Daily Archives: December 1, 2010

Reader Gerad Takes A Bite Out Of My Gary Carter “Needs List”

Reader Gerad Takes A Bite Out Of My Gary Carter “Needs List”

Yep, he did it again.  First it was with Andre Dawson.  Then it was with Ozzie Smith.  And this time, it is Gary Carter’s turn…

One of the most loyal readers of ’30-YOC’ is Gerad.  He’s been with me almost since the start, and the generous donations to my collection keep coming.

This time, 23 holes in my Gary Carter collection have been plugged.

The lot of cards, many from the early 1980’s really gives my Carter collection a big boost.  I am now roughly a half-dozen cards away from completing this set!!

Thanks again Gerad – I owe you one.   Well, 23 actually!!

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Joe Morgan 1983 Topps Team Leaders

Joe Morgan 1983 Topps Team Leaders

As with all Topps sets, the 1983 set featured a small subset of cards that paid tribute to the team leaders from the prior season.

So following that trend, this card from that set pays tribute to the team leaders of the San Francisco Giants of 1982.

And wouldn’t you know it, Joe Morgan fit the bill for the G-Men.  Go figure…

Morgan’s .289 batting average led the team.  And as a 20-year veteran, it was nice to see that Morgan was able to lead by example.  His play was so solid during that 1982 campaign that he finished in 16th place for the MVP award while also capturing the lone Silver Slugger award of his career.

Atta Boy, Joe!!!

1971 Headline: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

1971 Headline:  Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

On this day in 1971 Chicago Cubs great, Ernie Banks, retired from major league baseball after 19 seasons.

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization.  His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’.  Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs.  For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most! 

Happy Birthday George Foster!!!

George Foster turns 62 years old today.

imply put – George Foster is a bad-ass!!  Never known for 1 talent that overwhelmed the rest of his skills, Foster compiled some incredible stats over the course of his 18-year career.  And during the 1976 and ’77 seasons when his Cincinnati Reds teams were at the top of the baseball world, Foster was leading the way.  In 1976, Foster finished 2nd in the MVP voting while hitting .306 with 29 home runs and 121 RBI.  He outdid himself the next year by winning the Most Valuable Player award after blasting 52 dingers, driving in 149 runs, and still hitting an amazing .320.  Foster continued to build on his rapidly growing legacy as he finished in the Top 12 for MVP in 3 of the next 4 seasons.  George Foster led his Cincinnati Reds teams to 2 World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.  In the 13 games he played in World Series competition, Foster hit an incredible .326.

Paul Molitor ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3 – 1991 Fleer

Paul Molitor ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3 – 1991 Fleer

Probably one of the more unpopular issues from the 1990’s, the 1991 Fleer set was a bit to bold in color and color choice for that matter to make a big splash in the hobby.

But for certain teams, the Yellow works – and Molitor’s Milwaukee Brewers happens to be one of them.

The Yellow striping that is part of Molitor’s uniform goes perfectly with the bold Yellow border employed by Fleer for this set.

Card #3 in my Paul Molitor ‘Fab 5’ – Check it out: