Daily Archives: May 29, 2010

Frank Robinson 1970 Topps All-Star

Frank Robinson 1970 Topps All-Star

I am thrilled to add this 1970 Topps All-star card of Frank Robinson to my vintage baseball card collection.

One of my favorite legends, I always want to learn more about a player that I consider to be one of the most dynamic and complete offensive players that the game has ever witnessed.

Let’s take a peek to see just how Mr. Robinson did during that 1970 baseball season.

During that season, Robinson collected 144 hits in 471 at-bats – good for a .306 batting average.   He smacked 24 doubles and 25 home runs while also scoring 88 runs and driving in 78 too.  His sharp eye at the plate led to his .398 on-base percentage. 

But, the biggest accomplishment that Robinson enjoyed during that season was winning the World Series with the Orioles.  This was Robinson’s second of three World Series championships, and his winning ways certainly elevated his status as one of the sport’s greats.

Such a great card!!!

Orel Hershiser 1988 Fleer

Orel Hershiser 1988 Fleer

The 1988 Fleer set is not one that I would classify as a ‘fav’ here at ’30-YOC’.  In fact, if I had to rank the base set releases from the four major brands that were producing cards in 1988, I would rank the Fleer set as #3 behind both Topps and Score, but ahead of Donruss.

But, every once in a while I am able to find that diamond in the rough.  And I believe that I have with this card of Orel Hershiser:

From all aspects of design, this card is a winner!!

I am proud to own it and add it to my Orel Hershiser player collection!!!!

1989 Headline: Slugger Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

20 years ago today, Mike Schmidt retired from the game of baseball. 

Watching this video still gives me chills…

I remember this press conference like it was yesterday.  Even as a 13-year old kid, I understood how hard it was for a player like Mike Schmidt to leave the game of baseball.  One of the game’s biggest stars for close to 2 decades, Schmidt solidified himself as one of the greatest power hitters of all-time.

With a resume filled with elite milestones, Schmidt was able to leave the game as one its greatest players but that did not make the final decision any easier for him.

Cheers to you Mike Schmidt – A baseball hero and a class act!!! 

Happy Birthday Eric Davis!!!

Amazingly, Eric Davis turns 48 years old today!!!

Wow, I remember the hype around Eric Davis as he began his career with the Cincinnati Reds.  He was a ‘5-Tool player’ that could do it all and he was going to rescue the Reds franchise and deliver them back to baseball glory.  Davis had the speed, power, charisma, and personality to carry the franchise to the promised land!!!

After 7 remarkable seasons with the Reds that were littered with All-star appearances, Gold Glove trophies, Silver Slugger awards, and even a World Series championship, Davis was on his way to becoming one of the games biggest stars.  Talk about becoming baseball’s second ’40/40 Man’ was a daily occurrence in baseball circles.  As one of the game’s premier players, ‘Eric The Red’ was riding high.

Unfortunately, a terrible string of injuries and then an unfortunate battle with cancer stalled Davis’ ability to dominate the game.  This 1-time hero became just a regular role player.  On occasion, Davis gave us more memorable moments to add to his impressive highlight reel, but he was never able to recapture and string together seasons of success like he had in the late 1980’s when he was on top of the baseball world.

Happy Birthday Mr. Davis.  You are remembered fondly!!!