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2002 ESPN/Valvoline Hudson Valley Renegades

LWMM

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Beckett doesn't list this set, but Dave Weber lists a 2002 ESPN Hudson Valley Renegades set in his MiLB card database. Another site (instant replay sportscards) lists a "Hudson Valley Renegades (Stadium giveaway set: Valvoline Instant Oil Change/ESPN Radio WEOK 1390,WALL 1340)," with Shawn Riggans, Joey Gomes, Scott Autrey, Jason Hammel and Michael Prochaska included, but the site hasn't been updated since 2010 and my emails have bounced back.

The Joey Gomes card is one of four of his I'm missing, and [MENTION=4030]michaelstepper[/MENTION]'s 2016 goals thread got the gears moving again to try to track it down. Seems like it's one of those elusive giveaways, with most of them probably unclaimed or tossed. Anyone seen the set, or have a player in it?
 

LWMM

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Thanks for looking, MrMet. I just shot him another note, though looking through my emails I got through to him in 2016, and he was sold out.
 

LWMM

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No worries at all; I appreciate that you took the time to look.

Stadium giveaways, especially minor league ones, can be really, really difficult to find. Until the below card, a 2007 stadium giveaway, was listed on eBay a few years ago, I had no idea it even existed.

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LWMM

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Well dang—trying him again worked out! Thanks for the inspiration, MrMet. No idea if he had the set all along and was mistaken back in 2016, or if he acquired a new one. The card is below. Turns out it's the same as the regular Multi-Ad set from that year, but has the logos for Valvoline/ESPN Radio—presumably the sponsors of the giveaway. With this, I'm down to missing only two of 79 non-1/1 cards for Joey Gomes:
  • 2003 Topps 205 Bazooka Red #140 /5
  • 2003 Topps 205 Brooklyn #140 (possibly also /5)

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Here's what the regular version looks like (scan taken from Trading Card Database):

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