Monday, September 18, 2017

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly November 1998 - Page 13

Keeping with the Griffey theme of the magazine, page 13 of the November 1998 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazine features a full page ad for a collector plate made by the Bradford Exchange.

This was the inserted in the magazine so an order could be sent in.

I don't have this particular plate, but I do have one collector plate and it is a Bradford Exchange plate of Ken Griffey Jr., but with the Cincinnati Reds. I was given this as a Christmas gift one year by a friend.

It includes a Certificate of Authenticity and on the back it includes information on transferring ownership, which I think is really interesting.

How about you? Do you own any collector plates? Let's see them in the comments.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly November 1998 - Page 12

Page 12 of the November 1998 Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazine discusses the 1998 rookie class in the "Rookie Report" Presented by Bowman Home Of The Rookie Card.

20 years later, I'm going to take a brief look at the career of each of the rookies that are mentioned.

Ben Grieve - Played from 1997 - 2005. 1998 A.L. Rookie of the Year. All-Star in 1998. Career .269 BA, 118 HR, and 492 RBI.

Todd Helton - Played 1997 - 2013. 5 time All-Star (2000 - 2004). 3 time Gold Glove winner. Career .316 BA, 2,519 Hits, 369 HR, and 1,406 RBI.

Travis Lee - Played 1998 - 2006. Career .256 BA, 115 HR, and 488 RBI.

Kerry Wood - Played 1998, 2000 - 2012. 1998 N.L. Rookie of the Year. 2 time All-Star (2003 and 2008). MLB record 20 strikeouts in a 9 inning game. 86-75 Win-Loss , 3.67 ERA, and 1,582 strikeouts.

Mike Caruso - Played 1998 - 1999 and 2002. Career .274 BA, 7 HR, and 90 RBI.

Maglio Ordonez - Played 1997 - 2004. 6 time All-Star (1999-2001, 2003, 2006, and 2007). Career .309 BA, 2,156 Hits, 294 HR, and 1,236 RBI.

David Ortiz - Played 1997 - 2016. 10 time All-Star (2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2013, and 2016). World Series MVP (2013). Career .286 BA, 2,472 Hits, 541 HR, and 1,768 RBI.

Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez - Played 1997 - 2002 and 2004 - 2007. 90-65 Win-Loss , 4.13 ERA, and 1,086 strikeouts.

Brad Fullmer - Played 1997 - 2004. Career .279 BA, 114 HR, and 442 RBI.

Mark Kotsay - Played 1997 - 2013. Career .276 BA, 127 HR, and 720 RBI.

Derek Lee - Played 1997 - 2011. 2 time All-Star (2005 and 2007). Career .281 BA, 331 HR, and 1,078 RBI.

Eric Milton - Played 1998 - 2009. All-Star in 2001. Pitched a No-Hitter in 1999. 89-85 Win-Loss , 4.99 ERA, and 1,127 strikeouts.

It's so hard to compare players even players from the same era. I think most people would agree that David Ortiz and Todd Helton will end up in the Hall of Fame. Take a look at Maglio Ordonez's career numbers. What would his career numbers look like if he had played as long as Ortiz and Helton?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly November 1998 - Page 11

More lists on page 11 of the November 1998 Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazine.

Ratings Game


1. '87 Donruss Greg Maddux #36 RC ($30)
2. '91 Ultra Update Ivan Rodriguez #55 ($12)
3. '97 Donruss Signature Autographs Moises Alou #6 ($20)
4. '87 Fleer Barry Bonds #604 ($22)
5. '93 Bowman Jason Kendell #162 RC ($4)


1. '96 Select Certified Mirror Gold Ken Griffey Jr. #47 ($3,500)
2. '93 Finest Refractor Cal Ripken Jr #96 ($1,500)
3. '97 Pinnacle Mint Frank Thomas Gold Plated Coin #2 ($80)
5. '98 Donruss Signature Series Preview Travis Lee #15 ($200)

On the right hand side of the page we have a slight variation to the typical Hot and Cold Lists that Beckett usually produces. We have "The Hot List" and "The Not List".

The Hot List

1. Mark McGwire
2. Ken Griffey Jr.
3. Sammy Sosa
4. Kerry Wood
5. Nomar Garciaparra
6. Chipper Jones
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Ben Grieve
9. Randy Johnson
10. Darin Erstad

Probably only three, maybe four, Hall of Famers out of the 10.

The Not List

1. Andruw Jones
2. Hideo Nomo
3. Roberto Alomar
4. Barry Larkin
5. Cecil Fielder

Two out of the 5 on the Not List are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly November 1998 - Page 10

On page 10 of the November 1998 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly we see a feature called The Hot Lists.

The Hot and Cold Lists are something that I remember well from Beckett magazines, but these aren't the typical Hot List that I'm familiar with.

2000 Club 

Looks like this might be the first of it's kind, but I'm not certain. It states, "In preparation for the new millennium, we'll call out five cards of a particular player with a combined value of no less than $2,000. Sure, most of us can't afford these gems. But hey, window shopping's free." Window shopping indeed. These Griffey cards have not only maintained their value, but most have increased in value significantly, if you can even find them.

For example, here is a PSA 7 copy of the 1998 Skybox E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown card on ebay with an asking price of $649.99.

This is probably the first list of its kind as well. Readers get to submit a list of cards that they would like that add up to exactly $100. In December 1999, Beckett will select one list that was published and award the person who submitted the list with a $100 bill.

This particular list was submitted by Jim Thompson of Dallas, TX who happens to be the Associate Editor of the magazine and obviously a Boston Red Sox fan.

Hard to believe the 1992 Topps Traded Nomar Garciaparra RC was priced at $50 at one point. The card can be picked up today for between $5 - $10 shipped on eBay. I picked one up couple months back as part of a large lot I picked up at card show that included an entire 1992 Topps and Topps Traded set. I got the entire lot for $20. 

Golden Oldies

This particular group lists vintage cards from a particular subset and this particular one deals with 500 Home Run Hitters. Depending on the condition of the cards on this list, the price would be well over the $2,000 mark. Lots of nice cards on this list. I only have one in my possession; the 1954 Topps Hank Aaron RC.

Anyone else have any cards on the Golden Oldies or the 2000 Club lists?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly November 1998 - Page 9

Page 9 of the November 1998 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly features a full page add for other Beckett publications.

In addition to the typical sports cards books, there is one for Star Wars collectibles, Bean Bag Plush collectibles, Michael Jordan Memorabilia, and Christmas Collectibles. Sometimes I forget just how popular Beanie Babies were back in the day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly November 1998 - Page 8

Page 8 of the November 1998 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly gives us more Short Prints and we get a look at something called Scattershots. If you thought Short Prints were "short", then Scattershots are tiny snippets about the hobby.


We first learn that the 1998 Bowman Chrome Orlando Hernandez RC was not short printed. The article states "it was printed in different quantities, but was inserted at the same rate as every other base card in the set". Not sure why it was "printed in different quantities" but "inserted at the same rate as every other base card". Anyone have any thoughts on this?

The Yankees "Team of the Century" Lithograph is show without the autographs that raise the price to $3000. I wasn't able to locate any currently for sale, but I did find one that sold in 2014 for a meager $634.00, a far cry for the $3k it originally cost.

Here is the signed and framed version along with the COA. This particular copy is numbered 103/139.

Next up is a snippet about Roberto Clemente tins which include a hermetically sealed reprint of one of his cards. There are four different tins, which can be seen below. If you want to purchase them you can pick them by clicking here.

I actually have one of the hermetically sealed cards from one of the tins and didn't even realize it. This came from a 15/$1 box at my LCS recently.

The last "scattershot" showcases a 8 1/2 pound medallion featuring New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle. We get a look at the medallion in the magazine, but I was able to find a better picture from ebay.

Topps of the Inning

Here we learn of a partnership between Topps and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I've been to the Hall of Fame once, in 1997, so it was before this partnership. Not sure if the partnership remains to this day. Anybody been to the Hall of Fame recently that can confirm?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Only one home run to go!

Make sure you enter Collecting Clutch's contest and predict when Andrew McCutchen will hit #200! He just hit #199, so you don't have much time left.