Daily Archives: March 22, 2009

2008 Goudey Florida Marlins Team Set

Ok, so I am a year late in this.  I just paid $1 for this 5-card Florida Marlins team set the other day and even though 1 of the players is no longer with the club, the set still impresses me.

I love the vintage look that this set offers, and these cards are begging for autographs.  So, I will pull the Josh Willingham card and possibly send it to him c/o the Nationals.  The other 4 are coming to Spring Training with me as I try to obtain a few more autographs of my favorite group of guys.

Of the 4, the Miller and Uggla cards really remind me of cards you would see issued 50-60 years ago. 

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1989 Score Traded Rickey Henderson

1989 Score Traded Rickey Henderson

What a classic picture of the best base-runner the game of baseball has ever seen.  One of the things that card companies did right with Rickey’s cards is show him doing what he is known for.  There are great mix of cards featuring Rickey as he gets into his famous batting stance, driving the ball for power, and making trouble for pitchers and catchers on the base paths.

This Score card is great.  The design works and the photo is top-notch!!  I really wish Score was introduced in the early-to-mid 1980’s as I think that their product would have made other companies upgrade their photography and design.

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #10

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #10

Kirby Puckett – 1985 Topps

What could have been.  Man do I miss Kirby Puckett.  Easily one of the most enjoyable players to watch that debuted during the 1980’s, Puckett injected fun into the game that few could replicate. 

In what is considered to be a relatively short career, just 12 seasons, for a Hall of Fame player one has to wonder what more Kirby Puckett could have done in the game if he played for 20 years like many of his counterparts were able to do.

Kirby Puckett has a lifetime batting average of .318.  In his 12 years Puckett hit .300 or better 8 times.  And in 3 of the 4 years that he did not eclipse the .300 milestone he hit at least .290.  With 2,304 hits to his credit while playing in just 12 seasons Puckett amassed some incredible numbers at a torrid pace.  Kirby also has 207 home runs and 134 stolen bases on his impressive resume.  And in just 12 seasons, Kirby was able to score 1,071 runs while driving in 1,085.

Kirby Puckett placed in the Top 7 for the MVP award 7 times.  His best statistical season was in 1992 when he hit .329 while blasting 19 home runs, driving in 110 runs, and stealing 17 bases.  Kirby Puckett was also a 10-time All-star, a 6-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 6-time Gold Glove winner.

Kirby Puckett shined brightly on baseball’s grandest stage.  He played in 2 World Series championship match-ups in 1987 and 1991 and won 2 titles.  In 14 total World Series games, Kirby batted .308 while collecting 16 hits, 9 runs scored, 7 RBI, and 2 home runs.  Most importantly, he and his Minnesota Twins teammates collected 2 World Series rings.

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