Back on August 2nd (when the A-Rod circus stopped in Trenton). the Thunder gave away a set of baseball cards honoring their fan-selected All-Time Team to the first 1,500 people through the gates. No sets were made available for sale through the team store or website.
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra are the biggest stars included in the set, which features Thunder alumni from the original team in 1994 to the present, representing all three affiliations (the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.)
I suspect that most of the cards ended up in the hands of people who don’t normally collect baseball cards or in the collections of people who are fans of the Thunder or New Jersey baseball. When I checked eBay, I only saw one seller who had listed any of the sets. So if you’re player collector for Cano, Garciaparra or any of the others included, you might want to start looking for a set.
The 24 cards are standard-sized and have a slight gloss finish. They have standard 90-degree corners, even though you are probably seeing them with rounded corners here due to the blog theme I’m using.
Here’s the full checklist:
Tony Franklin (2007-present)
- Phil Hughes (2006-07, 2011)
- Tyler Clippard (2006-07)
- Joba Chamberlain (2007, 2012)
- Carl Pavano (1996, 2006, 2008)
- Ian Kennedy (2007)
- Tony Clark (1994)
- Shelly Duncan (2005-06)
- Robinson Cano (2003-04, 2006)
- David Eckstein (1999)
Kevin Youkilis (2002, 2013)
- Shea Hillenbrand (1999-2000)
- Nomar Garciaparra (1995)
- Freddy Sanchez (2001-02)
- Dioner Navarro (2003-04)
- Jesus Montero (2009)
- Brett Gardner (2006-07)
- Austin Jackson (2008)
- Melky Cabrera (2005)
- Trot Nixon (1995-96)
- Boomer (1994-present)
- Chase (2002-13)
5 thoughts on “The Robinson Cano baseball card most of you won’t ever have”
Cards like these should be more sought after and valued than they are. Sure, the quality isn’t as great as a national issue (but still pretty darn good), but as you mention, there aren’t nearly as many of them around as a mass-produced card.
The card stock might be a little thinner than what Topps is using these days, but otherwise the quality is there. (Unless you absolutely have to have Chrome/Refractor/Foil technology, of course.)
I find cards like this more appealing than serial numbered parallels that only differ from the regular version by having a different border color.
I actually wanted to attend the 8/2/13 game but I already had a ticket for the Phillies game that night. Curt Schilling was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. I still couldn’t give the ticket away. Nice card set though.
I’m not a Thunder or Yankee fan, but I’m surprised Chien-Ming Wang (who spent 2004 +/-in Trenton) didn’t make the set. I have a 2004 Thunder team set, and Cano, Navarro and Wang are all in there.
Wang played for Trenton in 2003 & 2004, but he wasn’t particularly good in his time there… at least according to the traditional pitching stats. I think his omission has more to do with the vagaries of fan voting, though.
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