Saturday, October 19, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2000 Topps #227 Bernie Williams 1999 League Championship Highlight

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, October 19, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2000 Topps #227.
  • Player Name, position, team: Bernie Williams, outfielder, Florida Marlins.
  • Special: American League Championship Series Game 1, New York 4, Boston 3 (10 innings).
  • Blurb on the back: "Quietly, consistently, Bernie Williams has always en there when the Yankees have needed him most. Such was the case in the opening game of the 1999 ALCS, when his lead off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning dispatched the Red Sox 4-3. The decisive bomb, which traveled over the 408' marker in Yankee Stadium's center field, was reminiscent of another clutch blow by Williams: an 11th-inning homer that beat the Orioles in the 1996 ALCS opener. New York would dispose of Boston in five games."
  • Any special information about this specific card: Topps must have really loved the all foil look for their cards because it was used for a number of years in a row. As nice as shiny as they are in person, they make for really bad scans. I'm trying to figure out if that line that's coming down the front of the card is from the card itself, the holder I use when I scan, or the scanner itself. From 1996 through 2001 (with the exception of 1997), it became pretty repetitive. The Yankees would storm into the World Series, and manage to win it. But this card isn't highlighting anything from the World Series. This card, one of seven in the subset, was the only card that discusses the 1999 AL Championship series. You'd like to think that the back would review the entire series. But instead, it quietly summarizes Bernie Williams' game-one, extra-inning, walk-off home run. And then Topps' writers mention that it is "reminiscent" to his 1996 Game 1 home run, also in extras. The only mention of a series recap was in the final sentence. For the record, Williams went 5-20 with one home run an two runs driven in during the five game tilt.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.

Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1951 Topps Blue Back #24. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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