Daily Archives: November 30, 2011

Tony Gwynn 1985 Donruss Diamond Kings

Tony Gwynn 1985 Donruss Diamond Kings

Just squeaking this one through, but not really liking it too much…

Still, another card to scratch off my ‘Tony Gwynn Needs List’.

On to the next!!!


Did You Know….

Willie McGee was traded to the Oakland A’s in 1990, but he had already accumulated 542 plate appearances in the National League, enough for him to qualify for the National League batting crown. He left the Cardinals with a .335 batting average, which Los Angeles’ Eddie Murray (.330), the New York’s Dave Magadan (.328) were unable to catch.

Thus, Willie became the first player in Major League history to lead a lead in batting average, even though he played in the other league.

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1983 Topps

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1983 Topps

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

Card #3 – 1983 Topps

The 1983 Topps set is a ’30-YOC’ favorite.  It always has been,and it always will be.

And one of the main reasons for is the fact that the set employed some very sharp and crisp photography.

Here is the card of Palmer:

What a great photo, huh?

So crisp and clear – not very common for photos from the early 1980s, that is for sure.  I love how Topps incorporated the team colors of the Baltimore Orioles into the borders of the card.  And they flow perfectly with the piping that runs along Palmer’s uniform!!!

A ’30-YOC’ favorite – no doubt about it!!!

Happy Anniversary Billy Williams!!

Happy Anniversary Billy Williams!!

On this day in 1961, Billy Williams was awarded with the Rookie of the Year award in the National League.

In that ’61 campaign, Williams starred in 146 games for the Chicago Cubs.  And once he earned that starting job in left field, he kept it for fourteen years!!!

During his ROY season, Williams hit .278 while collecting 147 hits.  In a display of his all-around offensive skills, ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ connected for 20 doubles and 25 home runs.  He also scored 75 runs while driving in 86.  And amazingly, as a 23-year old rookie, he only struck out 70 times in 584 plate appearances.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Williams!!!

Happy Birthday Bo Jackson!!!

Happy Birthday Bo Jackson!!!

Bo Jackson turns 49 years old today.

Vincent Edward Jackson was one of the most exciting players to debut in major league baseball during the 1980’s.  A 2-sport athlete that built a strong following at the University of Auburn, Jackson was a star before he made his professional debut.

And although his career was cut short due to a football injury sustained while playing in the NFL, Bo Jackson offered us some incredible highlights while in the big leagues.  An All-star during the 1989 season, Bo was wildly popular for his ability to crush home runs(141 in 8 seasons), chase down everything in the outfield, and his breaking of bats.

Happy Birthday Bo!!!  And thanks for the memories that will last a lifetime!!!