Daily Archives: October 14, 2009

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #10

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #10

1988 Fleer – Card #641 – AKA – ‘The Mark Grace Rookie Card’

Grace 88F

Mark Grace – Grace collected more hits through the 1990’s than any other player and finished his career with 2,445 hits and a .303 batting average.  Grace was a 3-time All-star and 4-time Gold Glove award winner.  In 2001, Grace won the World Series as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Darrin Jackson – Jackson played 12 seasons in the big leagues, but played in more than 100 games in a season just 4 times.  He has 676 career hits alongside a lifetime batting average of .257.  Jackson also has 60 homers, 43 steals, and 317 RBI to his credit.

Andre Dawson & Steve Carlton 2004 Donruss ‘RIVALS’

The card is cool.  The theme is cool too.  But I just don’t get it…

The ‘It’ that I am referring to is the Andre Dawson & Steve Carlton connection that this card tags as ‘Rivals’. 

Look, I have followed Andre Dawson’s career since the mid-80’s.  And for the life of me I cannot figure out the link between Dawson and Carlton.  They both played college ball in Florida, but I doubt that this card is celebrating that as a rivalry…

Numbered 1831/2499, this card comes from the 2004 Donruss Leather & lumber subset called ‘Rivals’.  Maybe there is a Montreal and Philadelphia rivalry that I don’t remember.  Maybe Andre and Steve were bitter foes and I have chosen to block that out my memories.  For the life of me, I just cannot figure out how these two guys ended up on this card together.

If you have any info to share about the Dawson/Carlton rivalry please share.  I’m all ears… 

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1984 Topps Celebrates Reggie Jackson – Part 3

1984 Topps Celebrates Reggie Jackson – Part 3

The 1984 Topps set included a small series of cards paying homage to the active leaders in the major statistical categories for both offense and defense. 

This is the card that features the Top 3 active leaders in career home runs.

Reggie 84T 3

When this card debuted, Reggie Jackson was the lone active player to surpass the 400 home run milestone.  He had 478 career dingers when this set was released, and he finished his amazing career with 563 total round-trippers.

Always known as a dynamic power hitter, Reggie ranks in 13th place on the all-time home run list.  And although his ranking will fall as more and more sluggers progress up the ranks, very few will be able to leave the impact that Reggie and his home runs have!!!