Thursday, January 2, 2014


It's good to have goals.  It's crazy to add another goal before you've started any of your previous goals, but here I am on January 2nd with another goal to my already extensive 2014 goals.  Last year, I managed to complete my Jason Bay partner project idea which I had 38 unique players on a card with Jason on either an auto or relic card.  I've decided to up that project and make a goal of 38 unique players on just a relic card by the end of 2014.

For $10 shipped, I grabbed a VERY low numbered 12/25 dual jersey relic of Brian Giles and Jason Bay.

What I like most about the card above is that Jason Bay was one of the key parts of the trade that sent Brian Giles from Pittsburgh to San Diego.  Giles would go on to have a decent career in San Diego, but his numbers were nothing like what he was putting up with the short porch in Pittsburgh's right field.  Giles had 165 HR over 2541 at bats in Pittsburgh (1 HR per every 15 at bats).   His SD numbers were still good 83 homeruns over 3129 (every 38 at bats) but were not what the Friars were hoping they were getting when they traded for Giles.

Jason Bay on the other hand had 6 memorable seasons with the Bucs, winning the Rookie of the Year in 2004 and being selected as an All-Star in 2005 and 2006.  He finished his Pirate career with 139 Homeruns which ranks him 8th overall in Pirates franchise homerun leaders (Giles is 6th).

Here's a list of the players I have relic cards with Jason Bay.

Albert Pujols
Alex Rios
Alfonso Soriano
Andruw Jones
Bill Madlock
Bobby Crosby
Brian Giles
Carlos Lee
Craig Wilson
David Wright
Edgar Martinez
Erik Bedard
Freddy Sanchez
Gary Carter
Jacoby Ellsbury
JD Drew
Jose Castillo 
Justin Morneau
Ken Griffey Jr.
Kenny Lofton
Lenny Dykstra
Mario Lemieux
Mark Teixeira
Manny Ramirez
Matt Holiday
Nick Markakis
Nick Swisher
Ralph Kiner
Rich Harden
Russell Martin
Shawn Hill
Torii Hunter
Xavier Nady

That brings me to 33 unique players on a relic card with Jason Bay.  Only 5 more to go....

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