Monday, December 28, 2009

Still Ripping-Gotta Get in Gear if I'm Gonna Hit #84 THIS YEAR-Pack 16 of 1997 Pinnacle X Press-With an Insert, Woo Hoo!!!!

Good Morning! Buenas Dias! Welcome back to work everyone...Earlier in the box break we pulled a case hit card (1:288 packs) of Andruw Jones. In this pack we got a box hit (1:37 packs) insert. The mid to late 90’s were all about the big sluggers and this pack had 2 of the biggest (plus 3 other guys who hit a fair amount of homers) in it. Here we go!
#34 Dave Justice Atlanta Braves (Justice’s season ended in May in 1996-he was off to a hot start batting .321 when he went out for the year)
#91 Andy Ashby San Diego Padres (Ashby’s best season came in 1998 when he went 17-9 and the Padres won the NL Pennant)
#8 Andres Galarraga Colorado Rockies (El Gato Grande was probably the first Spanish I ever learned as a kid-it was Galarraga’s nickname)
#111 Jason Kendall Pittsburgh Pirates
#67 Bernard Gilkey New York Mets
Swing for the Fences Game Card -5
FAR AND AWAY Insert #4 of 18 Mo Vaughn BOSTON Red Sox (The Hit Dog was pure power in his prime… He won the MVP Award in ’95 when he hit .300 with 39 homers and 126 RBI. He was just getting warmed up-he had an even better year at the plate in ’96 when he set personal bests in all 3 of the triple crown categories. He hit .326 with 44 homers and 143 RBI. Wow. He had a fairly short (12 seasons) career which included a bunch of homers (ala Ralph Kiner)-he hit 328. His 162 game average was 35 per season) #18 Chuck Knoblauch Minnesota Twins (CK was like the AL version of Craig Biggio, except he went to the WS and won it-he did it 4 times actually. Once with Minnesota in ’91 and he grabbed 3 more rings with the Yankees) #140 Frank Thomas Peak Performers Chicago White Sox (Thomas reached base safely 15 straight times in May ’96-one time shy of Ted Williams record)
There we go with another pack down. The Mo Vaughn insert is pretty neat looking. Other than all the dupes, this is still a pretty fun set… 1994 Pinnacle is probably up next, but who knows…We are into the 3rd day of Kwanzaa, so Happy Kwanzaa to All!!! Happy Birthday to Dita Von Cheats, the "pin up who will knock you down" is still 6 foot 2 inches tall, but now she is a year older. Happy Birthday Dita!!! troll out!

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