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1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!!

Incredible ‘Through The Mail’ Mail Day Courtesy Of Mr. Wade Boggs!!

Incredible ‘Through The Mail’ Mail Day Courtesy Of Mr. Wade Boggs!!

As soon as i decided to jump in and go after more baseball cards of Wade Boggs for my collection, the first thing I did was document each and every card I owned that featured him as the primary subject so I could get my ‘Boggs Checklist’ up to date and proceed with my expansion plans.

As I went through the cards I already owned, I saw that a few doubles had crept into the mix.  And they were all pretty good looking cards too.  My mind began to spin, and I started formulating my plan…

First, I went to a few of the sports autograph websites that I frequent to see if Boggs’ signing habits through the mail were still positive.  And as soon as I got that confirmation, I pulled three cards from my small stack of ‘doubles’, jotted a quick letter to Wade, and packed the cards up with a small cash donation and return self-addressed-stamped-envelope.

And off they went.

And just 2 1/2 weeks later, my three cards were returned to me and they are all signed beautifully in Blue Sharpie.

Have a look:

1988 Score – base

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1991 Score ‘Dream Team’ w/HOF 05 inscription

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2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

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I told you that they were good looking cards!!!

And even better with that bright Blue Wade Boggs autograph scribbled on each one.

I am so thrilled that Boggs is still signing so generously for his fans.  I may try to grab a few more while I can – time to go back and see what other ‘doubles’ I have that may look just as nice as the above cards.

Which one do you like the best?  My pick is the 1988 Score card – the Blue really pops!!!

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star

As a card-collecting kid in the 1980’s, I loved these ‘extra’ cards that Topps gave us that extended beyond their base products.

These 1987 All-Star cards were offered up as a bonus card inside of all 1988 Topps rack packs.

For player collectors, it gave us the ability to add another card to our collections – and for me personally, I not only built the complete sets but always made sure that I grabbed enough singles for my PC’s too.

This is the card of Rickey Henderson from the 1988 set.

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I love that swing!!!  So much power coming from his legs – a true driver of the ball!

1975 Topps Set Card 256/660 – #170 – Bert Campaneris, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 256/660 – #170 – Bert Campaneris, A’s

Progress: 256/660

Card Number:  170

Player Name:  Bert Campaneris

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1964-81, 1983

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bert Camaneris played in 137 games for the Oakland A’s in 1975.  He hit .265 during the season, connecting for 135 hits in 509 at-bats.  Of his 135 hits, Campaneris amassed 15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, and 113 singles.  He stole 24 bases in ’75 en route to scoring 69 runs.

Notes From Career:  Bert Campaneris is a 6-time All-Star with 3 World Series championship rings from his time as a member of the Oakland Athletics.  He is a lifetime .259 hitter and connected for 2,249 career hits in 2,329 games played.  Campaneris led the league in stolen bases a total of six times, and has amassed 649 career steals – good for 14th place on the all-time list.

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1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Tops Roger Maris With 62nd Home Run Of The Season

1998 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Tops Roger Maris With 62nd Home Run Of The Season

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire broke one of the records in baseball that most fans thought would never fall.

At home, and playing in the historic Busch Stadium, ‘Big Mac’ hit the 62nd home runs of his 1998 baseball season, eclipsing the 61 round-trippers that Roger Maris hit during the 1961 season.

One of the game’s greatest sluggers, it was this home run that catapulted McGwire into the main-stream of America and made his name known in every household.  And while some were not too happy that Maris’ record had been snapped, it is very clear that McGwire did quite a bit in 1998 to rekindle life into a sport that needed it desperately!

Thank You and Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 253/660 – #238 – Dave Duncan, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 253/660 – #238 – Dave Duncan, Indians

Progress: 253/660

Card Number:  238

Player Name:  Dave Duncan

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1964, 1967-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dave Duncan played in 96 games for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1975 baseball season.  He made 326 plate appearances in those games, connecting for 63 hits en route to a .205 batting average.  Duncan drove in 17 runs for the Orioles in ’74 while also scoring 20 runs.

Notes From Career:  Dave Duncan played for three different major league clubs during his 11-year career.  He is a lifetime .214 hitter with 617 hits in 929 games played.  Of his 617 hits, Duncan connected for 79 doubles and 109 home runs.  He was a member of the 1972 World Series championship winning Oakland Athletics.

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Reggie Jackson 2013 Pinnacle Clear Vision – ‘Single’

Reggie Jackson 2013 Pinnacle Clear Vision – ‘Single’

It’s unfortunate that you cannot see it, but this card is actually pretty neat.  The card is a hard plastic, and a small portion of it is clear.  I guess that is where the ‘Clear Vision’ theme comes into play…

Anyway, I guess that I could have put a piece of colored paper under it when I scanned it, but then I don’t know that Reggie would ‘pop’ in the same manner as he does here…

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This is a neat set by Pinnacle, and it is the first one in my collection for any of the players that I go after.

I may have to change that as I really like the look of the card, and I know that Palmer, Reggie, Stanton, Harper, and others have a lot of cards in this release.

Best of all, I did not even need or miss a ‘NY’ logo!!!