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Card of the Day: 2000 Ovation Ken Griffey Jr. (Reds)

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Eight years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. went home. He went from being a superstar in the Pacific Northwest to a hometown hero. He traded the Mariner blue for Cinicinatti Reds pinstripes. Then for some reason his health betrayed him like Mother Nature or the Almighty himself was a Seattle fan. Griffey became an injured star; a shell of his former self. And aside from a few milestone homers, since that move fans have been relegated to watching old highlights of The Kid, or low lights of him hurting himself while round third base in a spring training game or chasing a routine flyball. But before The Kid became an old frail man, he was the greatest player the game had seen in decades. And when he made that move to Cincy, this 2000 Ovation card was one of the first to picture Griffey in a Reds uniform. It was one of the hottest cards on the market. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2005 Prime Patches Portraits Logo C.C. Sabathia

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

With C.C. Sabathia’s trade over the weekend to the Milwaukee Brewers, I felt it time to discuss this particular card: 2005 Prime Patches Portraits Team Logo, serial numbered 136. This card features a swatch of Sabathia’s game-used road uniform with a three-color patch from the team’s logo, which was sewn into the chest of the jersey. What I’ve been unable to discern is if this patch is from the infamous Indian head mascot — which is highly controversial — or from the script “I” the team has taken a liking to in recent years. At first I figured it was the Indian head mascot, but the patch is a bit rigid for that. Notice straight lines and apparent 75 degree angle at the bottom. Anyone have any insight? As for the card and Sabathia itself, I always wondered how other team collectors feel about memorabilia cards of players who are traded from their teams. I think there is some initial sorrow, and the market softens tremendously. But in the long run, do team collectors — and by those I mean who collect everyone who ever donned their team’s jersey — really care? Personally, if I had a chance to acquire a sweet Johnny Damon patch from his days with the Sox, I would not be able to pass it up. But that’s just me.