Category Archives: Brooks Robinson Collection

1983 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1983 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1983, both Brooks Robinson and Marichal were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Brooks Robinson is known for his glove first, and with 16 consecutive years of Gold Glove level performance it is clear to see why. On offense he has collected 2,848 hits, 268 home runs, 1,357 RBI, 1,232 runs scored, and a lifetime average of .267.  And the Orioles teams he played for did well too.  He is a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.

Juan Marichal is one of the many pitchers that defined the fantastic pitching era of the 1960s and 1970s.  Known for his famous leg-kick, Marichal dazzled while on the mound.  His efforts landed him 243 wins with 52 shutouts to his credit.  Marichal was a 9-time All-Star which says a lot of the respect he had around the league considering that he was fighting for roster spots with Seaver, Carlton, Ryan, Jenkins, and others.

Brooks Robinson was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He captured 344 of 374 votes case, good for 92%.

Juan Marichal was voted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot.  He captured 313 of 374 votes cast, good for 83.7%.

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

Come on now, how sweet is this card???

I LOVE IT!!!

ROBINSON 7

 

Picking up this card from the 2001 Topps Archives set, I am immediately takes to the ‘Bird Belters’ card from the 1968 Topps set that stars the Robinsons of Baltimore.

I have that ’68 card in both the original form, and the re-print.  It was on my ‘Want List’ for a very long time and I can honestly say that it is one of my ‘Top 10′ cards in my collection.

Maybe, I will go after the original of this one from the 1967 Topps set next…

Brooks Robinson 2013 Panini Golden Age

Brooks Robinson 2013 Panini Golden Age

These cards from the 2013 Panini Golden Age set continue to impress me.  At least the baseball player cards from the set…

And this one of Brooks Robinson is fantastic.

Have a peek:

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I don’t know about you, but I can see a 36×24 print of this card hanging in the ‘Man Cave’ of an Orioles fans home.  Or along an inner hallway at Camden Yards!!

Between the vintage uniform and the #5 proudly displayed on this card, you almost forget that you cannot see an Orioles name or logo on Brooks’ jersey or cap.

I LOVE IT!!!  Great work by Panini.

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson made his big-league debut.

At the age of 18, Robinson and his Baltimore Orioles teammates hosted the Washington Senators.  And in front of a crowd that barely crossed 5,000 spectators, Robinson performed like a veteran.

On the day, Brooks went 2-for-4, collecting two singles and an RBI.  His efforts helped lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Robinson.  Happy Anniversary!!!

Brooks Robinson 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ – SWEET!!!

Brooks Robinson 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ – SWEET!!!

Friends, it never gets old.  Never.

Seeing a baseball card that features Brooks Robinson in his ‘ready’ position while at third base is something that all collectors should be able to get with.

I have a decent amount of cards of Brooks that feature similar imagery, but I will say that the number of different angles used to capture him playing defense keeps the cards looking fresh.

This one comes from the 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set, and the added shadow really makes his likeness pop from the card’s surface. 

And the card features two sweet logos as well – Fleer’s GOTG logo and an old-school Orioles one as well!!

Gotta love it!!!

VINTAGE BROOKS

Brooks Robinson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – A Tad On The Boring Side…

Brooks Robinson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

There is no doubt that Brooks Robinson is the greatest defensive third baseman of all-time.

Anyone that would argue that fact does not understand how he revolutionized the way that defense at ‘The Hot Corner’ was played.

With that being said, does Topps need to continue to publish cards that feature images of Brooks that offer almost the same image of him in his ‘Ready’ position?

Seriously, I can recall at least 5-6 cards issued in the last few years that feature images that are almost identical to this one.  And as much as I appreciate the reminder that we are celebrating Robinson’s dominance at defense, he did enough on offense as well to be celebrated in that manner too.

Please Topps, give me a card of Brooks sliding into second base.  Or bunting.  Or in the on-deck circle.  Or in a batting cage.  Or slugging a homer…

Please!!

VINTAGE BROOKS GQ

I Have Finally Brought Home The #1 Baseball Card On My “Want List” – Come Check It Out!!!!

I Have Finally Brought Home The #1 Baseball Card On My “Want List” – Come Check It Out!!!!

This took me a really long time, but it was a wait that was certainly worthwhile.

While some collectors have $100 cards as the most wanted card for their collections, I try to keep to my rules of budgeted baseball card collecting.  Sticking to this plan has led me to becoming a more patient collector – and it almost always works out in my favor.

My most wanted card does not feature an autograph or chunk of jersey material.  The card is not stamped with a Gold foil serial number.

It is however, 45 years old.

Are you ready to see it?

Are you sure?

Ok, here is the card that I have been shopping for for more than two years: 

BIRD BELTERS

That’s right!!  A 1968 Topps ‘Bird Belters’ card of HOF teammates Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson (no relation).  I have loved this card since I was a kid, but that PSA slab; something I do not need.

I’ve probably placed bids on this exact card more than 20 times in the last 12 months.  And finally, my constant seeking and patience has paid off for me.

The #1 card on my want list is now home!!!

Now I just need to figure out which collection to put this one into – Frank Robinson or Brooks Robinson….

Hmmm – quite the predicament!

Brooks Robinson 2012 Panini Cooperstown – ‘Induction’

Brooks Robinson 2012 Panini Cooperstown – ‘Induction’

One of the things that I like most about the ‘Induction’ subset from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set is the homage that it pays homage to the day that the player was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

For me, it is neat to not only see the moment captured on a card, but I really like to see the suits these guys wore on their ‘Big Day’ as well as the podium that they stood at.

Here is the card of Brooks Robinson from his ‘big day’:

VINTAGE BROOKS INDUCTION

He kind of looks like a local mayor or delegate doesn’t he???

Happy Birthday Brooks Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday Brooks Robinson!!!

The man considered to be the greatest defensive third baseman in baseball history turns 76 years old today!!

The resume of Brooks Robinson is more incredible each and every time I take a peek at it. I’ve always known him to be a great defensive ball player, but his offensive and team success during his 23-year career cannot be denied. While Mike Schmidt may be the more explosive, and Chipper Jones may be the better pure hitter of the bunch, Brooks can certainly hold his own in the conversation ranking the best third basemen in baseball history.

Robinson is known for his glove first, and with 16 consecutive years of Gold Glove level performance it is clear to see why. On offense he has collected 2,848 hits, 268 home runs, 1,357 RBI, 1,232 runs scored, and a lifetime average of .267. And the Orioles teams he played for did well too. He is a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.

Happy Birthday Mr. Robinson!!!

Brooks Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Black Parallel Version

Brooks Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Black Parallel Version

One of the best things about the Gypsy Queen set if the numerous number of variations you can find of the cards. 

And if you are a player collector, like me, and your favorites happen to be part of the GQ set, you are in for a long, but rewarding hunt.

I shop for cards from this set often.  And I am always amazed at the ‘new’ cards that I uncover during these journeys.

The most recent card I scored from the set is the Black mini version of the card that features Hall of Famer, and Orioles legend, Brooks Robinson.

Have a look:

VINATGE BROOKS MINI

What a nice card.  It is a solid compliment to the base and mini base cards of Brooks that I already had in my collection.

And the hunt goes on….

:)