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Reggie Jackson 1984 Drake’s Big Hitters

Reggie Jackson 1984 Drake’s Big Hitters

Ah, Drake’s!

One of my all-time favorite oddball baseball cards from the 1980’s has to be the ‘Drake’s Big Hitters’ cards.

The cards, offered inside boxes of Drake’s snack cakes, were such a fun set to go after as a kid.  And the designs were pretty nice too.

Here is the card of Reggie Jackson from the 1984 set:

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The Drake’s set became a staple set during the mid-80’s and the ‘limited edition’ feel that the set offered led to collector’s gobbling them up (and the snack cakes, too).

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps BIG

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps BIG

Back in the 1980’s, very few players across the big leagues were are as physically large as Dave Winfield of the New York Yankees.

Winfield stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds during his playing days.

Today, he was be considered slightly bigger than average, but by no means ‘enormous’.

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But, back in 1988, he was ‘Big’.  And rightfully so, he belonged in this 1988 Topps Big set.  The cards are jumbo in size when compared to other Topps products, but if any player from the 1980’s deserves an oversized baseball card, it is ‘Big Dave’.

1975 Topps Set Card 303/660 – #130 – Phil Niekro, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 303/660 – #130 – Phil Niekro, Braves

Progress: 303/660

Card Number:  130

Player Name:  Phil Niekro

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 24 seasons, 1964-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Phil Niekro appeared in 39 games for the Atlanta Braves in 1975.  He went 15-15 on the year with 13 complete games and 1 shutout.  Niekro worked 275 innings in 1975, allowing 285 hits and 115 runs en route to a 3.20 ERA.  He was chosen as a National League All-Star during the season.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Phil Niekro has 318 career wins as a major league pitcher, including two 20-win seasons.  Niekro is a 5-time All-Star and 5-time Gold Glove Award winner with a career ERA of 3.35.  He threw 5,404 innings during his career, striking out 3,342 batters during that time.

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Rickey Henderson 1987 Fleer “Baseball’s Exciting Stars”

Rickey Henderson 1987 Fleer “Baseball’s Exciting Stars”

Ah, the oddball baseball card.

How can you not like these gems from the 1980’s?  As every kind of company under the sun was trying to capitalize on the baseball card boom of the 1980’s, both Topps and Fleer were also creating limited edition products with their own branding with the goal of keeping fish around the boat.

And result was a lot of 30 and 40-card sets, and a ton of cards for player collectors to chase down as these small sets were released.

This card of Rickey Henderson is from the 1987 Fleer ‘Baseball’s Exciting Stars’ set.

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And yes, Rickey Henderson was as exciting as it could get!

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Decade Dateline’

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Decade Dateline’

Yeah baby, another sweet 1970’s themed baseball card that features Mr. October – Reggie Jackson.

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This card comes courtesy of the 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades set and is part of the subset tagged as ‘Decade Dateline’.  I like that the card appears to be showing a picture of Reggie from the 1978 World Series in which he starred and single-handedly captured the win in the series clinching game.

As I slowly wind down my tribute to Reggie for the month of October, I would say that this is my favorite new addition that specifically comes from the game in which he earned the moniker, ‘Mr. October’.

Wade Boggs 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measures Of Greatness’

Wade Boggs 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measures Of Greatness’

Another fantastic baseball card design and theme that I am encountering for the very first time with this card of Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs.

Have a look:

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This card comes from the 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measure Of Greatness’ set.  I really like all of the stats piled into the background of the card and the Light Blue coloring of the backdrop allows for the player’s image to really come to life.

Wade Boggs certainly belongs in a set like this, as he was definitely one that could be measured against when discussing ‘Greatness’.

I LIKE IT!!!

Reggie Jackson 1986 Fleer Star Stickers

Reggie Jackson 1986 Fleer Star Stickers

During a recent shopping spree on Sportlots.com, I snagged a small stack of 1980’s Fleer stickers.

Last week, I showed you the Dave Winfield sticker from the 1986 set.  And now, I have the Reggie Jackson sticker from the same issue for you to enjoy.

Have a look:

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Again, since these were treated as ‘special’ or ‘limited’, I wish that the companies creating them gave us something more special with the images that they selected for the product.

Overall, the sticker design is nice, but if it had been capped off with a better image of #44, it could have gone from good to great rather quickly…

Just sayin’