Daily Archives: February 16, 2010

1973 Topps Reggie Jackson

1973 Topps Reggie Jackson

I cannot believe that I was able to ‘steal’ this card for just $4.10!!!  If I could do it all over again, I would….

While this 1973 Topps card of Reginald Martinez Jackson is not going to win any awards for design or photography, it is his 5th year card.  And for being 37 years old, the card looks great with just slight corner wear.

1973 was the year that Reggie won his Most Valuable Player award.  And although he would finish in the Top 10 for the award 6 other times, 1973 was when he was able to grab the plaque.  During that year, Reggie hit .293 while smashing 32 home runs, driving in 117, and scoring 99 runs.  His MVP efforts helped lead the A’s into the playoffs and eventually to the World Series championship!!

When I made my ‘New Years’ collecting goals, I declared that  I wanted to add a little more vintage stuff to my collection – This certainly takes care of that!!!! 

Don’tcha think???

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Steve Carlton

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Steve Carlton

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – April 29, 1981

The Story – At home in Veteran’s Stadium, it took Steve Carlton just 134 minutes to dominate and beat the Montreal Expos.  In front of 30,142 die-hard Phillies fans, Steve Carlton joined the 3,000 Strikeouts Club.  On the day, Carlton threw a complete game en route to his 4th victory of the early season.  He struck out 9 batters in this effort.

Baseball History – Steve Carlton currently ranks in 4th place on the all-time strikeouts list with 4,136 K’s.  A dominant lefty for 24 major league seasons, Carlton reached the 200 strikeouts mark 8 times during his Hall of Fame career!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

1964 Topps – Card #146 – AKA – ‘The Tommy John Rookie Card’

Tommy John – John, the winningest pitcher in baseball history to not be inducted in the Hall of Fame, finished his 26-year career with 288 wins.  A 4-time All-star, and a Top 8 finisher for the Cy Young award 4 times during his career, Tommy John was a solid performer.  Yet while he enjoyed more than a quarter of a decade in the major leagues, Tommy John was often overshadowed by his contemporaries.  In his career, John started 700 games, completing 162 of them including 46 shutouts.

Bob Chance – A 6-year veteran, Chance played for three teams during his brief career.  Playing in 277 games, Chance recorded a .261 batting average.  He stats also include 195 hits, 76 runs scored, 112 RBI, and 24 round-trippers!

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Champions – Impressions

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Champions – Impressions

If I held a March Madness kind of tournament to name my favorite modern-era Andre Dawson baseball card, this one would be a #1 seed.

Numbered 30/50, this card from the 2005 Donruss Champions set is perfect!!!

With colors that compliment the Cubs’ theme to a tee, this card screams Chicago Cubs baseball.  The retro uniform Andre is wearing along with the knee-high socks he’s wearing look great.  The flags flying across the top of the card remind me of good old Wrigley Field, and that is a wonderful thing!!  Lastly, the Gold lettering and logo work that Donruss added to this card really add a nice sense of royalty to the card.

What do you think?  Can this card take the prize??