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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!!

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!

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic

WOW!

Look at that smooth and power-packed swing by Reggie on this shot used for his 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic baseball card:

 

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Full of power and speed, Reggie could mash with the best of them!

This card is neat in that the colors work well together.  However, I do find all of the random graphic elements to be a bit of a distraction.  I like the border on the left side, and the nameplate is fine (though a bit irregular).  The part that disturbs me is the graphic that runs horizontally right behind Reggie.  What is that supposed to be?  Personally, I would have liked to have seen a muted backdrop of Yankee Stadium behind #44 – keep it light and clean allowing Reggie’s image to stand out and be the centerpiece.

Instead, I feel like I am looking at an ink-blot, trying to find the butterfly…

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – ‘The New Dynasty’

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – ‘The New Dynasty’

Here is a neat card I picked up of Reggie issued by Upper Deck in 2000.

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The card is from the Yankees Legends set and is tagged as ‘The New Dynasty’.

While I like the theme, and the overall look of the card, I am a but puzzled by the ‘New’ part of the set name.

There is nothing ‘New’ about the dynasty that the Yankees built.  The team is the most winning franchise in all of baseball history, and the margin is wide.  They, like all teams, have had their runs of good spans and bad spans, but tagging the set as ‘The New Dynasty’ does not seem appropriate for this franchise.

Still, a great looking baseball card that features #44 as the main attraction!  I LOVE IT!

1977 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Steals The Show In Game 6 With Three Home Runs!!!

1977 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Steals The Show In Game 6 With Three Home Runs!!!

On this day in 1997, Reggie Jackson took the baseball world for a ride when he connected for three home runs, in three consecutive at-bats, with each homer coming on the first pitch that came his way.

And the three pitches came from three different pitchers!

Jackson and his Yankees teammates were leading the 1977 World Series 3 games to 2 games, when Reggie stole the show and single-handidly clinched the championship for the Yankees.

This performance is considered to be one of the most dynamic and legendary moments in the history of the game.

Mr. October was born on 10/18/1977!!

Happy Birthday Reggie!!!