Monthly Archives: October 2008

1987 Topps Reggie Jackson

1987 Topps Reggie Jackson

I’m on the fence when it comes to this card.  I feel like the ’87 Topps card is a cheap rip-off of the 1962 set.  I love the ’62 set, and find it’s design to be top-notch.  So for a card to mimic it’s look and then feature Reggie Jackson in an Angels uniform looks strange to me.  Maybe my mind would be changed if Reggie was wearing an old-school Oakland A’s uniform???  Who knows???

Sending An Autograph Request Out To Al Leiter…

 In anticipation of a future blog, I just sent this autograph request out to Al Leiter, former pitcher of the Florida Marlins.  I am hoping that he will sign these and return them to me in time for the post I am preparing about him and a very special night in his career…

Stay Tuned!!!!

A New Gem For My Collection…WoW!!!!

Truth be told, if it wasn’t for my Uncle this blog wouldn’t exist.  You see, my Uncle rekindled my interest in baseball a few seasons ago.  Back in the late1980’s I traded MLB for the NBA.  Moving to Chicago certainly eased this transition for me as I was moving from a state with just the NFL to a state with several incredible teams to choose from and 1 dominant NBA player that was making history on a nightly basis.

After a 15-year love affair with the NBA, I saw the game change and move in a direction I didn’t care for.  This also led to how games were played in the local parks and gyms I would frequent and I was turned off quite a bit.  I still love the game; I just don’t care for how it is played today and how the players treat it.  With the NBA season tipping off tonight, I am excited to see what the new season brings and I just hope that today’s players attempt to honor and restore some of the wonderful history of the league.

But, it was my Uncle that brought me back to baseball.  Weekly emails about the sport quickly became every other day emails and then became daily and then became whenever possible.  Reminiscing about my love for the game as a child and the sport back in the 1980’s quickly blossomed into talking about my old baseball card collection and how it evolved into something huge and then into nothing and now finally into something meaningful to me again.

If it wasn’t for my Uncle, I know that my interest in card collecting would still be suppressed inside of me.  If it wasn’t for my Uncle, there would be no ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.  I want to thank him for bringing baseball back into my life.  Maybe I’ll get him a little gift to show my appreciation for his kindness….

And then I got this in the mail yesterday…. 

 

 

 

A 1968 Topps autographed Fergie Jenkins card.  This is amazing, the autograph looks perfect and the Blue Sharpie is outstanding.  The scan looks great, but this card looks perfect in person!!!

So, all I can say again to my Uncle is ‘THANK YOU’.  THANK YOU for letting me know that it’s OK to go back and re-visit my youth.  THANK YOU for encouraging me to show my sons the fun I had as a kid collecting baseball cards.  And most of all, THANK YOU for bringing baseball back into my life!!!

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????

1988 Topps Andre Dawson

1988 Topps Andre Dawson

I added both the base card and All-Star card from the 1988 Topps set to my Andre Dawson collection.  The 1988 set featured Dawson’s first regular issue card as a member of the Chicago Cubs.  These cards look especially great together with both sharing the common colors of the Cub’s: Red, White and Blue.

Ticket Stub #9 – White Sox vs. Indians – 9/01/1991

 Ticket Stub #9 – White Sox vs. Indians – 9/01/1991

White Sox 6, Indians 1

Comiskey Park – Chicago, IL

By this time I had really started to enjoy watching the White Sox play.  Robin Ventura was finally starting to attack at the plate and Frank Thomas was becoming a star.  Add that to a line-up including Carlton Fisk and you had a very exciting team to watch!!!

There were 2 notable things that took place during this game.  (1) Home runs by 2 Hall of Fame players – Carlton Fisk & Frank Thomas.  (2) Each player on the White Sox recorded a hit in this game.

Cleveland Indians AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Browne 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.230  
Perezchica 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.250  
James 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.243  
Baerga 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.290  
Belle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.274  
Whiten 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.242  
Martinez 4 1 1 1 0 0 0.314 HR
Gonzalez 4 0 0 0 0 3 0.063  
Skinner 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.233  
Fermis 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.256  
                 
Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Raines 3 1 2 0 1 0 0.272 SB
Ventura 3 2 1 0 2 1 0.296  
Thomas 5 1 1 3 0 1 0.322 HR
Fisk 4 1 2 3 0 0 0.265 HR
Karkovice 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.267  
Sosa 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.201  
Johnson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.258  
Fletcher 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.207  
Guillen 4 1 2 0 0 1 0.267  

Happy Anniversary Edgar Renteria!!!

On this day in 1997 your single in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 7 of the World Series was the game winning hit that delivered the Florida Marlins their first ever World Series title!!!

Another boyhood dream was realized when under the ultimate amount of pressure you shined and your team and the fans of the Florida Marlins reaped the benefits.

I was at Game 1 of this World Series and the atmosphere was incredible.  I could only imagine how much more intense it was on this night when the championship was finally won. 

Happy Anniversary Edgar!!!

What Ever Happened To Mike Greenwell???

Mike Greenwell was one of those players that quietly had a very solid major league career.  Never the superstar or the attention getter, Greenwell had a productive 12-year career with the Boston Red Sox.

I became a fan of Greenwell’s during his rookie season as I was following Wade Boggs’ stats on a daily basis.  Like Boggs, Greenwell was a contact hitter and they suited one another perfectly.  Greenwell hit .328 during his rookie year and finished 4th in the Rookie of the Year balloting ultimately losing to the unanimous winner Mark McGwire.

Greenwell’s best season(1988) was his second season with the Red Sox in which he batted .325 while hitting 22 home runs and driving in 119 runs.  Had it not been for Jose Canseco’s 40/40 performance during that same year Greenwell could have finished the year with MVP honors.

During his 12-year career in Boston, Greenwell hit .300 or better in 7 seasons and finished with a career average of .303.  As a 2-time All-Star selection, Mike Greenwell also amassed 130 career home runs and 726 RBI.

After retiring from baseball Mike Greenwell began a new career as a race car driver.  In May of 2006, Greenwell made his debut racing for his Green Light Racing team in the Craftsman Truck Series.  Greenwell also owns and operates ‘Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park’ in Cape Coral, Florida.