Category Archives: Joe Morgan Collection

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Oh yeah, how’s about a nice Triple Threads card to show you on this fine Tuesday afternoon?!?!

This card comes to you from the 2013 Topps issue, and it features my favorite second baseman of all-time, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

Have a look:

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I love the card.  The Red is so vibrant and it really stands out against all of the more dull colors that this card employs.

I also like how the image really shows how mush power Morgan packed into his compact swing.  He may have only been 160 pounds when he was playing in the majors, but Morgan had a very strong and quick swing – he connected for 268 career home runs, and had ten seasons with at least 14 round trippers during his 22-year career.

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

With most of the base cards out of the way from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set, I have shifted my attention to the minis and mini parallels from the set to so I can bulk up my modern and vintage player collections.

In a hunt that was specific to just the mini cards from this set, I hauled in a good handful.

Among them was this base mini of Reds Hall of Famer, Joe Morgan.

Have a look:

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I’m happy to have nailed this one down as I had been lacking in my pursuit of Mr. Morgan’s cards.

Now on to the tougher ones…  Bring on the parallels!

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1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

On this day in 1978, Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds hit the 200th home run of his incredible baseball career.

And while the 200-HR plateau had been accomplished by hundreds of players prior to Morgan, he was the first to accomplish that feat with 500 stolen bases to his credit as well.

Displaying an all-around offensive arsenal, Morgan was a rare player that could beat his opposition with his speed and ability to hit for power and average.

Only three players have accomplished the same feat since – Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, and Barry Bonds.  But Morgan was the first, and he set the trend!!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Joe Morgan!!!

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Yes, I understand that Allen & Ginter is not supposed to give us baseball cards featuring explosive action or packed with dramatic imagery.

But, the recycling of the same images that have been used of players for years is making this brand quite stale, in my opinion.

I’ve seen this image of Joe Morgan used way too many times, and now A&G blesses us with it again.  Does the image meet the normal A&G criteria?  Yes.  But for a collector that has over 300 unique Joe Morgan baseball cards in his collection, it bores the hell out of me.  Surely there are more than 4-5 posed portraits of Morgan that exist that Topps can use, right?

Is the image a decent one?  Sure.  But after being used so many times, it is getting to the point where collecting ‘Action Only’ cards may be the wave of my future.

Here is the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter card of Mr. Morgan:

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Again, it is a nice card, but it is a tired image.  If I had any desire to go through my Morgan PC and pull each on that featured this specific shot, I may be able to grab more than a half-dozen.  But, I don’t have that kind of energy right now…

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball Header

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball Header

It’s been quite a while since I have added a card from this subset to my Joe Morgan collection – all the way back to 2012, if you’d like to get technical.

It is not for lack of want, mind you, bu for lack of effort.

When I first encountered a few singles from the set, I knew that it was something that I would like to complete in time.

Since then, I have learned that there are 10 total cards in the set – Cards 1-9, and a header (checklist) card.

Well, I now have said ‘Header’.

Have a look:

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All of the cards from the set have a similar design theme, and each highlights something special from Joe Morgan’s big league career.

As a Morgan fan and collector, I think that it is only fitting that I make obtaining the balance of the missing cards of this set for my collection.

Time to focus and get it done!

Let’s Shop!!

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics

Any time that I can grab a modern or vintage card of Joe Morgan for my player collection, I will make the effort.  And when said effort costs me just $0.18, I will usually do it with some vigor and umph!

That’s exactly what occurred when I grabbed this card of ‘Little Joe’ during a shopping spree on Sportlots.com a few weeks ago.

Have a look:

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This card comes from the 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics set, and is part of the ‘All-Time Classic’ subset.

As you can see, the card features a Black and White image of a defending Joe Morgan with a baseball background and a plain graphic design behind it.

The card is nice, but there is not enough interest in the image for me – way too drab.

If I had the right tools on my PC, I would make Morgan’s shoes Black while coloring his stirrups, cap, and jersey accents in Red.  And then I would also color the sticking of the giant baseball behind him Red as well to tie it all together.

And then, MASTERPIECE!

Joe Morgan 2001 Topps Archives – 1965 Topps Rookie Card Reprint

Joe Morgan 2001 Topps Archives – 1965 Topps Rookie Card Reprint

Ok, so if I was ever wanting to collect a complete modern-era baseball card set, the 2001 Topps Archives set would certainly be a contender.

I mean, this set has it all – Star power, great images, sharp design, solid cardstock.  What is not to like??

And one of my favorite aspects of the set is that we got bonus rookie cards of our favorite players, with a nice twist.  For the players that made the cut who had rookie cards in which they ‘shared’ space with another, or many players, they finally got a rookie card of their own.

Like this one of Hall of Famer, Joe Morgan:

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Morgan’s card from the 1965 Topps set is shared with another player.  But, 36 years later, Joe finally has his own.

I love how Topps did this, and this aspect of the set is enough for me to rank this one very highly among modern issues.

I LOVE IT!!