Daily Archives: April 4, 2012

Jim Palmer 1981 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Jim Palmer 1981 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

I figured we would take it a little old-school on this lovely Wednesday evening…

Back to 1981 when Kellogg’s was tossing baseball cards in their cereal boxes. 

Some other fun things from 1981 include:

  • Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • The Dukes Of Hazzard
  • Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”

Billy Williams 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Baseball Chronology

Billy Williams 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Baseball Chronology

Ah, the mustache-wearing Billy Williams…

While I prefer the younger Williams, especially on my modern-era baseball cards, any new addition to my player collection that honors his Hall of Fame career is a great one.

And I have always liked the cards from this set.  Titles ‘Baseball Chronology’, this card pays honor to Billy Williams and his streak of consecutive games played.  On 6/29/1969, Williams set the National League mark for consecutive games played when he eclipsed Stan Musial by playing in his 897th straight game.

The streak stayed in tact for 1,117 straight games and ended during the 1970 season.  Williams was eventually eclipsed by Steve Garvey who now holds the NL record at 1,207 games.

Walt Weiss 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Walt Weiss 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

While Walt Weiss was not able to meassure up to his oversized teammates (McGwire, Canseco, Dave Henderson), he was certainly able to fit very well with his Oakland teammates.

A disciplined hitter, Weiss was able to get on base and use his base-running skills ot advance on the diamond and score runs.  In 14 major league seasons, Weiss scored 623 runs, with 178 of them coming during his six years with the A’s.

George Foster 1981 Topps

George Foster 1981 Topps

1981 was George Foster’s final season with the Cincinnati Reds.  And while his base card from the 1982 Topps set features him in a Reds uniform, he only played for one team in ’82 – the New York Mets.

Back to 1981 – Foster was still very productive for a team that no longer looked like the ‘Big Red Machine’.

His numbers – .295 batting average, 122 hits, 23 doubles, 22 home runs, 90 RBI, and 64 runs scored.

Fred Lynn 2001 Topps Archives

Fred Lynn 2001 Topps Archives

My mini-obsession with Fred Lynn continues….

I bought this card ‘blindly’ through www.sportlots.com.  Because I am such a big fan of the Topps Archives series, I spent no time researching the card – instead, I just pointed, clicked, and added it to my cart.

Here is the card:

Far from spectacular, Topps did what they did with all of its 2001 Archives cards.  If you were a player that was on a multi-player rookie card, you got your image blown up to full-size, and received a card of your own.

They used the same image for this one as the original – and as much as I like Mr. Lynn, I prefer the oldie from the 1975 set much, much more!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Gil Hodges.  And while he is no longer physically with us, the amazing things he did on the baseball field will live on forever…

Hodges played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, making the All-Star team on eight occasions.  He spent a majority of his time in the field at first base, but also put in innings of work at catcher, third base, and in the outfield.

Offensively, Hodges was extremely productive.  A power hitter, with a knack for run production, he hit 20 or more home runs 11 times, while passing the 40-home run mark twice.  He also drove in 100 or more runs seven times and scored 80 or more runs during eight campaigns.

Hodges spent his playing days with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.  He is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award three times.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hodges!!