Jackie-Bradley-JrThe Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, finished the season with a 68-73 record in 2012 under manager Kevin Boles. The team included two of the Red Sox’ top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America: outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. (#2) and Bryce Brentz (#8).

Grandstand produced a 34-card team set for Portland, which is printed on non-glossy cardstock which should be easy to get signed if you collect autographs. Unfortunately, the cards came out late enough in the year that I didn’t have the opportunity to get any of them signed.

The majority of the cards have a vertical setup, but there are a few horizontal ones thrown in for variety. The photos are mostly game action shots; there aren’t many posed pics. The backs are printed in black, navy blue and red, with recent stats and career highlights.

Bryce-Brentz-backHere’s the checklist:

    • Chris Balcom-Miller RHP
    • Jackie Bradley Jr. OF
    • Bryce Brentz OF
    • Dan Butler C
    • Ronald Bermudez OF
    • Kevin Boles MGR
    • Drake Britton LHP
    • Caleb Clay RHP
    • Ryan Dent IF
    • Josh Fields RHP
    • Zach Gentile IF
    • Derrik Gibson IF
    • Jeremy Hazelbaker OF
    • Brandon Henry TR
    • Chris Hernandez LHP

Slugger

  • Jayson Hernandez C
  • Peter Hissey OF
  • Brock Huntzinger RHP
  • Dave Joppie Coach
  • Jeremy Kehrt RHP
  • Bob Kipper Coach
  • Aaron Kurcz RHP
  • Will Latimer LHP
  • Juan Carlos Linares OF
  • Chris Martin RHP
  • Heiker Meses OF
  • Stolmy Pimentel RHP
  • Anthony Ranaudo RHP
  • Reynaldo Rodriguez IF
  • Matt Spring C
  • Oscar Tejeda OF
  • Kolbrin Vitek IF
  • Slugger mascot
  • The Kastaways mascot band

You can still order sets from the Sea Dogs for $9.50, STB Sports has them for $10.95 and Lake Country Minors is offering them for $12.

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4 responses

  1. I like that set, even if it’s derivative of 2009 O-Pee-Chee, which was derivative of 1976 Topps.

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    • Paul says:

      I knew the cards reminded me of some major league set, but I couldn’t place it. For whatever reason, I focused more on the photography in the 2009 O-Pee-Chee set than the design.

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  2. zman40 says:

    I, too, like that set. It is the first time I have seen that design used on a minor league set.

    I have some cards to send you.

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    • Paul says:

      Thanks – I sent you my address.

      It is a nice design – and I think the Sea Dogs set has much nicer photography than Upper Deck’s O-Pee-Chee effort. We’ll probably see it again on other sets produced by Grandstand – I just wish they’d start numbering their cards.

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