Joe Morgan 2013 Panini Cooperstown – Blue Crystal Parallel
I really need to step up my Panini game during the offseason and go after all of the colored parallel cards of Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer that I can find. The cards are very nice and I have put enough energy into collecting them.
Step one of that process was buying the Blue parallel of the Joe Morgan card for my Morgan PC. I have the base and the Green cards in my collection, so the Blue version makes 3. The card is serial numbered as 284/499 and because of the Blue background, it is a bit darker than what I would like.
But, I’ll gladly take it!!!
Posted in Joe Morgan Collection
Tagged 1975 world series, 1976 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, big red machine, Cincinnati Reds, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, joe morgan, most valuable player, MVP, reds, second base, world series
Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield
These ‘Generations’ cards are pretty cool. I have a few of them in my collection, and while shopping for some stuff on Sportlots.com, I grabbed this one for my Frank Robinson player collection.
Let me tell you that, YES I already own this card in my Andre Dawson player collection. But, since the card also features legendary player Frank Robinson, I pounced on the opportunity to add it to another PC that I am building.
As a part of the 2o05 Donruss Throwback Threads set, this card features three players from three different eras that played very similarly to one another. I like the pairing idea, and I especially like to see who the card companies match up on cards like these.
The combination of Robinson, Dawson, and Gary Sheffield is a very solid one.
Posted in Frank Robinson Collection
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, american league, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball history, baseball milestones, Cincinnati Reds, frank robinson, Hall Of Fame, HOF, memorial stadium, most valuable player, MVP, National League, orioles, reds
2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Albert Pujols
With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.
The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.
This is the card of Albert Pujols from the set:
Arguably the best player in baseball this century, Pujols has amassed some incredible numbers prior to his 32nd birthday. Already a 3-time MVP winner and 2-time World Series champion, Pujols is quickly racking up statistics that mirror or surpass some of baseball’s greatest players. With a career batting average of .325, and with 2,246 hits in just 12 seasons, the sky is the limit for this talented hitter. And don’t forget about the 475 home runs and 1,434 RBI Albert has already accumulated too.
I am hopeful that ‘The Machine’ returns for a fantastic 2014!!
Posted in 2013 Topps Archives 'Tallboys'
Tagged 2006 world series, 2011 world series, 3-time MVP, albert pujols, all-star, angels, angels of anaheim, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, gold glove, los angeles angels, most valuable player, MVP, Rookie of the Year, ROY, st. louis cardinals, world series
1951 HEADLINE: Joe Dimaggio Set To Retire
The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it more than six decades after his retirement from the game. “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930′s and 1940′s.
Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer. Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country. Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.
In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons. The numbers are pretty impressive: (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes. Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI. Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors. WoW!!! The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.
One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments. Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!!
And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”. In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games. Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again.
Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1936 world series, 1937 world series, 1938 world series, 1939 world series, all-star, baseball history, baseball legend, Hall Of Fame, joe dimaggio, joltin' joe, joltin' joe dimaggio, most valuable player, MVP, new york yankees, world series, yankee stadium, yankees
2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera
The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes. And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.
That does leave room for some nice surprises…
This is the card of Miguel Cabrera from the set:
At the end of the 2013 baseball season, Miguel Cabrera completed his 11th season in the majors.
He has already been in the postseason four times, making two trips and winning one World Series championship.
In 52 postseason games, Cabrera has a .273 batting average with 53 hits in 194 at-bats. Of his 53 hits, he has connected for 9 doubles and 12 home runs while also scoring 27 runs and driving in 37.
In World Series play, Cabrera has a just a .189 batting average through ten games.
Posted in 2013 Topps Update 'Postseason Heroes'
Tagged 2012 triple crown, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, baseball news, baseball triple crown, detroit tigers, miguel cabrera, miguel cabrera triple crown, miguela cabrera news, most valuable player, MVP, tigers, tigers news, triple crown
Andre Dawson 1996 Score – Artist’s Proof
I keep trying to find cards issued of Andre from his playing days to add to my collection, and that task is getting tougher and tougher and tougher.
Thankfully, there is still of handful of cards from that period that I need, but they are becoming harder and harder to come by.
I did score the below card from the 1996 Score baseball card set last week. This card is the same as the base card from the ’96 issue, but this one is stamped with an ‘Artist’s Proof’ logo. And it also features a Bronze border versus the standard White border from the base set.
Check it out:
I love it!! The Bronze is a nice border color option but it does take a bit away from the Score logo in the upper-left corner.
Another great addition to my Andre Dawson ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection!!
Posted in Andre Dawson Collection, Chicago Cubs
Tagged all-star, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson Collection, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, Chicago Cubs, collection, collector, Cubs, dawson contract, Expos, Florida/Miami Marlins, gold glove, hobby, Marlins, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, silver slugger
Andrew McCutchen 2011 Bowman ‘Finest Futures’
This is the third card that I have added to my collection from the ‘Finest Futures’ subset issued by Bowman in 2011.
The cards are sharp and feature just enough graphics to allow the large image to remain as the main attraction.
Have a look:
The coloring, and shading, that Bowman employed on this subset are really spectacular. The White clouding that is happening behind the graphics at the bottom of the card are a unique touch that really works well. I especially like how it is blended into the image of McCutchen.
A may need to explore the checklist from this subset a bit further to see if I can uncover any more gems…
Posted in Andrew McCutchen Collection
Tagged 2013 NL MVP, all-star, andrew mccutchen, baseball, baseball cards, gold glove, gold glove award, most valuable player, MVP, pirates, pittsburgh pirates, rookie, rookie cards, silver slugger, silver slugger award, topps
2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mike Schmidt
I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.
The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.
The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.
This is the Mike Schmidt card from the set:
The back of the card features ’9 Prime’ facts about Schmidt.
A few of my favorites are:
- Was an All-American at Shortstop
- Selected as an All-Star in the minor leagues while playing 2B
- 4-HR Game on is resume: 4/17/76
- Only player with 8 NL HR Titles
- Most career home runs for a third baseman
- 10 Gold Gloves in 11-year span
Posted in 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Player Of The Week'
Tagged 1980 world series, 1983 world series, 3rd base, 500 home runs, all-star, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mike schmidt, most valuable player, MVP, philadelphia phillies, phillies, silver slugger, world series, world series MVP
Dustin Pedroia 2011 Bowman Platinum
He may not look like it, but at 5 feet, 8 inches tall, Dustin Pedroia can really pack a solid punch with his bat.
This card from the 2011 Bowman Platinum baseball card set captures the end of his swing very well.
Check it out:
At the conclusion of the 2013 major league baseball season, Pedroia had 99 career home runs. So, when he launches his first round-tripper in 2014, it will surely be a celebrated moment for Pedroia, his Red Sox teammates, and little guys everywhere.
Posted in Dustin Pedroia Collection
Tagged 2007 world series, 2013 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, dustin pedroia, fenway park, gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series
Roberto Clemente 1983 Donruss Hall Of Fame Heroes
I don’t venture into a lot of ‘vintage’ cards of Roberto Clemente because the price tags that the cards carry tend to be pretty high.
And while 1 card released in 1983 should probably not be considered ‘vintage’ since it was issued well after his death more than a decade prior, because it is 30 years old I will stick with the tag.
The card is from the 1983 Donruss set, and it tagged as ‘Hall Of Fame Heroes’.
And while the card shows off like it is a piece of art, I would tag it with a ‘C-’ if I had to give it a grade.
Have a look:
Posted in Roberto Clemente Collection
Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball hero, baseball legend, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, pirates, pittsburgh pirates, Roberto Clemente