Daily Archives: October 20, 2011

2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’ All-Time Series Team Starring Babe Ruth, Kirby Puckett, and Reggie Jackson

2002 Fleer ‘Fall Classic’ All-Time Series Team Starring Babe Ruth, Kirby Puckett, and Reggie Jackson

I’m not too sure how to describe this card.  It features three baseball legends on the front in Babe Ruth, Kirby Puckett, and Reggie Jackson.

And the cards theme of ‘Fall Classic’ pays homage to each of these players and their success in the baseball playoffs.  When reading the back of the card, it showcases each player and their dramatic home runs in the World Series – I guess that is the link.

Great thought – horrible result…

Here is the card:

FAIL!!!!

Bo Jackson 1990 Score Superstar

Bo Jackson 1990 Score Superstar

What an atrocious photo.  I would expect more from a limited set titled ‘SuperStar’.

Moving on…

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 57 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

Hernandez

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 74 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!

Another Fantastic TTM Success With Yogi Berra!!!!

Another Fantastic TTM Success With Yogi Berra!!!!

I have so much going on tonight, but there was no way that I was not going to take five minutes out of my evening to show off this:

Signed beautifully by one of the greatest and most legendary New York Yankees of all-time, I am thrilled that Yogi Berra signed this card for me!!!

Thank you Mr. Berra!!!