Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tony Perez 1971 Topps League Leaders w/Johnny Bench & Billy Williams

Tony Perez 1971 Topps League Leaders w/Johnny Bench & Billy Williams

Man, putting together this collection of baseball cards that honors Tony Perez’s Hall of Fame career has been a slow going…

Of the few cards that I need to complete this set, many of them come with a hefty price tag – and I am simply not yet ready to take the plunge.

I did scoop this card from the 1971 Topps set.  The card celebrates the 1970 National League Home Run leaders from the 1970 baseball season, and Perez was among the leaders.

I owned this exact card prior to nabbing this one.  It is part of my Billy Williams collection (still in progress too).  And now that I have officially stated that I am collecting Johnny Bench as well, it seems like card number three will also have to find a way into my collection…


Jim Palmer 2000 Topps – ’50 Years Of Topps’

Jim Palmer 2000 Topps – ’50 Years Of Topps’

As we all know, in 2010 Topps celebrated their ’60th Anniversary’ and they littered their products throughout the year with cards that matched the theme of that celebration.

But, way back in 2000, Topps did the same thing – just not at such a rampant pace.

This card of Jim Palmer is from the 2000 Topps issue, and it has a nice Golden logo to commemorate that landmark anniversary.

Here is the card:

And since the design they used for this card just happens to be my favorite Jim Palmer baseball card (1979 Topps), I had to add it to my collection!!!

Dennis Eckersley 2001 Upper Deck Decades – Rookie Flashback

Dennis Eckersley 2001 Upper Deck Decades – Rookie Flashback

Really not sure why my scanner omitted the border of this baseball card, but the end result looks pretty great, doesn’t it?

For just a second, I wish that this is what the cards really did look like. 

Here is what my scanner gave me:

And this is what the ‘real’ card looks like:

What do you think? 

In this colleector’s eyes, the brightly colored border takes you right back to the 1970’s.  But as far as vintage goes, the image that my scanner gave me screams ‘Old School’!!!

1968 Topps Game – Rick Monday

1968 Topps Game – Rick Monday

Rick Monday enjoyed a 19-season big league career in which he competed in nearly 2,000 games.

An outfielder that could play all three positions, Monday played for three of the most storied franchises in baseball history – The A’s, Cubs, and Dodgers.

Monday ended his playing days with a .264 career batting average.  He collected 1,619 hits during that time including 248 doubles and 241 home runs. 

Monday was a 2-time All-Star, and he competed in three World Series macth-ups; ultimately winning his lone title in 1981 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Progress: 11/33

Who Wants To Play Fantasy Baseball With ’30-Year Old Cardboard’????

Who Wants To Play Fantasy Baseball With ’30-Year Old Cardboard’????

I am a big fan of fantasy baseball.  And while I don’t get too consumed with the ultra-competitive leagues that are out there, I find the idea of selecting my own roster and managing my players to be a fun one.

My platform of choice?  Yahoo Fantasy Baseball.

I have always joined public leagues and just caught on with a group of people who I do not know.  It has been fun, and I have done a decent job of placing in the ‘Top 3’ a handful of times.

I was contemplating about creating my own league this year, and wanted to see if the great readers of this blog had any interest in joining me.

If so, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post.  My preferred style of play is rotisserie, and I use the auto-draft versus live draft feature for selection of my players.

Each league consists of twelve players, so I am looking for eleven people to join me.  As soon as people start showing interest, I will email out the league name and password in a first come, first served basis.  I will cap the entries at eleven, and if more people wan to play I will either create a waiting list or if the demand warrants, it create another league.

Thanks for reading.  Now who is ready to ‘Play Ball’???

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Classics – GOLD

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Classics – GOLD

I’ll have to check my records, but I believe that this is the 3rd card of Fergie Jenkins from this set that I have obtained.  I know that I have the base card and the Silver version, so the Gold must be number three!!

Serial numbered as 105/199, I have always been a fan of this set.

My only request, and it is a minor one, would to have had a vintage photo of Fergie used for the card.  It is obvious to this fan that the picture used of Fergie is from his second stint with the Cubs.

Have a peek:

Not a complaint, just a preference….

Cal Ripken Jr. 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Cal Ripken Jr. 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Hey, another card of Cal for my collection. 

And even though this one is not a vintage gem, it is Cal, and I have very few of his cards.  So, each addition is a great one in this collector’s eyes!!!

The card comes from the 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts set.  And the picture perfectly captures Cal right as he prepares to take a hack at the pitcher’s next offering.

Have a look:

For a player that packed a pretty solid punch at the plate, Cal has one of the more relaxed batting stances – you can see that there is no tension in his stance – that probably helped lead to his 3,184 hits, 603 doubles, and 431 home runs…

George Foster 1981 Donruss

George Foster 1981 Donruss

Well, you can tell that this photo was not taken on a sound-stage somewhere….  The lighting is horrible!

And you can absolutely tell that the picture was shot at the world famous Wrigley Field!!!

The photo came out pretty dark, so I am guessing that the photographer was not in the best place for shooting a picture of the Wrigley outfield.

Have a look:



Just taking a quick pause to celebrate the 6,000th post on this here baseball card blog.

The ride continues to thrill and we now look forward to #7,000!!

Stay tuned.  And as always, ‘Thanks for reading’!!!!

Did You Know…

Hall of Famer Ted Williams holds the record for reaching base in the most consecutive games.  Williams set the mark of 84 straight games in 1949.