Category Archives: Eddie Murray Collection

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…

Murray 1986 topps

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!!!

1992 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Becomes All-Time Switch-Hit Leader In RBI

1992 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Becomes All-Time Switch-Hit Leader In RBI

On this day in 1992, Eddie Murray passed the great Mickey Mantle for the all-time lead in RBI by a switch-hitter. His 1,510th RBI broke the record.

Murray finished his stellar career with 1,917 total RBI. He still holds the all-time record for a switch-hitter and ranks 9th in baseball history!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Murray!!

Eddie Murray 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Eddie Murray 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Eddie Murray is without a doubt one of my favorite players from prior eras that is featured in modern sets.  And when that modern set offers a vintage design, I think it is exceptional.

Between the Orioles’ uniform and Murray’s style, he simply looks incredible on all retro cards.

And this year’s Gypsy Queen release is no different.

As a matter of fact, it is superb!!!

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This card could be my top pick from the full base set.  I LOVE IT!!!

1994 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Tops Mickey Mantle For Most Career Games With Switch-Hit Home Runs

1994 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Tops Mickey Mantle For Most Career Games With Switch-Hit Home Runs

On this day in 1994, Eddie Murray broke Mickey Mantle’s record of hitting switch-hit home runs in the same game. Mantle’s record of 10 was dropped down to second place as Murray accomplished this incredible feat for the 11th time in his career.

It was 16 years ago that ‘Easy Eddie’ blasted a home run from both the left and right sides of the plate. And the rest is baseball history!!

Eddie Murray’s Super-Sweet 1978 Topps Rookie Card

Eddie Murray’s Super-Sweet 1978 Topps Rookie Card

A few years back I decided that I wanted to honor the career of Eddie Murray, and specifically his time with the Baltimore Orioles.  So, I did what a player collector does – I built a checklist of every major brand issue card from his days with the O’s and went after them.

Some were tough to get, and some were a breeze.  But no card was as enjoyable to bring hom as was Murray’s 1978 Topps rookie card.

And I cannot believe that I paid less than $8 for it!!  What a deal – What a steal!!