Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

1968 Topps Ron Santo

1968 Topps Ron Santo

Yes!!  The first card I am adding to my Ron Santo player collection is the 1968 base card.

And while the ’68s are not my favorite design from the 1960’s, I am thrilled to get this collection going.

In the 1968 baseball season, Santo again did his thing!  He made another All-star game appearance while winning another Gold Glove for his amazing play at third base.  And while he hit just .246 in that season he still amassed 142 hits, 26 home runs, 98 RBI, and scored  86 runs.

1968 Topps – My first Santo card for the collection.  The first of many to come…

Charley Knocks Out 13 Cards For My New Player Collections!!!

Charley Knocks Out 13 Cards For My New Player Collections!!!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!  Charley told me that he had a nice stack of cards to send my way to help me get started on my new player collections.  But I hardly expected this kind of volume…

What a great assortment of cards.  And when they’re of the players you like and cheered for during their careers – Even Better!!

I’ve shown you the summary.  Now here are the details:

1 Tim Raines – 1990 Upper Deck

3 Orel Hershisers – 1990 Upper Deck, 1991 Upper Deck, and 1992 Stadium Club

And the Molitors??  WoW – 41 of them.  And 9 fill voids on my want list!!!

1988 Donruss Diamond Kings, 1989 Fleer, 1990 Topps, 1990 Score, and…

1992 Fleer Superstar Special, 1992 Topps, 1992 Score, 1992 Upper Deck, and 1993 Upper Deck.

And just because he likes to add a little icing to the cake, Charley threw in this Fergie Jenkins beauty:

I have a few of these cards of Andre Dawson, but I never knew that Fergie was part of this set too.  I am going to have to do a little research – I may need to scoop up the other variations of this guy!!!

Thank you Charley – These are great additions to my collection!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!

Now everybody get out there and show some love to one of the best Andre Dawson tribute sites on the web!!!

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Cliff Johnson

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Cliff Johnson

Headline – “Cliff Johnson’s 19th Pinch-Homer Breaks His Tie With Jerry Lynch”

The Story – Baltimore, Maryland, August 5, 1984.  Blue Jays’ Cliff Johnson batted for Willie Aiken in the 8th inning and promptly belted his 19th career pinch-homer to give club 4-3 win vs. Orioles and establish a new major league record.  The former mark of 18 pinch-homers had been set by Jerry Lynch(Pirates, Reds), 1954-1966.

My added notes – Johnson added 1 more pinch-homer to his tally giving him 20 for his career.  His record still stands today.

Did You Know…

Todd Ziele owns the MLB record of hitting a home run for the most different teams.  His 253 lifetime homers were spread among 11 different teams – Cardinals(75), Cubs(9), Phillies(20), Orioles(5), Dodgers(38), Marlins(6), Rangers(30), Mets(41), Rockies(18), Yankees(6), and the Expos(5).

 **factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’.

My take – I always liked Ziele as a player.  And based on his productivity above, it appears that most major league GM’s did too…