Tag Archives: Hall Of Fame

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 77 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

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!!!

Wade Boggs 1987 O-Pee-Chee

Wade Boggs 1987 O-Pee-Chee

I recently added this card to my Wade Boggs collection.

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It should look familiar to you as it is the exact same as Boggs’ card from the 1987 Topps baseball card set – with one lone difference (on the front).

Yep, that sweet O-Pee-Chee logo has replaced the Topps logo.

 

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic

WOW!

Look at that smooth and power-packed swing by Reggie on this shot used for his 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic baseball card:

 

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Full of power and speed, Reggie could mash with the best of them!

This card is neat in that the colors work well together.  However, I do find all of the random graphic elements to be a bit of a distraction.  I like the border on the left side, and the nameplate is fine (though a bit irregular).  The part that disturbs me is the graphic that runs horizontally right behind Reggie.  What is that supposed to be?  Personally, I would have liked to have seen a muted backdrop of Yankee Stadium behind #44 – keep it light and clean allowing Reggie’s image to stand out and be the centerpiece.

Instead, I feel like I am looking at an ink-blot, trying to find the butterfly…

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Here is another card from the 1988 Topps All-Star send-in set that I have scored for my vintage player collection.  This time around, the card features Dave Winfield.

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Winfield was a monster during the 1980’s.  An All-Star in nine straight seasons from 1980-88, Winfield was a staple at the All-Star Game during the decade, and rightfully so.  He did not play in 1989, but from 1980-88, Winfield had seven seasons of at least 150 hits, eight seasons of at least 20 home runs, six seasons of at least 100 RBI, along with six Gold Glove Awards and five Silver Sluggers.

He definitely belongs in this set.  And in any other All-Star set issued in the 1980’s.

A great addition to my Dave Winfield player collection!

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – ‘The New Dynasty’

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – ‘The New Dynasty’

Here is a neat card I picked up of Reggie issued by Upper Deck in 2000.

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The card is from the Yankees Legends set and is tagged as ‘The New Dynasty’.

While I like the theme, and the overall look of the card, I am a but puzzled by the ‘New’ part of the set name.

There is nothing ‘New’ about the dynasty that the Yankees built.  The team is the most winning franchise in all of baseball history, and the margin is wide.  They, like all teams, have had their runs of good spans and bad spans, but tagging the set as ‘The New Dynasty’ does not seem appropriate for this franchise.

Still, a great looking baseball card that features #44 as the main attraction!  I LOVE IT!

1977 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Steals The Show In Game 6 With Three Home Runs!!!

1977 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Steals The Show In Game 6 With Three Home Runs!!!

On this day in 1997, Reggie Jackson took the baseball world for a ride when he connected for three home runs, in three consecutive at-bats, with each homer coming on the first pitch that came his way.

And the three pitches came from three different pitchers!

Jackson and his Yankees teammates were leading the 1977 World Series 3 games to 2 games, when Reggie stole the show and single-handidly clinched the championship for the Yankees.

This performance is considered to be one of the most dynamic and legendary moments in the history of the game.

Mr. October was born on 10/18/1977!!

Happy Birthday Reggie!!!