Daily Archives: August 12, 2012

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Things About Baseball Cards From My Youth That I Still Miss Today

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Things About Baseball Cards From My Youth That I Still Miss Today

Going to all of these monthly baseball card shows has really brought me back to one of my favorite past-times from my childhood.

And while my collecting habits and styles have changed quite a bit since then, attending these monthly shows is a flashback to when baseball card collecting was quite a bit easier.

This got me to thinking about the other aspects of the hobby that I recall from my youth that could be considered as highlights.  Sure, I like many other bloggers, have touched on this before in random posts, but I have never put it all down in one.

So, I will do that for you now.

Here are my ‘Top Ten Things About Baseball Cards From My Youth That I Still Miss Today’

Honorable Mention – Topps’ Future Stars, wax wrappers, set building, the debut of a new company like Score and Upper Deck, and packs that cost just $0.50.

10 – Donruss Puzzles – I had them all.  From Aaron to Clemente to Snider.  And while I did put them together and then glued them into a completed piece, I certainly did not value the players that were honored by Donruss back then the way that I do now.

I do remember that the cardboard that these puzzles were made of used to leave little shards of cardboard all over the place…

9 – Baseball Card Albums – Man, I had a lot of these.  Today I use just a simple 3″ binder, but back then you had to have the album with the cushioned cover and logo stamped right on the front!

I still wonder why the fronts were cushioned…

8 – Box Bottoms – Yes, I know that some card releases still offer a bonus like this today.  But nothing beat finding your favorite player on the bottom of a box of baseball cards back in the day.  I bought a lot of boxes as a kid, and it was always the four players featured on the bottom that led me to my decision of which box was coming home with me.

7 – Topps’ Glossy Send-In Sets – There are still all kinds of wrapper redemptions going on in today’s hobby.  But they are not as fun or spirited as the ones from my youth.  I collected a lot of wrappers as a kid, and being able to turn them into limited edition sets was a blast.

Plus, as a young kid, mail was not frequent.  So, when I did get mail and it was baseball cards, what a thrill!!!

6 – The Gum!!!  Personally, I was never a big fan of the gum.  Yes, there was that time when I tried to chew every piece from one box – that ended with me ultimately gagging and having a sore jaw for a day or two.

I love the history that the gum brought. It is what connected dads to their children.

5 – Fleer’s SuperStar Special – One of my favorite subsets of all-time!!  Fleer’s SuperStar Special brought players together for all of us to enjoy.  I know that their have been multi-player cards issued since, but they do not re-capture this unique set from Fleer that in my opinion did not last long enough.

It was always a thrill to find your favorite players in these sets and see who they were paired up with.  It’s too bad that Andre Dawson was not included in more of these.

4 – Baseball cards at grocery stores, drug stores, and gas stations – It used to be fun to go grocery shopping with my mom.  She would go up and down every aisle re-stocking our house and would hang out with the baseball cards.  The same goes for drug stores and gas stations too.

Back in the day, cards were at the register or in the candy aisle, or maybe on an endcap.  Today, if you’re not at Wal-Mart or Target, you are not finding cards anywhere…

3 – Cello packs and Rack packs – I used to love these packs!!  It was a little more costly than a regular wax pack, but the guarantee of a hit was well worth the extra money.  If I found a pack that was featuring my favorite player, I would most certainly scoop it up.

I vividly remember that owning rack packs with the hottest cards being shown was quite a commodity back in the day.  A pack with a Kirby Puckett rookie card showing would go for big bucks in 1985!!!

2 – Donruss’ Rated Rookies – Ah, one of the best subsets of all-time.  Everyone love the Donruss Rated Rookie.  Me and my friends always used to go after these guys, even though many of them never panned out.

I’m sure that there was some clever marketing going on, even back in the 1980’s.  But if your card had a Rated Rookies logo on it, you were highly sought after!!

1 – Fleer Stickers – Easily the part of the hobby that I miss the most today.  And it was never really close!

As the new school year approaches, I have two lists of supplies that each of my sons needs to bring with them before the official start of class.  And between the specific pens, glue, markers, folders, and paper that the school is requiring, we have a few hours of errands ahead of us to get it all done.

I don’t recall there being school supply lists back when I was a kid.

Lucky for me, I was able to simply grab a binder and decorate it myself.  And my mom used to wrap my textbooks in brown paper bags, and I would decorate them myself too.

My choice of decor??  Fleer baseball stickers.

Here are a few exmaples:

Wow, these stickers really take me back.  I used to love the old logos and hats.  My favorites were the pennants – I thought that they were neat!

As the father of two boys, I would love to be able to pass this hobby on to them.  Currently at ages 4 and 6, they have no interest.  They know that I collect.  And they know that daddy loves to watch baseball on the television and play with his baseball cards.  But beyond that, they are unaware of the joy that the hobby brought me when I was just a little older than them.  Maybe, in time they will show interest.  If so, very cool.  If not, I can deal with that too.  My only hope is that they too can cling on to something that can bring them a world full of enjoyment for as long as they wish – and baseball card collecting does that for me.

As for the ‘Top Ten List’, did I miss anything??  Was there a part of your collecting days that stands out that you wish was brought back to the hobby?

While I do not know the age of all of my readers, I know that I have teenagers and 50-year olds reading this blog – and most certainly every age in between as well.  What do you guys miss about the hobby that you knew during your youth?

And please don’t say, ‘I miss when Upper Deck was licensed by MLB’.  LOL

Reggie Jackson 1986 Fleer “Baseball’s Best”

Reggie Jackson 1986 Fleer “Baseball’s Best”

Before Donruss debuted their ‘Baseball’s Best’ set in 1988, Fleer had already done it.

Maybe not as grand, and certainly not as volumous, Fleer issued a nice 44-card set in 1986 called ‘Baseball’s Best’.  And in that set was a certain member of the California Angels that goes by the name of ‘Mr. October’.

Have a look:

I like the card a lot.  And the set too for that matter.

And based on the scenery behind Reggie, we can tell that this picture was snapped during Spring Training.  The kid seated behind him is very close to the action – he better watch out!!!

Joe Morgan 2012 Topps Archives – 1954 Topps Design

Joe Morgan 2012 Topps Archives – 1954 Topps Design

I have already added the Archives reprint of Morgan’s 1967 Topps baseball card to my collection, so it was just a matter of time before I went after the version that features him in the 1954 Topps design.

I love all of the Red that Topps used on this one; it really is a great shade!

And the small Black and White inset shot of Morgan at the plate is a nice touch too.

I just wish that the large zoomed-in picture of his face was a different one.  This one is not very complimentary, he looks like he just woke up…

Come see what I mean:

Willie Stargell 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – The Perfect Background

Willie Stargell 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – The Perfect Background

Photographers love to use Wrigley Field as their background for images.  Between the beautiful brick that is behind the batters and the famous Ivy that covers the outfield wall,Wrigley is a great looking ballpark and I am happy to see it showcased as such.

Even in the portraits issued in the Topps Gypsy Queen set, Wrigley shines!!

The proof? 

Willie Stargell’s card from the 2012 set.

Have a look:


Alan Trammell 1990 Topps

Alan Trammell 1990 Topps

By the time that the 1990 baseball season rolled around, Alan Trammell was entering his 14th major league season.  And he was just 32 years old!!

What is my favorite stat from Tramnmell’s 1990 season? 

How about 37?  Yes, 37.

Trammell recorded a career high of 37 doubles in 1990.

Go Get ‘Em Tram!!!

Eddie Murray Inducted As A Baltimore Oriole’s Legend With Bronze Statue

Eddie Murray Inducted As A Baltimore Oriole’s Legend With Bronze Statue

By: Richard Webster

Today, former Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray was the fourth Oriole honored as part of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series.

Prior to 6 ballgames this summer at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the O’s are celebrating their 6 greatest Birds of all time: Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr., and Brooks Robinson.

Each of the former Oriole players are being honored with a ceremony before the game of the day, and an unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze sculptures in their image to stand in the Center Field Garden. All fans coming to the games on those days are receiving exact miniature replica sculptures of the Bird of the day.

Today, for one more day at the park, fans in attendance chanted the familiar mantra “EDDIE. EDDIE. EDDIE. EDDIE,” and gave Eddie Murray a thunderous applause.

Fans today chanted the familiar mantra ‘EDDIE. EDDIE’

Eddie was always a fan favorite in Baltimore; and expectations for an Eddie Murray homerun were high every time he came to the plate.

At the unveiling of his statue, Eddie took the podium and addressed the crowd:

You always wonder what you’re going to say when you come up here.  All I can say is Wow.  That’s pretty impressive . . . This is awesome.”

And although it was a beautiful, sunny, summertime day for Eddie’s unveiling ceremony which began around 5:30 p.m., the clouds and rain rolled into Baltimore afterwards, which postponed Eddie’s throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to this evening’s O’s vs. Kansas City Royals game.

As of this writing, the game is in rain delay.  But the on-field ceremony for Eddie Murray will take place eventually this evening.

So far this year, the Orioles have honored Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer.

Two more Legends ceremonies are scheduled this season: Cal Ripken Jr. on September 6, and Brooks Robinson on September 29.

Eddie Clarence Murray played 13 seasons for the Orioles.  He also played for the Dodgers, Mets, and Indians during his MLB career.

Eddie Murray was one of the most feared switch-hitting homerun hitters that ever played the game. He hit his 500th career home run on September 6, 1996 while wearing the O’s uniform. Eddie retired after the 1997 season with 504 home runs.

Well dererved Mr. Murray, well deserved!!!

Derek Jeter Ties Hank Aaron’s Hit Record

Derek Jeter Ties Hank Aaron’s Hit Record

By Mark Sandritter

Derek Jeter has achieved a lot of milestones during his 17-year MLB career, but Saturday he accomplished something only one other player has. Jeter notched his 150th hit of the season during Saturday’s game, making him the second player in Major League history to have at least 150 hits in 17 consecutive seasons.

Jeter joined Hank Aaron as the only player to accomplish the feat. The record came in the sixth inning of the Yankees game against the Blue Jays. Just as he has so many times during his career, Jeter wen’t the opposite way, with the ball landing in the right field gap and bouncing over the wall for a ground-rule double.

Jeter began his streak during his rookie season in 1996. He’s surpassed the 150 hit plateau fairly easily in most seasons with the only close call coming in 2003 when he finished with 156 hits while playing just 119 games.

Time To Announce The Winners Of The ’30-YOC’ Birthday Giveaways!!!

Time To Announce The Winners Of The ’30-YOC’ Birthday Giveaways!!!

First, let me take a minute to say ‘Thank You’ to all of the great readers of this blog for your support.  This community of baseball fans and card collectors makes this journey even more fun than what I could have ever expected.

And now that the mushy stuff is out of the way, let’s get right down to it…

It is time to unveil the winners of my ‘4th Birthday Giveaways’!!!

Here we go:

Lot of Jim Palmer modern baseball cards – CHARLIE REDS

John Smoltz rookie lot with Game-Used jersey card – SANJOSEFUJI

Barry Larkin rookie lot with Game-Used jersey card – NATHAN

Dennis Eckersley & Paul Molitor Game-Used jersey lot – CHARLEY

Congratulations to the four winners.  I have sent emails to you asking for your mailing address so I can get your prizes in the mail.

Thanks again to all that participated in my giveaway.  I promise that I will have another contest up and running within the next two weeks.

Stay tuned and Happy Sunday to you all!!!

Jim Palmer 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Game-Used Jersey Card

Jim Palmer 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Game-Used Jersey Card

It has been more than four months since I have added a game-used relic card of Jim Palmer to my collection.

I need to fix that; there are some great looking cards of Palmer out there that feature pieces of game-used memorabilia and I need to be more active in my pursuit of them.

To get that quest kick-started, I picked up this little sweeite:

I have always enjoyed this issue from the 2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot set.

And now I can officially say that I am back on track!

I love this card!!!