Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ripping Like a Mad Man! Pack #18 of 1997 Pinnacle X Press

Moving right along-upwards and onwards to pack #18 of 1997 Pinnacle X Press. I will waste no time and jump right in…
#139 Ken Griffey Jr Peak Performers Seattle Mariners (The back of the card states “At 27 he (Griffey) is a definite threat to break Roger Maris’ single-season record of 61 homers)
#89 Jeff Conine Florida Marlins (I think Conine cards were seeded 1:2 packs in this product)
#19 Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies (I scanned the back of the card because it shows Burks ’96 stats and shows the at the plate high five he got from the Big Cat so many times that year-1996 was the season that he absolutely exploded and put up HUGE numbers… Batting .344 with 40 homers, 128 RBI, 30 steals, 211 hits, 45 doubles, 142 runs scored and a league leading .639 slugging percentage… If he had duplicated that performance in even 1 other season he would probably get a vote or two for the Hall…)
#47 Albert Belle Chicago White Sox (Speaking of MONSTER power numbers… Belle outdid Burks that year with 48 bombs and 148 RBI)
#5 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox (Did anyone not hit 40 homers in ’96? The big Hurt chipped in 40 himself along with a .349 BA and 134 RBI)
#??? Swing for the Fences Game Card +4 (Seriously, does anyone want these things?)
#35 Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers (Pudge hit .300/19/86 in ’96-I’m surprised he was able to keep his starting job…)
#82 Darin Erstad California Angels (DE was a rookie in ’96 and didn’t get a ton of PT, but he had his monster season in 2000 when he hit .355 with 240 hits! He won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and was an All Star and in 2002 he won a ring with the Angels)
There were a whole bunch of American League homeruns in these 7 cards… They were all juice free, too, to the best of my knowledge. This pack puts us at the halfway point for this box, too. We might just finish this thing! Congrats once again to Hawk Dawson, the only player in the Hall of Fame Class of 2010! He wasn't good enough last year or the year before or the year before, but he is a Hall of Famer now! Let the debate rage on! Troll out!

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