Daily Archives: January 2, 2012

1968 Topps Game Checklist

1968 Topps Game Checklist

Well, one of my 2012 collecting goals is to put together the 1968 Topps Game set of trading cards.  The set features 33 cards in total and runs the gammot of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, semi-stars, and scrubs.

I think that this will be a very fun challenge to undertake, and I look forward to learning a little more about the 33 guys that are part of this set.

And if it all works out, I will pick up my very first cards of Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente as I put this set together.

So, what is the first step in getting this new quest going?  The checklist, of course.

By now you all should know that I am an uber-organized collector, and my checklist will help lead me to the finished line.

So, here it is:

Card # Player
1 Mateo Alou
2 Mickey Mantle
3 Carl Yastrzemski
4 Hank Aaron
5 Harmon Killebrew
6 Roberto Clemente
7 Frank Robinson
8 Willie Mays
9 Brooks Robinson
10 Tommy Davis
11 Bill Freehan
12 Claude Osteen
13 Gary Peters
14 Jim Lonborg
15 Steve Hargan
16 Dean Chance
17 Mike McCormick
18 Tim McCarver
19 Ron Santo
20 Tony Gonzalez
21 Frank Howard
22 George Scott
23 Rich Allen
24 Jim Wynn
25 Gene Alley
26 Rick Monday
27 Al Kaline
28 Rusty Staub
29 Rod Carew
30 Pete Rose
31 Joe Torre
32 Orlando Cepeda
33 Jim Fregosi


Now let’s collect!!!

Bo Jackson 1986 Donruss ‘The Rookies’

Bo Jackson 1986 Donruss ‘The Rookies’

Arguably the ‘crowned jewel’ of the Bo Jackson collection, this card from the 1986 Donruss ‘The Rookies’ set is the one you had to have as a collector back in 1986/87.

So, as you can guess, I am pretty excited to once again have this baseball card in my collection…

The card is not very exciting, mostly due to a poor design and posed photo, but it does mark Bo’s start as a full-time major leaguer.


Happy Birthday David Cone!!!

Happy Birthday David Cone!!!

David Cone turns 49 years old today.

Immensely talented, Cone was a dominant force over the course of his 17-season career.  With a lifetime record of 194-126, along with 2,668 strikeouts, Cone was often the leader of the rotation and set the pace for some of baseball’s greatest teams in the 1990’s.  In his best season as a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1994, David Cone won the Cy Young award.  With a 16-5 record alongside a 2.94 ERA and 2.44 K:walk ratio, Cone dominated the American League.  During his 17-year career, Cone finished in the top 6 for the Cy Young award a total of 5 times.

The individual highlight of Cone’s career is the perfect game he pitched in 1999 against the Expos.  As incredible as the no-hitter is, the perfect game is outstanding.  Cone dominated the Expos for 9 innings as he struck out 10 batters while not allowing any player for the Expos to reach first base.

David Cone may be the best example of a player being ‘in the right place at the right time’.  Cone has 5 World Series Championship rings. Simply Amazing.  Cone won 1 title with the Toronto Blue Jays and 4 more as a member of the New York Yankees.  In 15 post-season match-ups, Cone has a record of 8-3 with over 100 innings pitched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Cone!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Happy Birthday Bill Madlock!!!

Bill Madlock turns 61 years old today.

One of the most underrated hitters of his era, Bill Madlock was a master at the plate!!

A 4-time batting champion, ‘Mad Dog’  finished his 15-year career with a .305 batting average.  His 4 batting titles included final averages of .354, .339, .341, and .323.

Madlock was a 3-time All-star and was part of the 1979 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that championship match-up, Madlock was phenomenal.  In 7 games, he hit .375 while collecting 9 hits as well as scoring 2 runs and driving in 3.

Happy Birthday Mr. Madlock!!!

Ozzie Smith ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1983 Topps

Ozzie Smith ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1983 Topps

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

Card #5 – 1983 Topps

If I had to guess how many times a card from the 1983 Topps baseball card set landed in one of my ‘Fab 5′ series’, I would take the over on 50%.  Easily my favorite set issued during that decade, the 1983 Topps set offered up an upgraded style of photography.

And proof of the great photo is right here, with Ozzie Smith’s card:

I love the sharpness of the action photo, and the colors are bright and vivid too.

And by the looks of it, ‘The Wizard’ connected for a base hit with this one!!!