Monthly Archives: November 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?’

New Page At 30-Year Old Cardboard: “Big Red Machine”

New Page At 30-Year Old Cardboard: “Big Red Machine”

Time to put my collection of Big Red Machine baseball cards and memorabilia up on display.

I have spent parts of the last two years putting this collection together and I am thrilled with the outcome to this point.  I will continue to work on it, and update this page through the process but I think that I am at a point right now where the set is worthy of being placed on display for you to enjoy.

So, click here to view my collection that celebrates my favorite baseball dynasty – “The Big Red Machine”.

Oh, and if you have any ideas as to what I should go after next to help bolster this collection, I am always accepting in new ideas.

Thanks for reading!!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Timelines ‘Boys Of Summer’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Timelines ‘Boys Of Summer’ Game-Used Jersey Card

I have always been curious about this set of baseball cards.  And maybe I just don’t know how to get to the best online resources to do my research.  But I have seen countless versions of this card – from autos to relics to base cards.  I just have no clue as to how many are out there.

But one thing I do know, is what I have – and that happens to include base cards, relic cards, and autographed cards.  It may be time to invest some hours into the research of this – hell, I may be close to completing another rainbow and I don’t even know it.

Here is my latest pick-up from the set – Dawson’s jersey card.

The card looks great, but I think it would be just a tad better had Donruss included a piece of Grey jersey instead of the White.

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck ‘Past Time Pennants’

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck ‘Past Time Pennants’

This card’s theme is fantastic, and including Jim Palmer into a set that celebrates World Series championships is a no-brainer.

Palmer is of a rare breed – a very rare breed!!

Jim Palmer won three World Series titles with the Orioles during his 19 seasons in the major leagues.  That 19-year career spanned three different decades – the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

And Palmer won a title in each of them – 1966, 1970, and 1983!!

Here is the card:

Dennis Eckersley 1990 Topps

Dennis Eckersley 1990 Topps

I tell you what,. these 1990 Topps baseball cards are really starting to stand out as ‘Nice’ cards.

A design that I despised when released more than 20 years ago I find very appealing today.  I guess just like with all things – foods, TV, music, and baseball cards – your tastes can change over time…

Here is the card:

The photo used of ‘Eck’ on this card is outstanding!!  And the contrast between the dirt of the mound to the infield grass to the infield dirt and back to the outfield grass makes for a perfect baseball backdrop!!

A great addition to my Dennis Eckersley collection!!

Happy Birthday Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez!!!

Happy Birthday Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez!!!

Pudge Rodriguez turns 40 years old today.

Still a favorite of all Florida Marlins fans, Pudge Rodriguez should go down as one of the greatest players from his era!!

With a resume that includes 1 Most Valuable Player Award, 7 Silver Slugger awards, 13 Gold Gloves, and 14 All-star games, one has to wonder where Pudge ranks in the conversation about the game’s greatest catchers.

Through the 2010 baseball season, Rodriguez has tallied 2,844 hits, 1,354 runs scored, 311 home runs, 1,332 RBI, and he even has 127 stolen bases to his credit.

As he continues to climb towards a few more baseball milestones, it seems like his election into baseball’s Hall of Fame is inevitable.  One thing is for certain:  He has my vote!!!

Happy Birthday Pudge!!!