Daily Archives: October 27, 2008

1962 Topps Billy Williams

1962 Topps Billy Williams

I finally got around to picking one of these up.  This is Williams’ 2nd year card and I love the overall look.  The 1962 Topps set was able to capture something that the 1987 issue couldn’t do – look realistic.  Maybe it’s because this card is 40+ years old and has the feel of a vintage card?

I don’t know.  But, what I do know is that I am thrilled to have finally found one of these in pretty good condition.  I am finding that the cards with the odd-themed borders like ’62 and ’71 Topps are much harder to find with good centering.  I guess when the border is white things kind of blend better, but with this issue an off-center card sticks out like a sore thumb!!!

One more card that I can check off my list!

Modernizing 2 Of Baseball’s Awards

I in no way would do anything to take away from the monumental careers that Cy Young and Jackie Robinson put together. 

But since major leage baseball will be naming their 2008 award winners in the coming weeks, I thought it would be fun to re-name the Cy Young award and the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards giving them a more modern twist.

Ready??  Let’s play.  Here are the rules:

  1. The player has to have won this award in their career
  2. Awards must have been handed out during the 1980 season or after
  3. Pitchers are eligible for the ROY award

So, with all that being said here are my picks…

Baseball’s Best pitcher award will be renamed the ‘Greg Maddux Award’.  Over the course or Maddux’s career, he has won the Cy Young Award 4 times.  This award commemorates his excellence during the 1995 season in which Maddux won 19 games and lost only 2.  In that season Maddux pitched 209 innings while only allowing 147 hits.  He struck out 191 batters and walked a mere 23.  Maddux’s ERA for the 1995 season was 1.63.

Other players I considered were: Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, and Randy Johnson.

The award for baseball’s best rookie will now be called the ‘Nomar Garciaparra Rookie of the Year Award’.  During Nomar’s rookie season in 1997, he batted an amazing .306 in 153 games.  Nomar also amassed 30 home runs and 98 RBI.  85 of Garciaparra’s 209 hits that season were for extra bases which displays his ability to hit for power and average.  Nomar won the ROY award in 1997 unanimously.

Other players I considered were: Fernando Valenzuela, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, and Ichiro.

Now it’s your turn.  Make your picks and let’s see who stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the field…

1982 Donruss Dave Winfield – Diamond Kings

1982 Donruss Dave Winfield – Diamond Kings

As a kid I always enjoyed Donruss’ Diamond Kings cards.  I found them to be a nice break from a boring set that lacked creativity.  They were always an added bonus when one of your favorite players was featured in this small sub-set.

But, this Winfield card is very disturbing to me…  Yes, I know it’s Winfield and I recognized him right away.  I just cannot stop staring at this card as it’s really bothering me.  I don’t know if it’s his eyes or maybe his grin or maybe his teeth or maybe the position of his head in this portrait but I find this to be a terrible looking card!!!

I guess you can’t get them all right, huh????