I have to admit, I haven’t been actively pursuing any of the manu-patch sets which spell out player names or team names — you know the ones, made by Upper Deck (SP Authentic By The Letter or Icons Lettermen), or Topps (Finest) — some with autos, and some without. I only had a few in my inventory, but that changed with a small cache of former and current Twins closers letter cards picked up on eBay. It’s not often that these are priced within my low ceiling, so I ended up doubling my previous holdings.
Here are all the Twins letter sets that I know of, although I’m uncertain what each spells in some cases. Cards I have are in black:
2006 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-FL FRANCISCO LIRIANO
2006 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-JN JOE NATHAN
2006 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-MO JUSTIN MORNEAU
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Rookie Signatures #121 GLEN PERKINS?
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Rookie Signatures #138 ALEXI CASILLA
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-13 MINNESOTA TWINS (Bonser)
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-40 ?? (Mauer)
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-50 ?? (Hunter)
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-52 ?? (Morneau)
2008 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-JN ?? (Nathan)
2008 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-SB SCOTT BAKER
2008 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-SB MINNESOTA TWINS (Baker)
2009 Icons Immortal Letterman #IL-KH KENT HRBEK
2009 Icons Immortal Letterman #IL-PM ?? (Molitor)
2009 Icons Lettermen #IL-JN JOE NATHAN
2009 SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures #BTL-GP GLEN PERKINS
2009 SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures #BTL-JN JOE NATHAN
2009 SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures #BTL-NA MINNESOTA TWINS (Nathan)
clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["N"] #BTL-GP Glen Perkins [31/35] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["R"] #BTL-GP Glen Perkins [18/35] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck Icons Lettermen #IL-JN ["O"] Joe Nathan [11/45] (manu-patch); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["E"] #BTL-NA Joe Nathan [08/36] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["H"] #BTL-NA Joe Nathan [10/36] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["T"] #BTL-NA Joe Nathan [06/36] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["W"] #BTL-JN Joe Nathan [24/25] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures ["K"] #BTL-GP Glen Perkins [29/35] (manu-patch auto)
Here are a few other fairly recent acquisitions:
clockwise, from top left: 2004 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Green #184 Jason Kubel [012/100] (auto); 2004 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Red #184 Jason Kubel [081/250] (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Rookie Signatures Gold #226 Jose Morales [44/58] (auto); 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractor #BCP158 David Bromberg [018/500] (auto); 2005 Topps Crack Jack Take Me Out to the Ball Game #TO-JJ Jacque Jones (bat); 2004 Topps Cracker Jack Take Me Out to the Ball Game #TB-TKH Torii Hunter (jersey); 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects #BCAP-TH Travis Harrison (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Rookie Signatures #226 Jose Morales [009/299] (auto)
First, the mystery: I was browsing eBay and I stumbled across the Bowman autographed card below. If you look closely, you’ll see that it does not look like the signature says “David Bromberg” — in fact, with a little research I found that it is in fact Red’s prospect Robert Stephenson’s signature. Well, errors happen all the time (don’t they, Topps?), but the mystery comes in when I look at checklists for the autograph cards in 2011 Bowman Sterling Prospects (or Bowman Sterling MLB Future Stars, which ever name you choose) and this card is not listed. In addition, I’ve never seen another one listed for auction or sold on eBay, whether refractor or not. This card does not exist anywhere else that I’ve seen.
2011 Bowman Sterling Prospects Refractor #BSP-DB David Bromberg [154/199] (auto ERR)
And now the four letters…which are of course, G, C, R, and L, and that spells GCRL, proprietor of Garvey Cey Russell Lopes
. A package arrived with a nice minor league GU of Kyle Gibson, half of Donruss’ 1965 WS tribute Twins set, and a few other Topps and Bowman singles that I needed. All in exchange for Dodgers cards, which never really feel at home here on my desk and are always looking for a place to go…
clockwise, from top left: 2012 Topps Pro Debut Minor League Materials #MLM-KG Kyle Gibson (jersey); 2012 Topps Gold #111 Kevin Slowey [0188/2012]; 2005 Donruss 1965 Twins #16 Jim “Mudcat” Grant; 2013 Topps Chrome Update #MB-38 Kyle Gibson; 2013 Topps Pro Debut #175 Jose Berrios; 2005 Donruss 1965 Twins #26 Billy Martin
Thanks once more, GCRL!
First off, congrats to Brett Graves for being drafted by the A’s in the 3rd round of the MLB Amateur Draft! They’re not the Twins, but they’re a quality organization.
Within the process of trading on The Bench and “Gixen-ing” off of eBay, I’ve managed to pick up several nice (or “n-i-i-i-i-ice”) Twins cards.
I found a couple Twins collectors to trade with that netted each of us a healthy stack of cards we needed and just as importantly, enabled us to reduce our supply of duplicates that have built up. There are still a lot of cards left on the trade page, though.
On the eBay front, I added first AU cards for Kohl Stewart, AJ Pierzynski, second AU cards for Bert Blyleven, Joe Mauer, Gary Gaetti, Harmon Killebrew, and a couple serial #’d 1/5 AU cards.
clockwise, from top left: 2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSAP-KS Kohl Stewart (auto); 2006 Topps Co-Signers #CS-42 Joe Mauer / Francisco Liriano (dual auto); 2004 Upper Deck Etchings Etched in Time Silver #ET-BB Bert Blyleven [045/375] (auto); 2013 Topps Heritage Minors Clubhouse Collection Black #CCR-AM Alex Meyer [38/50] (jersey); 1999 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition #AP A.J. Pierzynski (auto); 2005 Bowman Sterling #BS-TH Torii Hunter (bat); 2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-GG Gary Gaetti (auto); 1999 Hillshire Farms Home Run Heroes Harmon Killebrew (auto)
Also, some Perkins, Sloweys, and Kubels, Stewarts, Jones, and a couple 1-of-5, Santanas, Nathans, and Cracker Jacks, National Pastime, Leaf Certified Mirror Red, and Spectrum
Periodically I monitor “The Bay” for any affordable Twins autographs or game used cards, and stumbled upon a lot of Twins cards up for auction that included a few AU cards that I needed, so I made mental tally and gixen’d an amount for them. Additional I noted the seller had another lot that included several other Twins AU and early Mauer cards, and I did the same. I thankfully won both.
A week later, the same seller had another lot for auction with a fair mix of Twins and thanks to the wonders of Gixen, I snagged that as well. Between the three card lots, my collection expanded with some nice stuff, and included several dupes worthy of future trades for other Twins cards that I don’t have.
Here’s the first sample, heavy on Chris Parmelee:
clockwise, from top left: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Future Phenoms #104 Danny Valencia [97/99] (auto/bat); 2012 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor #215 Joe Benson [141/250] (auto); 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Blue Refractor #BDPP88 Alex Wimmers [37/150] (auto); 2007 Bowman Prospects #BP121 Chris Parmelee (auto); 2001 Fleer Autographics Matt Lawton (auto); 2012 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #162 Chris Parmelee [107/199] (auto); 2007 Bowman Prospects Orange #BP121 Chris Parmelee [104/250] (auto); 1999 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition #DoM Doug Mientkiewicz (auto)
…and some more, including my 50th unique Glen Perkins AU:
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Bowman Signs of the Future #SOF-DS Denard Span (auto); 2005 Topps Finest Blue Refractor #143 Glen Perkins [103/299] (auto); 1996 Finest Refractor #261 Chuck Knoblauch; 2012 Topps Update Gold #US7 Joe Mauer [0577/2012]; 2006 Bowman White #164 Joe Mauer [114/120]; 2005 Bowman Chrome AFLAC Redemption #AFL6 Chris Parmelee; 2002 Upper Deck Minor League #228 Joe Mauer; 2002 Bowman Heritage black box variation #238 Joe Mauer
Just this week, a package arrived from Madding at Cards on Cards with the booby prize for worst place in his most recent college bowl game pick ‘em contest. This is the second time I’ve come in last; should have had a third time last year but I was
foiled saved on the last game of the bowl season. But this time the prize package had no junk cards thrown in! Pity, maybe?
I’d feel bad if I was intentionally attempting to lose, but really, I’m not. My strategy has pretty much been PICK: B1G conference teams, Mizzou, UCLA; PICK AGAINST: USC, Notre Dame, SEC conference — any other match-ups are picked on my whim. For the most part, B1G teams have made this acceptance speech possible.
couple AU, couple chrome, and some s/# cards
Very nice pile — thanks again, Madding!
I don’t play favorites with my nephews, but that doesn’t keep Dima from trying!
Thanks, Dima — you’re definitely da man!
Sixth year for my tradition of posting various graphics to be used in the WGOM Twins’ game logs this season. These are available on top of pertinent graphics from previous seasons.
This list is under construction thanks to the new ballplayers and memes as the season progresses. First are the strikeout thumbnails for the new pitchers:
And various miscellaneous…
Don your detective hats — it’s time to track down the play. Once again Chuck Knoblauch is at the heart of it:
1995 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice #490 Chuck Knoblauch
This game tends to favor the middle infielders, and Chuck is an acrobatic favorite of the card companies. So, we need to know if we can tell which play this was — what do we know from the photo?
1) Day game, so it’s not at the Metrodome
2) Chad Curtis sliding into second; looks to be Pat Meares in the background
3) it’s a 1995 card, so this play was most likely from the 1994 season
WGOM Citizens continue to tackle these puzzles with gusto:
– Curtis was an Angel in ’94, and the Twins played three games in the Big A, in the beginning of June. First two are night games, and neither are good prospects.
– The third of the three games was a getaway day game. Curtis reached second twice: once on a SB, and once on a inning ending force out. Okay, I guess on a 6-4 force play he didn’t technically reach second.
– based on the position of Meares (backing up second instead of backing up the third baseman fielding the ball) and Knoblauch’s positioning, it sure looks more like a high throw on a stealing attempt than a toss from the shortstop.
With one out and a one run lead already in the bottom of the first, Chad Curtis successfully steals second on a high throw from Matt Walbeck. The Twins would mount a futile rally in the 9th but come up short, 5-4, with Jim Deshaies taking the loss.