Daily Archives: March 2, 2010

1st Spring Training TTM Return – Florida Marlins’ Cameron Maybin!!!

1st Spring Training TTM Return – Florida Marlins’ Cameron Maybin!!!

And why shouldn’t it be Cameron?  I mean, I don’t think that any fan has supported Cameron and his quest to become the Marlins’ starting center fielder more than I have.  For the last year and a half, ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ has taken Maybin in and made him it’s rookie to watch.

It is really nice to see that Maybin is offering up a full, clean signature.  We have seem him start the year with this version and then the slow demise to just his initials usually happens a few weeks into Spring Training.  This happens with a lot of players as they get tired of signing, especially for the same group of fans on a routine basis.  While this is quite common amongst all big leaguers, I saw Cameron 3-4 times last Spring and actually saw his auto digress in front of my eyes.  But not this time!!!  

It’s great to get these cards back so quickly – just 11 days.  Maybe I’ll try him again this Spring.

Thanks Cam!!!

Tim Raines 1985 Fleer

Tim Raines 1985 Fleer

“Hey Mr. Photographer, can you zoom in a little more so we can see less of him?  Thanks.”

I like the 1985 Fleer issue.  I always have…   But the picture used for this baseball card may be one of the worst .  I guess it is not really the picture itself that is bad, but more of the inability to display the picture in a pleasant way…

As for Raines, 1985 was a solid year for him.  He hit .320 while amassing 184 hits, scoring 115 runs, and stealing 70 bases.  He also struck out just 60 times while making 665 plate appearances.  Raines made the All-star team again in ’85 and he finished in 12th place for the league’s MVP voting.

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #17 – Dave Concepcion

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #17 – Dave Concepcion

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons.  And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history.  For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits.  Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases.  Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times.  He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #46

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #46

1978 Topps – Card #704 – AKA – ‘The Lou Whitaker Rookie Card’

Garth Iorg – Iorg spent 9 years in the major leagues – all with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The ultimate role player, Iorg spent time at every defensive position on the field except for catcher and pitcher.  A career .258 hitter, Iorg collected 633 hits and scored 251 runs with the Jays.

Dave Oliver – Oliver’s career lasted just 9 games – all of which came during the 1976 baseball season.   A second baseman, Oliver hit .318 while amassing 7 hits, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored during his very brief stint as a big leaguer.

Sam Perlozzo – Perlozzo’s career spanned 2 seasons but he only appeared in 12 contests.  In 26 career at-bats, Perlozzo had 7 hits – 2 of which were triples.  He also scored 6 runs in the 12 games in which he played.

Lou Whitaker – ‘Sweet Lou’ played 19 years for the Detroit Tigers.  A superb defensive player, Whitaker made up 1/2 of a double-play tandem with Alan Trammell that would be considered one of the greatest of all-time.  He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1978 largely due to his .285 average with 138 hits, 71 runs scored, and 58 RBI.  Whitaker helped lead the Tigers to the World Series championship in 1984.