Daily Archives: June 6, 2011

Reader Gerad Offers Up Some Great Memories Of ‘The Big Red Machine’ – Cardboard Style!!!

Reader Gerad Offers Up Some Great Memories Of ‘The Big Red Machine’ – Cardboard Style!!!

We trade often, and every time that we do, long-time reader and loyal ’30-YOC’ supporter Gerad ups the ante.

This time around, his offering was very specific, and perfectly suited towards this collector’s likes.

He sent cards of 4 members of the ‘Big Red Machine’.  And for each guy he sent over, he offered up both cards of them from their days in Cincinnati and then afterwards as well.

On to the goodies:

Ken Griffey:

Dave Concepcion:

George Foster:

And my man, Sparky Anderson:

Great cards from a great and very generous reader – Thanks Gerad!!

Oh, and those cards from the Topps’ Fan Favorites set look amazing!!!

Rod Carew 2000 Topps ’50 Years Of Topps’

Rod Carew 2000 Topps ’50 Years Of Topps’

Man, this is an absolutely fantastic looking baseball card!!

It certainly does not hurt when you have one of the sport’s greatest hitters of all-time gracing the card.  And it really doesn’t hurt when the card’s theme is representative of the era in which it was produced.  This reprint is a replica of the 1972 Topps design, and I have to say that this card screams ’70s’.

Enjoy!

Bo Jackson 1989 Topps

Bo Jackson 1989 Topps

What a horribly boring card of one of the most exciting players in the game from that era.

Bo Jackson could do it all – hit for power, run like the wind, and electrify the crowd in a mili-second. 

It’s just too bad that this 1989 Topps baseball card shows you none of that…

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #637 – Darryl Strawberry & Eric Davis

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #636 – Darryl Strawberry & Eric Davis

“Crunch Time”

Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry both entered major league baseball hounded by great fanfare and even greater expectations.  It is a tribute to their ability as players and their strength as men that they both have been able to thrive under such pressure.  In 1987 both enjoyed seasons that propelled them from the status of young player with great potential to the status of superstar.  Both also joined the exclusive 30/30 club of players who have hit 30 or more home runs and stolen 30 or more bases in one season.

Davis batted .293, hit 37 home runs, drove in 100 runs, and stole 50 bases.  He played particularly great in April and May.  His 19 home runs in those two months set a National League record.

Strawberry silenced his critics by posting numbers that speak volumes about his all-around ability.  He hit 39 home runs, stole 36 bases, and drove in a career high 104 runs.  Darryl was at his best down the stretch of the pennant race – earning Player of the Month honors for September. 

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

On this day in 1992, Eddie Murray passed the great Mickey Mantle for the all-time lead in RBI by a switch-hitter.  His 1,510th RBI broke the record. 

Murray finished his stellar career with 1,917 total RBI.  He still holds the all-time record for a switch-hitter and ranks 9th in baseball history!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Murray!!