265 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 40% Complete!!!

265 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 40% Complete!!!

Just taking a quick moment to stand and celebrate the fact that I have now completed 40% of the 1975 Topps baseball card set.

I have officially obtained 265 different cards in the set, giving me an even 40%.

 

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The stack of unused cards on my desk confirms that the growth of my set will continue, and as the days and weeks pass, I will get closer and closer to being at the 50% mark – 330 cards.

But, for now, it is time to celebrate 40% – Hip Hip, Hooray!  Hip Hip, Hooray! Hip Hip, Hooray!

The ride has been a blast thus far.  Let’s keep it going!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Opening Day

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Opening Day

Each and every time that I see a card of a modern Marlins player in his original Marlins uniform I crave that old team logo and color scheme.

I grew up on Black & Teal, and while I have grown to love and enjoy the new colors and look of the new Marlins uniform, nothing will replace the originals.

Here is a great shot of those old uni’s – It’s a card of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2011 Topps Opening Day set.

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Enjoy.

Eddie Murray 1987 Fleer Record Setters

Eddie Murray 1987 Fleer Record Setters

Here is a very neat card of Eddie Murray that was issued in 1987.  The card comes from the limited edition ‘Record Setters’ set that was sold as a complete box set that consisted of 44 cards.

This set was limited to exclusive sales at Eckerd’s Pharmacy in 1987, but as soon as they were released, singles were everywhere as many of these sets were ripped open by collectors and fans.

Here is the card of Eddie Murray from the set:

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I love it.  A nice and tight shot of Eddie as he is apparently looking to his dugout for ‘the sign’.  My guess is that the sign he received was ‘Let it rip’.

Did You Know…

No member of the Twins earned more Gold Glove Awards than pitcher Jim Kaat, who won 11 of them while a member of the Twins franchise.

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1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

1998 HEADLINE: Ripken’s Streak Ends At 2,632 Games

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken voluntarily sat out his first baseball game in more than 16 seasons.

Baseball’s ‘Iron Man’ thought that it was time for a break, albeit just one game.

Cal’s streak will go down as one baseball’s most grand accomplishments.  His class on and off the field accompanied by a very large baseball skill set makes him one of the greatest ambassadors that the sport will ever encounter.

Always gracious, always smiling, always a favorite – Thank You Cal!!!

1953 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

1953 HEADLINE:  Ernie Banks Hits First Home Run Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1953, Ernie Banks hit the first home run of his career as a professional baseball player.

Nobody knew what was in store for Banks’ future, but ‘Mr. Cub’ certainly left a lasting impression on the city of Chicago and the sport of baseball.

Home Run #1 was just the start.  The start of 512 career home runs.  The start of 11 All-star appearances.  The start of 1 Gold Glove award.  And the start of 2 Most Valuable Player awards.  Home Run #1 started it all…

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Ernie Banks!!!

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Joe Morgan’s 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card Is A Thing Of Vintage Beauty!!!

Joe Morgan’s 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card  Is A Thing Of Vintage Beauty!!!

Joe Morgan’s debut in the baseball card collecting world came in 1965 via a multi-player rookie card.  He and his teammate at the time, Sonny Jackson, share the card and both men were rookies for the Houston Colt .45s.

The 1965 set features a classic design, and a very popular team banner that proudly waves with the team’s name.

The coloring of this card works very well too.  The Grey frame that surrounds the images of both players looks great with the Navy and Orange caps that both players are wearing.

And that Yellow flag is a great exclamation point to the card!!!

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I’m so happy to have one of these in my collection.  A true gem!!!