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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

It’s only fitting that I feature a Reggie Jackson baseball card after showing off one of Thurman Munson, right??

Well, if you know the Yankees history and you know of these two players and their fiery personalities, than you know that they were not the best of friends, not by a long shot.

Each guy had their temperaments, and each one wanted to win.  They just approached it differently, which is what led to multiple blow-ups between the two.

But, they succeeded – winning back to back championships at the conclusion of the 1977 and 1978 World Series’.

2 guys with 2 very different personalities, but they did find a way to win together!

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And that is one way to write a blog post that has nothing to do with the card you are featuring.  And I am OK with that since this A&G product is a major yawn…

1989 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan Becomes 1st Pitcher To 5,000 Strikeouts!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan Becomes 1st Pitcher To 5,000 Strikeouts!!!

On this day in 1989 Nolan Ryan recorded the 5,000th strikeout of his professional baseball career.

During a game in Arlington Stadium in front of 42,000+ fans, Nolan Ryan became the first player to ever eclipse the 5,000 strikeout mark.  And to do this in front of his home fans in the state he grew up in was especially monumental!!

In the top of the 5th inning with his team trailing 1-0, Ryan struck out All-star Rickey Henderson to capture #5,000!

Amazingly Ryan struck out 13 batters in this game.  And although his team lost 2-0, this was Ryan’s night.  Oh, and he was 42 years old at the time and still dominant as ever!!

Happy Anniversary Nolan Ryan!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 233/660 – #548 – Charlie Sands, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 233/660 – #548 – Charlie Sands, Angels

Progress: 233/660

Player Name:  Charlie Sands

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1967, 1971-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Charlie Sands played in just 3 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He had 3 official plate appearances in those contests and connected for 1 hit, struck out 1 time, and also drew a walk.  On the year, he hit .500.

Notes From Career:  Sands played in 93 major league baseball games during his career.  He is a lifetime .214 hitter with 31 hits in 145 at-bats.  Of his 145 hits, 13 went for extra bases – 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 home runs.  Sands suited up for four different clubs during his career and was primarily used as a back-up catcher and pinch hitter.

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1975 Topps Set Card 229/660 – #221 – Aurelio Rodriguez, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 229/660 – #221 – Aurelio Rodriguez, Tigers

Progress: 229/660

Player Name:  Aurelio Rodriguez

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:   3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Fielding

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1967-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Aurelio Rodriguez played in 151 games for the Detroit Tigers during the 1975 baseball season.  He spent all of that time defending third base while getting 507 at-bats.  Rodriguez hit .245 during the season with 124 total hits including 20 doubles, 6 triples, and 13 home runs.  Rodriguez scored 47 runs for the Tigers in ’75 while also driving in 60.

Notes From Career:  Aurelio Rodriguez was a solid performer at third base, earning a Gold Glove during the 1976 season for his sharp play.  During his 17-season career, he amassed a fielding percentage of .964 while committing just 215 errors in 1,983 total  games played.  Rodriguez has a lifetime batting average of .237 with 1,570 career hits.

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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Well, I have not picked up many cards from the new Allen & Ginter set, but the ones that I have are directly linked to my most precious player collections.

Like this one of Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson!

Check it out:

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While the image used is not one that is very unique, it does feature a young Reggie from his first stint with the Oakland A’s.  And for this collector, that is something to enjoy.

Would I rather the card have an image of Reggie in action?  Yes, but I know that is not the ‘MO’ of Ginter.

So, I scoop up this card happily and insert it into my collection that honors his great career.

 

Rod Carew 2014 Topps Archives – Major Mustache Alert!!!

Rod Carew 2014 Topps Archives

I could talk about Rod Carew and him being one of the best hitters in major league baseball history, and you would probably be OK with that.

I could tell you how much I enjoy the 1989 Topps baseball card design, and you would probably be OK with that.

But let’s get right down to it – LOOK AT THAT MUSTACHE!!!

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A true work of art!  Thank you, Topps.

1975 Topps Set Card 217/660 – #342 – Leroy Stanton, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 217/660 – #342 – Leroy Stanton, Angels

Progress: 217/660

Player Name:  Leroy Stanton

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1970-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Leroy Stanton played in a career-high 137 games during the 1975 baseball season.  An outfielder, Stanton spent a majority of his time playing in Right Field.  He hit .261 n 1975 with 115 hits in 440 at-bats.  Stanton stole 18 bases during the season which helped aid him in scoring 67 runs for the club.

Notes From Career:  Leroy Stanton suited up for three different teams during his tenure in the major leagues.  Stanton has a lifetime batting average of .244 with 628 hits achieved in 829 games.  Stanton scored 294 runs during his career while also driving in 358.  He never made it to the postseason.

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1975 Topps Set Card 213/660 – #152 – Mario Guerrero, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 213/660 – #152 – Mario Guerrero, Red Sox

Progress: 213/660

Player Name:  Mario Guerrero

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:   Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1973-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mario Guerrero appeared in 64 games for the Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .239 with 44 hits in 184 at-bats.  Of his 44 hits, Guerrero connected for 9 doubles and 35 singles.  He scored 17 runs for the Cardinals in 1975, while also driving in 11.

Notes From Career:  Guerrero suited up for four different teams during his 8-year big league career.  He is a career .257 hitter with 578 lifetime hits.  Guerrero connected for just 7 home runs during his playing days but does have 170 RBI and 166 runs scored.

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1993 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Inducted Into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame

1993 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Inducted Into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1993, Reggie Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

A colorful player both on and off the field, I am fairly certain that Reggie’s speech was a classic.  If only there was YouTube back in 1993…

A member of the ‘500 HR Club’, a league MVP, a 5-time World Series champion, and a Hall of Famer, it does not get much better than Reginald Martinez Jackson!!!

Happy Anniversary to Mr. October!

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

Progress: 200/660

Player Name:  Nolan Ryan

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  27 seasons, 1966, 1968-93

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nolan Ryan appeared in 28 games for the California Angels.  He started all of the games, and amassed a record of 14-12 with 10 complete games and 5 shutouts.  In 198 innings of work, Ryan compiled an ERA of 3.45 as he allowed 152 hits and 90 runs in that span.  Ryan struck out 186 batters in 1975, averaging 8.5 per 9 innings pitched.  Ryan was selected to the AL All-Star team in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is one of the most accomplished pitchers in major league history.  He has a career record of 324-292 with 222 complete games and 61 shutouts to his credit.  In 5,386 innings of work, Ryan struck out 5,714 batters (MLB high) while walking 2,795 (MLB high).  He has a career strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio of 9.5:9 and also a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.4:1.  Ryan was selected as an All-Star 8 times, and finished in the Top 10 for the Cy Young Award 8 times.  He became a World Series champion in 1969 while with the Mets and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 capturing 98.8% of the votes cast.

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