Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1979 Topps

Jim Palmer ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1979 Topps

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

Card #1 – 1979 Topps

An absolutely beautiful card, I am LOVING this card of Jim Palmer from the 1979 Topps set.  I enjoy seeing the focus in his eyes and posture.  He focus is strongly placed on the hitter and his catcher.  And again, he is showing of the grip of his pitching hand.  But since the hand is hidden from the hitter, I think he is ok – unless there is a runner on first…

Here is the card:

Oh, and check out that vintage Topps logo in the lower-left corner – CLASSIC!!!

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Update – Base Card

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Update – Base Card

I have started racking up Andre’s 2011 issues now that the prices are a lot more affordable.  Cards that we debuting, and selling for $4-$6, can easily be had for the Ebay minimum of 99-cents just a few weeks later.  This is a new philosophy for me, and one that I will try to carry into 2012.  I don’t need to be the first to get something, as long as there is no chance that the inventory will dry up, I can wait and save.

As for the card, she is a sweet!!  And I love the bright image that Topps nabbed for this one. 

Bobby Shantz 2001 Topps Archives

Bobby Shantz 2001 Topps Archives

This is a re-print of Shantz’ 1952 Topps baseball card – and we all know how legendary that ’52 set is!!!

1952 also happens to be the year that Shantz came into his own as a pitcher, winning the league’s MVP Award.  Coincidence that Topps chose this card to re-issue and re-invigorate?  I think not, and I applaud them for their efforts!

In ’52, Shantz was superb – 33 starts, 24 wins, 7 losses, 27 complete games, 5 shutouts, 2.48 ERA, 279 innings pitched, and a league leading 2.41 K:Walk ratio!!!

Miami Marlins & Heath Bell Agree To A 3-Year Deal

Miami Marlins & Heath Bell Agree To A 3-Year Deal

By Jayson Stark, ESPN.com

The Miami Marlins and free-agent closer Heath Bell have agreed on a three-year contract, pending a physical, sources told ESPN.com.

The two sides have been talking about a deal that would pay Bell $9 million a year. The deal also includes a vesting option for a fourth year.

Bell is expected to take his physical Friday in Florida, the sources said.

It has been the Marlins’ pursuit of Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson that has generated the most Rumor Central buzz this offseason.

But with the future of their incumbent closer, Juan Oviedo (aka, Leo Nunez), a major question because of an identity-discrepancy issue, the Marlins have been quietly aggressive in their pursuit of Bell since the day the free-agent negotiating period began four weeks ago.

The 34-year-old right-hander is coming off a 43-save season with the Padres that made him the only closer in baseball who has saved 40-plus games in each of the past three seasons.

The Padres have remained interested in re-signing Bell to a shorter deal. And clubs in the closer market say the Angels and Blue Jays also had shown interest.

While Bell’s strikeout rate declined in 2011, from 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2010 to 7.3 this year, his average fastball velocity (94 mph), WHIP (1.15), ERA (2.44) and opponent average (.223) were all in line with his previous performance.

Bo Jackson 1991 Fleer Ultra – Who Is That In The Dugout??

Bo Jackson 1991 Fleer Ultra – Who Is That In The Dugout???

I’ve always enjoyed cards where you can see into the dugout – either of the same team or opposing team.  And as a kid, I always found it a challenge to see if I could tell who the guys in the dugout were from so far away…

But at my age now, and with my eyesight, the game is a lot tougher!!

On this card of Bo Jackson, from the 1991 Fleer Ultra set, I can see that Bo’s opposition for the day is the Oakland A’s.  But as far as the players present, I have no clue.  But it does give me the chance to name-drop some Oakland A’s from that time that it could have been…

And since there are 4 guys in the shot (3 white, 1 black), here are my guesses:  Mike Gallego, Lance Blankenship, Ron Darling, and Dave Stewart!!! 

Good Times.  LMAO!!!