Daily Archives: December 10, 2011

Ozzie Smith 1982 Topps Traded – First Cardinals Card!!!

Ozzie Smith 1982 Topps Traded – First Cardinals Card!!!

This card took some major effort to find.  And bring home too…

My guess is that this card is Ozzie’s most coveted baseball card – his first one as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals!!  And since it was issued in a Topps Traded set, it only adds to its legend and collectibility!!

I shopped a long time for this one – with dozens of them selling for out of my price range.  And while it is not customary for me, as I am a budgeted collector, I actually had to change my strategy on this one.

First, let me show you the card:

Normally, I set a budget for each card that I grab.  I take a lot into consideration when doing this – rarity, condition, collectibility, etc.  For this Ozzie Smith card, I could have had it a long time ago, but not for the price I budgeted for and certainly not in the condition I wanted.  After missing several in fair to good condition, I finally changed my budget on this one, held out a little longer, and secured this beauty!!!

I am proud to finally say that I have secured the hardest card to find of Ozzie Smith from his playing days!  And while in my mind I had to ‘over-pay’ a bit for it, now that it is home, it was well worth adjusting my plans!!!

YES!

Eddie Murray 2001 Upper Deck Decades 1970s – First Base

Eddie Murray 2001 Upper Deck Decades 1970s – First Base

This is now the third different card that I have scored of Eddie Murray from this set.  And I have to say, this may be my favorite of the trio!!

Here is the card:

And while the picture of Murray is a bit on the darker side, the bright and vibrant Yellow and Orange of the card’s border makes up for it.

And those colors just happen to fit perfectly with Murray’s Orioles uniform!!!

Bo Jackson 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

Bo Jackson 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

As I like to do when showing off cards from Donruss’ ‘Opening Day’ set, I thought we would take a look at Bo and how he did on ‘Opening Day’ of 1987.

The Royals hosted the White Sox, but lost the season opener 5-4.  As for Bo Jackson, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Not exactly the start he was looking forward to…

1987 was a tough season for Bo.  He hit just .235, and had an on-base percentage of .296.  Still, he did show flashes of the power and speed that he would become famous for – 22 home runs and 10 stolen bases. 

 

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth walked far more times than he struck out.  For his career, Ruth struck out just 1,330 times while walking 2,062 times.  Not bad for a true slugger!!!