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Card of the Day: 2007 UD Masterpieces Lou Gehrig

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection.

Is there a more sympathetic scene in baseball history than that of Lou Gehrig standing in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, giving his farewell speech? “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” The speech is nearly seven decades old now, and yet the aforementioned phrase remains one of most memorable ones in the history of the game, and likely the most famous words ever spoken at Yankee Stadium. After being stricken with ALS, Gehrig was forced from the game in early 1939 at age 36. Dubbed the Iron Horse because of his durability, Gehrig played 2,130 games straight and collected more than 2,700 hits in his 17 seasons in The Bigs. He wound up with a career batting average of .340, slugged 493 homers and drove in 1,995 runs. Oddly enough the number of RBIs Gehrig collected is identical to the year (1995) in which Cal Ripken Jr. would break Gehrig’s consecutive game streak. The 2007 UD Masterpieces Gehrig card pictured here is no where close to being Gehrig’s most valuable (this one is only $6), let alone the most valuable one in my collection. But during a week in which we as baseball fans honor Yankee Stadium and it’s legacy, there is no other Gehrig card — neither autograph, nor game-used — that better encompasses the memory of Gehrig at The Stadium. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors Travis Snider

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been a card collector for more than 20 years — since I was seven years old — but have gone through points in my life when cards were placed on the back burner. When I was in college, I bought stuff here and there, mainly retail products, but really did not have time to go to the shops. Anyhow, if you look at my inventory, there seems to be a pretty sizable gap between 2002 through 2005. That’s because in 2006, there was one card that brought me back to the hobby: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor Travis Snider. In late 2006, while shopping for white T-shirts at my local I decided to try my hand at a blaster of 2006 Bowman Draft. In that box I unearthed a shiny blue gem of a youngster named Travis Snider. It was not until later that day did I realize that I had pulled one of the best cards in the set, and one of the most desirable ones of the Blue Jays prospect. This card has been graded 8.5 by Beckett, which kills me. The front is absolutely stunning. Sharp corners, crisp edges, smooth surface and spot-on centering. BUT the back is where I get dinged the centering is 80/20 right to left, which was a problem with the 2006 product. Oh well, more the reason to keep this bad boy in the collection. It’ll forever serve as one of the most memorable cards in my collection, even if Snider does not pan out. Continue reading