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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.

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps Peak Performance

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps Peak Performance

When I hear the phrase ‘Peak Performance’ my mind tends to get sent into a bit of a whirlwind…

With current players, I go to Aroldis Chapman throwing the ball 106 miles per hour or Adam Jones covering 30 yards in the outfield while making a diving catch.

As for vintage players, I tend to go to Rickey Henderson swiping bases and Wade Boggs pounding another double off of the Green Monster.

As you can see, my mind takes me to very specific moments that I believe are the player’s ‘Peak Performance’ levels.

So, when I hear see that Reggie Jackson has a card in the 2010 Topps ‘Peak Performance’ checklist, I immediately get taken to his performance in the 1977  World Series, or maybe his MVP seasons, or when he connected for home run number 500.

I don’t go here:

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Topps, the style is flawless and the theme is superb.  The execution on this card of #44 is not what it should have been.

Maybe next time…

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’

The 2001 Upper Deck ‘Decades’ set has given us some brilliant baseball cards.  And for as stale and sterile as their base set of cards is from that set, the inserts and subsets take the complete issue to a whole new level.

And it is Groovy!

Among the many subsets issued as a part of that 2001 product, UD gave us ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’.  And as you can expect with a name like that, it has a very 1970’s vibe.

Here is the card of Reggie Jackson from that set:

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The border is great.  The font for the subset name is perfect.  And the image of Reggie is his vintage 2-pc A’s jersey is spot-on for that time period.

Yeah Baby!!

Happy Birthday Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

Happy Birthday Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

Hall of Famer Whitey Ford celebrates his 86th birthday today.

One of the most celebrated and valued member of the New York Yankees franchise had a career like no other.  A pitcher on a team full of sluggers, Ford made his presence known with his command on the mound.

Ford spent his entire 16-year career in pinstripes, and he started in 438 contests.  During that time, he compiled a record of 236-106, good for a 69% winning percentage.

Ford won the Cy Young award in 1961 largely in due to his amazing 25-4 record.  He was an 8-time All-star, while also finishing in the Top 20 for the MVP award 6 times.

In his 16 seasons, Ford made it to the World Series 11 times.  He ended winning 6 championships along the way, and he has a 10-8 record in the Fall Classic.

Happy Birthday to a true legend, Mr. Whitey Ford!!!

Lot Of 2 Reggie Jackson 2003 Topps Gallery Cards – Red & Green Backgrounds!!

Lot Of 2 Reggie Jackson 2003 Topps Gallery Cards – Red & Green Backgrounds!!

These are neat.  And they are so nice, that I could see enlarged versions of them hanging in ‘man caves’ all across the US.

Have a look:

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Coming from the 2003 Topps Gallery set, these cards fit the ‘Gallery’ theme perfectly.

I wish Topps would bring these back – even if it was just once every five or ten years.  These cards are certainly worth keeping in the public eye.

I’m hooked!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!

Wade Boggs 1987 O-Pee-Chee

Wade Boggs 1987 O-Pee-Chee

I recently added this card to my Wade Boggs collection.

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It should look familiar to you as it is the exact same as Boggs’ card from the 1987 Topps baseball card set – with one lone difference (on the front).

Yep, that sweet O-Pee-Chee logo has replaced the Topps logo.