posada #'d 25 / 2007 Topps Updates Carlos Ruiz

Analysis: Never in my lifetime did I think a 2007 Topps Updates card of catcher Carlos Ruiz would get so much play on this blog. This is now the second year in a row in which I’ve had to feature this card in lieu of a real Ruiz rookie. But as sad as that is, it may be even worse that I consider myself a rookie card collector and I do NOT have a Jorge Posada rookie. Having said that, there is no competition here as the Posada parallel, which is serial numbered to just 25 copies, is the best of these two.

Advantage: Yankees (NYY 2-0 PHI)

First Base


2005 Prime Cuts Mark Teixeira autograph / 2003 Bowman's Best Ryan Howard auto rookie

Analysis: Two signatures, but only one of them will reign supreme. Well, there is little question that Ryan Howard’s Bowman’s Best rookie bests this Mark Texeira autograph. What’s worth noting though is that I do not own a Teixeira rookie. I used to have a Gem Mint 2001 Fleer Authority rookie, but in the days after he signed with the Yankees I had the smarts to unload it for $75. Gotta love that. As for the Howard, I have considered unloading this and going with a much less-expensive non-autographed Bowman Chrome, but I am not sure if I can do that. This card is still mesmerizing, even though it has lost a little steam in the hobby. Even graded at 8.5 by BGS, this card is still a solid piece of my collection.

Advantage: Phillies (NYY 2-1 PHI)

Second Base


2003 Bowman Draft Gold Robinson Cano rookie / 2001 Bowman Heritage Chase Utley rookie

Analysis: For the first time in this Cardboard World Series, we finally get a match-up of rookie-year cards. If this were the Chrome version of Cano’s rookie, I might be more inclined to give it more leverage, but the Utley rookie is just solid. It is the ONLY Utley rookie that was seeded in packs, and it is a short print. The Cano is technically a parallel of his rookie card, but even the slight bump in book value can’t give it the push to overtake Utley as the winner of this head-to-head battle.

Advantage: Phillies (NYY 2-2 PHI)



1993 SP Derek Jeter rookie / 1998 Bowman Chrome Jimmy Rollins rookie

Analysis: Iconic. There are few cards of the modern era that will go head-to-head against the Derek Jeter card and defeat it. I’m not even sure the 1994 SP card of teammate Alex Rodriguez will do that. This card, I think, still has room to grow. When Jeter decides to hang up his spikes he will have had one of the most successful careers in the history of the game and he will forever be remembered as the face of the most loved and hated franchise. Having said that, the Bowman Chrome Rollins rookie is his best first-year card. Unfortunately for him, it also comes from the 1998 set, one of the most unappreciated Chrome sets since its inception in 1997.

Advantage: Yankees (NYY 3-2 PHI)

Third Base


1994 SP Alex Rodriguez rookie / 2000* Donruss Pedro Feliz "rookie"

Analysis: Like the Jeter rookie shown above, this Alex Rodriguez card would be hard to beat straight up so it’s almost fitting that it is up against a pseudo rookie of a guy who is lucky enough to play in two straight World Series. The A-Rod rookie is a monster that has lost some of its bite this year thanks to the steroids scandal, but it is still a must-have for any true collector.

Advantage: Yankees (NYY 4-2 PHI)



Yankees outfield

2004 Bowman Heritage Johnny Damon auto / 2006 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor Nick Swisher /2005 Bowman Draft Gold Melky Cabrera / 2003 UD First Pitch Hideki Matsui rookie

Phillies outfield

Phillies Outfield

1997 Bowman Jayson Werth rookie / 2003 Bowman’s Best Ben Francisco auto rookie / 1996 Topps Raul Ibanez Topps rookie / 2003 Bowman Chrome Shane Victorino rookie

Analysis: No matter how you look at this, the Phillies cardboard outfield kicks the living crap out of the Yankees here. They are ALL rookie cards, which is a testament to collecting habits for keeping rookies of nobodies for so long. Seriously. The Werth and Ibanez cards spent eternity in a common box, I snagged the Victorino for like a nickle three years ago, and the Francisco was with a lot of 10 signed common rookies from this 2003 set. I think I paid $10 for a lit of 10 cards.

As for the Yankee outfield, it’s actually kind of humbling that I only own one true rookie of these guys. The Damon (TTM) signature is part of my Red Sox collection, and the 2006 Bowman Chrome Swisher blue refractor is gorgeous, but as a whole these can’t hold a candle to the Philly outfield

Advantage: Phillies (NYY 4-3 PHI )

Starting Pitchers


Yankees Starting Pitchers

2004 Leaf Certified Cuts parallel Andy Pettite #’d 100 / 1999 Bowman Chrome AJ Burnett / 1999 Topps Traded CC Sabathia

Phillies Starting Pitchers

Phillies Starting Pitchers

2008 Topps Heritage SP Cliff Lee / 1991 Upper Deck Final Pedro Martinez rookie / 2007 Bowman Heritage rainbow Cole Hamels / 2002 Bowman Draft Joe Blanton

Analysis: VERY interesting match-up here. The Yankees are playing shorthanded since Girardi has elected to go with a three-man rotation; yet even with four cards, the Phillies have a tough time overpowering New York here. Postives: I own rookies of CC, AJ, Pedro and Blanton. Negatives: I do NOT own rookies of Pettitte (shame on me), failed to purchase even a cheap one of Lee (I have a second-year 2003 Topps card that I misplaced earlier this week, boo), and a year has gone by and I have yet to pick up a copy of Hamels 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft rookie. When analyzing this comparison, we must give lots of consideration to the Phillies for the Pedro rookie; it may be the only sure-fire Hall of Fame rookie in the bunch. But the lack of rookies for Lee and Hamels — the team’s two aces all year — hurts.

Advantage: Push (NYY4-3-1 PHI)



2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor Phil Hughes #'d 150 / 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Joba Chamberlain rookie / 2001 Bowman Chrome Ryan Madson rookie / 1994 Topps Traded Chan Ho Park rookie

Analysis: The Yankees come out firing hard here with a pretty Chrome blue refractor card of “rookie” Phil Hughes and a solid — albeit cheap — Joba Chrome rookie card. But the Phillies rookies are just so good. The Madson hails from one of the most celebrated sets of the modern era — 2001 Bowman Chrome — and the Chan Ho Park is one of the rookie card bin survivors that has somehow managed to find relevancy in my vast collection. Chrome maybe king, but Madson and Park out-duel the Yankees late-inning guys here to even up the score.

Advantage: Phillies (NYY4-4-1 PHI)



1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera rookie / 1999 Topps Chrome Brad Lidge rookie

Analysis: It’s almost fitting that this evenly matched Cardboard World Series would come down this: A battle of closers. Well, fortunately for the Yankees, the Rivera rookie is perhaps the best rookie to come out of 1992 Bowman, and that is saying a lot for a set loaded with rookie-year and second-year cards of Hall of Famers. Like his performance on the field, the Rivera rookie is just solid and blows away the Lidge card. Rivera should just throw a cutter at the Lidge card to remove Mike Naninni, who is a career minor leaguer. He actually drags this card down.

Advantage: Yankees (NYY 5-4-1 PHI)

2009 Cardboard World Series Champions: New York Yankees


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