Daily Archives: November 28, 2011

1975 Topps Oakland Athletics Team Card

1975 Topps Oakland Athletics Team Card

The 1975 baseball season was Billy Williams’ first season with the Oakland A’s. 

Still used as a full-time player, Williams was shifted to DH upon his entry into the American League.  And while he was still productive, with 602 plate appearances in 1975, he was hardly as productive as he was during his time with the Cubs.

His numbers from 1975 – 127 hits, .244 batting average, 20 doubles, 23 home runs, 68 runs scored, 81 RBI, and a very impressive 76 walks (7 intentional).

Kind of odd to see Billy appearing on a team card that does not sport the Red, White, and Blue of the Chicago Cubs, but there he is in row three, 4th from the left.

Wade Boggs 1984 Donruss – Batting Cage Card!!!

Wade Boggs 1984 Donruss – Batting Cage Card!!!

I swear, one of these days I am going to focus on creating a little set of cards that feature my favorite hitters in the cage.  And of course, near the very top of that list would be Wade Boggs!!!

Here is the master at work:

Great picture – and while I usually prefer the zoomed-out action shot, I like that this one is close so you can see how intense Boggs was, even during practice.

Great mustache too!!!  LOL

 

Andre Dawson 1989 Topps Record Breaker – Tiffany!

Andre Dawson 1989 Topps Record Breaker – Tiffany!

Just trying to rack up some more cards of Andre as we near the end of 2011.

This one is from the 1989 Topps set, and it is his ‘Record Breakers’ card.  As you probably assumed, I already owned the base card from the ’89 set, this one has just an extra layer of gloss added to it!!!

Have a peek:

Carlton Fisk 2001 Topps Archives

Carlton Fisk 2001 Topps Archives

I am so thankful that Topps included multiple cards of players in their Archives set.  A true player collector’s dream!!!

And it also gave Topps the chance to redeem themselves.

What do I mean by that?  Well, not every choice made by Topps was a great one. Evidence of that is this card of Carlton Fisk from the 2001 Archives set.

And now on to the redemption:

Oh Yeah!!!  What a great looking card.  Thank you Topps!!!

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1983 Donruss

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1983 Donruss

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

Card #5 – 1983 Donruss

For some reason, a lot of Jim Palmer’s baseball cards feature him and his pitching hand in a close-up photo.

While I like this, I do also like cards that feature his famous ‘leg-kick’ that gave his pitching velocity another level.

What I do find peculiar though is that in EVERY SINGLE card of Palmer that shows his pitching hand, his grip is left out in the open and exposed – almost giving the hitter an advantage.  In today’s era and with today’s pitcher, they use every trick in the book to hide their grip from tha batter for as long as possible.

But not Jim Palmer – he is almost daring you…  ‘Here it is, a nice fastball for you.  What are you going to do with it?’