Daily Archives: November 4, 2010

Billy Williams 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ – Autograph!!!

Billy Williams 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ – Autograph!!!

Roughly three weeks ago I hooked myself up while cruising around Ebay.  I found a seller that was unloading a big stack of 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ autographed cards – and at very low prices…

In total, there were probably 8-9 cards that I was very interested in.  Ultimately I settled in on 4 of them – and I paid just $22.00.

Card #3 from that buy is this card of Billy Williams.

I see this card all of the time on Ebay.  And never really ready to pull the trigger, my patience paid off as I landed this sweet card for just $6.00.

A great card featuring a nice action of photo of the ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams, I have to wonder how much more that autograph would pop off of this card if it had been done in Blue.

But oh well, beggars cannot be choosers, and I am so excited to finally add another Billy Williams signed card to my collection!


Phil Niekro 1969 Topps

Phil Niekro 1969 Topps

Yeah Baby!!!

Another vintage haul for ya…

This one comes from the 1969 Topps set and features future Hall-Of-Famer, Phil Niekro.

’69 was Niekro’s 6th season in the majors – and it was the one that made the league take notice of his talents as a starting pitcher.

Niekro started 35 games that season and appeared in 40.  He amassed a 23-13 record(his first of three 20-win seasons) while also capturing 4 saves.  In his 35 starts, Niekro went the distance in 21 of them – truly amazing.  His stuff was dominant – he struck out 193 batters while walking just 57(7 were intentional). 

In 1969, Phil Niekro earned his first selection as an All-Star.  He finished in 9th place for the MVP award and in 2nd for the Cy Young to Tom Seaver.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set – Card #48 – Dave Concepcion

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set – Card #48 – Dave Concepcion

Ok, Ok, I am cheating a little with this one…

During my many purchases of vintage baseball cards over the last few months, I bought this 1976 Topps card of All-Star, Dave Concepcion.

And while I did not buy it for the goal of completing the Reds’ team set from the ’76 issue, I will certainly take advantage of it and apply it to that goal.

So with that, here is card #1 for this team set.

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons.  And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history.  For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits.  Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases.  Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times.  He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.


Joe Morgan 1981 Topps

Joe Morgan 1981 Topps

Hey, there’s Joe in that familiar baseball pose that every Little Leaguer gets to do.

I guess that this pose can officially be considered a baseball tradition, as Joe Morgan was a 37-year old, 19-season veteran during the 1981 season.

Morgan had a down year in ’81 as he appeared in just 90 games.  Hitting just .240, Morgan was ‘off’ offensively.  But he still managed to maintain his patience at the plate.  In 378 plate appearances, Joe struck out just 37 times.  And that is the sign of a true veteran…

Get Well Soon, Sparky!!!

Get Well Soon, Sparky!!!

DETROIT (AP)—Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif. home for complications resulting from dementia.

Anderson’s family said in a statement Wednesday that they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer’s career and retirement. No further details were released.

The 76-year-old Anderson was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2000, culminating a major league career that included one nondescript season as a player and an historic run as a manager.

He won 2,194 games as a manager, which was the third-highest total in major league history when he retired, trailing Connie Mack and John McGraw. He now stands sixth, also trailing Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. Anderson was the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues and the only manager to lead two franchises in career wins.

He led Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine to World Series wins in 1975-76. He won four National League pennants in Cincinnati from 1970-78, then was fired after consecutive second-place finishes.

Anderson went to the American League and won there, too, directing the Tigers to a World Series title in 1984 and a division title in 1987. He retired after the 1995 season and was added to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

“We are very sad to hear the news of Sparky’s failing health,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said in a statement. “Every day here we are reminded of his contribution to the success of this proud franchise.”

The Tigers said they would keep Anderson, his wife, Carol, and their family in their thoughts and prayers.

“Sparky led one of the most beloved teams in franchise history to the World Series title in 1984 and remains the winningest manager in franchise history,” the organization said in a statement. “His contributions to the Detroit Tigers remain a significant part of the club’s history.”