Daily Archives: June 22, 2010

Still Obsessed With “The Big Red Machine”, I Want More!!!!

Still Obsessed With “The Big Red Machine”, I Want More!!!!

You would think that after working on and finally completing my 34-card team set of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds that I would be ready to pick up and move on.  In case you missed it, you can view that completed set of baseball cards here.

But now that the set is complete, I can honestly say that I want more – A LOT MORE!!!

Sure, I can fast forward a year and dive into the 1976 Topps team set, and I am pretty sure that I will end up doing that…

But first I am going to make a little pit-stop.

A few hints:

Hint #1 – The old Reds logo. 

Any guesses yet?  Ok, how about another hint???

Hint #2 – This one may give it away…

Pretty nice, huh??  Still puzzled??  OK, 1 final hint!!

Hint #3 – Ok, now I am really helping you out…

My next Cincinnati Reds themed quest will be the 2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ Reds team set. 

This set is a small 10-card set, but I have always been a huge fan of the design of these cards.  About  year ago, I completed the Cubs’ set from the same issue and I thought that the Reds’ set would make a sweet addition to my collection too!!!

I’m off to build the checklist!!!

Jim Palmer 1978 Topps

Jim Palmer 1978 Topps

Still a few years away from issuing separate cards that honored a player’s selection to the All-star team, this 1978 Topps card of Jim Palmer celebrates his All-star status with a nifty little logo in the upper-right  hand corner of the card.

And how did ‘Cakes’ fare in 1978?  Let’s take a closer look…

In 38 starts, Palmer complied a 21-12 record for the Orioles.  This was the 8th and final time that he would win 20 or more games in a season.  Of his 38 starts that year, Palmer threw 19 complete games, including 6 shutouts.  In 296 innings of work, he allowed just 94 runs, good for a 2.46 ERA.  He also struck out 138 batters during the course of the season. 

Certainly All-star worthy in every sense, this 1978 Topps card of Jim Palmer is a perfect addition to my collection that honors his fabulous career!!! 

1987 Headline – ‘Tom Seaver Retires’

1987 Headline – ‘Tom Seaver Retires’

On this day in 1987 Tom Seaver hung up his spikes.

On of the most decorated pitchers of his era, Seaver was a dominant force in the game of baseball for 20 seasons.  A Rookie of the Year award winner.  A 3-time Cy Young Award winner and 2-time runner-up.  A 12-time all-star.  A World Series Champion.  A member of baseball’s elite 300 wins club.  A member of the 3,000 strikeout club.  The list goes on and on. 

When a pitcher like Tom Seaver calls an end to their career, one has to wonder how someone will fill the very big shoes left by such an absence in the game.  It’s simple really, very few players could ever replace Tom Seaver in their pitching rotations.  Many have tried, and few have succeeded!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Seaver!!! 

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

Now that my Greg Maddux player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #5 – 1988 Topps

While not Topps’ most innovative design, this card works well because of the team-themed color scheme(hey, that rhymes) used throughout.  All of the Red, White, and Blue elements of the card really mesh well, while still giving the card’s picture of Maddux the main focus. 

I am having trouble identifying the ballpark that this picture was taken at, but the blank background really gives the picture life as Maddux and his pitching arm appear ready to fire one right at us!!!