Saturday, August 28, 2021

Very, Very Early Pablo

Made two big dents in my Pablo Sandoval player collection needs this past week, and I'm pretty happy about it. Sandoval's is my chief player collection, and it's the one that's furthest along. I'm mostly working on tough-to-find minor league cards, variations/parallels and relics at this point, with a few base needs that I need to track down from weird non-Topps brands (I think there are some Leaf or Panini things I don't have of the man's just yet).

Anyway, the card you see here is a 2008 Grandstand San Jose Giants card for catcher Pablo Sandoval. He'd just come off a 2007 year for San Jose in which he'd hit .287, with 11 HR and 52 RBI; later during 2008, he'd make his San Francisco debut, hit .345, and never look back.

When he came up that year, I didn't even know who he was. He hadn't been one of the hyped prospects, so when he started raking and playing the game with such joie de'vivre, he joined the other new guy Tim Lincecum as my two favorite players in baseball.

Now here's another new Sandoval card in my collection from TriStar Authentics. It's from 2007, after Pablo had played a year in Augusta, GA in 2006 and had just joined San Jose. He's listed as a first baseman. Have I ever seen him play that position? I don't recall. I certainly remember his pitching performances, though.


  1. Nice looking cards! Fun to see stuff that out of the ordinary.

  2. Nice to see a post featuring SJ Giants cards. I have a Pablo from his San Jose days... but after seeing this post it looks like I need to track down two more.


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