Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Admit It, You Had Some Of Those Topps Baseball Folders When You Were A Kid Too…

Admit It, You Had Some Of Those Topps Baseball Folders When You Were A Kid Too…

You did, right??

I know that in my circle of buddies back in elementary and middle school we had them.

In fact, I can vividly remember having Wade Boggs, Mike Greenwell, Eric Davis, Mark Grace, and of course Andre Dawson!!!

Hell, it was cool to have baseball cards the size of school folders.  And it was super-cool to have school folders that looked like baseball cards.

And when I saw these two beauties pop up on Ebay a few weeks back, it took me right back to 1988 and 1989 – sixth and seventh grade!!

Take a look:

And now the backs too:

Very, very cool!!!  Two great additions to my Andre Dawson memorabilia collection.  And they are MINT too!!!

You will have to excuse me – I feel the sudden urge to listen to the Beastie Boys and Google images of Alyssa Milano…


Darryl Strawberry 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Darryl Strawberry 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

I completed my Darryl Strawberry player collection in the summer of 2010.  And after completing it, I showed you my favorite five cards from the set as part of my ‘Fab Five’ series.

Well, if I had to choose card number six, it would have been this one:

This card is the re-print verion of Darryls 1988 Topps baseball card.  And I think that it looks great!

You have no idea how close the battle was between the 1988 Topps and 1989 Topps cards for that coveted fifth spot on my countdown…


Jim Palmer 2003 Topps Gallery

Jim Palmer 2003 Topps Gallery

I  have a small stack of cards from this 2003 Topps Gallery set.

You could probably guess some of the guys that I have – Jenkins, Brooks, Morgan, etc…

But I have to admit, this card of Jim Palmer from that set is the BEST one I have picked up yet!!!

Have a look:

The Reggie Jackson card from this set is a beauty too – but until I can call that card mine, this one of Jim Palmer sits alone at the top of the heap!!!

A fantastic addition to my Jim Palmer collection.

Dwight Gooden 1988 Score Young Superstars

Dwight Gooden 1988 Score Young Superstars

By the time the 1988 baseball season rolled around, Dwight Gooden was entering his fifth major league season.

While he could be classified as a veteran, the term ‘Young Superstar’ could apply as well considering that he was just 23-years old on Opening Day of ’88.

And during that season, ‘Doc’ was strong.  In 34 starts, Gooden compiled an 18-9 record with 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  He had an ERA of 3.19 on the year, and he struck out 175 batters in 248 innings of work.

Gooden made his 4th appearance on the NL All-Star squad in 1998 too.

1968 Topps Game – Antonio Gonzalez

1968 Topps Game – Antonio Gonzalez

Antonio ‘Tony’ Gonzalez played in the majors for 12 seasons.  During that time, he spent nine seasons in Philadelphia with the Phillies while splitting the remaining three years with the Reds, Padres, Braves, and Angels.

Gonzalez was a run producer with the ability to drive balls over the outfield wall and also steal bases with ease.  For his career, Gonzalez collected 103 home runs and 79 stolen bases en route to scoring 690 runs and driving in 615.

Progress – 9/33

Marlins Agree To Unretire No. 5 For Logan Morrison

Marlins Agree To Unretire No. 5 For Logan Morrison

MIAMI — Another first is about to occur for the Marlins.

For the first time in team history, a player will be wearing the No. 5.

Logan Morrison will have the distinction of donning the number that had been retired the first 19 years of the franchise’s existence.

The Florida Marlins retired No. 5 on April 5, 1993, in honor of the late Carl Barger, the club’s first president and chief operating officer.

Barger passed away on Dec. 9, 1992 at the Winter Meetings.

Since Barger’s favorite all-time player was Joe DiMaggio, the Marlins decided to retire the No. 5 in their first president’s memory.

Now the Miami Marlins, the franchise has relocated to a new stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami. The team has a different logo and uniforms from what they wore in their inaugural 1993 season.

On Twitter, Morrison thanked Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria for allowing him to switch from No. 20 to No. 5.

“I understand what an honor it is to have a number unretired,” Morrison said via Twitter. “I want to thank Mr. Loria and the Marlins for making it happen.

“I also promise to wear the number with great pride and continue to honor Mr. Barger and his family.”

The No. 5 has special meaning to Morrison.

Morrison’s father, Tom, encouraged his son to model his game after Hall of Famer George Brett, who wore No. 5 during his playing career with the Kansas City Royals.

Tom Morrison passed away from lung cancer in December 2010, after his son’s rookie season.

The No. 5 had been the only retired number in Marlins’ history, other than No. 42, which was retired throughout baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson.

When Morrison asked the Marlins if he could switch to No. 5, the club went to the league offices to get permission. Once that was granted, the club opted to allow Morrison’s request, and will honor Barger with a plaque in the main concourse of their new ballpark.