Daily Archives: November 29, 2011

Juan Marichal 2001 Topps Archives

Juan Marichal 2001 Topps Archives

With the 1974 Topps Jim Palmer card on my mind, I rummaged through my Topps Archives cards to see if I had any more cards that honor the 1974 Topps design.

And I found this beauty of Mr. Juan Marichal!!!

Another great effort here – just outstanding!!!  And look at that leg-kick – simply perfect!!!

Dwight Gooden 1990 Score

Dwight Gooden 1990 Score

I like the intensity of this baseball card.  From the look on Doc’s face to the strain you can visibly see in the muscles of his pitching arm.

Have a look:

Oh, and the background of Wrigley Field is not too shabby either…

 

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1974 Topps

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1974 Topps

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

Card #4 – 1974 Topps

You all know that I am a sucker for the full-body action photo when it comes to baseball cards.  So of course it is not odd that one of my favorite cards of Jim Palmer features a photo that captures that kind of imagery.

This one is very sweet.  As you can see below, the background is the solid Green outfield wall – and it makes Palmer’s image jump right off of the card.  And I also like the blurred image of the batter’s backside that goes along the right-side border of the card – it tells you that Palmer was absolutely the focus of the photographer!

Great card!!!

1976 Headline: Reggie Jackson Is Coming To The Bronx!!!

1976 Headline: Reggie Jackson Is Coming To The Bronx!!!

On this day in 1976, Reggie Jackson signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees.

I only wish that I could have been around to witness this as I am sure that the city of New York and Yankees fans across the country were celebrating this incredible occasion.

By this time in his career, Reggie had established himself as a power hitting slugger that was able to dominate the game offensively.  His knack for driving in runs in timely situations earned him a lot of respect from fans, foes, and teammates.

But with this signing, I am not sure that anyone knew what was to come!!!

How about 144 home runs, 461 RBI, a .281 batting average, 380 runs scored, 5 All-star appearances, and 2 World Series championships!!!

I’d say that the Yankees got a bargain.  Agreed???

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Mariano Rivera turns 42-years old today!!

Quite possibly the greatest closer of all-time, and certainly the best closer in post season history, Rivera has many reasons to celebrate today!!

Among them would be that he is one of the most highly regarded relief pitchers in World Series history.  His efforts during the post season have helped the new York Yankees nab 5 World Series titles during his reign as the team’s closer.

As we all prepare for the 2012 season, one has to wonder how much longer ‘Mo’ will want to play.  A few more years?  1 more year?  Who knows…  What I do know and get reminded of consistently is that the role of a closer is only valuable to a club when the player is able to dominate each and every situation he faces.  And that is what makes Mariano Rivera a solid and key contributor to his team’s victories.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rivera!!!  Keep raising the bar…