I also managed to get a few Brian Giles cards for cheap $2.50 a piece to be exact.
2001 Donruss Diamond Dominators BAT 193/725
This card recognizes Brian Giles team leading HR achievement in 2001 when he smacked 37HRs.
This quite possibly is my favorite design for a relic that Fleer ever did. Fleer often times had very plain and boring bat/jersey hits, but this one is very well layed out featuring the team's actual lineup card along with a bat in the center of the card and the 3 "heart of the order" player's pictures on the left. I'm wondering if there's a triple relic out there with all three of Kendall, Giles, and Ramirez. If so, I must own it.
Just a very typical Upper Deck jersey swatch of Brian Giles numberd to 400. Not much to see here.
Another Fleer Platinum Bat relic of Giles. The design is ok, but nothing great.
I always wanted to get the autograph of John Van Benschoten for two reasons. First, his name is awesome and sounds like he should be the lead character of a video game hunting demons and monsters. Second, he is an all-time stat leader, but more on that later. JVB was supposed to be one of the Pirates top pitching prospects and a fixture in the Pirates rotation for years to come when he was selected 8th overall in the 2001 draft. He was the Pirates top prospect in 2003 and 2004. Unfortunately for JVB, he never lived up to his potential and is currently the major league's all time highest ERA leader with a minimum of 75 innings pitched. In 90 innings pitched he has a career ERA of 9.20 and a WHIP of 2.144. I wish JVB the best of luck getting back to the majors and hopefully lowering that ERA. This AUTO cost me only $2.50.
Matt Lawtcon 2005 Upper Deck Midsummer Swatches
Matt Lawton was aquired by the Pirates during the offseason of 2004 from the Cleveland Indians for reliever Arthur Rhodes. The Pirates had lost Jason Kendall to free agency and asked Lawton to be the team's leadoff hitter and help increase the offense. Lawton was selected to be a Pirates representative at the 2005 All-Star game. After 101 games he was traded to the Cubs for Jody Gerut. After 19 games with the Cubs, he was traded to the Yankees.
2007 Upper Deck Star Signing Ian Snell AUTO
Ian Snell has gone by many names during his MLB career. He began as Ian Oquendo after adopting the name from his wife. Then he became Ian Snell. Then Ian Davilla-Snell. Now he's known as Ian Snell again. I'm glad to see that he's no longer with the team.
Continuing the Playoff and Aram trend, here's my first jersey relic of the newest Brewer 3B. Another $2.50 bargain.
So there you have it. My mega lot of cards I bought from Kruk Singles on ebay.