Daily Archives: June 25, 2012

1968 Topps Game – Joe Torre

1968 Topps Game – Joe Torre

Most baseball fans know Joe Torre as the former World Series winning New York Yankees manager.

Many know him for his tenure as skipper of the Dodgers, Mets, and Cardinals.

I was first introduced to Joe Torre as the leader of the Atlanta Braves.

Very few of us recognize just how solid of a major league player that Joe Torre was…

Joe Torre was a big-leaguer for 18 seasons.  He amassed 2,300+ hits, 250+ home runs, drove in 1,100+ runs, and almost scored 1,000 runs.

Torre was the runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year award in 1961.  He won the MVP Award in 1971.  He was a 9-time All-Star and also won a Gold Glove Award in 1965.  Torre won a batting title in 1971 with his .363 average.

Most importantly, Joe Torre was a solid teammate.  Players that suited up alongside Torre thought the world of him and his attitude towards the game.  Torre played hard each and every day, and he was a great role model for the younger players.

Progess – 25/33

Brooks Robinson 2004 Fleer Greats – Fashionably Great!!!

Brooks Robinson 2004 Fleer Greats – Fashionably Great!!!

Sure, we all know that Brooks Robinson was a supreme defender.  And a clutch hitter.  And a World Series Champion.

But, Brooks Robinson was also a guy that could put an outfit together…

And this card from the 2004 Fleer Greats set is proof!!

Here is the card:

See the all Black cleats?  With the Orange stirrups!  Brooksie had it going on – and the long-sleeved thermal shirt under the wool uniform?  Fashion Genius!!!


Jim Palmer 2008 Topps Triple Threads – Red

Jim Palmer 2008 Topps Triple Threads – Red

I am not a fan of the 2008 Topps Triple Threads set.  While the release does include some of the great players that I collect, I am just not too keen on the design.

Of the multiple parallel versions that Topps released as part of this set, I will give my vote to the ‘Red’ as being the best looking color of the bunch.

And the fact that the Red is serial numbered as 208/1350 doesn’t hurt either….

Take a look:

1978 Topps – 1977 Home Run Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

1978 Topps – 1977 Home Run Leaders Featuring George Foster & Jim Rice

As I mentioned last week, George Foster appeared on a lot of League Leader baseball cards in the late 1970s.

And this one is the sister to the 1977 RBI League Leaders card that I shared with you last week.

This one honors the top sluggers from the 1977 baseball season.

And in 1977, George Foster was king!!!

Once the season was completed, Foster’s tally was 52 round-trippers.  He easily outdistanced the second-place finisher, Jeff Burroughs, who hit 41.  Jim Rice paced the American League with 39. 


Kirby Puckett ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1990 Fleer All-Star

Kirby Puckett ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1990 Fleer All-Star

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

Card #5 – 1990 Fleer All-Star

The number of All-Star cards that were issued in the 1980s far exceeds what had been released in prior decades.  And while some cards appeared the base sets that were issued each year, we also saw addition of subsets that solely featured All-Stars.

Many of the All-Star baseball cards that I have come across don’t live up to the hype that the player deserves.  In fact, some are just plain awful.

But, this one from the 1990 Fleer All-Star subset is very, ver nice.

And for 1990’s graphics, it is not overdone.  It is actually pleasing to look at.

Come see: