Friday, November 13, 2009

Card Spotlight: 11-13-09

1991 Score Traded #81T - Brian Drahman

Sometimes it's the most common cards that elude you. Even in the overproduced era of baseball cards, I still have commons that I have never seen.

A year ago, I lacked a Barry Jones card to complete a 1991 Donruss Sox set. Finally, I got that card in a trade and was able to finally put '91 Donruss to rest.

Today, I finally completed the 1991 Score Traded set. I had a few cards left to pick up but I was never able to find the cards as singles. I broke down and just bought the whole set. It was simpler than tracking down singles that were only available in a set.

I found an unopened set online with free shipping. I was the only bidder so I ended up paying $3.50 for the set. When it arrived in the mail, the postage was $3.89. It literally cost more to ship the set than I shelled out. That's the way it works, when dealing with cards from the overproduced era. That's why you don't see a lot of commons up for sale.

The sad thing is that I now own rookie cards of Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and many others in this set that I picked up for a song. I am happy about that aspect, but something still saddens me about having to obtain cards this way. If I were a set collector, I would be thrilled. I only collect the White Sox and a few select players.

The only thing I really remember about Brian Drahman is the palmball. I can remember Ken Harrelson and Tom Paciorek making a huge deal about Brian throwing one. The pitch was a mild success in the hands of Drahman. He stuck around the majors for four years, mainly because of that one pitch. It must have impressed other people as well. He is currently the pitching coach for the minor league Great Falls, Montana team.

The Voyagers, which are an Advanced Rookie class team, have been an affiliate of the White Sox since 2003. Ex White Sox players never fade away. They just become White Sox employees. I can respect that. It's nice to have continuity. It's also nice to complete a pesky traded set with a common reliever.

4 comments:

night owl said...

I still need every Dodger from that Score traded set except Kevin Gross.

So I hear ya.

White Sox Cards said...

I will set them aside for you.

thewritersjourney said...

Steve, I would love the Reds from the set. I don't think I've ever even seen the set. I have a package set aside for you, not sure if there's anything you need in it or not, but it will be coming your way sometime this week.

Are you still trying to gather some Sandbergs for your friend also? I have a few of those pulled out as well.

White Sox Cards said...

Yes, I am still collecting Sandbergs for my friend.

I'll set the Reds off to the side for you JT.

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