Daily Archives: October 19, 2011

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “World Series Contest” – The Players & Their Picks!!!

30-Year Old Cardboard’s “World Series Contest” – The Players & Their Picks!!!

Alright guys and girls, the 2011 World Series is about to start.  And I cannot wait to see how this battle unfolds.

Thanks to everyone who entered into this contest, especially with the short notice!!!

Here is a list of the players and their picks.

Player Picks
Adam
Rangers in 5 games with 53 runs
Lost Collector
Rangers in 6 games with 57 runs
Play At The
Plate
Rangers in 6 games with 61 runs
Reivax
Cardinals in 7 games with 42 runs
Eric L
Cardinals in 6 games with 40 runs
Q
Cardinals in 6 with 49 runs
Dhoff Rangers
in 6 games with 45 runs
Night Owl
Cardinals in 6 game with 58 runs
McGee-Fan51
Cardinals in 5 games with 35 runs
cubsfan731
Rangers in 6 games with 29 runs
Kyle
Cardinals in 6 games with 62 runs
Dan
Rangers in 7 games with 51 runs
Zach
Rangers in 6 games with 55 runs
James
Rangers in 6 games with 36 runs
Nickie
Rangers in 5 with 50 runs
Matt D
Rangers in 6 games with 34 runs
Josh
Rangers in 6 games with 37 runs
*30-YOC Rangers in 6 games
with 51 runs

And don’t forget what is up for grabs –  a healthy stack of beautiful Willie Mays baseball cards!!!

Enjoy the games everyone!!!

*You’ll see that I threw my pick in as well.  I’m not in the contest – but I do want to get my picks officially on the record…  🙂

Eddie Murray 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Eddie Murray 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

I have a pretty healthy stack of cards from this set – and I love them all.  From legends that played in the generation prior to mine to the players that made me fall in love with the sport as a kid – This set has it all!!!

Here is the card of Eddie Murray:

Just an outstanding baseball card.  In fact, the design is so well done that you tend to not even realize that Murray is sporting a pretty serious scowl!!

Great job Upper Deck!!!

1976 Topps AL Home Run Leaders Featuring Reggie Jackson

1976 Topps AL Home Run Leaders Featuring Reggie Jackson

I love ‘League Leader’ baseball cards.  Always have, always will.

This card comes from the 1976 Topps baseball card set and honors the home run leaders from the American League during the 1975 baseball season.

Reggie Jackson was tied for the AL lead in homers with George Scott; both connected for 36.  In third place, but not too far behind was John Mayberry of the Kansas City Royals.

Lot of 4 – Tony Gwynn 1992 Fleer Ultra Commemorative Series

Lot of 4 – Tony Gwynn 1992 Fleer Ultra Commemorative Series

I picked up these four beauties in a nice 4-card lot.

Issued in 1992 as part of Fleer’s Ultra set, the cards feature a very high-gloss shine and some brilliant photography.

Here are the cards:

Of them, my favorite is the one in the upper-right corner – I love that old Padres logo.  And as a kid, I proudly wore a t-shirt with the same logo!!

Which one do you like best??

Ozzie Smith 1996 Fleer

Ozzie Smith 1996 Fleer

I am not really sure why Fleer adopted the ‘paper’ cards that they issued in 1996.  Maybe their was a shortage of thicker cardboard, but somehow I don’t believe that to be the reason…

I do like the card though.

And it appears that Ozzie is trying to pull off the ‘Hidden Ball Trick’.  Great job by the photographer to capture this very real part of the game.  😉

My First Time – Don Mattingly – September 8, 1982

My First Time – Don Mattingly – September 8, 1982

The Setting – Yankee Stadium.  New York.

From Mattingly – ‘I entered the game as a pinch runner.  The young guys sat and the veterans played even though we were not in contention for anything.  For me to have gotten in, especially as a pinch runner, the game had to be a blowout.’

The boxscore – Yankees 10, Orioles 5.  Mattingly is only used as a pinch-runner.

As Odd As It Sounds, The St. Louis Cardinals Have Home Field Advantage In The World Series Because Of Prince Fielder

As Odd As It Sounds, The St. Louis Cardinals Have Home Field Advantage In The World Series Because Of Prince Fielder

It’s true.

And it is one of baseball’s worst rules…

You see, Prince Fielder was the All-Star Game MVP back in July.  His performance was the main reason that the NL secured victory in the mid-summer classic.

That victory gave the National League home field advantage in the World Series.

So, if you follow that timeline all of the way through, Prince just gave the team that defeated his Milwaukee Brewers an advantage in the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals should send him a ‘Thank You’ note, don’t you think??  At the very least, right??

Oh, in my opinion, this rule happens to be the worst one that Bud Selig has put into place during his tenure as commissioner of MLB.  I am not a Selig-basher, but this one is just plain awful…