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Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Oh yeah, how’s about a nice Triple Threads card to show you on this fine Tuesday afternoon?!?!

This card comes to you from the 2013 Topps issue, and it features my favorite second baseman of all-time, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

Have a look:

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I love the card.  The Red is so vibrant and it really stands out against all of the more dull colors that this card employs.

I also like how the image really shows how mush power Morgan packed into his compact swing.  He may have only been 160 pounds when he was playing in the majors, but Morgan had a very strong and quick swing – he connected for 268 career home runs, and had ten seasons with at least 14 round trippers during his 22-year career.

1975 Topps Set Card 248/660 – #622 – Rookie Outfielders With Armbrister, Lynn, Poquette, Whitfield

1975 Topps Set Card 248/660 – #622 – Rookie Outfielders With Armbrister, Lynn, Poquette, Whitfield

Progress: 248/660

Player Name:  Ed Armbrister, Fred Lynn, Tom Poquette, Terry Whitfield

Card Number:  622

Team:  Cincinnati Reds, Botson Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees

Position:  Outfielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Ed Armbrister – Armbrister hit just .185 in 59 games for the Reds. He was used sparingly as a reserve player, getting just 65 at-bats in those 59 games.  He had just 12 hits on the year, 1 double and 11 singles.

Fred Lynn – Fred Lynn took the AL by storm in 1975.  He was the league’s ROY and MVP with his .331 batting average, 103 runs scored, 175 hits including 42 doubles and 21 home runs, 105 RBI, and an All-Star and Gold Glove selection.

Tom Poquette – Tom Poquette did not play major league baseball in 1975.

Terry Whitfield – Whitfield played in 28 games for the Yankees in 1975.  He hit .272 for the team, collecting 22 hits in 81 at-bats.  Whitfield scored 9 runs for the Yankees in ’75 while driving in another seven.

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An Amazing Andre Dawson “Mail Day” For 30-YOC!!

An Amazing Andre Dawson “Mail Day” For 30-YOC!!

Friends, I have had a lot of great ‘mail days’ since I started this blog.  There have been great purchases.  There have been incredible trades.  There have been fantastic gift.

But, today’s ‘Mail Day’ is just a tad more special, and a tad more unique.

I sent a package to Andre Dawson a few weeks ago, after all of the MLB All-Star and HOF induction festivities were done.

And on Saturday, that package was returned to me with two great items enclosed.

For starters, I was able to add another signed baseball to my collection, that would be Andre Dawson signed ball #18 for my collection.

As with all of the balls in my Dawson collection, I sought out another unique inscription – this time going for a career achievement.

Have a look:

DAWSON HITS BALL

Yep, it is a ball celebrating Andre’s 2,774 career hits.  And it is a perfect complement to my other achievement balls.

The next item is the one that I am really excited about.

Are you ready?

You sure?

Buckle Up…

DAWSON AUTO 1977 ROOKIE

Yessir, that is a 1977 Topps signed rookie card.

I have wanted a signed rookie card in my collection for a very long time and I have no idea why I waited as long as I did to get this one done. But, now that it is home, I can officially scratch it off of my ‘Want List’.  And trust me when I tell you, it  has been on that list for years!!

Two fantastic items – two great additions to the collection that honors my favorite baseball player of all-time!!

Happy Monday.

Frank Robinson’s Incredible 1957 Topps Rookie Card!!!

Frank Robinson’s Incredible 1957 Topps Rookie Card!!!

Man, oh man.  How nice would it be to own one of these bad-boys???

If I ever had a ‘Top Ten’ list of vintage cards to add to my collection, this one would surely land on it.  I am a huge fan of Robinson’s – from both his days with the Reds and with the Orioles.

I have a few re-print versions of his card, but it is nothing like owning the original…

Frank Robinson’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Frank Robinson’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Frank Robinson was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.  The headliner of that class, Robinson collected 370 of the 415 votes cast by the writers.

And while I have not been able to find a transcript of his speech, I have to guess that it was pretty empowering.

As for Robinson’s Hall of Fame plaque, it reads:

“First to be chosen Most Valuable Player in both leagues – – NL in 1961 and AL in 1966. Set records by hitting homers in 32 different parks and with pair of grand slammers in successive innings in 1970. Fourth in homers (586), Fifth in extra bases on long hits (2,450), Fifth in Total Bases (5,375), on retiring. Led NL in Slugging percentage in 1960-61-62 and AL in batting, home runs, runs batted in, total bases, and slugging percentage in 1966′.

Frank Robinson – The Manager

Frank Robinson – The Manager

Frank Robinson holds the distinction of being baseball’s first African-American manager.

After being considered as a managerial candidate for several years, Robinson was finally given the chance to manage a squad in 1975.

In total, Robinson managed four different teams over a 16-year span.  Compiling a win-loss record of 1,065-1,176, Robinson was hardly put in a place to win.  The teams he managed?  The Indians, Giants, Orioles, and Nationals – not actually threats to any pennants…

Frank Robinson – World Champion

Frank Robinson – World Champion

In 21 baseball seasons, Frank Robinson played in 5 World Series match-ups.  That is not a bad clip, if you ask me…

And in those 5 trips to the Fall Classic, Robinson helped his squad win two World Series titles.

In 1966 and then again in 1970, Robinson’s Orioles teams won the rings.

As for Frank, he played in a total of 26 World Series games.  Compiling just a .250 batting average, Robinson was able to deliver production with his eight home runs, 14 RBI, and 19 runs scored.