Daily Archives: August 16, 2010

Wicked Cards From A Wicked Blogger!!!

Wicked Cards From A Wicked Blogger!!!

2009’s ‘Trader of the Year’ hooked me up with a big ol’ stack of goodies.  The package was hefty and very focused on the guys that I collect. 

Primarily containing oddballs and limited edition inserts, Alfredo really took me back to my youth with this ‘goodie bag’.

Let’s check out what was lurking inside, shall we???

First up was a handful of Rickey Henderson cards:

And after Rickey came Pete Rose:

And Pete Rose was followed by ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’:

Next up was a quartet of Kirby Puckett cards:

Who was trailed by Tim Raines:

And Ozzie Smith:

All of a sudden, a large stack of Winfields appeared:

And then it was time for the icing on the cake – Andre Dawson

As always, Alfredo puts a lot of thought into his trade packages.  This one was no exception as he hit on several of the players that are near and dear to this collector’s heart!!!

Thanks Bud!!

Wade Boggs 1986 Topps

Wade Boggs 1986 Topps

I was never a big fan of the 1986 Topps set.  The kindergarten-esque stencil border never impressed me as a young collector, and 20 years later the same sentiment remains.

The photo used of Boggs on this card is kind of odd too.  I can’t quite tell if Boggs just dropped a bunt or if he just fouled off a ball and is watching it run down the third base line.

Either way, Boggs was a machine in ’86.  He connected for 206 hits and compiled a .357 batting average.  And with his superior “batter’s eye”, he amassed an amazing .453 on-base percentage!!!

1984 Headline: Pete Rose Returns To Cincinnati!!!

When this headline hit the papers 25 years ago I am pretty certain that the feeling in the Cincinnati area was one of sheer joy!!!

A former baseball star was coming back to the city to once again play for and now manage the team that he helped become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties.

What a ride Pete took Reds’ fans on once he came back to the team.  From making history by becoming the game’s all-time hits leader to being banished from the game for gambling. 

No matter how you look at it and how you feel about Pete Rose today, you must admit that this was a historic day for the sport back in 1984!!!

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Dave Righetti

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Dave Righetti

Headline – ‘Big League Save Standard Is Shattered By Righetti’

The Story – Boston, Mass.  October 5, 1986:  Yankees’ Righetti completed the 1986 season with 46 saves to establish a new major league record.  The former mark of 45 was set by Royals’ Dan Quisenberry in 1983 and tied by Cardinals’ Bruce Sutter in 1984.

My take – Beaten many times since, the mark 46 now ranks Righetti’s 1986 season leaves him tied with 6 other closers for 24th place on the all-time list.