Daily Archives: June 26, 2010

Willie McCovey 1971 Topps

Willie McCovey 1971 Topps

I am thrilled to have found this card at such an affordable price!!

Easily one of the best looking 1971 Topps cards that I have picked up so far, this ’71 of Willie McCovey is the perfect addition to my collection.

In 1971 McCovey was 33 years old and already entering his 13th big league season.  A true superstar, and one of the game’s great sluggers, McCovey continued to impress during that 1971 baseball season…

Limited by injuries, ‘Stretch’ only appeared in 105 games.  But he still managed to put up solid numbers.  McCovey hit .277 as he collected 91 hits.  And of those 91 hits, 13 were doubles and 18 home runs.  McCovey made his 6th and final All-star team in ’71 and he also finished in 15th place for the league MVP award despite missing roughly 40% of the year.

A truly great addition to my Willie McCovey collection – 1971 Topps!!

Tim Raines 1983 Topps League Leader Card w/Rickey Henderson

Tim Raines 1983 Topps League Leader Card w/Rickey Henderson

This card is part of the League Leaders subset that celebrates the baseball leaders from the 1982 baseball season.

And who better to lead the leagues than Tim Raines & Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson?

During the 1982 season, Henderson led the American League with 130 steals while Raines was the leader of the National League with 78 swipes.

2 classic runners – 1 great card!!!

Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!!!

The Yankees’ captain turn 37 years old today.

And while it can be very easily argued that Jeter has never been the best shortstop in the league or entire sport at any point during the course of his career, I can easily say that he is one that I have the utmost respect for.  A true leader on the field, Jeter has a knack for making good things happen.  And whether it is luck or skill, his star seems to shine brightest when all eyes are aimed in his direction.

To date, I do not own a single baseball card of Jeter.  But I think that is going to have to change.  I want to start picking up cards for both of my boys – and I think that a few Jeter cards would be nice ways to get those collections going.

Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!!!

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

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 #1 – 1991 Score

What can I say?  I am a sucker for Black-bordered baseball cards!

Score did a great job with this release.  They issued a very sharp and well-centered product that still looks great almost 20 years later.  And while the 1971 Topps set is my favorite Black-bordered issue, the centering problems that they had that year stand out on almost every card that you see from that set…

Back to this card, again we have Wrigley Field in the background, and this time we even get to see some of the brick wall that hides behind the famous Ivy.  And having the photographer give us such a sharp image of Maddux with an out-of-focus backdrop really makes him and his wind-up jump off of this card!!