1 thing I have been very surprised by while getting re-acquainted with the hobby of baseball card collecting is how many loyal Baltimore Orioles fans still exist. For a team that has been on the outside looking in on their division for the past 20+ years, the Orioles have maintained a very strong base of fans in the collecting world.
And while some of their young stars of today are worthy of attention, it is their superstars from decades ago that still get tons of admiration and respect. From Brooks to Frank to Cal to Jim and to one of my favorite players from the 1980’s – Mr. Eddie Murray!! Collecting Murray was an easy choice for me. He put together rare skills and made himself into one of the best hitters this sport has ever seen.
And I am not alone with this view. Jon from the blog ‘The Fleer Sticker Project’ agrees as well. He, too, is a Murray collector and when he saw that I had finally completed my collection he offered up a few more Murray cards that did not fit my original realm of my player collection. And of course I jumped at adding more cards of Eddie in his wonderful old-school O’s uni!!!
Here are the gems that Jon sent my way:
And just for kicks, he threw in 2 Jim Palmer goodies too…
A perfect mix of old and new – these cards are going to make a fantastic addition to my tributes to my 2 favorite Orioles players of all-time!!!
Thank you, John. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!!
Posted in Eddie Murray Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 500 hrs, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, baseball milestones, eddie murray, Hall Of Fame, HOF, orioles, switch hitter
‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #43
1973 Topps – Card #609 – AKA – ‘The Davey Lopes Rookie Card’
Larvell Blanks – A 9-year veteran, Blanks started and ended his career in Atlanta with stops in Cleveland and Texas in between. A solid defender with a fair bat, Blanks spent time in the majors as both a starter and reserve. He has a career batting average is .253 and other notable stats include 57 doubles, 20 home runs, and 172 RBI.
Pedro Garcia – Garcia’s career in the big leagues lasted just 5 seasons, but he got regular work in that time. A low .220 hitter, it was Garcia’s defense and ability to score runs that kept him in the rotation. In 558 career games, Garcia scored 196 runs, drove in 184, and hit 37 home runs.
Dave Lopes – The speedy Lopes was a terror on the base paths. Stealing bases and scoring runs was something that Lopes did very well during his 16 years as a major leaguer – even past his 40th birthday! A 4-time All-star, Lopes scored 1,023 runs during his playing days along with stealing 557 bases, which is good for 25th on the all-time list. He recorded at least 40 or more steals in a season 7 times. Lopes was a member of the 1981 World Series championship LA Dodgers.
Posted in 'Same Cards, Different Paths'
Tagged 1981 world series, A's, all-star, Athletics, baseball, baseball cards, dave lopes, davey lopes, dodgers, larvell blanks, los angeles dodgers, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, pedro garcia, rookie 1973 topps, rookie card, topps, world series
1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #656 – Bill Plummer
I have to imagine that the most secure roster spot in all of baseball during the 1970’s was that of catcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Johnny Bench had that spot locked down for close to 20 years.
But every team needs a reserve catcher, and for 8 seasons, Bill Plummer did the job very well.
Noted as a defensive specialist, Plummer was a great back-up player. His solid play behind the plate kept him employed as a major league player for 10 seasons. Offensively, Plummer struggled. A career .188 hitter, he never had more than 38 hits in a season.
Bill Plummer was on the Reds’ roster for both the 1975 and 1976 World Series contests. He did not see any playing time in either.
Posted in 1975 Cincinnati Reds Team Set
Tagged 1975 topps, 1975 world series, 1976 world series, baseball, baseball cards, big red machine, bill plummer, catcher, Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Bench, reds, world series