Daily Archives: October 4, 2011

Uncle Moe Sends Over Possibly The Best Looking 2011 Topps Kimball Mini…

Uncle Moe Sends Over Possibly The Best Looking 2011 Topps Kimball Mini…

Uncle Moe is a loyal reader of ’30-YOC’.  He’s as loyal as they get, and while we have never officially orchestrated a trade, we have shipped each other several packages over the last few years.

The latest one he sent me contained just one card.  But it is a beauty – quite possibly the best looking card from the 2011 Topps Kimball Champions set!!!

Here it is:

Featuring one of my favorite players from the 1980’s – Mr. Gary Carter!

Gotta love the big smile on Carter’s face and a great action shot of Carter’s stellar defense behind the plate.

I am a big fan of this set, and it may be something that I look into more to see if it is something I can put together.  Time will tell…

Thank you Moe.  I am really happy about this one.

And if you want to check out a very cool blog and watch a collector attempt what I would say is the greatest challenge in baseball cards, visit his blog – ‘2008 Topps Set’.

Thanks for reading.

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

I’ve noticed that a lot of Reggie Jackson’s modern cards feature close-up photography.  And while you all know that my preference is the action shot, I have to say that most of Reggie’s close-ups depict his era extremely well.

Take a look:

One of the biggest stars of the 1970’s, Jackson is often shown wearing a medium-sized Afro hairstyle, along with his famous, and ground breaking mustache.  And in this shot, we even get to see the eyewear that he made famous!!!

As for the card, it is SWEET!!!  I am loving all of the Gold accents on the Beige background!!!

Ozzie Smith 1985 Fleer

Ozzie Smith 1985 Fleer

The photographer captured Ozzie in a typical high school pose for this photo used by Fleer in their 1985 issue.

Why a trading card company would use such a dull photo of  one of the game’s most photogenic players is beyond me, but that is probably why they were in the baseball card business and I was not.  I was also just 9 years old when this set was released, so that may have something to do with it as well…

When reviewing Ozzie’s stats from the 1985 season, a lot of numbers jump out at me.  The most impressive?  In my eyes, it is his 27 strikeouts.  27 K’s in 615 plate appearance is unreal – and it all led to a .355 on-base percentage, and an appearance in the World Series too.

Wade Boggs 1991 Fleer

Wade Boggs 1991 Fleer

Wow, what a familiar view, huh?

Here we have Wade Boggs at the plate, with Fenway Park in the background.

By the look of his body language and head position, I think it is safe to say that Boggs hit one to right field with this swing.

The only question that remains is did he reach base safely with what could have been a double or a triple?   We’ll never know!  But, we do know that during the 1991 baseball season, Wade Boggs did connect for 42 doubles and 2 triples.


Did You Know…

Only two pitchers have struck out 300 or more batters in three straight baseball seasons – Nolan Ryan & Randy Johnson.  Ryan accomplished the feat during the 1972, 1973, and 1974 baseball seasons.  Johnson actually did it in five straight campaigns – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Truly in a league of their own!!!