Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Light Blue

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Light Blue

I am affectionately calling this card the ‘Slump Buster’.

It has been almost three moths since I have added a card to this set.  And as the months have passed, I have been shopping – TRUST ME!!

And while it took me much longer than what I had wanted, this time I scored a real gem!  Serial numbered as 48/49, this is the Light Blue version from the 2008 UD Heroes set.

And it looks G-R-E-A-T!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions – RED

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions – RED

Just another version of that 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions baseball card that I love.

This one, the Red parallel, is serial numbered as 162/250 and it looks FANTASTIC!!!

One of these days, I am going to have to get one of these signed!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #462 – 1975 World Series Champions!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #462 – 1975 World Series Champions!

Simple and Clear!

This card from the 1976 Topps baseball card set celebrates the Cincinnati Reds 1975 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox.  One of the most talked about championship match-ups of all-time, the Series featured some of the most dramatic and memorable scenes from the Fall Classic.

Ozzie Smith 1990 Topps Glossy All-Star

Ozzie Smith 1990 Topps Glossy All-Star

By 1990, Ozzie Smith was a fixture at the mid-summer classic.  The 1990 game was Ozzie’s tenth straight appearance, and 10th of 15 total games.

As exciting as they come, Ozzie’s ability to dazzle the crowd with his slick fielding and incredible base running made him a fan favorite.

And the fact that he wore a smile each and every time he took the field did not hurt one iota…

Ron Santo ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1965 Topps

Ron Santo ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1965 Topps

Now that my Ron Santo collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1965 Topps.

Man this card just screams vintage!

Probably my favorite set from the 1960’s, I really enjoy the simple, yet perfectly baseball themed design of the 1965 Topps set.

The team banner adds a great 3-D look to the card, while not taking away from the great, and large photo of the featured player.

And the Red outline works perfectly with the Cubs’ colors too!

Was Harmon Killebrew The Inspiration For The MLB Logo?

Was Harmon Killebrew The Inspiration For The MLB Logo?

As Harmon Killebrew ends his cancer treatments and enters hospice care, the baseball world is left to remember his many contributions to the sport.

We’re also left to again wonder if a long-time rumor is actually true. The iconic Minnesota Twins legend and Hall of Famer is said to be the inspiration for the silhouette in MLB’s iconic logo, which was designed in 1968.
There are some noticeable similarities that quickly lend credence to the theory: A hard nose drawn with sharp lines. Strong wrists positioned parallel to the shoulders. A round helmet pushed over a determined brow. A right-handed stance, though the logo’s design allows it also to be viewed as left-handed, depending on how you look at it.  (Note: Despite this being the cause of a “bar fight,” I just learned this Monday. My mind is officially blown.)
So is it Killebrew that we’re seeing any time MLB wants to put its official stamp on something? Paul Lukas of ESPN’s Uni Watch Blog did some extensive research on the rumor back in 2008 and found out that it cannot yet be confirmed. Read his article here.
Killebrew himself believes that he’s in the middle of the logo and has told people of the Jerry West/NBA logo-type link for years. Meanwhile, Jerry Dior — the graphic designer generally credited for the logo’s creation — claims that it is a composite he made from looking at a few different players.
Dior’s claim should end the speculation right there, right? Well, here’s the catch: Dior says he can’t remember the specific player photographs he used to research the design and Killebrew says his claim is based on first-hand experience with something he saw.
So we’re saying there’s a chance …  here’s what Killebrew told Lukas back in 2008:
“I was in the commissioner’s office one day in the late 1960s … and there was a man sitting at a table. He had a photograph of me in a hitting position, and he had one of those grease pencils that you see at a newspaper, and he was marking that thing up. I said, ‘What are you doing with that?’ and he said they were going to make a new Major League Baseball logo. I never thought any more about it. And then the logo came out and it did look like me. The only change was the angle of the bat — they changed that to kind of make it fit more into the design.”
As Lukas and his detail-obsessed readers point out, there are a few players from the ’60s who could have fit the description and it doesn’t take too much to imagine another player serving as the model. So because Killebrew’s stance wasn’t as completely unique as, say, Julio Franco’s, we’re probably never going to reach the universal conclusion that it’s him in that logo. Especially with that change in the angle of the bat.
Still, it’s interesting to note that Killbrew’s outstanding career, with its 573 home runs, was so iconic that such a claim could be repeated and accepted as fact for years without anyone questioning the tie further. Even if one of Killebrew’s photos never passed over Dior’s design desk, it’s easy to see why so many people wanted to make the connection.
In a way, that’s an even greater tribute to Killebrew than an outright acknowledgement he’s the mystery man in the middle of Major League Baseball’s official mark.