22 October 2015

Topps Mini Baseball Scan Clear-Out, Post 2 of 4: Pink Parallels

Yesterday I showed off the Gold parallels I pulled from a bunch of 2013 and 2014 Topps Mini Baseball boxes I opened in late 2014. Today it's time to display the Pink parallels from that same batch. I'll probably let the pictures do most of the talking here, as pretty much none of these hit on any players or teams I am very interested in. The Pink cards from both years are # / 25. You can see pretty clearly on these scans the condition problems that the colored parallels had coming out of the pack in 2014. Whatever they used to color the borders was a flaky chipped mess.

Matt Cain had a pretty good run from like 2009 - 2012, maybe even 2007 - 2012 as long as you don't put much stock in Wins when evaluating a pitcher. But 2009 - 2012 was the peak and he did come away with a couple of World Series Rings.

Even with his struggles the last three seasons, CC Sabathia has got some good career numbers and one Championship Ring to go along with a Cy Young Award. Yovani Gallardo has got an All-Star appearance and a Silver Slugger award, so he's got that going for him. He's actually kind of had a second peak to his career with pretty good numbers lately.

Eric Chavez has managed to hang around for about 7 years past his prime, which is an achievement in itself. Tommy Hanson can grow a ginger beard. He's been bouncing around a bit trying to hang on in the minor leagues. From what I can tell he is currently in the Giants system somewhere.

Juan Nicasio is a bullpen guy who made 53 appearances for the Dodgers this season. He's also the final card in this batch. I like getting these rarer parallels, but in a 660-card set you don't always pull superstars or PC guys. The boxes were cheap enough that I can't cry and moan too much about my pulls.

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