Tony Gwynn 2000 Topps Gallery
I’ve always been a big fan of baseball cards that feature an image of the player signing autographs inside the stadium or ballpark. I find it a neat way to celebrate the player. And while many in today’s game only do it when a camera is on them, guys like Tony Gwynn more than likely did it because they wanted to.
Imagine being in the right field stands perched right behind third base and #19 is headed your way.
What a truly great experience that would be and surely one that the lucky fans who were able to meet Mr. Gwynn will never forget.
This card of Tony Gwynn from the 2000 Topps Gallery set is a fantastic reminder that Gwynn was the consummate professional, and a very fan-friendly player and ambassador for the game.
A great addition to my collection!
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On this day in 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees broke the all-time single season home run record by crushing his 61st home run of the season.
In the 163rd, and final game of the season, Maris entered the game with 60 home runs. At home and in front of more than 23,000 fans, Maris connected for number 61 in the bottom of the 4th inning. His home run would represent the only run scored in the game, giving the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory.
His home run gave baseball fans something to cheer about, although most would have preferred if it was another Yankee outfielder to be the one rounding the bases for number 61.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Maris – Truly one of baseball’s greatest legends!!!
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Tagged 1961, 61 home runs, 61 homers, babe ruth, baseball, baseball history, baseball milestones, baseball records, Hall Of Fame, HOF, home runs, new york yankees, roger maris
Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!
Rod Carew turns 69 years old today.
I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.
Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer. And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star. And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.
But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition. In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average. He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.
The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is that he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.
Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!
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1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!
On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.
Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:
“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”
And the result of that? An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.
Happy Anniversary Babe!!!
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October Is Here. It Is Time For ’30-YOC’ To Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!
Since 2009 I have been using the entire month of October to showcase the legendary Reggie Jackson. Reggie is one of my all-time favorite players and personalities and I find October to be the perfect time to showcase baseball cards that feature him as he is after all, Mr. October.
I never got to see Jackson play in person. But, I have both seen and read a ton about his major league career and his life after his playing days. I find him to be one of the most interesting players of the last 50 years, and one of the most outspoken too.
If Reggie were playing in today’s era of the game with advanced stats, the social media craze, and annual contracts that exceed $20 million per season, I think that he would be in the thick of all of it. Never bashful, and sometimes too bold, Reggie had a personality that matched the size of his biceps and mammoth home runs. I think he would be a superstar in today’s game just like he was back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
So, this month is dedicated to you, Reggie. I’ve stocked up on a pretty great mix of cards that feature you as the main attraction and I will dedicate posts to you daily on the blog as a way to honor your amazing baseball career!
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Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle
It was not often that you saw Wade Boggs uncomfortable or out of position while at the plate.
But, this card of him in his Yankees uniform from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set appears to have caught him in an uncomfortable spot.
Maybe he is simply stretching himself too far to get to the ball. Or maybe he knows he is in the midst of swinging at a pitch that he should have let go by.
Whatever it is, it looks like his is not comfortable with this swing.
See for yourselves:
Still, he was a master at the plate!
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Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars ‘Spotlights’
I don’t know what it is about the Topps product that was issued in 2000, but for me, it is certainly not worthy of the Topps stamp.
Sure, there may be a few nice cards scattered throughout their releases that are copy written as produced in 2000, but when compared to cards issued the following year, 2000 is a stinker.
This card of Joe Morgan from the 2000 Topps Stars set is just one of many examples.
Have a look:
It is so hard to identify what the theme of this card really is. I get the ‘Spotlight’ theme and the shadow cast behind Morgan as it there was a spotlight being shined on him.
But, what is with all of the thin vertical lines that run throughout the card’s background? What is the purpose of them?
If Topps had shifted the Spotlight design to a top-corner of the card and shined down on the player with a bright light while having faint and muted light around the main focus, that could have worked better and made more sense.
But this one just plain stinks.
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