1975 Topps Set Card 233/660 – #548 – Charlie Sands, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 233/660 – #548 – Charlie Sands, Angels

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Player Name:  Charlie Sands

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1967, 1971-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Charlie Sands played in just 3 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He had 3 official plate appearances in those contests and connected for 1 hit, struck out 1 time, and also drew a walk.  On the year, he hit .500.

Notes From Career:  Sands played in 93 major league baseball games during his career.  He is a lifetime .214 hitter with 31 hits in 145 at-bats.  Of his 145 hits, 13 went for extra bases – 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 home runs.  Sands suited up for four different clubs during his career and was primarily used as a back-up catcher and pinch hitter.

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1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Becomes First Player In MLB History To Hit 50 HR’s in 3 Consecutive Seasons

1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Becomes First Player In MLB History To Hit 50 HR’s in 3 Consecutive Seasons

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire became the first player in major league history to reach or surpass the 50-Home Run mark in three consecutive baseball seasons.

With strong numbers, ‘Big Mac’ solidified himself as one of the greatest sluggers in the game’s incredible history of power hitters.

The numbers:

1996 – 52; 1997 – 58; 1998 – 70.  And just for good measure, McGwire connected for 65 homers in 1999 extending the baseball record to 4 straight years.

Happy Anniversary ‘Big Mac’!!!

I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

I Am Re-Committing Myself To The Roots Of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

On Sunday night, I eluded to the fact that I was really starting to miss my favorite players from my youth – the ones that shaped my love for the game that has carried me, my collection, and this blog for many years.

I specifically detailed how I wish that I paid a little more attention to the guys that have left us early – like Tony Gwynn, Gary Carter, and Kirby Puckett.

Well, I am now ready to do something about it.  And in a major way.  I am going back to the roots of ’30-Year Old Cardboard!

After publishing that post on Sunday, I spent a few hours organizing my cards even deeper than I had before.  And for a very small handful of players, I expanded on my detailed player collection Excel spreadsheets to include every single card of them I own, just like I have done with my Dawson, Jenkins, Palmer, etc. collections.

This process confirmed to me that I can go after quite a bit more.  So, that is my plan.

I am digging deeper on some of the original player collections I built when I got back into collecting in 2008.  And in many cases, I am going back after the guys I originally built player collections of when I first got back into the hobby.  Absence certainly does make the heart grow fonder…

Have I added more cards of these guys since?  Sure, I have.  And they are now documented and accounted for.  But, in many cases, I limited my original collections of them to specific brands, years, and teams.  As an example, I restricted my collection of Dave Winfield to all major-brand baseball cards up to 1989.

Well, now I am opening the flood-gates.  I am going BIG!!

Get ready for a lot of vintage oddballs, limited edition cards, and super stuff from the 1980’s.

As for the player that I intend to highlight and showcase – the list is baseball royalty:  Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Wade Boggs, and Eddie Murray.

Here is a picture of my collection of these five HOF’ers as it stands tonight:

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And in the very near future, I am hoping that each of these rows will look a lot more full.

Buckle up everybody, it is going to be a fun, fun ride!!

Thanks for reading.

 

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Panini Prizm – Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Panini Prizm – Base

Giancarlo Stanton has been lighting it up as of lately – both at the plate and in the outfield.

I’ve read a small handful of stories that have his name being mentioned in the race for this year’s NL MVP Award.  While I love that kind of attention, I think he is still a few steps behind the elite, all-around players.  But, the promise he shows and the growth he has displayed this season certainly makes him one that may contend for many years ahead.

And to think, he is just 24 years old – WHOA!

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Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball Header

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball Header

It’s been quite a while since I have added a card from this subset to my Joe Morgan collection – all the way back to 2012, if you’d like to get technical.

It is not for lack of want, mind you, bu for lack of effort.

When I first encountered a few singles from the set, I knew that it was something that I would like to complete in time.

Since then, I have learned that there are 10 total cards in the set – Cards 1-9, and a header (checklist) card.

Well, I now have said ‘Header’.

Have a look:

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All of the cards from the set have a similar design theme, and each highlights something special from Joe Morgan’s big league career.

As a Morgan fan and collector, I think that it is only fitting that I make obtaining the balance of the missing cards of this set for my collection.

Time to focus and get it done!

Let’s Shop!!

1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

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Player Name:  Reggie Smith

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1966-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Reggie Smith played in 135 games for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  Smith was selected as an All-Star in that season due to his .302 batting average with 144 hits and .382 on-base percentage.  Of Smith’s 144 hits, he connected for 26 doubles, 3 triples, and 19 home runs.  He scored 67 runs for the club and drove in 76.

Notes From Career:  Reggie Smith is a 7-time All-Star with a Gold Glove to his credit.  A 17-year veteran, Smith connected for 2,020 career hits en route to a lifetime batting average of .287.  Smith played for four different major league teams during his 17-season career, making it to 4 World Series championships.  He won a World Series title as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.

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Did You Know…

Two members of the Milwaukee Brewers stole 40 or more bases during the 1992 baseball season.  Pat Listach led the club with 51 steals and Darryl Hamilton swiped 41.

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