Friday, May 18, 2018

Gray Whales Galore

So I got a package from Johnny over at Johnny's Trading Spot like most of you. He's sent me several minor league Yankees cards (usually from the 90's and early 2000's) but never on this scale.

Look at that giant stack. For all of the flack the 80's gets for being overproduced, the 90's deserve to have some shit flung their way too.

Still, I appreciated the package because there were several cards I needed. But I'll be the first to admit that it was hard to blog about this.

You see, Johnny sent me a HUGE haul of Yankees prospect cards last year too. I actually had an extremely long post about ALL of the prospects sent to me from Johnny (and a few sent to me from Fuji too) in the works last year. I had written it across the span of eight (yes, EIGHT!) months. I looked at a minimum of three sources per player, I watched hours upon hours of footage, and even tried seeing if the players had any social media presence. But one November afternoon a very stupid and clumsy Zippy deleted that entire 24,783 word blogpost by accident. BLARG! This is why any research papers you ever write should be saved on a Google Docs file on an online server. You should also have a backup on standby.

I've felt super shitty ever since. Every time I try writing another post again, I'm left with shame.
That said, Johnny sent me these cards to (presumably) cheer me up and make my days brighter, not to make me feel like a failure every time I think about them. So I have actually started working on a new post about the cards he (and Fuji) sent me last year. I didn't spend those hours scanning for nothing! I'm not sure if I'll go in depth with the scouting reports again (what's the point when they're all flameouts?), but I'll at least put in effort and see what happens.

So in the meantime, let me just blog about the cards Johnny sent me THIS year (earlier this week actually). I could go into super detail about the players' pasts (remember my Sterling Hitchcock post?) but I'd burn myself out in an instant if I did that, so I'm going with something a bit more minimalist.

Let's begin with my favorite(?) 2000's prospect, Shelley Duncan. Duncan had power and nothing else. But he managed to carve out a nice career for himself regardless. Since Duncan was a dude whose cards came primarily in 2002/03, all of his cards are key gray whales. So I was super pumped to get this from Johnny.

Given my affinity for Yankees catching prospects, Dioner Navarro may have probably been my favorite if I was a prospector in 2003. What makes me like Navarro even more is that for all of the mocking Bob Walk The Plank sends my way about former Yankees catchers going to Pittsburgh, Navarro has never gone to Pittsburgh, throwing a monkey wrench into that narrative. HA! Thanks Dioner (also note that Jesus Montero and John Ryan Murphy have also yet to play for Pittsburgh).
Anyway, Dioner Navarro is another unofficial PC guy, I can't get enough of his Yankees era cards.

The packages from Johnny featured a lot of cool oddballs, but I found this Kevin Maas interesting. Because even though it says autograph series, there is no autograph. There's a facsimile autograph on the back but that doesn't count.

These are the first ever Crown shaped Pacific inserts to enter my collection and my goodness are they great. I can see why The Lost Collector always geeks out over cool Pacific diecuts from the 90's.

No journey into the past is complete without a brick of Nick Johnson cards. He could hit, but he couldn't stay healthy enough to hit.

And right after the Johnson era was the Drew Henson era. Another player who never panned out.

More prospects who failed/didn't do much.

I'll admit that writing about Yankees prospects of the past is really disheartening when you realize that it's just failure after failure. The only real successful prospects the Yankees had in the 2000's were Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Chien Ming Wang and Francisco Cervelli. Maybe even Ian Kennedy, George Kontos, Dioner Navarro and Mark Melancon if you choose to expand to prospects who found success elsewhere.
That said, it is pretty interesting to see just how far the Yankees have come since then.

Here in 2018 the farmsystem is absolutely loaded with high end pitching talent across all levels. And lots of promising bats scattered about everywhere. It's insane. There's a new exciting fireballer in the lower minors popping up everyday now.

And that's in spite of missing out on the modern day Babe Ruth.

So big thanks to Johnny for another giant stack of prospects from the dark ages. Several gray whales were speared and drained of their oil. Which will now be used to power the machine that writes the post about the prospects you sent me last year.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).


  1. Johnny is the man! He just sent me a giant stack too.

    I was totally about to geek out on those Pacific die cuts until you called me out. Whatever, I'll still do! They are so freakin cool. I want Pacific back.

    1. I can see why they're so awesome. According to Johnny they're the base cards too. Amazing.

  2. In about 4 hours, I'll be tearing into the package Johnny sent me as well. Counting down the minutes. If there are any A's prospect cards... I'll be asking you for help.

    1. Lol, if they're recent I might be able to help. If not, I probably won't be of much use lol.

  3. Super jealous of the Mootown Snackers Kevin Maas!

    1. I'll trade you for your BoChro Torrens auto lol.

  4. Those pacific die cuts, are actually the base cards for Crown Royale, the inserts were standard cards. How's that for being different. Pacific Rules!

    1. Damn, that's amazing. Pacific does rule. Also thanks again for the awesome stack of cards. You're a madman with a few cards headed his way.