3 Parmelees, 2 Harrisons and a Prospect In My PC

Posted: May 7, 2013 by Crackin' Wax in Mail Day, Minnesota Twins
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It’s a bit like Christmas in May here in Minnesota. After all, it did just dump more than a foot of snow in some towns a few days ago. Just last week, my wife and I shoveled 15″ of fresh slush off of her grandmother’s driveway and sidewalks. Now that I’ve got you thinking “Christmas,” I dare you to read my title and NOT sing it–in your head OR out loud.

It’s been a rough week for us here–especially for my wife and her parents. Services are tomorrow and my thoughts are heavy. Some of my recent ebay purchases have backed up a bit during the week, too. Seems like a prudent idea to kick back with a glass bottle of Pepsi, a bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms and share with you some of my newest pickups–if only to distract me for a moment.

Once again, this post and my Twins RC/FC AU Personal Collection is brought to you by my super cool new transparent case binder. I’ll have to upgrade to a larger version soon.

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The ’06 Bowman Sterling is without a doubt a must-have and seems to be the most sought after if you’re collecting Chris Parmelee. I’ve never been much of a fan of Bowman Sterling, but at least that series has a nice textured look that you don’t see many products utilizing. When I was still doing custom cards, I actually used textured card stock one year and it added a new and unique level to the typical and standard style of cards.

PRICE: $4.99

The ’07 Bowman gets a plus, not because it’s a parallel, but because of the on-card auto. I know, I know. I’m an autograph snob. I completely understand the need for stickers in this business. One of the major problems with sticker autos is that it often times comes off as lazy. Another major problem will be illustrated later on in this post.

PRICE: $0.99

The ’07 Bowman’s Best series has got to be the absolute WORST looking set this graphic designer’s eyes have ever seen. Firstly, the background is… blank. Sure, it’s all chrome-y and shimmery. Secondly, WHAT THE EFF IS GOING ON WITH THOSE BORING-ASS STANDARD FONTS?! Really? You might as well have just used Times Italics! Also, the layout is just a freakin’ MESS! There’s zero alignment, no flow, no symmetry, and with all of that ridiculous white space you’d think it would have been utilized better–but NO! Also… A STICKER AUTO IN A DIE-CUT WINDOW?! I’m sorry, I hate to criticize someone without knowing who they are, but whoever designed this set seriously should be ashamed of themselves for accepting a paycheck the week they came up with this lazy design. Who am I kidding, this didn’t take a week. This was thrown together in 3 minutes, tops. If I ever see a professional company come up with a design this atrocious ever again, I’m leaving the hobby and choosing a new career path. There’s just no excuse for this kind of abomination. That said, I’m glad I have the card in my binder.

heavy sigh… Good lord…


PRICE: $3.75

Chris Parmelee is of the unfortunate class that was brought up to the Majors in the last few years that are essentially filling in the holes until better options come along. No one ever looked at guys like Parms and Brian Dozier and said “now THERE’S the future of the Minnesota Twins.” Chris did have some good upside in the Minors but, as has been the case as of late with many call-ups, his farm success just hasn’t translated to the Bigs. He had promising power, cranking out 30 combined dingers in 2011 and 2012 between the AA and AAA affiliates. With the Twins, however, his current career HR total sits at 12 in 111 games from 2011 to present. It also doesn’t help that he’s been thrown all around the field, almost as though Manager Ron Gardenhire is just waiting for some glimmer of defensive skill to shine in some corner of the field. Parms is no Michael Cuddyer, though you wouldn’t know it by the positions Chris has played in his 111 games. His less-than-impressive arm and so-so glove skills will never win him a job on the field, but if his bat ever wakes up, he may get to stick around.

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Harrison’s ’11 1st Bowman Chrome offers a bit of what I like about on-card autos. While it’s not always a good thing, I do like that the signing player has room to let his signature breathe a bit. He doesn’t have to be so constrained to the small confines of a tiny little sticker. While card companies tend to designate a spot for the player to apply their ink, there’s no law that says they can’t let their sharpie roam a little bit. Upon closer inspection of this particular card, you can see that Harrison flourished his “T” outside the box, creating a bit of a loop. Sure, it’s harder to see in the scan, but at least you know you’re getting the FULL signature.

PRICE: $4.25

Harrison’s ’11 Bowman Sterling offers a bit of what I dislike about sticker autos. While they’re sometimes a necessary evil in the hobby, they can be somewhat of a detriment to the product that bares them. A player is restricted by the small size of the sticker, especially those with more creative and/or artistic signatures (or longer names, for that matter). In the case of Mr. Harrison, you lose the essence of his full signature. Due to autographing error, the flourished top of his “T” was cut off. Of course, you wouldn’t know that if you didn’t have another autograph of his with which to compare. Also, the placement of the signature is a bit of a giveaway.

PRICE: $0.99

Not much is expected of Travis Harrison, a first rounder in 2011. He’s currently occupying the hot corner, a position all but locked up by Twins’ prospect phenom Miguel Sano. He graduated from rookie ball to Single-A behind his .301 batting average, but his high strike out rate may hold him back if he doesn’t make some adjustments soon. He struggled greatly on defense in 2012, committing 24 errors in 143 chances. So far in this young season, his glove skills have improved slightly, but his offensive numbers have taken a bit of a dip.

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Now there’s a nice, big autograph. There’s no way that thing is fitting on a sticker. It also doesn’t intrude upon the main portion of the design. Of course, these 2010 Bowman Chromes are about as boring as they get. At least they’re no 2007 Bowman’s Best.

Big things were at one point expected of Alex Wimmers, and they still may be. Unfortunately, like many pitchers that come through the Twins system, Wimmers succumbed to Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow of his pitching arm. Selected in the 1st round by the Twins in 2010, Wimmers showed promise early as a strikeout pitcher. Eliminating the two games in 2012 prior to his injury, his ERA is hovering around the 3 mark. If he and fellow pitching prospect Kyle Gibson, who also underwent Tommy John, can recover and regain form, they could become an impressive 1-2 punch at the top of the Twins starting rotation.

PRICE: $2.99

For the price of a blaster and two rack packs, I came away with 6 great additions to my personal collection–even though 1 of them is now the worst looking card that I own. If it weren’t for the fact that a couple of these cards are the more sought-after in each player’s respective collection, and since I didn’t get these from the same seller to save on shipping, I probably ended up paying more for them than I should have. That’s alright, though. I did snag a couple of them for $0.99–one of them being a numbered parallel. All in all, I probably could have done better if I had sat on a few of those cards a little while. Otherwise, I’m fairly pleased with my haul.

Now that 2013 Bowman is starting to hit the bay, I’m going to be patiently stalking Alex Meyer and Byron Buxton autos. If any of you happen upon either of these cards, let me know. I’d be happy to trade for them!

I am always looking for just about any Twins FC/RC AUs. If you have any that you’re willing to give up, PLEASE let me know! Thanks!

A clue! A clue!

  1. I got Chris Parmelee TTM’d on a 2012 Bowman. Would you be interested in that?

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