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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

It’s only fitting that I feature a Reggie Jackson baseball card after showing off one of Thurman Munson, right??

Well, if you know the Yankees history and you know of these two players and their fiery personalities, than you know that they were not the best of friends, not by a long shot.

Each guy had their temperaments, and each one wanted to win.  They just approached it differently, which is what led to multiple blow-ups between the two.

But, they succeeded – winning back to back championships at the conclusion of the 1977 and 1978 World Series’.

2 guys with 2 very different personalities, but they did find a way to win together!

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And that is one way to write a blog post that has nothing to do with the card you are featuring.  And I am OK with that since this A&G product is a major yawn…

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Becomes First Player In MLB History To Hit 50 HR’s in 3 Consecutive Seasons

1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Becomes First Player In MLB History To Hit 50 HR’s in 3 Consecutive Seasons

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire became the first player in major league history to reach or surpass the 50-Home Run mark in three consecutive baseball seasons.

With strong numbers, ‘Big Mac’ solidified himself as one of the greatest sluggers in the game’s incredible history of power hitters.

The numbers:

1996 – 52; 1997 – 58; 1998 – 70.  And just for good measure, McGwire connected for 65 homers in 1999 extending the baseball record to 4 straight years.

Happy Anniversary ‘Big Mac’!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 231/660 – #466 – World Series Highlights

1975 Topps Set Card 231/660 – #466 – World Series Highlights

Progress: 231/660

Card Number:  466

World Series Highlights – A’s Do It Again.  Win 3rd Straight World Series.

This card celebrates the championship win of the Oakland Athletics at the culmination of the 1975 World Series.  The A’s, having won the 1973 and 1974 World Series titles cemented their place in baseball history as a true dynasty in the sport with their third straight championship victory.

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Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Well, I have not picked up many cards from the new Allen & Ginter set, but the ones that I have are directly linked to my most precious player collections.

Like this one of Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson!

Check it out:

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While the image used is not one that is very unique, it does feature a young Reggie from his first stint with the Oakland A’s.  And for this collector, that is something to enjoy.

Would I rather the card have an image of Reggie in action?  Yes, but I know that is not the ‘MO’ of Ginter.

So, I scoop up this card happily and insert it into my collection that honors his great career.

 

1975 Topps Set Card 224/660 – #623 – Rookie Infielders w/Garner, Hernandez, Sheldon, Veryzer

1975 Topps Set Card 224/660 – #623 – Rookie Infielders w/Garner, Hernandez, Sheldon, Veryzer

Progress: 224/660

Player Name:  Phil Garner, Keith Hernandez, Bob Sheldon, Tom Veryzer

Card Number:  623

Team:  Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers

Position:  Infielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Phil Garner – Garner played in 160 games for the A’s in 1975.  He hit .246 with 120 hits in 488 at-bats.  Garner drove in 54 runs while scoring 46 times.

Keith Hernandez – Hernandez played in just 64 games during his 1975 season.  He connected for 47 hits in those 64 games, good for a .250 batting average.  Of his 47 hits, Hernandez had 8 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, and 33 singles.

Bob Sheldon – Sheldon hit .287 in 53 games for the Brewers in 1975.  He connected for 52 hits in those 53 games while also scoring 17 runs and driving in 14.

Tom Veryzer – Veryzer played in 128 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1975.  He hit .252 with 102 hits in 404 at-bats for the team.  Veryzer had a career high 48 RBI during his rookie campaign while also scoring 37 runs for the club.

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1975 Topps Set Card 221/660 – #91 – Dick Green, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 221/660 – #91 – Dick Green, A’s

Progress: 221/660

Player Name:  Dick Green

Team:  Oakland A’s

Position:   2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1963-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Green did not play during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Dick Green spent his entire 12-year major league career with the Athletics franchise – both in Kansas City and Oakland.  He is a career .240 hitter with 960 hits in 4,007 at-bats.  Of his 960 hits, Green connected for 145 doubles, 23 triples, 80 home runs, and 712 singles.  He scored 427 runs for the A’s during his career while also driving in 422.  Green played on three World Series Championship teams with Oakland – 1972, 1973, and 1974.

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Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps Triple Threads Numbered To 650…

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps Triple Threads Numbered To 650…

While Purple is far from the first or second color I would choose to be the primary color used on my baseball card design, this card of Rickey Henderson from the 2013 Topps Triple Threads set with its Purple background is far from bad.

Have a look:

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I am assuming that the great, action-packed image of Rickey keeps you more focused on him pumping his arms and legs in a sprint rather than getting stuck on the load of Purple that covers the surface of the card.

I like it when the picture takes center stage, and with this one, it is definitely the main attraction!

The card is serial numbered to 650 copies.  Mine is #43/650.

BOO-YAH!

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Archives

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Archives

Rickey Henderson made his major league debut in 1979.  He starred on his first Topps baseball card during the following season, 1980.

For this year’s Archives product, Rickey is featured in the 1973 Topps design.  By my calculation, Rickey was just 15 years old when this set was released originally.

And since they did not have any card of Rickey from when he was a teenager, they went with next best thing – a picture of him from his younger days with the Oakland Athletics.

Check it out.

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I love it!  This baseball card is ’30-YOC Approved’.

 

1975 Topps Set Card 213/660 – #152 – Mario Guerrero, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 213/660 – #152 – Mario Guerrero, Red Sox

Progress: 213/660

Player Name:  Mario Guerrero

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:   Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1973-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mario Guerrero appeared in 64 games for the Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .239 with 44 hits in 184 at-bats.  Of his 44 hits, Guerrero connected for 9 doubles and 35 singles.  He scored 17 runs for the Cardinals in 1975, while also driving in 11.

Notes From Career:  Guerrero suited up for four different teams during his 8-year big league career.  He is a career .257 hitter with 578 lifetime hits.  Guerrero connected for just 7 home runs during his playing days but does have 170 RBI and 166 runs scored.

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