Daily Archives: June 2, 2012

Derek Jeter 1996 Topps ‘Future Star’

Derek Jeter 1996 Topps ‘Future Star’

I’ve been on a bit of a Derek Jeter kick as of late.  And while little of that has to do with baseball cards as most of it revolves around his amazing play during the 2012 season, I was not going to let this card escape me.

Have a look:

This card was part of the 1996 Topps baseball card set and it carries the tag of ‘Future Star’ on it.

Now, when I think of ‘Future Star’ my mind goes right back to the 1987 Topps set – one that my childhood was built around.  From Bo Jackson to Rafael Palmeiro to BJ Surhoff.

I know that this does not classify as a rookie card of Jeter, but I do like the theme.  And as a card issued during his rookie season, I like it.

And we all know how 1996 worked out for Jeter and his Yankees teammates…

Cal Ripken Jr. 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Cal Ripken Jr. 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Of all of the modern-era cards that I have come across, the set that I wish included a card of Andre Dawson or Fergie Jenkins that did not is the Upper Deck Masterpieces series.

This set of cards is fantastic looking, and Upper Deck did a really great job with most of the cards of the legends that they inserted into their sets.

Including this card of Cal Ripken, Jr.

While many may prefer another card showing Cal hitting a double or making a throw from short to first, I am a sucker for cards of players that are waiting in the on-deck circle.

And while there are no fans in the seats behind Cal, I will let that slide this time around…


Lee Smith 1988 Score

Lee Smith 1988 Score

Gotta love the backdrop of Wrigley Field.  Wrigley is one of the more common major league ballparks you see lurking in the background on your baseball cards.

So, what happens when you add one of my favorite baseball stadiums to one of my favorite issues from the 1980’s??

You get a pretty solid looking baseball card!

Have a look:

If only the seats had more occupants…


Did You Know…

The player that hit the most home runs between 1900-1909 was Harry Davis.  Davis connected for 67 home runs during that decade for the Philadelphia A’s.  During that stretch of time, David led the league for four straight seasons, never hitting more than 12 round-trippers in a single campaign.

Happy Anniversary Ken Griffey Jr.!!!

Happy Anniversary Ken Griffey Jr.!!!

On this day back in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. was selected as the 1st pick in baseball’s professional draft.  At just 17 years of age, the sky was the limit for ‘The Kid’ that was born to play professional baseball.

Having grown up around big league players and ball parks during his entire youth, Griffey had the rare advantage of knowing what the daily life of a big leaguer was about well before he suited up for one.  And even with all eyes on him, Griffey excelled and certainly lived up to the hype of being the first pick in the draft as well as the son of one of the game’s former stars.

Did Griffey accomplished everything that was expected of him?  Probably not.  But I don’t think anyone can live up to some of the tags thrown at him from such a young age.  Still, Griffey Jr. had a brilliant career and should be named amongst the sport’s greatest players of all-time, and certainly of his generation. 

 Happy Anniversary Ken!!!!  See you in Cooperstown.