Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Triple A All-Star Baseball Card Sets

Besides attending the Triple A All-Star Home Run Derby last night I also took a trip to the Bulls Ballpark Store.  I have a good collection of Durham Bulls shirts in my dresser, so I opted to check out the baseball card rack last night looking for a set of All-Star cards from both the International and Pacific Coast Leagues.  I was met with success.  Here's a look at the two sets with the International League first....





The biggest thing I noticed about the International League set is the photo quality.  The cards are blurry, and while I do not think they are photoshopped, something is definitely off with the pictures.  If I knew more about photography I could probably tell you something more about what is wrong with these cards, but I cannot.  Here's a look at the 34 International League All-Stars.  






Of course I love the Durham Bulls cards in the set, but I have a few other cards I enjoyed adding to my collection.  The Steven Souza card is a nice add.  In my opinion the Syracuse outfielder (Nationals) is the mid season MVP of the International League.  I always like the Mike Hessmann card.  The Toledo Mud Hens star has been in Triple A since I moved to Durham in 2005 and has always been one of the most feared power hitters in the International League.  Hessmann was originally scheduled to appear in the Triple A Home Run Derby, but did not participate after he injured his knee last week.  Here is Hessmann hitting his 400th career home run last year in a Louisville Bats uniform.  


 


The Pacific Coast League cards have better pictures and there are some great prospects in this too.  Here's a look at the check list......




There is obviously a Steven Piscotty card in this set, but there are other great prospects in the PCL All-Star card set too.  Probably my two favorites are Cubs shortstop Arismendy Alcantara and Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson.  Both should be on collectors radar.  Here is the rest of the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.....  








1 comment:

  1. Maybe they used some filter on the IL pictures in editing to try to compensate for poor quality?

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