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Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Gotta love me some Rickey!

And by the looks of his swing and his head positioning, it looks like he really got ‘good wood’ on this hit.

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1988 Topps ‘Mini League Leaders’ set.

I quickly looked at Rickey’s numbers from the 1988 baseball season.  And yes, he was certainly a league leader.

Can you guess which statistical category Rickey led the AL in?

Come on now, that could be one of the easiest questions ever asked at 30-YOC…

It was stolen bases, of course.  Henderson paced the AL with 93 steals at the conclusion of the 1988 season.

Rickey being Rickey.

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

I scooped up a relatively small stack of cards from the newly released 2014 Donruss Series 2 set two weeks ago.

All modern players, you better believe that I snagged the card of the reigning NL MVP for my collection.

Here is the card of #22:

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I like the action on this one – it shows that powerful back-swing that we have grown used to seeing from McCutchen.

As for the cards itself, since it follows the exact design as the Series 1 issue, I still see way too much of a mix between 1984 Donruss, 1987 Donruss, and even 1978 Topps.

Very little originality.

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Ichiro turns 41 years old today!!

Easily one of the best hitters of the last 15 years, Ichiro Suzuki has proven to be an extremely talented contact hitter, maybe one of the best ever.

In 14 professional seasons in major league baseball, Ichiro has collected 2,844 hits.  In ten of fourteen years, he has accumulated 200 or more hits in those seasons.

For his birthday, I wish Ichiro perfect health.  And I want that health to hold until he gets into the 3,000 hits club.  Based on his average he will need just 2 more years to accomplish that task.  And while that means he will be 43 years old when that time comes, I do believe that he is conditioned to reach that mark with relative ease if he wants it.  He just needs to find a team that will use his talents and let him get the at-bats required to connect for another 156 hits.

I eagerly await the chase!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

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 George Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

George Bell turns 55 years old today.

One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seen primarily as a slugger, Bell did have a knack for delivering the longball and driving in runs, but he was also a very talented contact hitter.  During his playing days, Bell amassed 1,702 career hits along with a batting average of .278.  He won three Silver Slugger awards and had two seasons (1986 & 1987) in which he batted above .300.

As for his power numbers, Bell crushed 265 homers in 12 seasons while also driving in 1,002 runs.  His numbers were so impressive in 1987 that he won the AL MVP award.  The numbers from that year were unreal – .308/47/134.

George Bell was a 3-time All-Star.  He competed in the postseason twice, but never advanced to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 60 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

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Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Donruss All-Star

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Donruss All-Star

While not brimming with action, I will take this All-Star baseball card of Cal Ripken Jr. from the 1988 Donruss set over almost any Topps-issued All-Star cards from the same decade.

Here is the card:

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I dare you to find a regular issue Topps All-Star card of Ripken that is better.

Double-Dog Dare.