Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Focusing On My New Player Collections Has Really Paid Off!!!

To say that I have attacked my 4 newest player collections is a bold yet true statement.  It has been a ton of fun going after these guys, and it has been equally enjoyable to look back at some of the amazing things these baseball superstars did during their major league baseball careers.

I thought this would be a good time to review where I have come from since I took on the challenge of collecting the following:

  1. Jim Palmer – All major brand issues from his playing days
  2. Darryl Strawberry – All major brand issues from his days with the New York Mets
  3. Greg Maddux – All major brand issues from his first stint with the Chicago Cubs
  4. Eddie Murray – All major brand issues from his days with the Baltimore Orioles

Ok, on to the numbers…

Player Started With Currently Own  Left To Go % Done
Jim Palmer 0 19 24 44%
Darryl Strawberry 4 11 43 20%
Greg Maddux 3 21 25 46%
Eddie Murray 10 32 11 74%


Looks like I have to go to the grocery store and pick up some Strawberries huh???

Stay tuned as I look to make some big dents in these player collections over the next few weeks.  I’ll keep you updated each, and every step of the way!!!!

As always, you can track my collections and check out my ‘Needs’ by clicking on my ‘Player Collection’ page too.

1982 Topps Baltimore Orioles Team Leader Card Starring Eddie Murray!!!

1982 Topps Baltimore Orioles Team Leader Card Starring Eddie Murray!!!

 In typical 1980’s Topps fashion, the company released team checklists featuring the team’s offensive and pitching stars on the front.

Naturally, Eddie Murray was a perfect fit for this choice as he really began to break out as the team’s offensive leader and one of the game’s most talented hitters.  In the 1981 season, Murray played in just 99 games due to injury but still managed to finish in 5th place for the MVP voting.  In that season, he hit .294 while collecting 111 hits, 22 home runs, 78 RBI, and amazingly he struck out just 43 times in 422 plate appearances.

A spot on the 1982 Topps Baltimore Orioles Team Leader card seems like a perfect fit!!!

Murray 82T TL

Did You Know…

Vince Coleman of the St. Louis Cardinals missed the 1985 World Series because of a freak leg injury.  During the NLCS, the grounds crew started the electric tarp machine because of rain, not realizing Coleman was on the tarp.  The machine rolled over his leg and trapped him, chipping a bone in his knee.


**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – Luckily this injury had little effect on Coleman after the ’85 WS.  If it had lingering effects, we could have missed out on watching one of the game’s greatest runners!!!