Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps ‘Career Day’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps ‘Career Day’

This ‘Career Day’ set is one that I can really attach myself too.  I love cards that pay homage to the history of the sport, and when it features some of the greatest players as well, count me in!!!

This is the card of Frank Robinson from the set:

Robinson is another player that I really enjoy collecting.  I would rank him in my ‘Top Ten’ offensive players of all-time, and I have a fond affinity for card of him wearing both his Orioles and Reds uniform.

The card specifically honors June 26, 1970 when Robinson hit Grand Slams in consecutive innings against the Washington Senators.  For the game, Robinson went 2-for-4 with both hits being Grand Slams.  The 8 RBI he collected in the game is a career high for 1 game.

1984 Donruss ‘Living Legends’ w/Johnn Bench & Carl Yastrzemski

1984 Donruss ‘Living Legends’ w/Johnn Bench & Carl Yastrzemski

Donruss paid tribute to two retired stars by including this card in their 1984 set.

Both Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski retired at the end of the 1983 baseball season.  Amazingly, both players suited up for just one team during their major league careers.

Currently, I am building a collection of Johnny Bench baseball cards from his playing days to pay tribute to his fantastic career.

In time, I may go after Yaz as well. 

But for now, this card happily lands in my Johnny Bench PC.  🙂

Tom Seaver 2012 Topps Archives Reprint – 1981 Topps Design

Tom Seaver 2012 Topps Archives Reprint – 1981 Topps Design

Tom Seaver’s arrival to the Cincinnati Reds came in 1977.  He was not part of the legendary ‘Big Red Machine’ that won back to back titles in 1975 and 1976.

I often wonder how that Reds team would have done with a true ‘Ace’ on their staff.

Sure, that team had some successful pitchers, but none the caliber of Tom Seaver.  And for as crafty as Sparky Anderson was with his use of the bullpen during those championship runs, I am sure that he would have enjoyed a night off every four days when Seaver was on the mound.


This is a fantastic looking baseball card.  I am happy to see that Topps chose to honor Seaver’s time with the Reds!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire became the first player in major league history to reach or surpass the 50-Home Run mark in three consecutive baseball seasons.

With strong numbers, ‘Big Mac’ solidified himself as one of the greatest sluggers in the game’s incredible history of power hitters.

The numbers:

1996 – 52; 1997 – 58; 1998 – 70.  And just for good measure, McGwire connected for 65 homers in 1999 extending the baseball record to 4 straight years.

Happy Anniversary ‘Big Mac’!!!

The Players & Their Picks For The ‘NL West Supremacy Contest’

The Players & Their Picks For The ‘NL West Supremacy Contest’

Alright everyone, the Giants and Dodgers square off tonight as they prepare to battle each other for 3 games with the lead in the National League West on the line.

There will be a lot of strikeouts that transpire over the next three days, and we have twenty people who think they have properly identified the total number of K’s that will occur in this match-up.

Here is a look at the contest entrants:

Player # Of K’s
Hackenbush 36
Rob 39
Chunter 40
Chuck 41
cardfreak 43
Adam 44
Jamie B 45
Charley 46
Chris 47
Charles B 48
Marcus 49
Sanjosefuji 50
Martin 51
Ron C 52
Nick 54
Stealing Home 55
Jeff 56
Shane K 57
Matt W 58

And don’t forget, the player that comes the closest, without going over; to the actual number of strikeouts in this 3-game series will win these cards:

Enjoy the games everyone.  I’ll see you on Thursday morning when I announce the winner.