Thursday, February 4, 2021

Roiding with the Rocket

 In a previous post, I mentioned that I am going to try to complete my Steroids Project, and I am going to be spotlighting the players on that list one by one.  Today we have the Rocket, Roger Clemens! 

For those of you who don't know how I am doing this, I will be attempting to get:

-the entire Topps base run (flagship) from each players playing career.
-a relic or autograph of each player
-4 nine pocket sheets of the 'coolest' cards I can find of each player.  Think refractors, die-cuts and colorful stuff.  Rare and serial numbered could make the cut too!

Here is what I need for Clemens:

Topps Base Needs:


That's it!!  Wow!

Relic or Auto card - I have 2 so far!

Sheets of Coolness: Below is what I have so far for Roger.  Can you beat any of these?  Then let's talk trade! 

None of these are bad cards, but since I am going for 'pop' value, and trying to stay away from base cards, a few of them could stand to be upgraded.  My faves are the funky Pacific in the upper left and the 'Return of the Ace' in the upper right.  The Pacific has tiny holes in the black section to make a pic of Roger's face.
Again, nothing bad here, but I wouldn't mind upgrading some of them.  I like Gold Rush, but that card just doesn't stand out much.  The Heritage is both bland and a base card.  Hoping to so better.

This page has some fun stuff.  Ionix Atomic are cool, the Leaf Exhibits card in the center seems to be from a difficult set.  The SP Prospects is a base card, but that set is very nice looking to me.

I like this page a lot.  Faves are the V.J. Lovero because I imagine Clemens was having a roid rage for the photo.  And the Ultra Strikeout King in the lower left.  Good design, and I love seeing all the different pitch grips.  Also, the Diamond Kings in the upper left is numbered  /100.  Didn't even notice that before I scanned these!

And here is one Clemens that was in these pages that I had to take out and add to my keepers.  It is very cool.  The background shifts as you move it around and it looks great in hand.  I wish I had more of these!

If you have cooler Clemens than these, that you are willing to trade, let me know!


  1. Jim over at cards as i see them showed off that 2008 Topps Clemens a few days ago. It's a great looking sunset card that I wouldn't mind adding to my collection as well.


    2. Yeah, that guy is just showing off!! It is a nice card though!

  2. Those E-Xceptional cards are really cool. I think I've got a couple of them. Would probably look great to put together a page of them.

    1. Totally agree! I don't run into them often. Well, just the once, I guess!

  3. Roger was my favorite pitcher not Randy Johnson growing up. I tried to always mimick him then came the roid accusations. Gone was Roger and Randy took over as my all time favorite.

    Love the 90's stuff but that E-Xceptional is as it's titled