Daily Archives: June 8, 2010

My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

What a thrill – I have finally put together all of the pieces of this set.  And I can proudly say that this task was the most rewarding set I have put together since getting back into the hobby of baseball card collecting almost two years ago.

Personally I find the Reds team of the mid-1970s to be one of the most dominating and interesting dynasties in all of baseball.  A roster that was packed full of offensive superstars, ‘The Big Red Machine’ fired on all cylinders in 1975 en route to winning their first of 2 consecutive World Series titles.

In total the set contains 34 cards – each of them proudly boasting the Reds’ uniform and team colors.

Without further ado, here it is – My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set:

Progress – COMPLETE!!!

Marlins Fans, The Mike Stanton Era Begins Tonight!!!

Marlins Fans, The Mike Stanton Era Begins Tonight!!!

We’ve been hearing this name for quite some time and now the wait is finally over.

The kid that has been tearing up the minor leagues for the last 2 months is set to make his big league debut tonight when the Marlins battle the Phillies on the road.

Stanton is the most hyped rookie in the Marlins’ organization since Miguel Cabrera.  An outfielder that can hit for a good average and launch home runs with the best of them, I cannot wait to see if he can make an immediate impact with the club.

We’ll find out soon, the game is about to start.  Go FISH!!!

‘A Cardboard Problem’ Solves My Andre Dawson Problem

‘A Cardboard Problem’ Solves My Andre Dawson Problem

I don’t get to trade baseball cards nearly as often as I would like to.  I know that if I wanted to generate more readers and bring in new viewers at ’30-YOC’, trading would help with that goal.  And it is not that I don’t like trading.  Not at all.  In fact, of all of the aspects of collecting baseball cards that I still miss from my youth, trading with friends is #1.  And the lone reason that I don’t get to trade too often is that I don’t buy too much from today’ issues and players.

Plain and simple, I am a vintage guy.  And collecting the stars from my youth is more enjoyable for me than trying to harness the incredible amount of cards issued today.

But every once in a while, I see something that catches my eye – and I have to have it.  The last time that happened was roughly a week and a half ago.  Marie, from ‘A Cardboard Problem’ was posting the highlights from her 2010 Topps Series 2 pack breaks, when I saw a new card featuring my favorite player – Andre Dawson.  I immediately loved the look of the card.  Brimming with Red, White, and Blue elements, the card featured 2 great pictures – one of Alfonso Soriano and the other of my boy, Andre Dawson.

Well, I posted a comment on her article and she offered it up to me without hesitation.

Marie, I cannot ‘Thank You’ enough.  I have always enjoyed ‘A Cardboard Problem’, and now I thank you for solving mine!!!

Here is the beauty that made me leap:

Reader Steven Offers Up Some Strawberrys, Hershisers, and Mark Grace Cards!!!

Reader Steven Offers Up Some Strawberrys, Hershisers, and Mark Grace Cards!!!

Another great reader of the blog has sent over a nice handful of cards.  And as usual, they feature the guys that I like.

Loyal reader Steven plucked some very specific cards from his collection and mailed them over to me.

Here they are:

A nice serving of Strawberrys….

A healthy dose of Hershisers….

And enough Mark Grace cards to feed a household of 10!!!

Thanks for the great cards Steven!!!!

Orel Hershiser 1988 Donruss – ‘Baseballs Best’

Orel Hershiser 1988 Donruss – ‘Baseballs Best’

Was Orel Hershiser one of baseball’s best during the 1988 baseball season?  If you asked Donruss, the answer was an emphatic yes – and that is why they added them to their subset tagged ‘Baseball’s Best’.

And if you ask any baseball fan that enjoyed the sport during that time, not only would they undoubtedly say ‘Yes’, but they may also recall him as the absolute best during that year.

A close look at the numbers:

23-8 during the regular season with 15 complete games and 8 shutouts.  In 267 innings of work, Hershiser compiled a low ERA of just 2.25.  His dominant year led to another selection to the National League All-star team and his first Cy Young Award.  During the playoffs, Hershiser led the Dodgers to the World Series championship while winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in the process!!

Baseball’s Best??  I think so.  And Donruss agreed too…