Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1978 Topps
Now that my Dennis Eckersley collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.
Card #1 – 1978 Topps
This baseball card does not feature the requisite ‘action’ shot that I prefer for most of my high-ranking player collection baseball cards.
But, I do consider this card more of a ‘period piece’.
Simply stated, this card screams 1970’s baseball – all of the elements are featured.
From the butterfly collar to the mustache to the long hair – Dennis Eckersley’s 1978 Topps baseball card is a throwback to the time when disco was king and bell-bottom jeans were the grooviest thing you could wear.
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Ernie Banks 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts
I really enjoy adding modern cards of Ernie Banks to my collection. The vintage stuff is great too – just a tad too expensive in most cases…
And this card from the 2007 Upper Deck SP set is a beauty!!!
While very dark in design elements, it is the Red background that saves this card for me. The Red background that surrounds Banks really makes his image pop.
And all of that Gold filigree really gives this card a sense of royalty. And Ernie Banks certainly fits into that mold very nicely.
Have a look:
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Jim Palmer 2002 Topps Archives
Just adding a little bulk to my Jim Palmer baseball card collection.
I believe that this is now the third card of Palmer that I own that features the 1975 Topps card design.
I like that the card features the Orioles’ team colors in the very popular ’75 Topps border. And as you know, I also really like ‘batting cage’ cards too.
But this one is just a bit too dark for me. Based on the shadows in the image, I am guessing that the sun is behind Palmer. That bodes well for not having squinted eyes in the image, but not so much for being well-lit…
Have a look:
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Lee Smith 1986 Fleer
After such a nice release in 1985, Fleer resorted to their old trick in ’86. The design of their 1986 set may be the worst one of the decade…
Have a look:
At least the color matches that of the Cubs.
But for 20+ other teams that do not incorporate Navy Blue into their color schemes, I have to guess that the dark borders overpower the card (see Orioles, Reds, A’s).
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Billy Williams finished in second place for the MVP award in 1970 and 1972 – both times to Johnny Bench.
In 1970, Williams hit .322 with 42 home runs and 129 RBI. And in 1972, he hit .333 with 37 home runs and 122 RBI.
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Omar Vizquel Ready For His 24th Season In The Major Leagues To Begin!!!
|Omar Vizquel has played his way into yet another season in the majors.
Boosted by an excellent showing in spring training, the backup infielder was told Wednesday that he’d made the team and would be added to the roster.
Vizquel found out a month before his 45th birthday, making him the oldest active position player in the big leagues.
The 11-time Gold Glove winner had signed a minor league contract on Jan. 23. He spent the previous two years with the Chicago White Sox as a utilityman and mentor to younger players.
“We knew what his character was and what kind of guy he was going to be in the clubhouse,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous said after Toronto beat Baltimore 9-3. “So that obviously came out the way it was expected. Omar just had a very good camp and he deserved to be on the team.”
Vizquel turns 45 on April 24. The three-time All-Star shortstop from Venezuela is batting .433 in 15 exhibition games. He had a bunt single and scored a run in Toronto’s win over the Orioles.
The Blue Jays optioned Mike McCoy, Vizquel’s primary competition, to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.
“McCoy had to be that much better than Omar and (Luis) Valbuena just because he had options and they had the ability to keep him,” Anthopolous said. “Mike knew he didn’t have a great camp, he’s a lot better than he played.”
“He’s going to be back, like he was last year a lot, and I expect him to be back again. It’s just one of those things that Omar had the best camp,” he said.
This will be Vizquel’s 24th season in the majors. He hit .251 with eight RBIs in 58 games for the White Sox last year.
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Hanley Ramirez & Jose Reyes Share A Bottle Of Hair Dye
These two are doing everything right. And this latest sign of solidarity hopefully locks up what could be the most talented and productive left side of the infield in the big leagues.
Cheers to good health and great hair!!!!
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