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Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Yes, I find this year’s release of Allen & Ginter to be a complete snooze-fest.

But, I am thankful for the fact that my favorite Hall of Famer, Mr. Andre Dawson, has a spot on the A&G checklist.

If I play my cards right, I should be able to add 6-7 new cards of ‘Hawk’ to my collection from this release, and hopefully for not too much money as well.

This is his base card from the set.  It put me back a whole eighteen cents.

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And now, I am ready to dig a bit deeper and try to rescue the mini and related parallels.  And if I am really luck, the relic card too.

Wish me luck!

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

On this day in 1978, Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds hit the 200th home run of his incredible baseball career.

And while the 200-HR plateau had been accomplished by hundreds of players prior to Morgan, he was the first to accomplish that feat with 500 stolen bases to his credit as well.

Displaying an all-around offensive arsenal, Morgan was a rare player that could beat his opposition with his speed and ability to hit for power and average.

Only three players have accomplished the same feat since – Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, and Barry Bonds.  But Morgan was the first, and he set the trend!!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Joe Morgan!!!

What Is The Best Way To Proceed With A Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection???

What Is The Best Way To Proceed With A Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection???

If you missed it, I made it official the other night – I am going to become a Cal Ripken collector.

I’m excited about the prospect of obtain both old and new cards of Cal for my collection and I think it will be a great way for me to reconnect to another great baseball hero from my childhood.  Certainly, there is no mistaking the impact Cal left on the game, or the hobby.

But, as the title of this post alludes to, I simply do not know where to begin.

I’ve considered starting with his oldest cards.

I’ve considered starting with his newest cards.

And I have considered quite a bit in between both too.

I have to imagine that out of all of the newly crowned Hall of Famers that starred during the 1980’s and 1990’s, Ripken is near the top of the list when it comes to the number of cards made that bear his name and image.

So, where do I start?

What would you do?

I’d love some input on this.  Please comment below.  Thank you.

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Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yes, I am guilty.  I am just getting to showing off my card of Dustin Pedroia from the 2014 Topps Archives set.  And yes, I know that this set was released months ago.

As for the card, it is nice.  I like the 1973 Topps design.

But, being that DP was not even born in 1973 makes this one a bit odd, especially since he is sporting a full beard in the picture that was used.

While I don’t really have a problem with him being inserted in the 1973 portion of the Archives product, I would have liked if Topps went back and found a picture from his earlier years in the majors – sans facial hair.

Have a look:

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1975 Topps Set Card 239/660 – #29 – Dave Parker, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 239/660 – #29 – Dave Parker, Pirates

Progress: 239/660

Player Name:  Dave Parker

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1973-91

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Parker played in 148 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He hit .308 for the club with 172 hits in 558 at-bats.  Of his 172 hits, Parker connected for 35 doubles, 10 triples, and 25 home runs.  He also scored 75 runs for the team while driving in 101.

Notes From Career:  With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117.  His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

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Here Is A Peek At My Cal Ripken Jr. Collection As It Stands Today.

Here Is A Peek At My Cal Ripken Jr. Collection As It Stands Today.

Last night I made it official – I am now a Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collector!!

So, I thought it would be worthwhile to log in and document all of the cards I currently own of him, and while I was at it, I snapped a picture too.

The collection is just 27 unique cards deep – yes, rather pathetic I know.  But, I have almost a blank canvas in front of me that is simply waiting to be filled.  And I plan to tackle this endeavor head-on.

Like I mentioned, this collection of cards has just 27 unique cards in it – but I do have a few doubles too.  And they’re the sweet ones – I have 3 of Cal’s 1982 Topps rookie cards from my youth, still in their original penny sleeves and top loaders.

Have a look at the full collection:

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And now, I am ready to shop.  Wish me luck, and stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ as I plan on taking you along for the ride with me!!

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Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 68 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!