Category Archives: Johnny Bench Collection

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

On this day in 1980, Johnny Bench became the all-time leader in home runs hit by a catcher.

At home, and in front of a relatively small crowd of just over 21,000 fans, Bench’s Reds team was taking on the Montreal Expos. Batting in the 6th spot in the lineup, Bench launched his historic home run in the bottom of the 5th inning off Expos’ hurler David Palmer. A solo-shot, Bench’s home run helped the Reds win the ballgame 11-7.

Johnny Bench connected for 389 home runs during his career. Currently he sits in second place on the all-time list for catchers, behind Mike Piazza.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Bench!!!

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Archives – FAIL

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Archives

Jeez, talk about cropping a shot closely, huh?!?!

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I am all for the heroes of prior baseball generations being included in modern sets – hell, that is one of the main reasons that I enjoy collecting today’s products.

But, I have to assume that by now Topps has hundreds of images of Johnny Bench at its disposal.  Choosing this one was simply a bad choice.

I’m happy to have another card of Mr. Bench in my collection.  But, I would certainly pick another one over this one if I could…

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

One of the things that I like most about the Gypsy Queen brand of baseball cards is that Topps usually does a better job of using new images – for both older and modern players.

Now, this is not foolproof, as there has certainly been some repetition of image use.  But, I don’t find it anywhere near as much as with other Topps issues.

So, when I see a player’s name on the checklist like Johnny Bench, I get excited about the possible new image we will discover of the Hall of Famer.

I bought this card ‘on the blind’ as I had yet to see one on Ebay.  I paid just $0.18 for it – and I am very happy with that decision.

Have a look:

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Very, very nice.

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps – 1972 mini

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps  – 1972 mini

WHAT AN IMAGE!!!

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Topps hit it out of the park on this one.  Not only is the image used on this card of Johnny Bench from the 1972 mini subset that was part of the 2013 Topps flagship brand a perfect blast back to Bench’s MVP days, but the way that it shows off his vintage catcher’s gear is outstanding.

Just look at what he is wearing – and compare it to today’s catching gear.

Between the chest protector, the mask, the helmet, and the glove, baseball equipment has come a very long way.  And while I will always choose old-school over modern, I am happy to see that our players today are better protected and cared for – very few of today’s catchers would wear what Bench was wearing in the early 1970’s.

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1989 both Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ironically, both players spend their entire big league careers playing for just one team.

Johnny Bench was a Rookie of the Year winner, multiple time All-Star, multiple time Gold Glove winner, 2-time MVP, and 2-time World Series Champion, Bench did it all during his remarkable 17-season major league career.

Carl Yastrzemski put up some unreal stats – The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Congratulations Gentlemen!!!

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

What a nice card.

I like the different angle of the image that was used.

And I have to say that I could very easily see the bat swapped out with the golf club, which I believe is something that Mr. Bench would really, really enjoy.

GINTER BENCH

 

FORE!!!!

Johnny Bench’s Highly Collectible 1968 Topps Rookie Card

Johnny Bench’s Highly Collectible 1968 Topps Rookie Card

I don’t know a single collector that would turn down a chance to own a Johnny Bench rookie card.

I also don’t know a single collector that has one.

And now that I really think about it, I cannot say that I have ever seen one of these beauties from the 1968 set in person.

Lucky for me the internet offers us opportunities to sit back and drool over what we cannot have.

And this is one of those situations…

Nice, Very Nice!!!