Daily Archives: September 3, 2008

1982 Topps Dave Winfield

I picked up a lot of 12 of these last night for $0.01.  Saying this was a good investment is an understatement. 

I love this card.  While not a big fan of the 1982 Topps design, I find this to be one of the best looking cards in the entire set.  The picture is sharp and perfectly centered and Winfield looks enormous at the plate.  If Topps had incorporated the team colors into the design versus using generic colors the overall appeal would be higher.

1982 Topps

1982 Topps

Barry Bonds is Worth the Risk!!

I’m serious about this.  Bonds is one of the most prolific hitters in baseball history.  And if you think about it, there are not too many players with 20 years of experience that don’t come with some level of baggage.  They can’t all be Greg Maddux or Tom Glavine…

The bottom line is that Barry Bonds would help any team that was willing to take a risk in signing him.  The benefits would be two fold – (1) team performance and (2) monetary gain.

Bonds’ career on-base percentage is .444.  44% of the time he gets to bat he is reaching first base.  This is an incredible ratio and could benefit anyone that batted around him.  If Bonds is your clean-up hitter, all of a sudden your #3, #5, and #6 hitters will flourish as they will be seeing better pitches.  In his last season, 2007, Bonds had a .480 on-base percentage which clearly illustrates that he still has the ability to get on base almost2 times per game.  In fact, Bonds has gotten better with age as he is getting more walks and striking out less as each season passes.

From a profit stand point, signing Barry Bonds makes a ton of sense.  First off, you could clearly indicate in the contract that the terms would be void if he were to miss __ games due to legal issues.  But more important than that is that Barry Bonds sells tickets.  He is one of the only players in the league that people would pay to watch even if his team was a losing team.  Who wouldn’t want to see the current ‘Home Run King’?  Then there is the whole marketing angle of ‘Come to the ballpark to watch Barry get his 3,000th hit’!  Bonds is currently 65 hits away from 3,000 and a 1-year contract with any team would certainly get him to this goal if he were able to get into 100 games over the course of a season.  Ticket sales and merchandise sales would be enormous for an event like this.

I am amazed that even with all of the negative publicity that Bonds gets that no team in major league baseball would take a chance on this legendary player.

If he were signed to my team, it would be even more of a reason to get to the stadium as a player of this talent level may not be around for quite some time.

Cast Your Vote: Best Baseball Card Design From the 80’s

That’s right.  2 weeks ago we looked at the worst designs that the 80’s had to offer so it is now only fair to do the opposite and praise the best looking cards from the 80’s as well.

So here we go.  I have selected what I consider to be the cream of the crop from this group.  Leave a comment on this post to cast your vote!

I have intentionally left Score and Upper Deck products out of this category as their quality for their first issues in the late 80’s was superior to what Donruss and Fleer introduced in the early 80’s.

The contenders are:

1980 Topps

1980 Topps

 

1983 Topps

1983 Topps

 

1985 Topps

1985 Topps

 

1987 Fleer

1987 Fleer

 

1988 Donruss

1988 Donruss

 

1988 Fleer

1988 Fleer

 

1989 Topps

1989 Topps

Finally!!!! It Has Arrived!!!

I know that I have been teasing you with this for the last 10 days or so, but the item I have been waiting for has finally arrived.

I have become a huge fan of Fergie Jenkins and the more I learn about his career and life after baseball my admiration for him continues to grow.  I still find him to be one of the most underrated pitchers of all-time and I am enjoying paying tribute to him by building a collection of my own honoring him.

I found this website a few weeks ago and quickly read through page after page.  It’s really admirable that he has stayed in the public eye well after his playing days and is allowing his name to be used to benefit several charities.

I am thrilled to have been able to get this book signed by Fergie, and am even more pleased to know that the money spent on it is going to a good cause!!