Daily Archives: June 4, 2010

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Navy Blue

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Navy Blue

The third card that I have picked up for my ‘Ernie Banks Rainbow’ from the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set is the Navy Blue version.

Numbered 015/199, this card’s border color is a perfect compliment to the Cubs’ uniform that Mr. Banks proudly wears in his photo.  And the contrast in colors between the Blue border and the Green grass in the picture’s background really make this version a vivid one!!

Progress 3/10

Reader Patrick Offers Up A Ton Of Orel Hershiser Cards!!!

Reader Patrick Offers Up A Ton Of Orel Hershiser Cards!!!

I get emails all of the time from readers of ’30-YOC’.  Some with questions, some seeking info, and some seeking to help out.

Two weeks ago, I got an email from Patrick, a loyal reader of the site, and he told me that he was in the process of trimming down his junk wax’ and was hoping to find a good home for the cards.  He thought he would be able to help me out with my Orel Hershiser player collection and asked if I was interested…

Of course I was interested!!!

Not looking for anything in return, Patrick said he would pull what he could find on my ‘Needs’ list and last night, the package arrived.

24 new and wonderful additions to my Orel Hershiser collection are now home with me – and they look great!  Primarily consisting of cards issued during the early-to-mid 90’s, Patrick nailed it!!!  Each and every card enclosed in this generous gift were needed for my set and now I am just that much closer to completing this collection of cards that honors one of my favorite pitchers from my youth.

The cards:

Thanks again Patrick!!!

Tim Raines 1983 Topps

Tim Raines 1983 Topps

Oh yeah baby!!  It doesn’t get much better than ’83 Topps!!

Does Raines look really tiny in this picture, or is it just me??

Tim Raines had a fantastic season in 1983.  Batting lead-off for a very talented Montreal Expos team, Raines was the ignition for an offense that scored a lot of runs.  On the year Raines collected 183 hits in 615 at-bats, good for a batting average of .298.  His on-base percentage of .393 helped him en route to scoring 133 runs and stealing 90 bases.  And while not known for his power numbers, Raines hit 32 doubles and 11 home runs during the 1983 campaign as well.

During the 1983 baseball season, Tim Raines was selected as a member of the National League All-star team for the third straight year.  He also finished in the 5th spot for the league’s MVP award, the highest of his career.

Oh yes, 1983 was a good year!

Did You Know…

The Angels went 16 years between playoff appearances – yet faced the same starting pitcher in consecutive playoff games.  Boston’s Roger Clemens beat them in Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS to advance the Red Sox to the World Series, and he got a no-decision as the Game 1 starter for New York when the Yankees faced the Angels in the 2002 ALDS.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Now that is one heck of a factoid!!!