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Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!

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!!!

October Is Here. It Is Time For ’30-YOC’ To Celebrate Reggie Jackson!!

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.

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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!

Let’s Go!

Reggie Jackson

 

Wade Boggs 1996 Pinnacle

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:

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Still, he was a master at the plate!

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars ‘Spotlights’ = YUCK!

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:

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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.

1983 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Captures The Final Win Of His Major League Career

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!!!

Palmer 1983

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

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:

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Gotta love those old school low-top Adidas cleats that Cal was rockin’ back in the early 90’s!!

Mike Schmidt’s Highly Sought After 1973 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

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!