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Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Golden Greats – ‘Stopping The See-Saw’

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Golden Greats – ‘Stopping The See-Saw’

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of the baseball card that celebrates a team or player achievement.  Regardless of the scale of the event, if the moment is worth mentioning and getting  a card, I am in favor of it.

In 2012, Topps gave us the ‘Golden Greats’ set.

This is the card of Cal Ripken, Jr. from that set:

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This card celebrates the game-winning home run that Cal launched against the White Sox on July 13, 1984.  The 3-run blast came in the bottom of the 11th inning after the White Sox scored in the top of the inning to take the lead.  With the home run, Ripken secured victory for his team and sent all Orioles fans home with smiles on their faces.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Topps ‘1990 Record Breaker’

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Topps ‘1990 Record Breaker’

Now this one is a sweet one!!

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1991 Topps baseball card set and it is part of the ‘Record Breakers’ subset.

I like the look of the card with the 40th Anniversary logo in place in the upper-left corner, and the prominent ‘Record Breaker’ tagline at the bottom truly calls out what makes this card special.

For me, the only thing that is missing from the front is some kind of hint as to what the record was.  I like the way that it was done in 1985, and I wish that Topps carried that style forward with other issues.  A little hint or tease as to what is printed on the back would have been nice – give us a reason to pause and read the back of the card!

As an FYI, this card is celebrating the fact that Ripken had an errorless games streak of 95 consecutive games at shortstop in which he handled 431 plays before making another error.

Did You Know…

Tim Lincecum is the only pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award during his first two full seasons as a pitcher in the major leagues.

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Cal Ripken Jr. 1990 Donruss MVP Bonus Card

Cal Ripken Jr. 1990 Donruss MVP Bonus Card

Donruss’ relatively short-lived ‘Bonus MVP’ subset allowed for collectors like me the opportunity to build insert sets and also pick up extra cards of the players we valued the most.

Typically featuring the team’s best and most popular players, the MVP set kind of felt like an All-Star set, with MVP graphics.

This is Cal Ripken’s card from the 1990 set.

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I love the idea, and I actually don’t mind the loud background that Donruss employed with this 1990 version of the set.  I just wish that the photo selection was better – show me why this player was chosen to be tagged with the MVP title for his team.

Other than that, I like it!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Fleer

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Fleer

The Red, White, and Blue striping that the 1988 Fleer baseball card set offers us may be a great color scheme for baseball, but it is certainly not a great match for the Baltimore Orioles.

Here is the Cal Ripken card from that set:

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The card is nice and the colors are sharp, but the two varying color schemes given to us clash pretty well against one another.

Still, it is Cal!  And in 1988, he led the American League in sacrifice flies with 10.  A true team player that was willing to sacrifice himself for the chance to pick up a run and possible victory.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 KMart ‘Memorable Moments Of The Eighties’

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 KMart ‘Memorable Moments Of The Eighties’

Oddball baseball cards from the 1980’s rank very high on the list of ‘cool’ at 30-YOC.

As a kid that was obsessed with collecting baseball cards during the mid-to-late 1980’s, I always wanted more than what the three main companies were issuing at the time.  Even with the bonus cards and send-in cards, I craved more.

Oddballs filled that void rather nicely.  And I tackled as many of them as I could gather.

While this card is new to my collection now, I am fairly certain that I picked it up sometime in 1988 as well.

Enjoy.

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Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!