Thursday, September 22, 2016

1999 Topps #518 Matt Ruebel

Matt Ruebel pitched for 3 seasons in the Majors. He came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1996, played with them in 1997, and then signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a Free Agent in early 1998, and spent his final season with them. It is interesting to note that he signed with the Diamondbacks as a Free Agent in December 1998, never made it back to the Majors with them, but  his profile picture on his Baseball Reference page shows him with a Diamondbacks cap on.

Matt appeared on 1 regular Topps card, a 1996 Pitchers Prospects card. He is missing cards from the 1997, 1998, and 1999 sets, and this custom gives him his sunset Topps card. Matt appeared in the 1996 Bowman's Best set, as well as the 1997 Stadium Club set.

My last softball game(s) got rained out on Monday, which sucks, because we had a doubleheader. The good news is that my Batting Average stays at 1.000 for another week. Everything is lined up for the house to close on Thursday, and if the sellers are ok with us moving our stuff in the garage, I think we might just be able to get everything out of our apartment by the time the lease expires at the end of the month. Between all that and the baby shower on Sunday and work, I'll be ready for a few weeks of hopefully not much stress before the baby comes in November.  I'm almost done with the 1999 Rays team set, just a few more cards, and then some fun ones coming up (including 2 of a minor league pitcher named Steve Sharts). Thanks for checking out my latest custom.

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