Daily Archives: July 27, 2012

George Brett 2012 Topps Archives – 1980 Topps Design

George Brett 2012 Topps Archives – 1980 Topps Design

I was very excited to pull this card of George Brett from a pack of 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards.

I have always liked Brett, and I value his approach to the game (both as a player some 20 years ago, and today as well).

And this card, featuring the 1980 Topps baseball card design, looks fantastic!!!

Have a peek:

Brett had a superb season in 1980, and it is no wonder why Topps chose to add them to their checklist of cards from the 2012 Archives set that features this design.

A look at the numbers:  .390 batting average, .454 on-base percentage, 175 hits, 33 doubles, 9 triples, 24 home runs, 118 RBI, 87 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, and just 22 strikeouts in 515 plate appearances!!!

MVP?  I think so!!!

Rod Carew 1986 Fleer – Meh…

Rod Carew 1986 Fleer

Rodney Carew retired at the end of the 1985 baseball season.

It was not uncommon for baseball card companies to issue ‘one more’ card of a retired player in the following season’s releases.  And as a player collector, it was always a bonus to have ‘one more’ card to hunt down.

But why couldn’t Fleer give us one more effort that fell into the ‘priceless’ category?  Something to truly honor Mr. Carew?

Instead we got this:


Did You Know…

Greg Maddux led the National League in wins from 1990-1999.  Maddux collected 176 wins during that span, outdistancing the second place finisher by 12 victories.  In second place was teammate Tom Glavine and his 164.  And in third place another teammate, John Smoltz, with 143.

Happy Birthday Alex Rodriguez!!!

Happy Birthday Alex Rodriguez!!!

I cannot believe it, but Alex Rodriguez is turning just 37 years old today.

At the age of 37, A-Rod has already amassed 640+ home runs, 2,850+ hits, and 1,930+ RBI.  He should have no problem reaching baseball immortality by eclipsing the 700 home run mark, 3,000 hits plateau, and the 2,000 RBI milestones.

Happy Birthday A-Rod.  I wish you years more of baseball excellence and perfect health!!  Go Get ‘Em!!!

Reader Gerad Sends Over Three Cards For My New Alan Trammell Collection

Reader Gerad Sends Over Three Cards For My New Alan Trammell Collection

No less than 12 hours after posting my announcement of the new players that I am adding to my player collection roster, reader Gerad sent me a note saying that he had pulled a few Alan Trammell cards for me and put them in the mail.

And just 6 days later, they have arrived.

Have a look:

Three great cards for my Alan Trammell collection – 1994 Topps, 1986 Fleer, and  1983 Fleer.

I especially like that card from the ’86 Fleer set.  Not only does the Navy Blue border color go very well with the Tigers’ color scheme, but the action photo is superb!!

Thank you Gerad.  I will try to find a few ‘Cards’ to send your way.   🙂

Chicago Cubs To Honor Hall Of Famer Ron Santo On Friday At Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs To Honor Hall Of Famer Ron Santo On Friday At Wrigley Field

By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com

CHICAGO — Cubs legendary third baseman and broadcaster and new Hall of Famer Ron Santo will be celebrated at Wrigley Field on Friday from the top of the ballpark down to the grass.

The late Santo was enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., last weekend and will be feted before Friday’s game between the Cubs and Cardinals. There will be blue and white No. 10 flags rimming the top of Wrigley Field.

There also will be a “10” design in the center-field grass. The Cubs partnered with Scotts Lawn Care Co., to incorporate the “10” in the outfield. The perfect “10” was chosen by fans online in a month-long contest.

Santo’s No. 10 was retired by the Cubs in 2003, and he was elected into the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee in December 2011, one year after his passing.

The first 10,000 fans at Friday’s Cubs game against the Cardinals will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame plaque.

The Santo family will be on hand to receive a photo from the Hall of Fame ceremony last Sunday. There also will be a video tribute to Ron Santo before the game on the right-field scoreboard.

Cubs players will wear the No. 10 patch on their uniforms, which they wore last Sunday in St. Louis when Santo was inducted.

It’s unclear whether they’ll click their heels again. Cubs manager Dale Sveum asked the starters to do so as they took the field before last Sunday’s game in St. Louis to honor Santo, who did the heel click in 1969.

There will be commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Cubs jerseys, T-shirts and patches for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and fans also can purchase Kernel Fabyan popcorn in a special Santo tin, with proceeds going to JDRF. Santo worked tirelessly in the fight against diabetes, raising more than $65 million for JDRF.

A nine-time All-Star, he was one of four players to total 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 1,300 RBIs, joining fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson and Billy Williams.

Three Packs Of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Nets Me Nothing… And Now They Can Be Yours!!!!

Three Packs Of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Nets Me Nothing…

Let me start by saying that I am not really that big of a fan of the Allen & Ginter brand.  I understand that I am probably in the minority with that comment, and that is fine.  To each, his own.

Over the past week, I have read no less than eleven blogger reviews of the 2012 Allen & Ginter release, and I wanted to get in on the action.

So, while having to grab a few random things at Wal-Mart this morning, I also scooped up three packs of A&G.

The cards are nice, but I am not wild about the design.  I do like the card stock that Topps uses for this set, and the lack of a supremely glossy finish is a nice change.  But that is about it.

3 packs = 18 cards

And here they are:

And there you have it.  No major hits…

The Neftali Feliz mini is the A&G version, and I was happy to grab at least one Miami Marlins card (albeit of a player that is stuck in the minor leagues).

So, after going through these cards a few times, I have decided that I really don’t need or want them.

Consider them up for grabs!!!

And to get them, simply make me an offer.  I would love to receive the Jim Palmer or Reggie Jackson cards from this issue – I will offer all of these (sans the Gaby Sanchez card) up for either a Palmer, a Reggie, or any of the other Marlins cards in the set.

Who wants in???   Leave me a comment if you do!!!