Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Willie Mays 2012 Topps Series 1 “Golden Greats”

Willie Mays 2012 Topps Series 1 “Golden Greats”

I keep pulling singles of subset cards from the Series 1 and Series 2 release of the 2012 Topps brand.  Frankly, I find this year’s subsets to be very collectible and definitely among the best releases in the last few years.

And of the many subsets to come out of the 2012 Topps issue, the ‘Golden Greats’ set is a fantastic one.

Here is the card of Willie Mays from that set:

The card commemorates a game that Mays played in during the 1962 season in which he hit two home runs; the final one being a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning.  He finished the game by going 4-for-6 with 7 RBI.

George Foster ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1981 Donruss

George Foster ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1981 Donruss

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

Card #4 – 1981 Donruss

OK, I promise from here on out the rest of my George Foster ‘Fab Five’ will feature nothing but Reds cards….

And this one may be a bit controversial too – The graphics are poor, the text is bland, the image is grainy, and the colors don’t match.

Have a look:

Question: So, how does this one land in the #4 spot?

Answer: IVY!!!  Wrigley Field is the best backdrop for any baseball card.  The ivy of the outfield wall is as unmistakable as Fenway’s Green Monster!!

Eric Davis 1988 Donruss

Eric Davis 1988 Donruss

From what I can recall, Eric Davis had a pretty relaxed batting stance.  His power came from his quick wrists and explosive hips.

He also used to do this thing with his bat while the pitcher was warming up – it was like he was stirring the air with the bat barrel.  I’m sure that it drove pitchers mad…

And I do remember a buddy of mine stirring the air with his bat in the same manner that Davis did.  He called it paying homage to #44!!

As for the card, I like the photo; I just wish that it was a bit more zoomed out so we can see a little more of the action.

Did You Know…

By the age of 23, Bob Feller had already captured 107 career wins in the big leagues.    By the end of the 1941 baseball season, Feller had a record of 107-54.  He then enlisted in the Navy where he spent the next four years.  Upon returning to the major leagues in 1946, he won 26 games.

A true gamer!!!

1971 Headline: Bob Gibson No-Hits The Pirates!!!

1971 Headline: Bob Gibson No-Hits The Pirates!!!

On this day in 1971, Bob Gibson was masterful as he and his Cardinals teammates battled the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Defeating the team by himself, Gibson did what everyone knew that his talents could offer.  Allowing no hits to a very talented Pirates squad, Gibson made major league history.  He went the distance in the contest while facing 28 batters.  His impressive numbers from this outing include:  10 strikeouts, 3 walks, 0 runs, and 0 hits allowed!!!

And ‘Hoot’ helped himself at the plate too.  Going 1-for-4, Gibson drove in three runs to help pad the team’s lead.  The Cardinals ended up winning the contest 11-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

1968 Topps Game – Brooks Robinson

1968 Topps Game – Brooks Robinson

The resume of Brooks Robinson is more incredible each and every time I take a peek at it.  I’ve always known him to be a great defensive ball player, but his offensive and team success during his 23-year career cannot be denied.  While Mike Schmidt may be the more explosive, and Chipper Jones may be the better pure hitter of the bunch, Brooks can certainly hold his own in the conversation ranking the best third basemen in baseball history.

Robinson is known for his glove first, and with 16 consecutive years of Gold Glove level performance it is clear to see why. On offense he has collected 2,848 hits, 268 home runs, 1,357 RBI, 1,232 runs scored, and a lifetime average of .267.  And the Orioles teams he played for did well too.  He is a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.

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