Daily Archives: August 20, 2010

Update: Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow

Update: Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow

Here I sit with 7 of the 11 cards that make up the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Rainbow.  In just under three months, I have been able to attack this set pretty successfully while also picking up two Game-Used jersey relic cards in the process.

Of the four cards that remain on my ‘Needs’ list, three of them are the most limited – Purple(25 copies), Light Blue(49), and Sea Green(99).  These will be tough to come by as I have yet to see them appear on Ebay since I started this journey.  The fourth card that I need is the Emerald version, and that should be easier to locate since 499 copies exist.

Anyway, here are the seven cards that I have picked up so far:

And now the two relic cards:

Stay tuned as I hope to grab a few more of these as they make their way onto Ebay or any of the other web baseball card websites that I visit…  Wish me luck!!!

Ozzie Smith 1990 Topps Glossy All-Star ‘Send In’

Ozzie Smith 1990 Topps Glossy All-Star ‘Send In’

This one is a true ‘Beauty’!!!

Part of Topps’ send in sets of the mid-80’s and into the 90’s, baseball card collectors were given opportunities to receive cards directly from the manufacturer that were not issued in any other manner.  Special insert cards were included in each pack and they contained the details of how to take advantage of these great offers.  And as a kid, you could separate the real collectors from the pretenders by finding these ‘Send-ins’ in their albums!!

The picture of Ozzie on this 1990 Topps ‘Send In’ is superb.  Getting ready to go to work at the plate, Ozzie is pictured making his final preparations before going to bat!!!

Did You Know…

Leo Cardenas played in 150 games and batted 551 times for the California Angels in 1972 but scored just 25 runs.  No other player has batted at least 500 times and scored less often.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire became the first player in major league history to reach or surpass the 50-Home Run mark in three consecutive baseball seasons.

With strong numbers, ‘Big Mac’ solidified himself as one of the greatest sluggers in the game’s incredible history of power hitters.

The numbers:

1996 – 52; 1997 – 58; 1998 – 70.  And just for good measure, McGwire connected for 65 homers in 1999 extending the baseball record to 4 straight years.

Happy Anniversary ‘Big Mac’!!!