On The Road With Pat Neshek: My Baseball Cards

My Baseball Cards
The following are all the cards that have been made of me from first to latest.

2002 Elizabethton Twins Team Set
This card was taken around June 25th 2002. It was about a week after I had signed with the Twins. To get the shot about 8-10 photos were taken. The lady told us to do poses that we might want on our cards along with a face shot in case the poses looked to funny. Also she got us on the Elizabethton game mound and had us throw a couple balls. If I remember correctly I did one from the sidearm angle, one looking over my shoulder like I gave up a homerun and one pointing at the batter. About a week later the lady came back and let us choose between the shots she got of us. Of course none of the shots I came up with made it to printing, she stated that none of them looked normal...But I did have a couple face shots she took and one on the mound that looked like any other baseball card that had a pitcher on it. I had to choose between the three of them. She also told me to pick out a shot for an Appalachian Prospect set and I took the one that I was throwing off the mound with. The card below is my Rookie card and first card I ever had of me. As for the Appy prospect card, somebody named Jesse Crain signed about 2 weeks later with the Twins and they decided to drop me off the set. Thanks Jesse haha

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2002 Elizabethton Back Side

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2003 Quad City River Bandits Team Set
This card was made about 2 weeks into the season before a game, notice the long sleeves. It was probably 40 degrees out if that. The photographer asked each pitcher to go off the bullpen mounds and throw to another player. This seemed liked a boring card to me so I asked if I could do another pose for my shot. He said ok but to still throw some off the mound for backup shots. I ran into the training room and grabbed a sharpie and took it out to the photographer. I told him to get a shot of me fake signing a ball while I looked into the stands. It seemed to have worked but I wish he would've got me smiling instead of getting me in the middle of my eyes blinking.

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2003 Quad City Back Side

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2003 Midwest League All Star Set
This is the card that was suppose to be my Quad City card if I didn't ask to get a shot of me signing a ball. Pretty boring history behind the card. 40 degree temperatures, bullpen mound in QC and me fake throwing to another teammate.

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2003 Midwest League All Star Set Back Side

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2002 Upper Deck #389
Well just found out today (4/13/04) that this card exist! I'm not sure when the card came out, I'm pretty sure this was right after my first season in E-Town.

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Upper Deck Card #389 Back
My name is there, I guess I can consider it one of my cards!!!

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2004 New Britain Rock Cats
Well, I guess the interesting fact about this card is that it is from the 2003 season and has nothing to do with 2004! You can tell by a couple factors. One is that I'm using my favorite model glove the SSK MP11 and not my 2004 Katz glove (http://www.katzgloves.com)
The other main indicator of the 2003 season is that Josh Renick is in the background, he was released by the Twins in the offseason. George Petro took the shot and I found out from him it was taken August 17th 2003 & if I am correct it was my only career start & it was against the Portland Sea Dogs. It was George's third game as a Rock Cat photographer and he took a great shot. He also noted that the Rock Cats cropped out the ball on the card which would've made it a lot cooler looking. 2003 I only pitched 7 innings for the Cats as I was called up in late August. Overall I think it's a great card because you can see my arm angle and a lot of veins popping out. I also am making a weird face so I guess that's what my game face looks like.


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2004 New Britain Rock Cats
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2005 New Britain Rock Cats Team Set Front
This shot was taken at home on April 16th 2005 versus the Harrisburg Senators. It was also a warm up pitch right before the inning started by George Petro.   

A couple cool things about the card. One you might notice the grip I have on the baseball. It's a two seam grip that I use to throw submarine style...Not my normal sidearm, I'm talking Dan Quisenberry Style. Since spring training I have pretty much stopped using this pitch and have only used it in warmups. So it's pretty rare to see me using that grip and also tells me that this picture was a warmup shot. Also the card does contain a couple errors. On the back it shows me as having no saves last year which is not right. I had 10 saves with Ft. Myers and 2 with New Britain!   

Overall I really like the card. It's a nice clean shot of me pitching and the infield dirt provides an awesome area to sign my signature on unlike last years card.


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2005 New Britain Rock Cats Team Set Back
Back of the card!

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Wednesday, May 16
2006 Rochester Red Wings Team Set


Thursday, July 26
2006 Rochester Red Wings Team Set Back


Wednesday, May 16
2006 International League All Star Set


Thursday, July 26
2006 International League All Star Set Back


Wednesday, May 16
2006 International League Top Prospect Set


Thursday, July 26
2006 International League Top Prospect Set Back


Wednesday, May 16
2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Box Topper Chrome Rookie #'d to 599


Thursday, July 26
2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Box Topper Chrome Rookie #'d to 599 Back


Wednesday, May 16
2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Box Topper Chrome Rookie Refractor #'d to 25
If you see one of these you might want to throw it up on eBay, the same sorry sap might pay $390 like he did for the 1st one he bought???


Thursday, July 26
2006 Topps Updates & Highlights Box Topper Chrome Rookie Refractor #'d to 25 Back


Thursday, July 26
2006 Upper Deck Update


Wednesday, May 16
2006 Upper Deck Update Back


Wednesday, May 16
2006 Upper Deck Update Gold #'d to 99

Wednesday, May 16
2006 Topps 1952 Edition "The Rookies"


Thursday, July 26
2006 Topps 1952 Edition "The Rookies" Back


Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - White Number on back

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Red Number on back
A little bit tougher pull then the white number

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - 1st Edition

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Gold #'d to 2007

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Copper #'d to 56

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Printing Plate - Black #'d 1/1

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Printing Plate - Yellow #'d 1/1

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Printing Plate - Magenta #'d 1/1

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Printing Plate - Cyan #'d 1/1

Thursday, July 26
2007 Topps Series 1 Hobby Set Edition
Everything is the same as the regular Topps series one except this was issued in Hobby Sets only and has a different number on the back.

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Series 1 - Platinum - #'d 1/1

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Thursday, July 26
2007 Topps Series One Special EditionTeams Sets
Basically Has MIN29 as the number on the back of the card instead of just number 29, issued in team set collections...Same Topps card, different number

Wednesday, May 16
2007 Topps Heritage - Short Print

Thursday, July 26
2007 Upper Deck Series 2
Card #804

Sunday, October 19
2007 Upper Deck Series #2 Predictor Edition
I really don't know the history on this card.  It is the same card as my 2007 Series 2 UD card but has script on the front of the card that says "Predictor Edition".  The Twins batboy Adam found this card for me online and I thought it was an error card...haven't seen another like it.

Sunday, October 19
2007 Topps Hobby Set Baseball
Basically the same card as my series one card except it comes in a factory set box with all the other cards in the set.  Same # and same image...nothing different.

Sunday, October 19
2007 Topps Holiday Sets Baseball
Once again the same image as my 07 topps card but this time it has a different # on the back...#28.  You can only get this card by buying the 2007 holiday edition factory set. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - Card # 618 - FRONT
There was a lot of sad fans when they found out I wasn't included in series one!  This is my first card of 2008.  I'm not sure what stadium is in the picture or the date...pretty random image of me getting ready to throw a pitch.  When I see this card I cringe because there is a lot of gloss on every card and they are very tough to sign...not to mention the image isn't the best card to sign on.  This isn't one of my favorite cards.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - Card # 618 - Back
The back of the card

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - GOLD Foil
Same card as my the regular but this time the name on the front of the card is in gold rather than the normal silver.  There is nothing different on the back of the card.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - GOLD #'d to 2008 - Front
Only 2008 of these made.   The card is in all gold on the front and on the back it is #'d with it's rare print run.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - GOLD #'d to 2008 - Back
Back of the gold card

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - BLACK #'d to 58 - FRONT
Just like the Gold card but this one is produced a lot less...only 58 of these are out there. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - BLACK #'d to 58 - BACK
Back of the Black card.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - PLATINUM 1 of 1
Only one of these exist and I'm not sure if I will ever see this thing in my lifetime.  If anyone knows the owner of this card I would love to make a trade for it. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - CYAN Printing Plate
Only 1 of these exist...not sure I will ever see this card in my lifetime.  I bet it's still sitting in a warehouse since the demand of this product was pretty bad. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - Magenta Printing Plate
See notes from the CYAN plate...1of1 that will probably never be found.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - BLACK Printing Plate
Only 1 of these exist and I'm sure I will never see this card! 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Series 2 - Yellow Printing Plate
Only one of these exist and I'm sure it's still sitting in a pack of cards at this moment!

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps ALLEN & GINTER Base Card #307
I thought it was pretty neat that topps included me in this set.  It's one of my favorite sets of all-time.  The unique thing about this card is that it is a short print meaning they produced my card a lot less than most cards in the set.  They do this to make set collecting a lot tougher.  By being a short-print this card will always have value.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps ALLEN & GINTER State Card Insert SET - WISCONSIN
I didn't expect to get another card in the A&G set but I was also included in the 50 state subset!  Topps took a guy born from each state in the US and gave them a card...I was lucky enough to represent the great state of Wisconsin since I was born there.  If you send me this card TTM I usually sign it up and insribed it with 9/4/80, DOB, Madison, WI...One of my favorite cards for sure.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps ALLEN & GINTER Mini Base Card
Also included in the set was a unique subset of mini cards.  They took each guy from the regular set and made a mini set.  There are many variations of mini cards but this one here is my mini Base Card.  Usually if you open a pack of A&G you get one mini card per pack,  you get the idea that these are a lot tougher to find just by the odds! 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps ALLEN & GINTER Mini Black Parallel
Same as my regular mini card but with a black border around the entire card...these black cards are found at the rate of 1 in four pack...only six per box and when you have 350 different black cards you start to realize how rare these cards are. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini Ginter Boy Back Parallel
I don't know what to call this card but it is an image of an boy from the 1900's...these are found at the rate of 1 of 2 packs you open...Just a tad more rare than the regular mini card. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini No Number on the back
Just as it sounds, this is my same mini card but does not have a number on the back.  They aren't labeled with a print run on the back of the card but only 50 of these were produced.  These are very rare...about 1 in 6 boxes...2 per case

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini Bazooka #'d to 25
Same card as my mini but on the backside there is a bazooka logo that contains a hand written #.  Only 25 of these were produced and they come at the rate of 1 per CASE...or 1 in 12 boxes of cards...extremely rare.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini Framed Silk Cloth Card #'d to 10
Basically my mini card in a framed case...the card though is made of silk and is hand numbered to 10, very rare.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini CYAN FRAMED PRINTING PLATE
Only 1 of these exist

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini Magenta FRAMED PRINTING PLATE
Only 1 of these exist

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini Yellow FRAMED PRINTING PLATE
Only 1 of these exist

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini BLACK FRAMED PRINTING PLATE
Only one of these exist

Sunday, October 19
2008 Allen & Ginter Mini - 1 of 1 Wood Card
I just picked this card up in a trade, very lucky...only one of these exist.  It looks to me like the card is not made of wood and is an image of wood printing with the image of my card.  Either way it's a very rare card and the only one produced.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Special Edt. Topps Team Sets
Was issued with other Twins players as a Twins set and usually sold at the stadium.  The card is different in that my image is a little bigger and the number on the back of the card says MIN with the number. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Topps Hobby Baseball
Same card as my 2008 Topps Series 2 card, the only difference is that this card was issued in the factory set.

Sunday, October 19
2008 New Britain Rock Cats 25th Anniversary Team
Issued by the New Britain Rock Cats as a set during the 2008 season.  Fans voted on their favorite all-time players that played for the Rock Cats and the winners were put into a card set.  This is the same image as my 2005 New Britain card but it is in black and white. 

Sunday, October 19
2008 Upper Deck Series 2 # 563

My big Upper Deck card of 2008...pretty frustrating card...not the best image, not the best set...not a fun year for UD and I! 



Sunday, October 19
2008 Upper Deck Gold #'d to 99
Not listed under the UD.com checklist but this card does exist...Same as my regular 08 UD card but is #'d to 99

Sunday, October 19
2008 Upper Deck First Edition Update
Same image as my 2008 Upper Deck card but a different set name is slapped on.  They call this one UD 1st Edition...basically a very cheap card without the gloss.

Sunday, October 19
2008 Upper Deck First Edition Update Factory Set Card
Nothing different about this card only difference is it was issued in a factory set.  Yawn

Monday, November 2
2008 Upper Deck Documentary - 10 Different Card #'s - Same Image

I really disliked this set because they used the same image on 10 different card #'s

 My card numbers in the set are

 165, 465,  765, 1065, 1365, 1665, 1965, 2265, 2565 & 2865



Monday, November 2
2008 Upper Deck Documentary - Gold Variations - 10 Different Card #'s - Same Image
My card numbers in the set are 165, 465,  765, 1065, 1365, 1665, 1965, 2265, 2565 & 2865,

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129
Wish I could've had a Bowman card back in 2002...had to wait only 7 years and 3 years in the bigs to get this card

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - Blue Bordered #'d to 500

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - Gold Variation

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - Orange Bordered #'d to 250

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - CYAN Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - Magenta Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - Black Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Bowman Baseball - Card # 129 - Yellow Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Base Card

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Gold Variation - #'d to 2009

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Black Variation - #'d to 58

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Platinum - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Cyan Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Magenta Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Black Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Series # 2 Topps Baseball - Card # 544 - Yellow Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Base Card - #50

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Mini Base Card - #50

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Mini Ginter Ad Back

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Mini Black Bordered

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Mini No Number on Back - #'d to 50

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Mini Bazooka Back - #'d to 25

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Mini Silk Cloth Card - #'d to 10

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Cyan Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Magenta Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Black Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Yellow Printing Plate - 1/1

Monday, November 2
2009 Allen & Ginter Baseball - Rip Card - #RC9 - Only 99 Produced

Monday, November 2
2009 Upper Deck Series 1 - #237

Monday, November 2
2009 Upper Deck Series 1 - #237 - Gold Parallel #'d to 99