Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1968 Topps World Series Highlights

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1968 Topps World Series Highlights

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

Card #2 – 1968 Topps World Series Highlights

While the base card from the 1968 Topps set that features Jim Palmer is nothing really to get you going, this card certainly is!!

With the appearance of an old-school television, this card captures the era perfectly.  And it also captures Palmer’s brilliant performance in Game Two of the World Series as well.  And in that game he dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers – a complete game shutout and win over Sandy Koufax!!!

BEAUTY!!!!

Ozzie Smith 1997 Fleer Ultra

Ozzie Smith 1997 Fleer Ultra

This card just goes to show you that even at the very tail-end of his playing days, Ozzie Smith could still do it at shortstop!!  I just wish the picture was a bit more zoomed out so we could see the full play…

I’m loving that nameplate on the bottom of his 1997 Fleer Ultra baseball card.  It has great style, and just a touch of vintage-feel to it!!!

 

1971 Headline: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

1971 Headline: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

On this day in 1971 Chicago Cubs great, Ernie Banks, retired from major league baseball after 19 seasons.

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization.  His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’.  Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs.  For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most! 

Happy Anniversary Frank Robinson!!!!!

Happy Anniversary Frank Robinson!!!!!

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson was voted the National League’s Rookie of the Year!!!

Capturing 24/24 votes cast, Robinson was the unanimous choice as the league’s top rookie. 

And the numbers certainly back up the award – 166 hits, .290 batting average, 27 doubles, 36 home runs, 83 RBI, 122 runs scored, 8 stolen bases, and an All-Star team selection.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday George Foster!!!

Happy Birthday George Foster!!!

George Foster turns 63 years old today.

Simply put – George Foster is a bad-ass!!  Never known for 1 talent that overwhelmed the rest of his skills, Foster compiled some incredible stats over the course of his 18-year career.  And during the 1976 and ’77 seasons when his Cincinnati Reds teams were at the top of the baseball world, Foster was leading the way.  In 1976, Foster finished 2nd in the MVP voting while hitting .306 with 29 home runs and 121 RBI.  He outdid himself the next year by winning the Most Valuable Player award after blasting 52 dingers, driving in 149 runs, and still hitting an amazing .320.  Foster continued to build on his rapidly growing legacy as he finished in the Top 12 for MVP in 3 of the next 4 seasons.  George Foster led his Cincinnati Reds teams to 2 World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.  In the 13 games he played in World Series competition, Foster hit an incredible .326.

Happy Birthday Mr. Foster!!!

George Brett 2001 Fleer Greats – Really Is Great!!!

George Brett 2001 Fleer Greats – Really Is Great!!!

First, let me show you the card:

Now, look at how boldly Brett’s image leaps from the card.  Partly due to the dull and muted background, and partly due to the bright and bold colors of Brett’s Royals uniform – this card looks fantastic!!!

I have a bunch of cards from this set – this one just leap-frogged all of them and became the best looking one of the bunch!!