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Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Yes, I understand that Allen & Ginter is not supposed to give us baseball cards featuring explosive action or packed with dramatic imagery.

But, the recycling of the same images that have been used of players for years is making this brand quite stale, in my opinion.

I’ve seen this image of Joe Morgan used way too many times, and now A&G blesses us with it again.  Does the image meet the normal A&G criteria?  Yes.  But for a collector that has over 300 unique Joe Morgan baseball cards in his collection, it bores the hell out of me.  Surely there are more than 4-5 posed portraits of Morgan that exist that Topps can use, right?

Is the image a decent one?  Sure.  But after being used so many times, it is getting to the point where collecting ‘Action Only’ cards may be the wave of my future.

Here is the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter card of Mr. Morgan:

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Again, it is a nice card, but it is a tired image.  If I had any desire to go through my Morgan PC and pull each on that featured this specific shot, I may be able to grab more than a half-dozen.  But, I don’t have that kind of energy right now…

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Prizm – ‘Chasing The Hall’

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Prizm – ‘Chasing The Hall’

I love the theme of this subset and it is one that I really need to review.  Why?  Because I am always interested in seeing who people/companies think will be elected into the Hall of Fame when their careers are over.  For me, there is no greater conversation.

As for Mr. Pedroia, I would put him at a 50/50 right now.  But, he would probably get my vote.  He’s got the ROY, and the MVP, and two World Series rings.  He’s got multiple Silver Slugger awards and a few Gold Gloves too.  Plus, he is a team leader and face of the franchise.  Now, he just needs to continue to stay on the field and contribute.  His stats will build naturally, but Boston has to surround him with talent that allows him to use his in the best manner possible.

For a player in his ‘age 30′ season, he had a solid career average of .300 with more than 1,350 hits.  The hits, doubles, and runs scored all have a long way to go to be ‘HOF-worthy’ but I think he has a good shot to make a run at it.

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Time for me to track down the checklist of this set.

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball Header

Joe Morgan 2002 Upper Deck Heroes Of Baseball Header

It’s been quite a while since I have added a card from this subset to my Joe Morgan collection – all the way back to 2012, if you’d like to get technical.

It is not for lack of want, mind you, bu for lack of effort.

When I first encountered a few singles from the set, I knew that it was something that I would like to complete in time.

Since then, I have learned that there are 10 total cards in the set – Cards 1-9, and a header (checklist) card.

Well, I now have said ‘Header’.

Have a look:

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All of the cards from the set have a similar design theme, and each highlights something special from Joe Morgan’s big league career.

As a Morgan fan and collector, I think that it is only fitting that I make obtaining the balance of the missing cards of this set for my collection.

Time to focus and get it done!

Let’s Shop!!

How Sweet Would It Be To Have A Roberto Clemente Signed Ball In The Collection????

How Sweet Would It Be To Have A Roberto Clemente Signed Ball In The Collection????

As I continue to learn more and more about the life and major league baseball career of Mr. Roberto Clemente, I am starting to understand the impact he had not only on the game, but more importantly, on the sport after he passed away.

Tragically killed in a plane crash more than 40 years ago, the Roberto Clemente signed baseball has to be a gem in any collector’s set regardless of how big or small that collection may be.

Because of his death, and the way that autographs were treated while Clemente was able to sign, there are very few clean, crisp, and mint signed Clemente baseballs out on the open market.  And because of that, it makes any piece signed by him instantly cherished.

I would love a ball for my collection, but the price tag that comes along with it is not something that I can stomach.

Instead, I will simply drool over the idea of having one…

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Roberto Clemente’s Superb 1955 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Roberto Clemente’s Superb 1955 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

For reasons unknown, this 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie baseball card just not carry the same collecting weight as a Jackie Robinson or Mickey Mantle rookie card.

But it should!!

One of the most dynamic players in baseball’s grand history, Roberto Clemente is one of the sport’s most iconic and cherished names.

And of all cards issued since 1950, this one should rank very highly on all ‘Want Lists’.

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Roberto Clemente And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1973

Roberto Clemente And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1973

Roberto Clemente is one of just two players elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame without having to wait the requisite five years after retirement to gain eligibility.  The other player was Lou Gehrig.

His Hall of Fame plaque reads:

“Member of exclusive 3,000 hits club. Led National League in batting four times. Had four seasons of 200 or more hits while posting lifetime .317 average and 240 home runs. Won Most Valuable Player Award 1966. Rifle-Arm defensive star set NL mark by pacing outfielders in assists five years. Batted .362 in two World Series, hitting in all 14 games.”

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Roberto Clemente’s Untimely Death

Roberto Clemente’s Untimely Death

From Wikipedia:

Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work. When Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, was affected by a massive earthquake on Saturday December 23, 1972, Clemente (who had been visiting Managua three weeks before the quake) immediately set to work arranging emergency relief flights.  He soon learned, however, that the aid packages on the first three flights had been diverted by corrupt officials of the Somozoa government, never reaching victims of the quake.

Clemente decided to accompany the fourth relief flight, hoping that his presence would ensure that the aid would be delivered to the survivors.  The airplane he chartered for a New Year’s Eve flight, a Douglas DC-7, had a history of mechanical problems and sub-par flight personnel, and it was overloaded by 4,200 pounds.  It crashed into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico immediately after takeoff on Sunday December 31, 1972.  A few days after the crash, the body of the pilot and part of the fuselage of the plane were found. An empty flight case apparently belonging to Clemente was the only personal item recovered from the plane. Clemente’s teammate and close friend Manny Snaguilen was the only member of the Pirates not to attend Roberto’s memorial service. The Pirates catcher chose instead to dive into the waters where Clemente’s plane had crashed in an effort to find his teammate. Clemente’s body was never recovered.  Tom Walker, former MLB pitcher (1972-1977), helped Clemente load the plane and because of the plane’s weight load, Clemente told him not to go with him on the flight. Walker’s son is Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman, Neil Walker.

In an interview for the ESPN documentary series SportsCentury in 2002, Clemente’s widow Vera Clemente mentioned that Clemente had told her several times that he thought he was going to die young.  Indeed, while being asked by a reporter about when he would get his 3,000th career hit in July 1971, Clemente’s response was “Well, uh, you never know. I, I, uh, if I’m alive, like I said before, you never know because God tells you how long you’re going to be here. So you never know what can happen tomorrow.”

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Roberto Clemente And The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

Roberto Clemente And The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

Roberto Clemente joined the ‘3,000 Hits Club’ on September 30, 1972.  The hit, a double, came off of Mets pitcher John Matlack and it came in his last at-bat of the 1972 baseball season.

Clemente was tragically killed in an airplane crash during the offseason.  His career ended with 3,000 hits.

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Roberto Clemente, #21

Roberto Clemente, #21

The #21 jersey worn by Roberto Clemente was retired by the Pirates in 1973.  His jersey is one of just nine to be retired by the franchise.

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I think it is time that major league baseball consider retiring #21 in the same way that they have honored Jackie Robinson’s #42.  Clemente was the first hispanic player voted into the Hall of Fame and the first Latin player to win a World Series while starting for the team.  And most importantly, he is known as being one of the most philanthropic athletes of all-time.

Major league baseball, you have my approval on this!