Daily Archives: April 1, 2012

Ozzie Smith 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Ozzie Smith 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

What can I say about this one??

First, the card features Ozzie Smith.  That right there should be enough to get a collector excited.

Then, the card is a reprint of the very famous and wildly popular 1983 Topps baseball card design.  That should excite collectors too – and could bring back some great memories in the 35+ age range.

Have a look:

This card looks great – and I especially like the Red outline that encases the photo of Ozzie.  It really compliments both of the photos used very well.

An instant classic for my Ozzie Smith player collection – YES!!!

Brooks Robinson 1974 Topps All-Star w/Ron Santo

Brooks Robinson 1974 Topps All-Star w/Ron Santo

I already have this card as part of my completed Ron Santo collection.

So, when I found one on Ebay at a very affordable price, I scooped it up and it will go right into my new collection that honors the career of Mr. Brooks Robinson.

Two great players, two legendary third basemen!!!!

Joe Morgan 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Joe Morgan 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

1972 was the year that Joe Morgan became a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

His card from the 1972 set has a pretty solid reputation amongst vintage collectors for being scarce and tough to find in mint condition.  I have one of these, and while it is not close to mint (it is between VG and EX), and it is one of the best cards that I own of Mr. Morgan.

I am happy to see that Topps honored his joining the Reds with their 2003 All-Time Fan Favorites set. 

And the picture that they chose to use of Joe Morgan looks to be from that time too.

Have a look:

Great job by Topps on this one!!!

Happy Birthday Phil Niekro!!!

Happy Birthday Phil Niekro!!!

Today, Phil Niekro turns 73 years old!!!

Still being seen around Spring Training, Phil Neikro has had baseball pumping through his blood for more than 50 years.  A Hall of Fame pitcher with 24 major league seasons under his belt, Niekro put on a pitching seminar through the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s.  With a career record of 318-274, one has to wonder how many more victories Niekro would have notched if he had played on some of the better teams from his playing days.

In 24 seasons, Niekro only made it to the post-season twice, and neither time was to the World Series.  So, my gift for Mr. Niekro is one shot at a championship ring.  1 shot; he gets to pick the team and the year from his playing days that he would like to join to pursue baseball’s ultimate prize.

Happy Birthday Mr. Niekro!!!


Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2011 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2012…

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Thanks for reading!!!