Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

Lot Of Two Jim Palmer 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams – 1966 & 1969

Lot Of Two Jim Palmer 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams – 1966 & 1969

Man, these two cards from Upper Deck’s 2004 Timeless Teams sets really offer up some bright, vivid images.

And they just happen to be of one of my favorite pitchers of all-time, Hall of Famer Jim Palmer!!!

Have a look:

Of the two, you probably guessed that my preference is the action-shot from the card that celebrates the 1969 Orioles team.  If you did guess that, you are correct.

But that photo on the left celebrating 1966 – we have seen that exact image several times before 2004 and certainly after too!!!

Two great additions to my growing Jim Palmer collection – YES!!!

Jim Abbott 1992 Topps

Jim Abbott 1992 Topps

This is a nice one of Jim Abbott, but it is a little too dark for my liking.

While the picture appears to have been taken during a day game, the top area, especially from Abbott’s shoulders and up is just too dark…

Let me know what you think.

Here is the card:

Dwight Gooden ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1988 Score

Dwight Gooden ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1988 Score

Now that my Dwight Gooden collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #4 – 1988 Score

The 1988 Score set has been a longtime favorite at ’30-YOC’.  I completed no less than five full sets of these cards as a kid, and I had pages and pages of these bad-boys in my player albums.

I always liked this card of Dwight Gooden from the set.  The card’s border color did not really work with the Mets’ colors, but it did work well with the Green grass that is the background of Gooden’s picture.

As a kid, I vividly recall saying that this picture is exactly what the batter saw right before they realized that the ball was in the catcher’s mitt already!!! 

Ah, memories…

Did You Know…

During their amazing major league baseball careers, Ted Williams and Willie Mays crushed 1,181 home runs between the two of them.

Amazingly, they have zero home runs hit in World Series play. 

In a combined 27 games, neither player ‘went yard’.

Happy Birthday Chipper Jones!!!

Happy Birthday Chipper Jones!!!

Chipper Jones turns 40 years old today.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been able to enjoy watching Larry ‘Chipper’ Jones play for close to 2 decades.  I remember getting his rookie cards in packs when I collected cards as a kid and being thrilled to pull the brightest star in the set.

20 years later, Chipper has been nothing short of spectacular.  His offensive dominance has been as consistent as any player in the game.  And his skills seemed to sharpen season after season as he became a better hitter, a more powerful hitter, and a more disciplined hitter.

Chipper announced that the 2012 baseball season will be his final one in the major leagues.  I look forward to watching him play a few more times before he retires, but I do wish that he had a few more achievements on his resume before he hangs up his spikes.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club and 500 home runs club, neither goal will be met.  And while his numbers still rank very high, especially when compared to other third baseman that have reached the Hall of Fame, they could have been among the game’s elite if Chipper’s health maintained.

I may have to try to go see the Braves this year when they come to town – for Chipper!!

Happy Birthday Chipper!!!  We’re pulling for you!!