Eclectic Lot of Padres Cardboard

I love Ebay.  In case you haven’t noticed, most of the cards in my collection come from Ebay auctions.  I love that I can get a 50 card lot of assorted Padres cards.  It’s like buying a few packs but knowing that I’m scoring all “hits”. Sure I end up with a lot of duplicates, but as a Padre collector, I’d rather get multiple copies of a Jake Peavy card than say, a Tim Lincecum (sorry Ginats fans).

I recently received a 50 card lot of Padre cards from “The Bay” (ElectricFriar slang for Ebay).  Pretty nice mix of players and years.  Too many to scan all the cards, so here are a few of my favorites:

2005 Topps #252 Phil Nevin
2005 Topps #252 Phil Nevin

I miss Phil Nevin.  I know he was a love him or hate him kind of guy.  You either thought he was a fiery competitor or you thought he had anger management issues.  I leaned towards “fiery competitor”.  Ever since he left, I think that’s what this clubhouse was missing.  Peavy is probably the only Padre that shows any sort of competitive spirit.  However, he only plays every 5th day and you’d prefer that your pitchers stay on a more even keel.  I’d like to see that someone else on this roster show that they absolutely HATE losing.  Phil was that kind of man.

2003 Upper Deck First Pitch #229 Wiki Gonzalez
2003 Upper Deck First Pitch #229 Wiki Gonzalez

Love this pic.  While balancing on one knee, Wiki is trying to tag out the runner.  Apparently the runner prefers high stepping onto home plate versus the traditional slide.

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #279 Jim Edmonds
2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #279 Jim Edmonds

Pros:  It’s an Allen & Ginter Padres card!!

Cons:  It’s Jim Edmonds.  Really, he epitomized the Padres 2008 season.

2002 Fleer Tradition #294 Rickey Henderson
2002 Fleer Tradition #294 Rickey Henderson

You almost forget that the game’s most prolofic basestealer played with the Friars.

1991 Topps Stadium Club #533 Craig Lefferts
1991 Topps Stadium Club #533 Craig Lefferts

Craig Lefferts had one of the best ‘staches in Padres history.  It rivals Bruce Bochy’s.

1991 Topps Stadium Club #493 Scott Coolbaugh
1991 Topps Stadium Club #493 Scott Coolbaugh

Is it me or does Scott Coolbaugh’s batting stance seem very awkward?  Sidenote: What team are the Padres playing? Check out the background.  I cannot figure this out.  Green jerseys?  Purple hats?

 

1999 Upper Deck MVP #178 Ruben Rivera
1999 Upper Deck MVP #178 Ruben Rivera

I thought he was retired so I was surprised to see Ruben Rivera playing for Panama in the WBC.  And yes, in the game I saw, he swung and missed at a chest high fastball.  Some things just never change.

2002 Fleer Tradition #245 Ben Davis
2002 Fleer Tradition #245 Ben Davis

Remember when Ben Davis was the best high school catcher since Dale Murphy?  Ah well, still love him for his bunt that ruined Curt Schilling’s perfect game.

1989 Donruss #483 Garry Templeton
1989 Donruss #483 Garry Templeton

It always mystified me that Mr. Templeton spelled his first name with two r’s.

2005 Donruss Studio #236 Trevor Hoffman
2005 Donruss Studio #236 Trevor Hoffman

The “glamour shots” style with the background of downtown San Diego is cheesy, but it dig it.  I always thought this was a perfect set for TTM autographs.

1991 Upper Deck #80 Roberto Alomar
1991 Upper Deck #80 Roberto Alomar

Sweet artist’s rendering of Robbie Alomar making the double play throw to first.  And if I’m not mistaken, I believe that Mr. Alomar left his mustache in San Diego.  I think he went sans mustache for the remainder of his playing career.

1991 Upper Deck #251 Derek Lilliquist
1991 Upper Deck #251 Derek Lilliquist

It appears that Derek Lilliquist has the power of levitation.

1999 Upper Deck MVP #181 Jim Leyritz
1999 Upper Deck MVP #181 Jim Leyritz

Jim Leyritz.  Hated his batting stance, but his 1998 postseason was simply awesome.  Still get chills down my spine thinking about it.

1991 Upper Deck #754 Tony Fernandez
1991 Upper Deck #754 Tony Fernandez

Great pic.  Tony Fernandez getting down and dirty.

2005 Bowman #BDP82 Josh Geer
2005 Bowman #BDP82 Josh Geer

Recently sent down, expect Josh Geer to make the shuttle between Portland and San Diego quite a few times this season.

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