Daily Archives: August 3, 2012

Florida Marlins 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Team Set

Florida Marlins 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Team Set

Sure, this set may be small – but I like it.

And by small, I mean both is stature (mini in size) and in quantity (just six cards in the team set).

Have a look:

Here is a quick recap of what these players are up to today:

Aaron Boone – currently on-air baseball personality for ESPN 

Miguel Cabrera – All-Star first baseman with the Detroit Tigers.  Perennial MVP candidate

Mike Jacobs – most recent action involves a 50-game suspension for steroid use

Hanley Ramirez – 3B for Miami Marlins.  Struggling to return to All-Star form.  Recently beat up a circular fan and paid the price with cuts to his hand that led to hospitalization due to infection

Dan Uggla – All-Star slugger with Atlanta Braves.  Made 1st All-Star start of career in 2012 game

Dontrelle Willis – recently announced retirement from sport, but had not been active on a MLB roster for a few years

 

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

I really like this card of Cal Ripken from this new Topps Gypsy Queen release.  The card features a fantastic portrait of Ripken, and it shows that fierce swing of his too.

Have a look:

This got me to thinking, when you hear the name Cal Ripken, what is the first thing you think of?

The streak?  His play at shortstop?  His home runs?  3,000 hits?  Great Guy?

And the list goes on…

For me, I would have to say that I always admired how hard Ripken hit the ball.  I watched him play a lot, and he seemed to always hit the ball hard, and on a line too.  Tons of line drives, tons of ’em!!!

Johnny Bench 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Johnny Bench 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Talk about a World Series Hero??  Here we have the leader of the Cincinnati Reds – Hall of Famer, Johnny Bench!!!

And a great card to honor Bench’s contributions in post-season play.

Have a look:

Bench competed in four World Series match-ups; all between 1970 and 1976.  Ultimately, he won two championships while also losing two.

In those four match-ups, Bench played in 23 games.  He compiled a batting average of .279 while tallying 24 hits, 5 home runs, 14 RBI, 16 runs scored, and the 1976 World Series MVP Award.

Johnny Bench definitely belongs in this set!

Rod Carew 1977 Topps

Rod Carew 1977 Topps

I’m not certain that I will ever be able to complete this collection of cards that honors Rod Carew’s historic career – his rookie card is very pricey.

But, over the last few weeks, I have been able to score a handful of cards of Carew from the 1970’s.  So, I am getting closer to my goal of nabbing every major-brand card from his playing days.

This one comes from the 1977 Topps issue.

Check it out:

As for the 1977 baseball season, it may have been Carew’s best.  He was the league MVP and led the league in eight offense categories.

Eight?

Yes, eight.

They are:

  1. runs – 128
  2. hits – 239
  3. triples – 16
  4. batting average – .388
  5. on-base percentage – .449
  6. ops – 1.019
  7. ops+ – 178
  8. intentional walks – 15

Pretty valuable indeed!!

Did You Know…

The team with the most players in the ‘3,000 Hits Club’ is the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates have three members in the most exclusive club in major league baseball – Honus Wagner (3,420), Paul Waner (3,152), and Roberto Clemente (3,000).

UncleMoe Takes Me Fishing!!!

UncleMoe Takes Me Fishing!!!

With the recent release of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter issue, I have been patiently waiting to see who has pulled some Marlins cards that they may be willing to part with.

I picked up three packs of the stuff myself, scored 1 Marlins (make that former Marlin in Gaby Sanchez), but the rest of the stuff became available to my readers.

Well, pretty soon after I offered them up, one of my blogging-buddies “UncleMoe” told me that he threw two fish in the mail for me.

And they arrived yesterday.

And amazingly, you can ship fish from Arizona to Florida, without ice, and they are still fresh!!!

Have a look:

Two great ones that go towards building my team set.

Thank you Moe, I owe you two!!!!

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Series 2 ‘Gold Standard’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Series 2 ‘Gold Standard’ Game-Used Jersey Card

I was able to bring this bad-boy home for less than $5.00.

And while I am not a huge fan of the image used on the card, I am always happy to find some new Andre Dawson relic cards for affordable prices.

Have a peek:

Dawson spent two seasons with the Boston Red Sox.  And while some of that time was spent rehabbing injuries and surgeries, he was still productive for the team while suited up.

As a matter of fact, Dawson’s first home run as a member of the Red Sox was the 400th home run of his career.  And that is what this card celebrates – #400.

It is just too bad that they could not have used a better photo to commemorate that event…