Category Archives: Eddie Murray Collection

Eddie Murray 1987 Donruss Opening Day

Eddie Murray 1987 Donruss Opening Day

Oh, yeah!  I love these Maroon-colored baseball cards from 1987.

The Opening Day set from Donruss was one of my favorites from the 1987 season.  I loved the thought of a set that carried this kind of theme, and I made collecting the complete set and extras for my player collections as priority back in ’87.

This is the Eddie Murray card from the set:

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As for Murray’s performance on Opening Day of ’87, Murray went 1-for-4 on the day with a single off of Rangers’ pitcher Charlie Hough.  The Orioles won the game, and their home opener, 2-1.

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’.

Eddie Murray 1991 Donruss MVP = My First Dodgers Card Of Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray 1991 Donruss MVP = My First Dodgers Card Of Eddie Murray

Well, it was bound to happen…

I have finally landed a non-Orioles card of Eddie Murray in my collection.  Prior to this card, all cards featured the Black and Orange of the Orioles team colors.

And now, I have a card that contains ‘Dodger Blue’ too.

This card is from the 1991 Donruss baseball card set, and is in the ‘MVP’ subset.

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As you can see, the card features a sweet ‘MVP’ logo as the feature of the background of the graphics package.

And while many probably only recall Murray’s MVP-productivity while with the O’s, he had four tremendous seasons with the Dodgers.  The LA numbers – .278 average, 483 hits in 477 games played, 74 doubles, 65 home runs, 231 runs scored, and 282 RBI.

1996 HEADLINE – Eddie Murray Joins The 3,000/500 Club!!!

1996 HEADLINE – Eddie Murray Joins The 3,000/5oo Club!!!

On this day in 1996, Eddie Murray became the 3rd member of the 3,000 hits/500 home run club!!!

Of all of the offensive stats that are recognized in the baseball world, I find the combination of the 3,000 hits and 500 home runs stats to be the perfect combination resulting in a complete offensive threat.

So on this day, Eddie Murray joined Willie Mays and Hank Aaron in the most elite and exclusive club in baseball.  His entry into this club helps stake his claim as one of the greatest offensive players to ever play the game of baseball.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

Eddie Murray 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Eddie Murray 2014 Topps Archives

I really like this shot of Murray as it shows you what each and every pitcher saw when they looked at his from 60 feet, 6 inches out.

Murray as a ‘Bad Dude’ and one that not too many pitchers wanted to mess with for fear of the numerous ways that he could beat you at the plate.

This card is from the 2014 Topps Archives set, and it features the 1986 Topps card design.

Have a look:

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One of the things that really works on this card, at least in my opinion, is the bright Orange of the team banner and the small circle showing the player’s position.  The two pieces of Orange are actually highlighted by the darker backgrounds in which they are resting on top of.

Oh, and check out the ‘E’ in Orioles – kind of a weird font, right?

I had to go back to my Murray from the original 1986 Topps set to see if it was new or true to the original design, and…

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Who would have thought!

Eddie Murray 2014 Panini Prizm – ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZZzzzzzz

Eddie Murray 2014 Panini Prizm – ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZZzzzzzz

And the chants from the bleachers begin – ‘Boring, Boring, Boring’.

This card is simply awful.  And it is no fault of the Hall of Famer, Mr. Murray.

Panini knows the rules that they must live by.  And while it may make the job a lot harder than what others must work with, they are the rules and they must be complied to.  Nonetheless, it is still Panini’s job to produce quality, interesting product – and this card is neither.

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Even with team names and logos on a shot like this, the shot is not ‘Gold’.  We need action, and we would much rather prefer an action shot of Eddie Murray with his back to the camera if he is crushing a ball at home plate, catching a throw at first from his shortstop, or rounding second and chugging towards third.

Note:  If you have to remove the uniform and hat logos and team names from your product, you are removing crucial pieces of interest.  You must make up for it with your image selection.

1995 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Joins The ‘3000 Hits Club’

1995 HEADLINE:  Eddie Murray Joins The ‘3000 Hits Club’

On this day in 1995 Eddie Murray collected the 3,000th hit of his amazing baseball career!!!

In his 19th big league season while playing DH for the Cleveland Indians, Murray joined baseball’s elite group of hitters.

In the 6th inning, he smacked a single off of Mike Trombley of the Minnesota Twins and that moment became history!!!

Murray ended his baseball career with 3,225 hits which currently ranks him in 13th place in baseball history.

Congratulations Mr. Murray!!!