Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Update ‘Blockbusters’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Update ‘Blockbusters’

I love the thought of the ‘Blockbuster’ set that Topps included in their 2012 Update set.  The theme is fantastic and I really like the look of the newspaper theme that Topps used for the cards.

As for the set’s checklist, in my opinion it leaves a little to be desired.  Yes, it showcases some of the biggest moves in baseball history.  But, it also features a few that are probably not worthy of being in the set.

Will I build the whole set?  Time will only tell.

But, in the meantime, I will be happy to add this card of Frank Robinson into my player collection.

YES!!!

Jim Abbott ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card

Jim Abbott ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card

Now that my Jim Abbott player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1989 Upper Deck

In Upper Deck’s debut set they featured a few of these multi-image baseball cards.  The ones that I am certain of are Nolan Ryan, Wade Boggs, and this one of Jim Abbott.

The Ryan and Boggs cards make a lot of sense – these guys were established talents in the game.

The Abbott card is a bit more mysterious as it is his rookie season and he had not real MLB following at the time of the release.  But, as we all know, Upper Deck wanted to make revolutionary changes in the hobby (ie Ken Griffey Jr getting the #1 card in their first set).

I think that UD hit is out of the park with this card!!  And I love that old Angels logo too…

Mike Schmidt 1987 Topps

Mike Schmidt 1987 Topps

1987 was the year that I really got into collecting full-time.  And as a 12-year old, I was a pretty ruthless collector.  Topps was my primary target, primarily due to the availability of the packs – found at every supermarket, pharmacy, and gas station in town.

In total, I believe that I built no less than four complete sets.  And I also had all of the subsets separately too.

Of my favorite cards in the set was the Mike Schmidt card.  I like the image, and I had enough of these to fill a bunch of pages.  9 of these beauties on the same page looks great – Trust Me!!

1976 Headline: Reggie Jackson Is Coming To The Bronx!!!

1976 Headline: Reggie Jackson Is Coming To The Bronx!!!

On this day in 1976, Reggie Jackson signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees.

I only wish that I could have been around to witness this as I am sure that the city of New York and Yankees fans across the country were celebrating this incredible occasion.

By this time in his career, Reggie had established himself as a power hitting slugger that was able to dominate the game offensively.  His knack for driving in runs in timely situations earned him a lot of respect from fans, foes, and teammates.

But with this signing, I am not sure that anyone knew what was to come!!!

How about 144 home runs, 461 RBI, a .281 batting average, 380 runs scored, 5 All-star appearances, and 2 World Series championships!!!

I’d say that the Yankees got a bargain.  Agreed???

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Mariano Rivera turns 43-years old today!!

Quite possibly the greatest closer of all-time, and certainly the best closer in post season history, Rivera has many reasons to celebrate today!!

Among them would be that he is one of the most highly regarded relief pitchers in World Series history.  His efforts during the post season have helped the new York Yankees nab 5 World Series titles during his reign as the team’s closer.

As we all prepare for the 2013 season, one has to wonder how much longer ‘Mo’ will want to play.  A few more years?  1 more year?  Who knows…  What I do know and get reminded of consistently is that the role of a closer is only valuable to a club when the player is able to dominate each and every situation he faces.  And that is what makes Mariano Rivera a solid and key contributor to his team’s victories.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rivera!!!  Keep raising the bar…

Bonds, Clemens, Biggio, Schilling, Sosa, Piazza Headline Hall Of Fame Ballot For Class Of 2013

Bonds, Clemens, Biggio, Schilling, Sosa, Piazza Headline Hall Of Fame Ballot For Class Of 2013

From Yahoo Sports:

NEW YORK (AP) — The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine’s voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?

In a monthlong election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era, the Hall ballot was released Wednesday, and Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on it for the first time.

Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens took home a record seven Cy Young trophies and is ninth with 354 victories. Sosa ranks eighth on the homer chart with 609.

Yet for all their HRs, RBIs and Ws, the shadow of PEDs looms large.

”You could see for years that this particular ballot was going to be controversial and divisive to an unprecedented extent,” Larry Stone of The Seattle Times wrote in an email. ”My hope is that some clarity begins to emerge over the Hall of Fame status of those linked to performance-enhancing drugs. But I doubt it.”

More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote on the 37-player ballot. Candidates require 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.

Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling also are among the 24 first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.

If recent history is any indication, the odds are solidly stacked against Bonds, Clemens and Sosa. Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro both posted Cooperstown-caliber stats, too, but drug clouds doomed them in Hall voting.

Some who favor Bonds and Clemens claim the bulk of their accomplishments came before baseball got wrapped up in drug scandals. They add that PED use was so prevalent in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s that it’s unfair to exclude anyone because so many who-did-and-who-didn’t questions remain.

Many fans on the other side say drug cheats – suspected or otherwise – should never be afforded the game’s highest individual honor.

Either way, this election is baseball’s newest hot button, generating the most fervent Hall arguments since Rose. The discussion about Rose was moot, however – the game’s career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an investigation concluded he bet on games while managing the Cincinnati Reds, and that barred him from the BBWAA ballot.

The BBWAA election rules allow voters to pick up to 10 candidates. As for criteria, this is the only instruction: ”Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

That leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Bonds, Clemens and Sosa won’t get a vote from Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

”Nay on all three. I think in all three cases, their performances were artificially enhanced. Especially in the cases of Bonds and Clemens, their production went up abnormally late in their careers,” he wrote in an email.

They’ll do better with Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star.

”I plan to vote for all three. I understand the steroid/PED questions surrounding each one, and I’ve wrestled with the implications,” he wrote in an email.

”My view is these guys played and posted Hall of Fame-type numbers against the competition of their time. That will be my sole yardstick. If Major League Baseball took no action against a player during his career for alleged or suspected steroid/PED use, I’m not going to do so in assessing their career for the Hall of Fame,” he said.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy will reserve judgment.

”At the beginning of all this, I made up my mind I had to adopt a consistent policy on the steroid social club. So, my policy has been, with the brilliance in the way they set up the Hall of Fame vote where these guys have a 15-year window, I’m not going to vote for any of those guys until I get the best picture possible of what was happening then,” he wrote in an email.

”We learn a little bit more each year. We learned a lot during the Bonds trial. We learned a lot during the Clemens trial. I don’t want to say I’m never going to vote for any of them. I want to wait until the end of their eligibility window and have my best idea of what was really going on,” he said.

Clemens was acquitted this summer in federal court on six counts that he lied and obstructed Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Bonds was found guilty in 2011 by a federal court jury on one count of obstruction of justice, ruling he gave an evasive answer in 2003 to a grand jury looking into the distribution of illegal steroids. Bonds is appealing the verdict.

McGwire is 10th on the career home run list with 583, but has never received even 24 percent in his six Hall tries. Big Mac has admitted to using steroids and human growth hormone.

Palmeiro is among only four players with 500 homers and 3,000 hits, yet has gotten a high of just 12.6 percent in his two years on the ballot. He drew a 10-day suspension in 2005 after a positive test for PEDs, and said the result was due to a vitamin vial given to him by teammate Miguel Tejada.

Biggio topped the 3,000-hit mark – which always has been considered an automatic credential for Cooperstown – and spent his entire career with the Houston Astros.

”Hopefully, the writers feel strongly that they liked what they saw, and we’ll see what happens,” Biggio said last week.

Schilling was 216-146 and won three World Series championships, including his ”bloody sock” performance for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Andy Pettitte Will Be Wearing Pinstripes Again In 2013!!!

Andy Pettitte Will Be Wearing Pinstripes Again In 2013!!!

From The New York Daily News:

The decision is in: Andy Pettitte isn’t set to retire just yet.

According to a source,  Pettitte has decided to pitch in 2013, ending his six-week deliberation about  his future.

“He has committed to playing next year,” the source  said.

Now it’s up to  Brian Cashman and Pettitte’s agent, Jim Murray, to hammer out a deal for the  lefthander. Sources said the Yankees  are expected to give Pettitte $10-11 million next season, a  substantial raise from the $2.5 million he earned in 2012 after coming out of  retirement.

Although Pettitte hadn’t made any official decision before  Tuesday, the fact that the 40-year-old recently began working out to see how his  body felt was an indication that he had received the blessing of his wife and  children to pitch next season.

The Yankees are also getting closer to a  deal with Mariano Rivera, who could be signed by the end of the week. The  Yankees have focused solely on their pitching staff this offseason, already  locking up Hiroki Kuroda with a one-year, $15 million deal.

It remains  to be seen how much money the Yankees guarantee the 43-year-old closer, who is  coming back after missing the final five months of the 2012 season with a torn  ACL in his right knee. Rivera, who just completed a two-year, $30 million deal,  could receive a lower guaranteed salary plus incentives that could increase the  deal to his previous level.

Once Pettitte and Rivera are signed, Cashman  will turn his attention to right field and catcher, the Yankees’ two positional  vacancies at next week’s Winter Meetings.

The Yankees would like to have  the Pettitte and Rivera deals done before the meetings kick off in Nashville  next Monday, giving them an idea of how much money they have left in the budget  to fill the other two positions and also build a bench.

Bringing back  Pettitte and Rivera would complete the first phase of the Yankees’ offseason  plan, completing their rotation and solidifying their bullpen for the upcoming  season.

Russell  Martin remains the team’s top choice behind the plate, though a  source said they have yet to make any offers to the free agent. Martin has met  with multiple teams interested in his services, though most believe he will wind  up back in the Bronx.

A report out of Japan Tuesday said Ichiro Suzuki  had agreed to a $5 million contract to remain with the Yankees, but a source  said the two sides haven’t even discussed potential contract terms. In fact, the  Yankees haven’t made an offer to any position player.

Exclusive Private Signing Opportunity With Former NL Cy Young Winner, Eric Gagne!!!

Exclusive Private Signing Opportunity With Former NL Cy Young Winner, Eric Gagne!!!

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New Subset Coming To Wednesday Nights!!!

New Subset Coming To Wednesday Nights!!!

The title of the post says it all.  I have a new subset to show off, and I will be doing so on Wednesday nights.

 I have really enjoyed the subsets that have debuted in 2012.  My favorite is the ‘Career Day’ set and I am in the process of building and showing that one off on Mondays.

And now, on Wednesdays, I will show off another one of the subsets that I really like.  I was able to scoop up the complete set for just $2.99 with the shipping included. 

Without giving it away, the set includes a nice handful of Hall of Famers and superstars.

And here is one final hint…

Any guesses?  I am sure that you have a few…

Next week, I will provide the checklist.  And from there, it will be time for the cards!!

Have a nice night.