Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

Mike Schmidt 2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Perennial All-Star Edition Game-Used Jersey Card

Mike Schmidt 2003 Topps Tribute Baseball Perennial All-Star Edition Game-Used Jersey Card

These cards from the 2003 Topps Tribute set are phenomenal.

To be more specific, I am speaking of the ‘Perennial All-Star’ cards.  I have a few already in my collection, and I would gladly add more.

They seem to be highly collectible too, as most of the cards from the set carry a price tag that is much higher than a standard Game-Used relic card.  I guess it is due to the high quality that the Topps Tribute issues offer…

Here is my latest find from that set, the Mike Schmidt relic card: 

Gotta love that Light Blue swatch!!!

George Foster 1978 Topps – 1977 Runs Batted In League Leaders

George Foster 1978 Topps – 1977 Runs Batted In League Leaders

It has been well documented on this blog as to just how dominant George Foster was during the 1977 baseball season.

He was named the league’s MVP at the of that season, an honor that he fully deserved.

I have added one more of the many cards that pay homage to that  legendary MVP season.

This card comes courtesy of the 1978 Topps baseball card set, and it honors the RBI league leaders from the ’77 season.

Have a look:

And since the card does not tell you on the front, I will tell you here that Foster led the NL with 149 RBI while Hisle paced the AL with 119.

Yes, he had 149 RBI in 158 games played!!!

Willie Mays 2012 Topps Series 1 Golden Greats ’20-20-20 Vision’

Willie Mays 2012 Topps Series 1 Golden Greats ’20-20-20 Vision’

I really like the sense of history that accompanies these cards from the 2012 Topps issue.

‘Golden Greats’ is a perfect name for this subset.

Here is the card:

And here are the notes from the back:

’20-20-20 Vision.  September 8, 1957.  By 1957, it had been 16 years since a player had amassed 20 homers, 20 doubles, and 20 triples in a season.  Mays reached that longball threshold bu August 2, then met the two-bagger requirement less than two weeks later.  All that was left was to leg out that last triple, which Willie did in the eighth inning of a 3-2 victory over the rival Dodgers’.

My First Time – Larry Walker – August 16, 1989

My First Time – Larry Walker – August 16, 1989

The Setting – Olympic Stadium.  Montreal, Canada.

From Walker – ‘Will Clark was playing first base for the Giants.  After they walked me the first two times, he came over to me and said ‘Geez, we’re pitching to you like you’re Babe Ruth’.  I didn’t know what to say so I just smiled at him’.

The Boxscore – Expos 4, Giants 2.  Walker goes 1-for-1 while drawing three walks and scoring 2 runs.

Happy Birthday Rick Sutcliffe!!!

Happy Birthday Rick Sutcliffe!!!

Rick Sutcliffe turns 56 years old today.

Rick Sutcliffe enjoyed a very solid 18-year major league career. 

A starting pitcher, with 392 starts on his resume, Sutcliffe finished his playing days with a 171-139 record.  He also threw 72 complete games, including 18 strikeouts.

Sutcliffe was a dominant pitcher – largely due to his physical stature.  Standing 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Sutcliffe looked better equipped to chop down trees, but he still chopped down batters in the National League.  In total, he struck out 1,679 batters during his career, good for 5.6 batter per 9 innings pitched.

A winner of the Rookie of the Year award in 1979 and the Cy Young Award in 1984, Sutcliffe was highly decorated throughout his career.  He is also a 3-time All-Star.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Red Baron’!!!

Finally, A Hanley Ramirez Signed Baseball For My Collection!!!

Finally, A Hanley Ramirez Signed Baseball For My Collection!!!

Friends, I have waited a very long time for this.

Hanley Ramirez has been the star of the Florida Marlins and Miami Marlins franchise for the better part of five seasons.

And I have wanted to score a signed baseball of his in the worst way.  Hanley has a lot of different versions of his autograph – from very drawn out and well-defined to scribbled initials. 

My preference has always been to wait and hold out for quality, and I think that I have nailed it!!!

Have a look:

I purchased this ball from a ‘graphing pal on one of the autograph sites that I frequent.  The ball was signed at a Marlins season-ticket hold event, and that is where you can typically find a more relaxed and full autograph. 

Hanley did not disappoint with this one – and I thrilled to now call it mine!!!

My Marlins signed baseball collection is stacking up very nicely.  And while I still have a pretty lengthy list of guys that I would like to add, I am very happy with how it is shaping up thus far.

Thanks for reading!!