Tony Gwynn 1988 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

Tony Gwynn 1988 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

As I go back to collecting the superstars of my youth, it is fun to be able to revisit the cards and brands from that time.

Beyond the main card companies like Topps, Fleer, Donruss, and Score – 1988 was full of ‘extras’ from all kinds of companies that wanted in on a piece of the collecting buzz of the time.

KayBee Toystore was one of many companies that partnered up with Topps to produce cards with their branding.  The cards look nice, feature decent graphics, and almost always showcased the best players in the game.

This is the Tony Gwynn card from the 1988 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’ set.

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Enjoy.

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Finally, another sweet Allen & Ginter card for the ’30-YOC’ collection.

It took me some time to find another one as I find this set to be full of boring and bland ‘stinkers’, but this card of Dustin Pedroia is on par with the Jose Fernandez card I featured here a few weeks back.

Have a look:

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I love the horizontal style of this action-packed card – it is a nice deviation from the typical posed portrait, vertical style that has bored me of the Allen & Ginter brand.

And the sharper, stronger colors of the background is a very welcomed change from the muted watercolors that has been the standard for the last few years.

This card is a very solid addition to my Dustin Pedroia PC.

If A&G keeps this up, I may have to get back on board…

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

Progress: 261/660

Card Number:  557

Player Name:  Larry Gura

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Gura appeared in 24 games for the New York Yankees during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 7-8 with 5 complete games at the conclusion of the year.  Gura pitched in 151 innings, giving up 173 hits and 65 runs.  He struck out just 65 batters in those 151 innings while walking 41.

Notes From Career:  Gura pitched in 403 games during his major league career.  He has a record of 126-97 with 71 complete games, 16 shutouts, and 14 saves.  Gura’s career ERA is 3.76 as he allowed 958 runs across 2,047 innings of work.  Gura was an All-Star during the 1980 baseball season and he has 3 Top 9 finishes for the Cy Young Award on his resume.

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1990 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

1990 HEADLINE:  Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

On this day back in 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first ever Father & Son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in the major leagues.

An event that must have been extremely memorable and enjoyable for the duo, the Griffey men certainly had a great evening.

Ken Sr. went 2-for-5 on the day with a home run and 3 RBI.  The younger Griffey went 1-for-4 with his solo home run.  Their combined offensive output was not enough to hold of the Angels as the Mariners lost 7-5.

Still, a very memorable and historic night in Anaheim!!!

Congratulations to 2 class acts!!!

2013 Topps Heritage League Leader Card – 2012 NL HR Leaders w/Giancarlo Stanton

2013 Topps Heritage League Leader Card – 2012 NL HR Leaders w/Giancarlo Stanton

UPDATE: This post was created prior to Stanton’s horrific injury.

My guy, #27, has been on fire as of late.  Setting career highs in RBI and home runs is just proof that when healthy Giancarlo can mash with the most elite players in the sport.

This card is from the 2013 Topps Heritage set.  The card honors the National League Home Run leaders from the 2012 baseball season.

Have a look:

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If all goes well, Stanton will be featured on a few more League Leader cards when the 2015 products start hitting the shelves.  As a Stanton collector, I am ready for that – and up to the challenge of collecting them all!

Bring it on!

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Panini Prizm

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Panini Prizm

Gotta love the action packed into this card of Andrew McCutchen.  This card is from the 2014 Panini Prizm baseball card set and because of the style of image used, you hardly realize that the card does not feature a Pittsburgh Pirates logo or symbol.

Have a look:

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Panini’s Prizm product is a solid set.  And if they keep selecting images like the one above of the reigning NL MVP, the fan base of the product should only grow.

Great job Panini.  I am a fan!

1975 Topps Set Card 260/660 – #81 – Ron Reed, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 260/660 – #81 – Ron Reed, Braves

Progress: 260/660

Card Number:  81

Player Name:  Ron Reed

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1966-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ron Reed split time between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  In total, he started 34 games putting together a record of 13-13 with 8 complete games and 2 shutouts.  Reed pitched 250 innings in 1975, allowing 274 hits and 118 runs en route to a 3.52 ERA.

Notes From Career:  Ron Reed pitched in 751 games over the span of his 19-season major league career.  He was used both as a starting and relief pitcher over that time.  Reed has a career record of 146-140, with 55 complete games, 8 shutouts, and 103 saves.  In 2,477 innings of work, Reed allowed 1,084 runs while striking out 1,481 batters.  Reed was chosen as an NL All-Star in 1968.  He is a member of the 1980 World Series championship winning Philadelphia Phillies.

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