Serial Saturday #5: Passing the 200 card plateau

Progress is slow on writing up these pages so far, largely because I’ve strictly limited these posts to Saturdays.  If I ever can find an entire day to devote to just the blog and cards, maybe I could scare up a few of these posts and make some substantial progress.   Until then, these posts will have to do.The 3 pages I’m about to show will get the set past the 200 card mark, and also feature a card from a player whose uniform is no longer used in MLB.Onward…Page 23Card 199:  Scott Downs, 2011 Topps gold parallel #199/2011.  Los Angeles Angels card #9Card 200:  Brian Stokes, 2010 Topps gold parallel #200/2010.  Los Angeles Angels card #10Card 201:  Michael Cuddyer, 2012 Topps gold parallel #201/2012.  Colorado card #9Card 202:  Sean McAdams, 2013 Bowman Draft Picks orange parallel #202/250. Baltimore card #6Card 203:  Carlos Quentin, 2009 Topps Triple Threads #203/1350.  Chicago White Sox card #4Card 204:  Jon Garland, 2010 Topps gold parallel #204/2010.  San Diego card #11Card 205:  Mike Stanton, 2010 Topps gold parallel #205/2010.  Miami card #9Card 206:  Phil Hughes, 2012 Topps Opening Day blue parallel #206/2012.  New York Yankees card #5Card 207:  Bob Keppel, 2001 Topps gold parallel #207/2001.  New York Mets card #5A rare appearance for the 2001 Topps set on this page, one of only 4 cards that I have recorded for the set.  Also a flashback to the days when Mr. Stanton was referred to as “Mike” instead of the current Giancarlo moniker.  Otherwise, this page is all about the Topps gold for the most part.Page 24Card 208:  Herbert Perry, 2003 Topps gold parallel #208/2003.  Texas card #4Card 209:  Aaron Hill, 2011 Bowman green parallel #209/450.  Toronto card #10Card 210:  Carlos Quentin, 2009 Topps Unique #210/1199.  Chicago White Sox card #5Card 211:  Francisco Cordero, 2008 Topps Triple Threads #211/525.  Cincinnati card #7Card 212:  Darin Mastroianni, 2011 Bowman purple parallel #212/700.  Toronto card #11Card 213:  Carlos Santana, 2013 Topps Opening Day blue parallel #213/2013.  Cleveland card #8Card 214:  Tony Batista, 2001 Topps Stars #214/499.  Toronto card #12Card 215:  Matt Capps, 2004 Topps gold parallel #215/2004.  Pittsburgh card #3Card 216:  Trever Miller, 2011 Topps gold parallel #216/2011.  St. Louis card #14Unintentional of course, but Toronto shows off 3 players on this page, the Tony Batista featuring the only appearance in the set from the 2001 Topps Stars set.  Personally, the blue Opening Day parallels have always been a favorite of mine, so the Santana card stands out for me.Next!Page 25Card 217:  Andres Galarraga, 2003 Topps gold parallel #217/2003.  Washington card #7Card 218:  Carlos Santana, 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen brown framed #218/999.  Cleveland card #9Card 219:  A.J. Burnett, 2011 Topps gold parallel #219/2011. New York Yankees card #6Card 220:  Corey Koskie, 2005 Topps Chrome black refractor #220/225.  Toronto card #13Card 221:  Scott Downs, 2012 Topps gold parallel #221/2012.  Los Angeles Angels card #11Card 222:  Jason Heyward, 2011 Topps Triple Threads green parallel #222/249.  Atlanta card #10Card 223:  Omar Beltre, 2010 Topps gold parallel #223/2010.  Texas card #5Card 224:  Neftali Soto, 2011 Bowman Chrome #224/500.  Cincinnati card #8Card 225:  Josh Hamilton, 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen brown framed #225/999.  Texas card #6  If Topps Chrome were ever to bring back the black refractors, I’d probably chase them.  That Corey Koskie card looks fantastic, and I have a couple of others in my collection that I really like.  Andres Galarraga is the only player/card that is a “crossover”, meaning he is featured in a past version of the Nationals.  Wonder if Montreal will ever see a baseball team again in my lifetime. 3 different players made 2 appearances in this post (Scott Downs, Carlos Quentin and Carlos Santana), and Toronto came close to catching St. Louis for the overall lead so far in cards displayed (14-13).Just 1275 serial #’d cards to go… Thanks for reading, Robert

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