Daily Archives: April 5, 2011

2010 Topps ‘History Of The World Series’ Subset = EPIC FAIL!!!

2010 Topps ‘History Of The World Series’ Subset = EPIC FAIL!!!

A subset like this is built for collectors just like me.  With a love for the history of the game, I am a sucker for any and all subsets that get released that remind us about the sport’s greatest moments.

For me, it was a no-brainer to purchase this set of 25 cards.  Going in blind, I had no idea what the contents were, but I know enough about the history of the World Series to know that it would be exciting.

Eagerly, I waited for the set to arrive…

And when it did – sheer and utter disappointment!!

It’s not that I don’t like the cards – I do.  It’s just that there are so many moments in World Series history missing from this set – moments that absolutely deserve to be included.

And while there are cards in the set that I did not expect, like two featuring the Florida Marlins, the glaring omissions are just too much for me.

For starters, there is no card celebrating Don Larsen’s perfect game(but there is one of Yogi catching it?).  There is not a single mention of ‘The Big Red Machine”.  No Mookie Wilson or Bill Buckner.  No Kirk Gibson or San Francisco earthquake either.  Oh, and no Joe Carter!  But even bigger of an omission is that of Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson – WOW!!!

So, I will not be showing off this subset to you one card at a time.  NOPE – consider this my one and only post for this set.

Enjoy the cards…

A Derek Jeter 2011 Topps Baseball Card. For Me??

A Derek Jeter 2011 Topps Baseball Card.  For Me??

Quite often I find that many of the sellers I deal with on Ebay add a few extra cards into the mix when shipping.  My guess is that the cards are mostly used to help keep the ‘inner’, purchased cards safe.

And due to that fact, I have accumulated a small stack of Fleer sticker cards as well as a big stack of commons.  So, you have to imagine my surprise when I found this card resting next to a Ron Santo card that I recently purchased.

That’s right – this is the real McCoy!!!

Never in all of my collecting time, would I expect that a Derek Jeter card of any kind would be used as packaging material.  How do I know it was intended to be used for that?  Well, the card I bought was in a penny sleeve and soft-loader.  The Jeter, and a few more cards secured my Santo and all of them rested inside of the team bag that all of the cards were packed in.

So, while the Paul Assenmacher, Kevin Bass, and Tim Wallack cards may eventually find themselves in a recycle bin, this sweet Derek Jeter card has just found itself a loving home!!!

Andre Dawson 2002 Donruss ‘What If – 1980’

Andre Dawson 2002 Donruss ‘What If – 1980′

This card is the second and final card from Donruss’ ‘What If’ series that I have obtained of Andre Dawson.

The card’s design, a replica of the early 1980’s Donruss design looks great.

And that old-school Montreal Expos jersey is a perfect fit for this retro-themed baseball card!!

A sold addition to my Andre Dawson player collection!!!

Dennis Eckersley 1983 Donruss

Dennis Eckersley 1983 Donruss

Dennis Eckersley made 28 starts for the Boston Red Sox in 1983.  And it was the second time, in three years, that he failed to win ten games.  Finishing the year with a 9-13 record, Eckersley completed the year with the highest single-season ERA if his career – a whopping 5.61!!

Still, he did manage to put up some impressive stats as well – he threw 8 complete games in ’83, with two of them being shutouts.

Did You Know…

Joe Oeschger, pitching for the Boston Braves on May 1, 1920, pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings.  The game was eventually called off after 26 innings – amazingly both starters went the distance for each team.