Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bowman Draft Trade and a Fan Pak

I recently made a trade with a guy for a few Bowman Draft singles.  Nothing real exciting, just a couple of cards from my wantlist and a refractor of one of Boston's draft picks.  
1.  Nomar Garciaparra.  Nomar was the 12th overall pick in the 1994 Draft.  Boston did not select higher than that again until 2013 when they apparently wasted a pick on Trey Ball.  Nomar was one of the best draft selections Boston has ever had as he had a terrific run of success from his rookie season through the 2003 season.

2.  Roger Clemens.  The Rocket was the 19th pick in the 1983 Draft.  None of the previous 18 picks came close to the career Clemens had.  Of course Clemens is one of the greatest pitchers of all time.  Boston was lucky Clemens fell to them.

3.  Mike Shawaryn.  Boston's fifth round pick from the 2016 Draft fell in the draft due to a loss in velocity, but he was very successful in his first stint as a professional, going 0-1 with a 2.87 ERA with 22 strikeouts versus seven walks in 15.2 innings.

I was a little surprised when I opened up the package with those three cards in it to find one of these:
These are the Upper Deck Fan Paks issued by the company for the Red Sox and Yankees with slightly modified versions of Upper Deck brand cards.  I had a lot of these already, but out of the 25 cards, I did get these seven new ones:
The 2007 and 2008 Upper Deck sets are both printed on thinner card stock and are glossier.  The UD Future Stars cards have darker green and silver foil.  The SP Legendary Cuts cards have silver foil as well.  The most notable difference though is with the Masterpieces cards, none of which are shown here as I have them all.  Those feature a glossy instead of a textured finish.  The Mike Lowell card is probably the best picture.  I'm guessing he made a catch into the stands in foul territory and was showing he had the ball.

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