Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!
Mark McGwire turns 51 years old today.
Simply stated, Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation. Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all. Not a good contact hitter, no speed, and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!!
McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs. He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career. One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed. 4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1989 world series, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 70 home runs, A's, basebal history, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, home run record, Mark McGwire, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Rookie of the Year, ROY, st. louis cardinals, world series
October Is Here. It Is Time For ’30-YOC’ To Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!
Since 2009 I have been using the entire month of October to showcase the legendary Reggie Jackson. Reggie is one of my all-time favorite players and personalities and I find October to be the perfect time to showcase baseball cards that feature him as he is after all, Mr. October.
I never got to see Jackson play in person. But, I have both seen and read a ton about his major league career and his life after his playing days. I find him to be one of the most interesting players of the last 50 years, and one of the most outspoken too.
If Reggie were playing in today’s era of the game with advanced stats, the social media craze, and annual contracts that exceed $20 million per season, I think that he would be in the thick of all of it. Never bashful, and sometimes too bold, Reggie had a personality that matched the size of his biceps and mammoth home runs. I think he would be a superstar in today’s game just like he was back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
So, this month is dedicated to you, Reggie. I’ve stocked up on a pretty great mix of cards that feature you as the main attraction and I will dedicate posts to you daily on the blog as a way to honor your amazing baseball career!
Posted in Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
Tagged 1987 topps, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, A's, all-star, angels, Athletics, baseball cards, california angels, collection, facial hair, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mustache, new york yankees, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, reggie jackson, Reggie Jackson - Mr. October, topps, topps turn back the clock, turn back the clock, world series, world series MVP, yankees
Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle
It was not often that you saw Wade Boggs uncomfortable or out of position while at the plate.
But, this card of him in his Yankees uniform from the 1996 Pinnacle baseball card set appears to have caught him in an uncomfortable spot.
Maybe he is simply stretching himself too far to get to the ball. Or maybe he knows he is in the midst of swinging at a pitch that he should have let go by.
Whatever it is, it looks like his is not comfortable with this swing.
See for yourselves:
Still, he was a master at the plate!
Posted in Wade Boggs Collection
Tagged 000 hits club, 3, 3000 hits, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, batting champion, batting title, boston red sox, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, hobbies, hobby, HOF, new york yankees, rays, red sox, silver slugger, tampa bay rays, wade boggs, world series
Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars ‘Spotlights’
I don’t know what it is about the Topps product that was issued in 2000, but for me, it is certainly not worthy of the Topps stamp.
Sure, there may be a few nice cards scattered throughout their releases that are copy written as produced in 2000, but when compared to cards issued the following year, 2000 is a stinker.
This card of Joe Morgan from the 2000 Topps Stars set is just one of many examples.
Have a look:
It is so hard to identify what the theme of this card really is. I get the ‘Spotlight’ theme and the shadow cast behind Morgan as it there was a spotlight being shined on him.
But, what is with all of the thin vertical lines that run throughout the card’s background? What is the purpose of them?
If Topps had shifted the Spotlight design to a top-corner of the card and shined down on the player with a bright light while having faint and muted light around the main focus, that could have worked better and made more sense.
But this one just plain stinks.
Posted in Joe Morgan Collection
Tagged 1975 world series, 1976 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, big red machine, Cincinnati Reds, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, joe morgan, most valuable player, MVP, reds, second base, world series
1983 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Captures The Final Win Of His Major League Career
On this day in 1983, Jim Palmer secured the final win of his legendary major league career.
Getting the start in the second game of a double-header, Palmer was facing the New York Yankees at Memorial Stadium and in front of 44,000+ fans.
Palmer was his true vintage self in this outing. He went seven innings and allowed just 2 hits and 2 runs versus the stacked Yankees lineup. He walked three batters and struck out two en route to a 3-2 victory.
The win was the 268th and final victory of Palmer’s Hall of Fame career.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Palmer!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Jim Palmer Collection
Tagged 1966 world series, 1970 world series, 1983 world series, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, collection, cy young, cy young award, Hall Of Fame, HOF, jim palmer, jim palmer autograph, orioles, pitcher, world series
Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck
Upper Deck gave the hobby such a great shot in the arm in 1989 when they debuted their baseball card product to the world.
And while there were very few dramatic changes made to their card designs during their first few years of existence, the 1991 product still looks great and holds up very well today.
Here is the card of Cal Ripken Jr. from that set:
Gotta love those old school low-top Adidas cleats that Cal was rockin’ back in the early 90’s!!
Posted in Cal Ripken, Jr. Collection
Tagged 1983 world series, 3000 hits, 400 home runs, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, baseball milestones, baseball records, cal ripken jr., gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, orioles, ripken, Rookie of the Year, ROY, shortstop, silver slugger, world series
Mike Schmidt’s Highly Sought After 1973 Topps Rookie Baseball Card
The 1970’s brought us some legendary baseball rookie cards, and many of them can be had affordably if you are a wise and patient shopper.
Unfortunately, Mike Schmidt’s rookie card does not fall into that category. They’re downright expensive!!
And they always sell, regardless of the condition.
Of all of the rookie cards from the 1970’s that I still want for my personal collection, Schmidt’s is the one that will cost me the most. Heck, it will probably cost more than many of the others combined!
Don’t believe me? Check out some ended auctions for this beauty from the 1973 Topps set:
This is a HOT card!
Posted in Mike Schmidt Collection
Tagged 1980 world series, 1983 world series, 3rd base, 500 home runs, all-star, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mike schmidt, most valuable player, MVP, philadelphia phillies, phillies, silver slugger, world series, world series MVP