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Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Jim Abbott turns 47 years old today.

One of the most inspirational athletes of my generation, Jim Abbott and his amazing story remain as a precious baseball memory for me.

I knew little about Abbott prior to his rookie card debut in the 1988 Topps baseball card set.  Back then it meant quite a bit to be part of the Team USA set so I always tried to spend a little time learning about the players featured.  And with no Internet, this was quite a challenge.  But when Abbott’s second card came out in the 1989 Topps set, he had a reputation and stories about him and his abilities became more available to collectors.

Abbott was a fan favorite in each city he called ‘home’.  And on the road he was quite an attraction.

Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border Parallel

I have no shame in the fact that I am still working on bringing cards into my collection that were released both months and years ago.  Part of being a steady player collector is knowing when and how to go after things, and I prefer a more methodical and disciplined approach with most of the stuff that I go after.

After not doing any searches on Ebay for Jose Fernandez cards from the 2014 Topps Heritage set for more than two months, I decided to see what was out there that was still categorized as a ‘Need’ on my list.

And surprisingly, I found this sweet, Black bordered card:



I’m digging it!  The Black perfectly complements the shadow under the Marlins flag on the card along with the trim of his undershirt.

I’m very excited to add this card to my collection of 2014 Heritage cards.

As long as they are out there, I will keep chipping away!!

1975 Topps Set Card 263/660 – #474 – Luke Walker, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 263/660 – #474 – Luke Walker, Tigers

Progress: 263/660

Card Number:  474

Player Name:  Luke Walker

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1965-66, 1968-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Luke Walker did not play major league baseball in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Luke Walker’s big league career spanned nine seasons and two teams, the Tigers and Pirates.  Walker appeared in 243 games during his career, making 100 starts.  He has a career record of 45-47 with 16 complete games, 7 shutouts, and 9 saves.  In 825 innings of work, Walker allowed 763 hits while giving up 375 runs and striking out 558 batters.  Walker is a member of the 1971 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.


SIGNING RESULTS: Hall Of Famer & Orioles Legend, Mr. Jim Palmer

SIGNING RESULTS: Hall Of Famer & Orioles Legend, Mr. Jim Palmer

This one has been in the works for 6+ months as the original signing was supposed to take place during Spring Training.  But, due to schedule conflicts and busy schedules, it did not take place until late August.

Thankfully, I am a patient man who has a lot of respect and trust in the organizer of this signing.

So, now more than six months later, I can finally show off my newest addition to my Jim Palmer memorabilia collection – Signed baseball number 4.

Have a look:



As you can see this is the Rawlings Black baseball, with Gold stitching.  I opted for a Gold paint pen, knowing how nice it looks when complete.  This is my third ‘Black Ball’ in my collection, and each one looks nice and clean!

Jim Palmer is such a highly decorated pitcher that I could probably go after a few more signed baseballs to help me commemorate his playing days.  And if the chance comes up for me to get a few more again, I will do just that.

Thank you Mr. Palmer, this one is a beauty!!

Happy Birthday Gaylord Perry!!!

Happy Birthday Gaylord Perry!!!

Gaylord Perry turns 75 years old today.

The legendary Hall of Famer and member of the ‘300 Wins Club’ has a lengthy resume full of stuff that makes baseball players legends.

Check it out:

  • 2-time Cy Young award winner
  • 314 wins
  • 3,534 strikeouts
  • 303 complete games
  • 53 shutouts
  • 3.11 ERA
  • 5-time All-Star

Happy Birthday to an incredible pitcher, one of the greatest – Hall of Famer, Gaylord Perry!!

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

Progress: 261/660

Card Number:  557

Player Name:  Larry Gura

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Gura appeared in 24 games for the New York Yankees during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 7-8 with 5 complete games at the conclusion of the year.  Gura pitched in 151 innings, giving up 173 hits and 65 runs.  He struck out just 65 batters in those 151 innings while walking 41.

Notes From Career:  Gura pitched in 403 games during his major league career.  He has a record of 126-97 with 71 complete games, 16 shutouts, and 14 saves.  Gura’s career ERA is 3.76 as he allowed 958 runs across 2,047 innings of work.  Gura was an All-Star during the 1980 baseball season and he has 3 Top 9 finishes for the Cy Young Award on his resume.


1975 Topps Set Card 260/660 – #81 – Ron Reed, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 260/660 – #81 – Ron Reed, Braves

Progress: 260/660

Card Number:  81

Player Name:  Ron Reed

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1966-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ron Reed split time between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  In total, he started 34 games putting together a record of 13-13 with 8 complete games and 2 shutouts.  Reed pitched 250 innings in 1975, allowing 274 hits and 118 runs en route to a 3.52 ERA.

Notes From Career:  Ron Reed pitched in 751 games over the span of his 19-season major league career.  He was used both as a starting and relief pitcher over that time.  Reed has a career record of 146-140, with 55 complete games, 8 shutouts, and 103 saves.  In 2,477 innings of work, Reed allowed 1,084 runs while striking out 1,481 batters.  Reed was chosen as an NL All-Star in 1968.  He is a member of the 1980 World Series championship winning Philadelphia Phillies.