Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

‘The Cardboard Don’ Sends Over Two Ernie Banks & Billy Williams Cards That I Have Never Seen Before

‘The Cardboard Don’ Sends Over Two Ernie Banks & Billy Williams Cards That I Have Never Seen Before

Alfredo is my boy.  We’ve attended some pretty neat events together over the last few years, and I can truly call him a friend.

He also happens to be a very generous man, with a knack for stuffing baseball cards into other people’s mailboxes.

I was victim to a recent explosion of generosity, and two cards have left me awestruck.

I have never seen these two cards prior to when I pulled them from their bubble mailer, and I am still smiling today when looking at them.

Now, you get a chance to see what I am smiling so widely for:

The cards were issued in 1986 by a company called Sports Design Products.  Obviously, they mimic the 1969 Topps baseball card design.

I have no idea as to what kind of production was involved with this set.  How many cards?  How many teams?  What kind of production run?

And while all of that would be fun to learn, it is not going to come close to matching the smile that these two cards have planted on my face.

Thank you Alfredo, you are the best!!!

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Archives – 1971 Design

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Archives – 1971 Design

I am a big fan of Reggie Jackson.  And to date, I have scored 4 of these cards from the new Topps Archives release.

Have a look:

Very nice, indeed!

Along with being a fan f Reggie’s, I am also a pretty big fan of the 1971 Topps baseball card set; actually I tend to like most Black-bordered baseball cards (except for possibly the ’85 & ’87 Donruss issues).

So, it was cool to see Reggie featured in the Archives set.  It was even cooler to have him thrown into the 1971 design.

I just wish that the photo chosen matched the above mentioned coolness…

Oh well, you can’t win them all.

1973 Topps ’72 World Series Highlights ‘Reds Win Squeaker’ Starring Tony Perez

1973 Topps ’72 World Series Highlights ‘Reds Win Squeaker’ Starring Tony Perez

While this my not classify as an official Tony Perez baseball card, when I was building my checklist I found it and knew that I would want it for this PC.

Have a look:

I love the action that the card brings.

I love that Tony Perez is scoring the winning run for the Reds.

And I really love both the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the early 1970s and the Cincinnati Reds dynasty of the mid-1970’s.

Call this card a ‘passing the torch’ card.

Call it mine, too!!

Did You Know…

The American League leader in pitching wins between 1920 and 1929 was New York’s Herb Pennock.  Pennock had a record of 163-112 during that decade.  His teammate Waite Hoyt was second in wins in the decade with 161.

Happy Birthday Bob Horner!!!

Happy Birthday Bob Horner!!!

Bob Horner turns 55 years old today.

“4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game”

This feat alone mesmerized me.  I remember watching this game as a kid on WTBS back in 1986 as a 10-year old baseball fan.

But Bob Horner was on a path to baseball stardom well before this amazing 1-day accomplishment.  Drafted in 1978 by the Atlanta Braves, Horner went straight from an amazing college baseball career to the major leagues skipping what was normally a routine stop in the minor leagues.

With a .266 batting average while belting 23 home runs, Horner won the Rookie of the Year award in 1978.  In ’79 he followed up his rookie season by hitting .314 while crushing 33 homers.  Horner was on a path to become a dominant offensive threat and star of the Atlanta Braves.

Unfortunately, injuries cost Bob Horner quite a bit of playing time during the course of his career.  Having never played in more than 141 games in a single season while also playing in 4 seasons in which he played in less than 100 games, Horner lost several opportunities to utilize his offensive skills and help his team win.  After 10 major league seasons, Horner finished his career injured while settling with 218 home runs, a .277 batting average, and 1 lone appearance in the All-star game.

Not wanting to give up, Horner took his talents overseas in 1987 and signed on to play for the Yakult Swallows in Japan.  He performed well and hit 31 home runs in his debut season with the team.  Horner returned back to the states in hopes to sign with a major league club for the 1988 season but was released by the St. Louis Cardinals after severely injuring his shoulder.

On July 4, 2006 Bob Horner was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday Mr. Horner!!!