Daily Archives: December 3, 2011

Fergie Jenkins 2011 Topps Update Manufactured Commemorative Patch Card

Fergie Jenkins 2011 Topps Update Manufactured Commemorative Patch Card

The cards look great on the web, and when I saw that Fergie Jenkins was a featured player in this set, I was immediately interested in grabbing one for my collection.

So, a few weeks after the release of the set, I have finally scored that card.

And here it is:

And you know what, the card is horrible in person.  So plain, so bland.  I am really not happy with this one.  Yes, I love Fergie, we all know that.  But the card fails to meet my expectations – at all levels.

Effective immediately, I am taking the Red Sox version of this card off of my ‘Needs List’.

Now if Andre Dawson was included in the set, that could be a different story…

Reggie Jackson 1992 Upper Deck All-Star Heroes From FanFest!!!

Reggie Jackson 1992 Upper Deck All-Star Heroes From FanFest!!!

Saw this one and could not resist!!!

The card was issued as part of a special edition set released by Upper Deck during the FanFest at the MLB All-Star game in 1992.

And while the card set captured some of the sport’s All-Stars of that season, they did surprise us with a few legends too – including Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson.

Here is the card:

I am really happy to have this one for my collection.  And I am thrilled that UD placed a photo of Reggie from his days with the Oakland A’s on the card!!

Great stuff.

Kirby Puckett 1987 Donruss Highlights

Kirby Puckett 1987 Donruss Highlights

Of the many versions of the 1987 Donruss design that were issued by the card company, this Highlights set and its bright Turquoise border color is the one that I find least appealing.

It is not the theme that I don’t care for.  It is strictly the color of the border.

Have a look:

To me, that color should be on a kid’s cereal box, not on my baseball card!!!

Did You Know…

For all left-handed pitchers to have won ERA titles, Lefty Grove has won the most in baseball history.  Between 1926 and 1939, Grove won nine titles!!

Happy Birthday Lee Smith!!!

Happy Birthday Lee Smith!!!

Lee Smith turns 54 years old today.

I am a big fan of Lee Smith’s – he is one of my favorite relief pitchers of all-time.

With 478 career saves, good for 3rd place in major league history, I consider Smith to still be a very underrated and underappreciated player.  And with so many records being broken by today’s group of relievers, I have to wonder how Smith would do if he was playing in today’s game.

During his 18-year career, Smith tallied at least 30 saves 11 times and 40 or more saves 4 times.  A closer like that would be an All-star in today’s game and he’d be earning a minimum of $10 million per year.  In contrast, Smith was an All-star just 7 times and the most he made in any one season was $2.8 million.

Happy Birthday Mr. Smith!!!   You are still valued and appreciated by this baseball fan!!!