1968 Topps Game – Henry Aaron
Hank Aaron is one of the most accomplished baseball stars in the history of the sport.
Among the top of the leaderboards of almost every major offensive statistical category, Aaron is cemented as one of the greatest players of all-time.
Aaron is third in games played, third in hits, first in total bases, fourth in runs scored, second in home runs, tenth in doubles, and first in runs batted in.
Aaron is a member of the 1957 World Series championship winning Braves. He is a 21-time All-Star. He won three Gold Gloves for defensive excellence and the 1957 National League MVP award.
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Rollie Fingers 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen
Rollie Fingers played for three different teams during his Hall of Fame career; the Athletics, the Padres, and the Brewers.
Of those three teams, my favorite era of Fingers’ career is his time spent with the Oakland Athletics. He was part of their three straight World Series championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974.
And I happen to think that Mr. Fingers looks the best in his Yellow and Green A’s uniform.
Here you go, this is his card from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen set:
And this is all of the proof you need!
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Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Golden Moments – ‘Untying The Knot’
These cards are fantastic to look at. I really like the graphics that Topps used for this subset as they all work very well together.
Have a look:
Sadly, I feel like Topps really tried way too hard to showcase certain players in order to get them into the subset. As a team and player collector, I like having the opportunity to go after another card or two, but the ‘Golden Moments’ theme does not seem to live up to what the name of the theme suggests…
And the Giancarlo Stanton card is proof – the card celebrates Stanton hitting a 3-run home run in the 8th inning of a game against the Rockies during the 2011 season. The homer gave the Marlins the lead in the game, which they won an inning later.
I don’t know about you, but I hardly find an 8th inning home run to be a ‘Golden Moment’. Had this homer been the 500th, or 250th, or even 100th of Stanton’s career and I may think otherwise, but there is not much history attached to his event.
Still, a beautiful card for my Marlins collection!!!
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1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Hits 200th Home Run Of His Career
On this day in 1978, Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds hit the 200th home run of his incredible baseball career.
And while the 200-HR plateau had been accomplished by hundreds of players prior to Morgan, he was the first to accomplish that feat with 500 stolen bases to his credit as well.
Displaying an all-around offensive arsenal, Morgan was a rare player that could beat his opposition with his speed and ability to hit for power and average.
Only three players have accomplished the same feat since – Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, and Barry Bonds. But Morgan was the first, and he set the trend!!
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Joe Morgan!!!
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