Daily Archives: April 25, 2010

Contest Players And Their Picks…

Thanks to everyone that made picks in my contest. 

Here are the players and the total number of runs that they predicted for the upcoming Braves/Cardinals series that begins on Monday:

Player # of Runs
rod 10
eli 17
daniel  18
wickedortega 19
brent 20
wax wombat 21
dan 22
steve 23
olivia 24
matt a 25
don sherman 26
geard 27
zman40 28
ken klaus 29
night owl 30
craig 31
drew 32
scott mccloy 33
hackenbush 34
longflyballtobeacuse 35
unclemoe 36
charley 37
david 38
singledaddyof2 39
play at the plate 42
dion 44
sewingmachineguy 45

 

And don’t forget that we have 2 boxes of 2007 TriStar ‘Prospects Plus’ up for grabs!!

A special thanks goes out to Atlanta Sports Cards for sponsoring this contest on ’30-YOC’.

Atlanta Sports Cards Home Page

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #9

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #9

The final card of this subset.  And what a beautiful piece of artwork it is!!

What a great way to end this set and capture the legendary Hall of Famer by giving us a visual timeline of his magnificent baseball career.

Man I wish Upper Deck still made these sets!!!

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #8

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #8

This card is appropriately titled ‘1990, and still counting’.

I love this set.    I love the design.  I love the concept.  But to be honest, it feels incomplete.  While Ryan had a career worthy of this type of tribute by 1991, there are still some major accomplishments that I would have loved to have seen incorporated into this set to make it truly a timeline of his historic career.  Win #300, the 7th and final no-hitter, and his induction into the Hall of Fame would have rounded out this subset perfectly.

I do understand that Ryan was on top of the world when this set was created, and Upper Deck wanted to take advantage of that by making this set of him.  For me, there are so many other players that I would have liked to seen honored in this fashion.  They could have held onto Nolan Ryan for a few more years to give us a more finished and polished product…  but I’m just saying…

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #7

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #7

At the time that this set of cards was produced, Nolan Ryan had 6 no-hitters on his resume.  This card pays tribute to that 6th ‘No-No’. 

En route to the 300th victory of his career, Ryan notched #6 on June 11.  And he did it in grand fashion – he beat the World Champion Oakland A’s!!  Ryan struck out 14 batters on the day while walking just 2.  He also became the oldest player in major league history to throw a no-hitter – he was 43. 

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #6

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #6

This card honors the 5,000th strikeout of Nolan Ryan’s pitching career. 

Already the sport’s ‘Strikeout King’, Ryan conquered this major milestone against the game’s most talented offense – the Oakland A’s.  On August 22, 1989, Ryan struck out fellow Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson to capture #5,000!!!

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #5

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #5

In 1981, Nolan Ryan became the major league leader with his 5th career no-hitter.

Dominant as ever, Ryan tossed this record-breaking ‘No-No’ against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 26, 1981.  At home and in front of more than 32,000 fans, Ryan was brilliant.  In 2 hours and 46 minutes, he no-hit the talented Dodgers while also allowing 0 runs, and striking out 11 batters and walking just 3.

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #4

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #4

This card recognizes Nolan Ryan’s return home to the state of Texas.

After playing in the big leagues for 13 seasons, Nolan Ryan returned home to play in the state he loved – Texas.  As a free agent, Ryan signed the largest professional contract in sports history – a $1,000,000 deal!!!

Ryan would remain in Texas for the remainder of his playing days.  He spent 9 years with the Houston Astros, and then the final 5 years of his career with the Texas Rangers.

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #3

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #3

This card pays tribute to a very magical day in Nolan Ryan’s baseball career – June 1, 1975.

On this special day, Ryan earned his 100th career victory as a major league pitcher.  He recorded the win in typical Nolan Ryan fashion – he threw a no-hitter!!  The 4th ‘No-No’ of his career, this one tied him for the all-time major league lead with Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax.

In this contest, Ryan picked up his 9th victory of the season.  His numbers were very impressive – 0 hits, 0 runs, 9 strikeouts, and 4 walks.

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #2

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #2

This card pays tribute to Ryan’s amazing season in 1973.  In his second season with the California Angels, Nolan Ryan elevated his status and became one of the game’s brightest stars.

During that campaign, Ryan started 39 games for the Angels, finishing the year with a 21-16 record that included 26 complete games, 4 shutouts, and 1 save.  He threw 326 innings in ’73 while allowing just 113 runs, giving him a 2.87 ERA.  Ryan struck out 383 batters that year(a career high) while walking 162.

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #1

1990 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Nolan Ryan Subset – Card #1

This card honors Nolan Ryan’s first victory of his major league career.  On April 14, 1968, Ryan secured his first win – as his New York Mets beat the Houston Astros.  At just 21 years of age, Ryan was on the road and pitching in front of his hometown fans.  Ryan pitched very well that day and the Mets blanked the Astros 4-0.  His numbers on the afternoon were 6 2/3 innings pitched while allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, walking 2, and striking out 8.

The ‘Ryan Express’ was well on its way!!!