Daily Archives: January 24, 2009

Ripping Open A Pack Of 2003 Topps Opening Day

I received 1 pack of 2003 Topps Opening Day in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from that pack.

 Kevin Millwood, Andruw Jones, Jose Cruz Jr., Mo Vaughn, Magglio Ordonez, Adam Dunn, and a Pat Burrell mini.

This pack was full of stars or formaer stars.  For me the biggest hit in the pack is of Ordonez!!!

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Ripping Through A Pack Of 2007 Topps Series 2 – Pack #2

 I received 4 packs of 2007 Topps Series 2 in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #2

 Alex Gonzalez, Gerald Laird, Checklist, Hanley Ramirez, Mickey Mantle, Eric Bedard, and Devan Hansack

Again, another card of ‘The Mick’ is a niec pull and that Hanley Ramirez card really looks great!

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Tearing Into A Pack Of 1990 Donruss – Pack 2

I received 4 packs of 1990 Donruss in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #2

Greg Briley, Chris Carpenter, Ed Whiston, Mike Fitzgerald, Dave West, Mike Scioscia, Alejandro Pena, Paul Molitor, Dwight Smith, Danny Tartabull, Tim Leary, Howard Johnson, Norm Charlton,  Eric Hetzel, Gary Thurman, and a Diamond King Checklist.

I was thrilled to see a Dwight Smith card hiding in this pack.  It’s been a long time since his successful debut with the Cubs in 1989!!!

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #8

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #8

Carlton Fisk – 1972 Topps – #79

Carlton Fisk’s debut in the major leagues is one of most impressive by a rookie.  In 1972, ‘Pudge’ debuted for the Boston Red Sox and immediately made an impact on both offense and defense.  Fisk batted .293 while blasting 22 home runs and collecting 61 RBI.  On defense he secured the only Gold Glove of his career.  With this well-rounded play, Fisk won the Rookie of the Year award, finished 4thfor the MVP, and was named an All-star.  This was the first of 7 top 18 finishes for ‘Pudge’ in the MVP race.  With a career batting averageof .269 along with 376 home runs and 1,330 RBI, ‘Pudge’ had a consistently strong 24-season big league career.  Being able to play 24 seasons for just 2 teams, The Red & White Sox, Fisk was always considered a fan favorite and was wildly popular both during and after his playing days.

Fisk’s lone appearance in the World Series came in 1975 when his Boston Red Sox lost in game 7 to the Cincinnati Reds.  Although he did not win the title, the image of Fisk waving a ball ‘fair’ as it headed for the outfield still remains a World Series classic that is replayed every fall.  In that 7-game series, Fisk hit .240 while collecting 6 hits, 4 RBI, smashing 2 home runs, and scoring 5 times.

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