Mike Stanton 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘Future Stars’
I will call him Mike on this post because the card he is featured on for this post is from 2011. And it was released before he made his name change to Giancarlo official…
Have a look:
Stanton has had a very solid month of May for the Marlins. He is a big part of their winning ways, and I hope that he continues to contribute at this rate as we head into the All-Star break.
At the plate, he is connecting with a lot of power. And he is driving in runs at a very good rate.
If this player ever gets the confidence he needs in his ability to hit off-speed stuff, the National League better watch out!!!!
Posted in Florida/Miami Marlins
Tagged baseball, baseball cards, florida marlins news, Florida/Miami Marlins, giancarlo stanton, home runs, Marlins, marlins baseball, marlins park, miami marlins, mike stanton, mike stanton news, stanton homers
Gary Carter 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes
This is the fourth card from the 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes set that I have picked up.
And it is the first one that does not offer a supreme image of the featured player.
Have a look:
See what I mean??
The other cards I have from this set bring great images of Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, and Wade Boggs.
This one just does not deliver… Surely there are much better images of Gary Carter out there – I have seen them!!!
Still, this set is becoming a favorite at ’30-YOC’. I am going to have to investigate what it would take to put together…
Posted in Gary Carter Collection
Tagged 1986 world series, all-star, baseball, catcher, Expos, gary carter, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, Mets, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, New york mets, silver slugger, world series
Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!
Baseball great Kenny Lofton turns 45 years old today.
One of the most underrated players from his era, Kenny Lofton was a throwback-type of player that oftentimes reminded you of the players from the generation prior to his. With lightening fast speed and great defensive skills, Lofton enjoyed a wonderful 17-season career.
Lofton was the kind of player that every team needs on their roster. A guy that can do it all, and will make the same level of effort when playing for a first place team with a 10-game divisional lead as he would for a last place team 20 games behind in the standings. Lofton’s desire to win and help his team was unmeasurable. And along the way, he racked up some very impressive career statistics.
A lifetime .299 hitter, Kenny lofton finished his career with 2,428 hits. He also captured 781 RBI, 1,528 runs scored, and an amazing on-base percentage of .372. He currently ranks 15th all-time with 622 stolen bases. When it comes to recognition around the league, Lofton tallied 6 All-star appearances and 4 Gold Glove awards.
In total, Kenny Lofton played for 11 different teams over the course of his career. Of his 17 seasons, 10 were with the Cleveland Indians. For his birthday I would like to give Lofton a little more appreciation. Let’s give him a career with just 1 team and make him an everyday player. Had that occurred, I think we could be looking at another member of the 3,000 hits club and possibly just the second guy to break the 1,000 steals mark.
Happy Birthday Mr. Lofton!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged all-star, astros, base stealing, baseball, baseball cards, cleveland indians, gold glove, houston astros, indians, kenny lofton, new york yankees, stolen bases, yankees
Andre Dawson 1988 Fleer Glossy
I am getting very, very close to 1,000 unique Andre Dawson baseball cards.
This one comes courtesy of Fleer and it was issued in 1988. The card is from the ‘Glossy’ factory set that was issued only in complete, pre-packaged sets. The design is the same as the Dawson card from the base set, with one exception – the high gloss finish.
Have a look:
And now, I am 10 cards away from 1,000!!!!
Posted in Andre Dawson Collection, Chicago Cubs
Tagged all-star, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson Collection, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, Chicago Cubs, collection, collector, Cubs, dawson contract, Expos, fenway park, Florida/Miami Marlins, gold glove, hobby, Marlins, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, silver slugger
John Smoltz 2012 Topps Gold Standard
I pulled this card from a pack of 2012 Topps that I recently ripped.
And while my National League East loyalties lie firmly with the Marlins, it is very, very hard not to like and respect John Smoltz.
As a matter of fact, Smoltz is probably one of my favorite pitchers of the last twenty years.
This card is from the ‘Gold Standard’ set and it celebrates Smoltz’s 3,000th career strikeout.
Have a look:
The event happened on April 22, 2008 in Atlanta, GA.
The player that will always be linked to this history making strikeout?? Felipe Lopez.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged 1995 world series, 3000 strikeouts, 3000 strikeouts club, all-star, atlanta braves, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, braves, cy young, cy young award, john smoltz, pitcher, red sox, relief pithcer, reliever, starting pitcher, world series
1977 Topps – 1976 RBI League Leaders Featuring George Foster & Lee May
Due to his supreme ability to hit home runs and drive in runs at a rampant pace, George Foster was represented on a lot of baseball cards honoring the League Leaders during the late 1970′s.
This card is from the 1977 Topps baseball card set:
The card honors the 1976 RBI leaders for each league.
Lee May was the American League leader with 109 RBI in 1976. George Foster paced the National League with 121 runs driven in.
Atta Boy Georgie!!
Posted in George Foster Collection
Tagged 1975 world series, 1976 world series, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, big red machine, Cincinnati Reds, george foster, giants, lee may, Mets, most valuable player, MVP, New york mets, orioles, reds, san francisco giants, world series
Only two players in major league baseball history have won 9 World Series championships; and they played for the same franchise.
Joe DiMaggio & Yogi Berra!!!
Posted in Did You Know....
Tagged 1936 world series, 1937 world series, 1938 world series, 1939 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, baseball legend, baseball trivia, catcher, Did You Know...., Don Mattingly, elston howard, first baseman, Hall Of Fame, HOF, joe dimaggio, joltin' joe, joltin' joe dimaggio, lou gehrig, most valuable player, MVP, new york yankees, sports trivia, thurman munson, world series, yankee stadium, yankees, yankees history, yankees trivia, yogi berra
Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!
Manny Ramirez turns 39 years old today.
One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last twenty years, Ramirez is on the comeback trail with hopes of prolonging his career as a professional baseball player.
A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.
We wish you well Manny.
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 2004 world series, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR, 500 HR club, A's, Athletics, baseball suspension, boston red sox, cleveland indians, Hall Of Fame, HOF, indians, los angeles dodgers, manny ramirez, most valuable player, MVP, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, rays, red sox, steroid era, steroids, steroids in baseball, suspension, tampa rays, trade deadline, world series
Kirby Puckett 1985 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!
Friends, I have finally scored the third of three 1985 rookie baseball cards of Kirby Puckett.
First wast Topps.
Then it was Donruss.
And now, finally, it is Fleer!!
It took me a while to secure one of these cardboard beauties from the 1985 Fleer set, but it is not for lack of opportunity as these cards are all over Ebay.
The reason it took me so long to get one into my collection is that I was budgeting what I would spend for it. And I would not budge.
Here is my haul:
Puckett’s cards still get a lot of attention, especially his rookie cards. I have picked up other rookies from the 1980′s that were issued prior to 1985 for quite a bit less. And in some of those pick-ups, the player was more accomplished than Mr. Puckett (see Boggs, Gwynn, etc.).
I am thrilled to have finished the trilogy. And I am looking forward to finishing off my Puckett collection.
Two cards to go…
Posted in Kirby Puckett Collection
Tagged 1987 world series, 1991 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, Kirby Puckett, minnesota twins, silver slugger, topps, twins, world series