Generations Set 2019 Details

Back in January of this year, we released our 2018 Roadmap, detailing our scheduled releases throughout the coming months. From the Valentines Day LE Set, to the Main Set 2019, to the Memorial Day LE Set, to the Mid-Season Set 2019, to the Post-Season Heroes LE Set, and now finally we have saved the best for last. The Generations Set 2018 will feature 100 cards, with some of the greatest players and moments from the 1990’s and 2000’s featured. For all past player and strategy cards, we’ve designed an entirely new look based on a vintage baseball card.  But before we jump to the full card list, there are a few caveats to go over:

Back in January of this year, we released our 2018 Roadmap, detailing our scheduled releases throughout the coming months. From the Valentines Day LE Set, to the Main Set 2019, to the Memorial Day LE Set, to the Mid-Season Set 2019, to the Post-Season Heroes LE Set, and now finally we have saved the best for last. The Generations Set 2018 will feature 100 cards, with some of the greatest players and moments from the 1990’s and 2000’s featured. For all past player and strategy cards, we’ve designed an entirely new look based on a vintage baseball card.  But before we jump to the full card list, there are a few caveats to go over:

  1. Any pre-order of $79.99 or more will receive the 3 Ultra-Rare pre-order exclusive cards for free, automatically added to their order.
  2. The set will be sold in two ways – full sets (100 cards) for $79.99, and booster packs at 4/$19.99.
  3. Booster packs include 10 cards – 2 Rare, 3 Uncommon, 5 Common.
  4. All 20 Rare cards will feature silver foil lettering akin to the Main Set.
  5. Full Sets will only feature silver foil lettering Rares.
  6. Booster packs however, will have a chance of containing different variants for the 15 Rare player cards.
  7. Variants will contain full holographic foil akin to the LE Sets. They will also feature a different color scheme.
  8. On top of this, for each 15 Rare players, there will be a 1/1 “super variant” with an even different color scheme and nicknames replacing the standard player name.
  9. These “super variants” will also be done in full holographic foil.
  10. The chance of a variant is about 25%, with the chance of a “super variant” being around .05%.


    From left to right: Standard, Variant, Super Variant

These changes have been made after the success of this year’s LE Sets. We’ve noticed that we have two types of customers – those who simply want every card in the most efficient manner to give them the best odds of victory, and those that enjoy hunting out and collecting rare and special cards. With this style of distribution, we feel we have catered to both parties, and allowed you guys to collect Clutch in whichever way you prefer. Now without further ado, I present the full card list for the Generations Set 2018:

Ultra-Rare (3 Cards)

  • Jim Abbott (1991) (Los Angeles [A])
  • Deion Sanders (1992) (Atlanta)
  • Old New York Stadium (Stadium)

Rare (15 Cards)

  • Barry Bonds (1993) (San Francisco)
  • Frank Thomas (1994) (Chicago [A])
  • Barry Larkin (1995) (Cincinnati)
  • Greg Maddux (1995) (Atlanta)
  • Hideo Nomo (1995) (Los Angeles [N])
  • Ken Caminiti (1996) (San Diego)
  • Roger Clemens (1997) (Toronto)
  • Larry Walker (1997) (Colorado)
  • Chipper Jones (1999) (Atlanta)
  • Billy Wagner (1999) (Houston)
  • Randy Johnson (2002) (Arizona)
  • Eric Gagne (2003) (Los Angeles [N]
  • Johan Santana (2004) (Minnesota)
  • Ryan Howard (2006) (Philadelphia)
  • Alex Rodriguez (2007) (New York [A])
  • The Flip (Defense)
  • Highway Robbery 2.0 (Defense)
  • Into Orbit (Offense)
  • The Slide (Offense)
  • Clueless Joe (Neutral)

Uncommon (30 Cards)

  • Doug Drabek (1990) (Pittsburgh)
  • Tom Glavine (1991) (Atlanta)
  • Rod Beck (1993) (San Francisco)
  • John Olerud (1993) (Toronto)
  • Craig Biggio (1994) (Houston)
  • David Cone (1994) (Kansas City)
  • Mo Vaugh (1995) (Boston)
  • Gary Sheffield (1996) (Miami)
  • Tino Martinez (1997) (New York [A])
  • Juan Gonzalez (1998) (Texas)
  • Bernie Williams (1998) (New York [A])
  • Rafael Palmeiro (1999) (Texas)
  • Jason Giambi (2000) (Oakland)
  • Todd Helton (2000) (Colorado)
  • Jeff Kent (2000) (San Francisco)
  • Mike Piazza (2000) (New York [N])
  • Alfonso Soriano (2002) (New York [A])
  • Barry Zito (2002) (Oakland)
  • Mark Prior (2003) (Chicago [N])
  • Jim Edmonds (2004) (St. Louis)
  • Manny Ramirez (2004) (Boston)
  • Scott Rolen (2004) (St. Louis)
  • Miguel Tejada (2004) (Baltimore)
  • Chris Carpenter (2005) (St. Louis)
  • Andruw Jones (2005) (Atlanta)
  • Jason Varitek (2005) (Boston)
  • Derek Jeter (2006) (New York [A])
  • Magglio Ordonez (2007) (Detroit)
  • Jake Peavy (2007) (San Diego)
  • Jimmy Rollins (2007) (Philadelphia)

Common (50 Cards)

  • Cecil Fielder (1990) (Detroit)
  • Chuck Finley (1990) (Los Angeles [A])
  • Paul Molitor (1991) (Milwaukee)
  • Paul O’Neill (1991) (Cincinnati)
  • Kevin Appier (1993) (Kansas City)
  • Jack McDowell (1993) (Chicago [A])
  • Fred McGriff (1995) (Atlanta)
  • Mike Mussina (1995) (Baltimore)
  • Tim Wakefield (1995) (Boston)
  • Robin Ventura (1996) (Chicago [A])
  • Sandy Alomar Jr. (1997) (Cleveland)
  • Livan Hernandez (1997) (Miami)
  • Brad Radke (1997) (Minnesota)
  • Al Leiter (1998) (New York [N])
  • Kerry Wood (1998) (Chicago [N])
  • Shawn Green (1999) (Toronto)
  • Roberto Hernandez (1999) (Tampa Bay)
  • Kevin Brown (2000) (Los Angeles [N])
  • Johnny Damon (2000) (Kansas City)
  • Troy Glaus (2000) (Los Angeles [A])
  • Jose Vidro (2000) (Washington)
  • David Wells (2000) (Toronto)
  • John Smoltz (2002) (Atlanta)
  • Mike Lowell (2003) (Miami)
  • Trot Nixon (2003) (Boston)
  • Juan Pierre (2003) (Miami)
  • Roy Oswalt (2004) (Houston)
  • Andy Pettitte (2005) (Houston)
  • Jorge Posada (2007) (New York)
  • Torii Hunter (2009) (Los Angeles [A])
  • Greg Allen (2018) (Cleveland)
  • Victor Arano (2018) (Philadelphia)
  • Jesse Biddle (2018) (Atlanta)
  • Ryan Borucki (2018) (Toronto)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2018) (Toronto)
  • Ronald Guzman (2018) (Texas)
  • Scott Kingery (2018) (Philadelphia)
  • Tzu-Wei Lin (2018) (Boston)
  • Jeff McNeil (2018) (New York [N])
  • Francisco Mejia (2018) (San Diego)
  • A.J. Minter (2018) (Atlanta)
  • Shohei Ohtani (2018) (Los Angeles [A])
  • Edgar Santana (2018) (Pittsburgh)
  • Caleb Smith (2018) (Miami)
  • Andrew Suarez (2018) (San Francisco)
  • Lou Trivino (2018) (Oakland)
  • Hector Velazquez (2018) (Boston)
  • Alex Verdugo (2018) (Los Angeles [N])
  • Jesse Winker (2018) (Cincinnati)
  • Ryan Yarbrough (2018) (Tampa Bay)

Ultra-Rares
When selecting these pre-order exclusive cards, we had to find something that was unique. If the player was just really good, chances are they were already in the set. Jim Abbott threw a famous no-hitter in 1993, but his best year was actually 1991 over in California. Jim is of course best known for being a one-handed pitcher, and his success despite this physical disability has been an inspiration for all. Deion Sanders is best known as an All-Pro NFL cornerback, however he also reported to Spring Training nine times throughout his career, cementing himself as one of the greatest athletes of our generation. Finally, there is no doubt that the team over in the Bronx was the team of the 90’s/early 00’s. And they were known for spending big money, which is why we’ve created Old New York Stadium and its unique effect.

Strategy Cards
The 5 strategy cards within this set feature some of the most amazing and memorable moments of the era, brought into Clutch Baseball for you to relive. “The Flip” pays homage to Derek Jeter’s miraculous flip to home after an errant throw in the 2001 ALDS vs. Oakland. “Highway Robbery 2.0” is a new twist on a beloved card, allowing for a LF/RF to try and steal a HR instead of your CF, inspired by Endy Chavez’s “The Strength To Be There” catch vs. St. Louis in the 2006 NLCS. On the offensive side, “Into Orbit” recalls Albert Pujols’ towering shot vs. Brad Lidge in the 2005 NLCS. Even though St. Louis would go on to lose the series, the HR famously “broke” Brad Lidge for several seasons. We also have “The Slide” which pays homage to Sid Bream’s photo-finish at home plate for Atlanta in the 1992 NLCS vs. Pittsburgh. And finally, “Clueless Joe” was a nickname given to Joe Torre for years throughout New York tabloids. Apparently 4 WS wins and 6 appearances in 8 years isn’t enough for some people.

Rookie Cards
Included in this set are 20 Common cards of 2018 rookies, fitting the “Generations” title. These cards will grant you a glimpse into the possible stars of tomorrow, and give you some options for the back end of your lineup, bench, bullpen, or rotation.

The Generations Set 2019 is our most ambitious project to date. Relive the players, moments, and memories of your childhood within the fast-paced and strategic gameplay only Clutch Baseball can provide. Who are you most looking forward to rostering? Do you remember where you were during any of these iconic moments? Let us know in the comments section below! Remember, pre-orders go live on Friday, November 16th!

Calling All Ghouls to the Clutch Halloween Contest

One of our original LE Sets dropped last Halloween, featuring Vlad The Impaler (Vlad Guerrero), Brandon Webb, and what has now become a fan-favorite strategy card: Curse of the Black Cat. Didn’t get a chance to get your hands on these spooktacular cards last year? You have one more chance!

 

One of our original LE Sets dropped last Halloween, featuring Vlad The Impaler (Vlad Guerrero), Brandon Webb, and what has now become a fan-favorite strategy card: Curse of the Black Cat. Didn’t get a chance to get your hands on these spooktacular cards last year? You have one more chance!

New to Clutch and want to check out all of the old LEs? Head over to our new LE Archive. I hear there is some interesting stuff on the bottom….

We’re holding 2 social media contests from now through Halloween (10/31/18)

The contest is split into two age groups
Major League: 15 and up
Little League: 14 and under

The rules are the same for both age groups:
Send us your best Clutch Baseball picture! This can include playing Clutch, a photo of a card somewhere, a photo of you (or your kids) wearing Clutch gear, or anything else! Be creative! You do not need to have a fall/Halloween theme in your photos, but I hear the judges award extra points for that. We will pick our favorite for each category and the winners will receive 1 full set of the 3 Halloween 2017 cards.

Submit your photos by tweeting @ClutchCards, or tagging @ClutchCards on instagram or facebook. You may also choose to privately message them to us on any social media platform or email them to info@clutchmoment.com.

THE FINE PRINT: Once you have submitted a photo to use, we may post it on social media now or on the future.

Clutch Baseball Online League: Summer 2018 Recap/Winter 2018 Preview

Last month, the Clutch Baseball Online League: Summer 2018 season came to a conclusion. It was our third online league season, and by far the biggest and best one yet. To recap – Summer 2018 featured an expansion from 16 to 24 teams, divided into 2 coastal conferences, and 2 divisions within each conference. All stadiums were randomly assigned with a general geographical proximity in mind. What made this season so special was the relocation to a dedicated website – www.clutchleague.com – where managers were able to pick the names, locations, logos, and colors of their teams, to add a personalized flair to every ball club. Without further delay, below are the standings and results from the Summer 2018 “High Heat” League.

Clutch Baseball Online League: Summer 2018 (High Heat League)

Last month, the Clutch Baseball Online League: Summer 2018 season came to a conclusion. It was our third online league season, and by far the biggest and best one yet. To recap – Summer 2018 featured an expansion from 16 to 24 teams, divided into 2 coastal conferences, and 2 divisions within each conference. All stadiums were randomly assigned with a general geographical proximity in mind. What made this season so special was the relocation to a dedicated website – www.clutchleague.com – where managers were able to pick the names, locations, logos, and colors of their teams, to add a personalized flair to every ball club. Without further delay, below are the standings and results from the Summer 2018 “High Heat” League.

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

  • Connecticut Kings [Pittsburgh Park] (10-6)ʸ
  • New York Knights [Toronto Centre] (9-7)ʸ
  • Boston Clam Chowda [Baltimore Yards] (9-7)ˣ
  • Johnstown Imperials [Boston Park] (8-8)
  • Maryland Microbrews [New York (N) Field] (5-11)ʳ

Southeast Division

  • Gainesville Gingersnaps [ASG Florida Park] (12-4)ᶻ
  • Arlington Cannons [Tampa Bay Field] (10-6)ʸ
  • Bluffton Beach Bums [Washington Park] (8-8)
  • Virginia Neptunes [Atlanta Park] (7-9)
  • Richmond Hammers [Miami Park] (4-12)ʳ

Western Conference

Midwest Division

  • Chicago Luchadores [Cincinnati Park] (11-5)ᶻ
  • St. Louis Dingoes [Cleveland Field] (9-7)ʸ
  • Nashville Strix [Minnesota Field] (8-8)ˣ
  • Scottsdale Saltshakers [Detroit Park] (8-8)
  • Tennessee Platypi [St. Louis Stadium] (6-10)ʳ

Pacific Division

  • Arizona Shade [Arizona Field] (9-7)ʸ
  • Seattle Melonheads [Seattle Field] (9-7)ʸ
  • San Diego Armada [San Francisco Park] (8-8)
  • Seattle Cobras [LA (N) Stadium] (6-10)
  • Washington Avocados [San Diego Park] (4-12)ʳ

ᶻ Clinched #1 seed in conference
ʸ Clinched playoff spot via division
ˣ Clinched playoff spot via wildcard
ʳ Relegated to Minor Leagues

Once we had our 10 playoff teams, they were sorted into a single elimination bracket. Higher seeds had homefield advantage, and #1 overall seeds in each conference got a bye to the Conference Finals. All matches were Bo3, besides the World Series which was Bo5.

Eastern Conference Round 1
Boston Clam Chowda: 0 | Connecticut Kings: 2
New York Knights: 2 | Arlington Cannons: 0

Eastern Conference Round 2
New York Knights: 2 | Connecticut Kings: 1

Eastern Conference Finals
New York Knights: 1 | Gainesville Gingersnaps: 2

Western Conference Round 1
Nashville Strix: 2 | Seattle Melonheads: 0
St. Louis Dingoes: 1 |Arizona Shade: 2

Western Conference Round 2
Nashville Strix: 0 | Arizona Shade: 2

Western Conference Finals
Arizona Shade: 2 | Chicago Luchadores: 0

World Series
Arizona Shade: 3 | Gainesville Gingersnaps: 0

The first thing that jumps out from the playoff results is that 6/9 of the matches ended in sweeps, showing just how powerful momentum is in a series. The World Series champion, the Arizona Shade, swept 3/4 of their series, only dropping 1 game overall and finishing the playoffs 9-1.

The Arizona Shade found themselves playing coincidentally at Arizona Field. A domed field that is immune to weather effects, with fairly modest outfield dimensions, the stadium card creates a lot of GB’s off of the hitter’s chart. Because of this, manager James Rate decided to field an extremely high infield defense, which obviously paid dividends.

Congratulations to manager James Rate and the Arizona Shade for claiming Clutch Baseball immortality! Check out the Arizona Shade twitter here where you can keep up with all the happenings of the team – twitter.com/TheAZShade.

 


Clutch Baseball Online League: Winter 2018 (Polar Power League)

For our fourth upcoming Online League, we are expanding from 20 to 26 teams. However, they will be split into two different leagues for the first time – the Major League and the Minor League. The Major League features 16 teams and a 20 game season, with a fairly standard Bo3/Bo5 single elimination playoff tournament. The Minor Leagues will feature 10 teams, with a 12 game season, and a double elimination playoff tournament for the playoffs, based on seeding from the regular season. All stadiums were randomly assigned to managers within both leagues.

Major League

Red League East

  • Hartford High Rollers (formerly Seattle Cobras) [ASG Washington Park]
  • Arlington Cannons [Minnesota Field]
  • Vermont Monarchs (Formerly New York Knights) [Pittsburgh Park]
  • Johnstown Imperials [Tampa Bay Field]

Red League West

  • Arizona Shade [Philadelphia Park]
  • San Diego Armada [Montreal Stadium]
  • Chicago Luchadores [New York (A) Stadium]
  • St. Louis Dingoes [Dinger Town]

Blue League East

  • New England Nightmare (formerly Connecticut Kings) [St. Louis Field]
  • Virginia Neptunes [Miami Park]
  • Boston Chowda [Kansas City Field]
  • Gainesville Gingersnaps [Washington Park]

Blue League West

  • Scottsdale Saltshakers [Atlanta Park]
  • Seattle Melonheads [Los Angeles (A) Field]
  • Michigan Bombers [Detroit Park]
  • Nashville Strix [Big Red Machine]

The interesting aspect of the Major/Minor League division is the new relegation system. The bottom teams of all 4 divisions will be relegated to the Minor League for Summer 2019. The top 4 teams from the Minor League will be promoted to the Major Leagues in Summer 2019. Some teams have already been relegated from the Summer 2018 league. Every game will matter, even if you aren’t playing for a playoff spot! All Minor League teams also have a Major League affiliate to help guide them through the season, from building teams, to playing online, to managing their team within the website.

Minor League

Eastern Conference

  • Maryland Microbrews [Colorado Field] [Johnstown Imperials]
  • Richmond Hammers [San Diego Park] [Arlington Cannons]
  • Bluffton Beach Bums [Cincinnati Park] [Scottsdale Saltshakers]
  • Queens Redbirds [Cleveland Field] [Vermont Monarchs]
  • Cleveland Titans [Baltimore Yards] [Michigan Bombers]

Western Conference

  • Tennessee Platypi [Seattle Field] [Gainesville Gingersnaps]
  • Sunset Beach Humpbacks [ASG Miami Park] [Nashville Strix]
  • Washington Wombats [Toronto Centre] [Seattle Melonheads]
  • Manchester Moonshiners [Houston Park] [St. Louis Dingoes]
  • Phoenix Cactus Wren [Boston Park] [Arizona Shade]

And there you have it! This will surely be an amazing season, and we here at the Clutch team can’t wait to see what these talented and studious managers have up their sleeves. Make sure to check out www.clutchleague.com to keep up with all the action in both leagues!