Daily Archives: January 16, 2012

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

Frank Howard was known as ‘The Capital Punisher’ due to his impact on the Washington Senator teams of the mid-to-late 1960s.  His power and run production was unmatched, both by his teammates and the league.  A 2-time home run champ, Howard connected for 248 home runs in eight seasons with the squad.

Howard was a Rookie of the Year winner in 1960 and a 4-time All-Star.  He was part of the 1963 World Series championship team in Los Angeles.

Progress – 3/33

Rod Carew 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Rod Carew 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

I love the ‘Greats’ issues that Fleer put out in the very early 2000’s.  And the ones from 2006 are some of my favorite modern-era cards.

No matter the player, the team, the year – I like them all.

And this card of Rod Carew helps cement that fact even more!!

What a beauty, huh??

Even with a ‘not so great’ choice of photo, the card just looks crisp and clean.  From the White border design to the Navy Blue frame around the player’s image, it looks perfect.

And then you have that great Silver Fleer log !!!

Great stuff.  Enjoy.

Jim Palmer 2009 Goodwin Champions by Upper Deck – mini

Jim Palmer 2009 Goodwin Champions by Upper Deck – mini

This is the first ‘official’ card that I am adding to my Jim Palmer collection of baseball cards since declaring that he is the player that I am going to try to build a super collection of as the weeks, months, and years pass.

And since I already owned the base card from the 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions set, I thought that it was only natural to go after the ‘mini’ as well.

And I did.

Here is that card:

Dennis Eckersley 1989 Fleer All-Star

Dennis Eckersley 1989 Fleer All-Star

You bet your a$$ that Dennis Eckersley was All-Star worthy in 1989.  At the time, ‘Eck’ was the premier closer in the sport, and he had no peers!!

His numbers from ’89 are superb:  4-0 record with 33 saves in 51 appearances, a 1.56 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 33 hits allowed in 57 innings of work, and a strikeout to walk ratio of 18:1.

Unreal stuff from the guy that certainly paved the way to the $15 million dollar closers that we see today!!

And the card is pretty sweet too – another one to scratch off my ‘Need List’!!!

Happy Birthday Albert Pujols!!!

Happy Birthday Albert Pujols!!!

Albert Pujols turns 32 years old today.

Arguably the best player in baseball this century, Pujols has amassed some incredible numbers prior to his 32nd birthday.  Already a 3-time MVP winner and 2-time World Series champion, Pujols is quickly racking up statistics that mirror or surpass some of baseball’s greatest players.  With a career batting average of .328, and with 2,073 hits in just 11 seasons, the sky is the limit for this talented hitter.  And don’t forget about the 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI Albert has already accumulated too.

We may be looking at the new Home Run King!!!

Happy Birthday to ‘The Machine’.