Daily Archives: April 26, 2012

1998 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

1998 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

The 1998 Topps Florida Marlins team set is a special one because it features most of the World Series roster from the prior season, plus a few extra Championship cards!!

Let’s dig right in:

And my favorite card from the set:

You can’t go wrong with a card that shows off the team’s reaction to the clinching moment of the championship.

I still recall this exact moment vividly.

Livan – Edgar – Counsell: Names that will remain with me for the rest of my life!!!

MORE INFO NEEDED – Andre Dawson 1987 Dave Berg Pure Beef Hot Dogs Baseball Card

MORE INFO NEEDED – Andre Dawson 1987 Dave Berg Pure Beef Hot Dogs Baseball Card

I am trying to find out more about this baseball card, but I am not coming up with too many details.

The card was issued in 1987, and is oversize.  It appears that there was a full team set of the 1987 Cubs, and even a managers card that featured the manager and coaches (most notable is Hall of Famer Billy Williams).

Other than that, I am drawing a blank…

Were these issued in packages of Dave Berg hot dogs in grocery stores?

Were these given out at Wrigley Field when you bought a Dave Berg dawg?

Someone, please help me!!!

Dwight Gooden ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1984 Topps Traded

Dwight Gooden ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1984 Topps Traded

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

Card #2 – 1984 Topps Traded

Most of us, collectors that is, recognize this baseball card as the ‘Must Have’ when it comes to Dwight Gooden.  And unless you were a high-roller back in the 1980’s and could afford his 1984 Fleer Update rookie baseball card, this one issued by Topps as part of their Traded set had to suffice.

Still, owning this card does not feel like a let down.  Not in the least bit.

This card takes me back to when I just began collecting….  When Topps put gum in their packs…  When you could buy two packs of baseball cards for a dollar…  When trading baseball card was the most fun!!!


And still, it is not #1 on my list (though it easily could have been).  That comes tomorrow… 

Stay tuned and ‘Thanks for reading’!!!!

Rod Carew 1984 Donruss

Rod Carew 1984 Donruss

Gotta love the look of a player wearing just one batting glove!!! 

That doesn’t happen too much anymore…

My First Time – John Smoltz – July 23, 1988

My First Time – John Smoltz – July 23, 1988

The Setting – Shea Stadium.  New York, NY.

From Smoltz – ‘I was warming up in the bullpen and the place was just packed.  On top of that, it was ‘Tom Seaver Night’ so there was probably 50,000 people there to honor one of the all-time greats.  It was hard, but I just tried to block it all out of my mind’.

The boxscore – Braves 6, Mets 1.  Smoltz gets the win while going 8 innings and allowing just 4 hits and 1 run.

New York Mets’ David Wright Becomes Team’s All-Time RBI Leader

New York Mets’ David Wright Becomes Team’s All-Time RBI Leader

By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com

NEW YORK — It may have taken David Wright a week to do it, but the Mets’ RBI record now belongs to him alone.

Wright hit a two-run home run against the Marlins in the sixth inning Wednesday, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead and putting him alone in franchise history with 735 RBIs. Wright had tied Darryl Strawberry with his 733rd RBI on April 18.

The third baseman already holds the franchise record for most career doubles (282), and is on track to pass Strawberry for most walks (580) and strikeouts (960) in club history. Before the season is finished, he could also catch Ed Kranepool in hits (1,418) and Jose Reyes in runs scored (704).

Wright ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in nearly every other major offensive category, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. He has a $16 million team option on his contract for next season, after which he can become a free agent for the first time in his career. Whether he re-signs will play a significant role in how many records he is able to hold or extend.

Miami Marlins Team President To Run 52.4 Miles For Charity On Friday

Miami Marlins Team President To Run 52.4 Miles For Charity On Friday

Over $550,000 has been raised to Benefit 10 Charities

MIAMI, FL – Miami Marlins president David Samson is just two days away from running 52.4 miles in his “Run to Honor the Workers”. A total of 17 runners are now confirmed to join Samson, each representing a different charity.

The first leg of the run will start at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and AIA in Pompano Beach at 7:00 AM and conclude at home plate of Marlins Park at approximately 6:40 PM, just prior to the 7:10 PM Marlins vs Diamondbacks game. The run will consist of 9 five-mile intervals and one 7.4 interval, each dedicated to a specific Charity of Choice. A different runner will join David for each interval representing a specific charity.  Upon arrival at Marlins Park, David will run through Center Field while being greeted by 500 workers. The ceremony will continue with ten charity check presentations on the field. Later in the game, the Marlins will unveil a permanent plaque to be located on the Promenade Level with the name of every worker who helped build Marlins Park.

Samson will run 52.4 miles to raise funds in honor of the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the 10 different charities. To date, the run has raised over $550,000 through sponsor and individual donations. The Run to Honor the Workers is sponsored in part by Leon Medical Centers, Jeffrey H. Loria, Pepsi, Populous & Hunt/ Moss, Rose & Harry Samson Family and the Wasserman Media Group.

“Now that Marlins Park is open, many in our community have already seen the great work performed by the more than 5,000 workers who built it,” said David Samson, Miami Marlins President. “The opportunity to raise more than $550,000 to be given by those workers to ten deserving charities is very personally rewarding.  Running two marathons back to back is relatively easy compared to the hours and hours of hard and precise work done each day during construction by these workers.”

With 49 Strikeouts In The Phillies/Diamondbacks Series, The Contest Winner Is…

With 49 Strikeouts In The Phillies/Diamondbacks Series, The Contest Winner Is…


Congratulations Nathan, you correctly guessed 49!!!

And now, these cards are yours:

Thanks to everyone that played.

And please stay tuned – I am working on a special treat that will be announced in the coming days.