Monthly Archives: September 2012

Week Of Giveaways – Day Six’s Winner Is Announced

Week Of Giveaways – Day Six’s Winner Is Announced

First, let me say ‘Thank You’ to all of the people who entered my giveaway.

Now, it is time to unveil the winner of Day Six’s giveaway.

The winner of the Wade Boggs autographed baseball card is ‘Night Owl’.  Congratulations, ‘Night Owl’!!!

Here is a peek at how the ‘Randomizer’ gave me the winner’s name:

And here is one more look at the prize that was up for grabs:

I hope that you all enjoyed this week’s worth of giveaways at ’30-YOC’.  It was a lot of fun to do and I hope that I have found some good homes for these baseball cards.

Congratulations again to all of the winners – I’ll send you all emails tonight to get your mailing addresses.

And a big ‘Thank You’ again to everyone that participated!!!

I hope that you had fun!!

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps ‘Golden Greats’

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps ‘Golden Greats’

I have picked up a nice little stack of modern Hank Aaron baseball cards and I look forward to showing them off in the coming weeks.

I am going to try very hard to feature at least one card of Hank every week – as long as my supply of cards lasts…

This card is from the 2000 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ set.  It helps celebrate the 50th year of Topps, and offers us a nice photo of Aaron in his Milwaukee Braves uniform.  I especially like that old tomahawk logo on the front of his jersey.

Check it out:

Fergie Jenkins 2003 Topps Gallery – Brown Glove

Fergie Jenkins 2003 Topps Gallery – Brown Glove

Yessir – another alternate version card for my Fergie Jenkins player collection.

This card comes from the 2003 Topps Gallery set.  I already owned the Black glove version so it was only natural that I would go after the Brown too.

And finally, here it is:


Jim Abbott 1989 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Jim Abbott 1989 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Yes, I have finally scored another Jim Abbott rookie card for my player collection that honors Mr. Abbott.

The card comes from the 1989 Fleer set, and while it was not the most popular rookie card of Abbott issued in 1989, it does feature a pretty nice full-body action photo.

Have a look:


And now, I just have one more rookie card to nab – Abbott’s Upper Deck card from the 1989 set.  Wish me luck…

Brooks Robinson Honored With Statue At Oriole Park At Camden Yards

Brooks Robinson Honored With Statue At Oriole Park At Camden Yards

By Jeff Seidel / Special to

BALTIMORE — Brooks Robinson last played for the Orioles late in the 1977 season, a whole generation ago. Cal Ripken wouldn’t put on an Oriole uniform for four more years. Jim Thome is the only present-day Oriole who had even entered the world.

Still, the years haven’t dimmed the affection that Baltimore fans continue to feel for the Hall of Fame third baseman. That fact was proven Saturday at Camden Yards by the wild cheers Robinson received when his bronze sculpture was revealed in the final part of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series before the game with Boston.

The Orioles already unveiled statues of Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Ripken earlier this season. They’ve been placed in the Legends Area behind center field, just above the bullpens for both teams.

“That is wonderful out there,” Brooks Robinson said after the ceremony. “I’ve admired some of the other ballparks that I’ve seen the statues in … but Mr. [Peter] Angelos’ generosity here is great. Toby Mendez, I thought he did a fantastic job on all those statues out there.”

There also was a pregame ceremony on the field that also gave the fans a chance to once more honor the club’s legends. Each entered the field by car down the warning track in foul territory along the right-field line. The cars then dropped them off in front of the Orioles dugout, where they walked to their seats on the field near home plate.

During Robinson’s slow ride in the car, it didn’t look like he retired 35 years ago. He drew a standing ovation from the large crowd. The fans roared throughout his drive in the car and cheered again when a smaller version of the bronze sculpture was unveiled in front of the pitcher’s mound. The Orioles stood in their dugout watching — as did the Red Sox.

“Brooksie was our Johnny Unitas,” said Palmer, a fellow Hall of Famer. “The consummate pro. Everybody who saw him play knows how great a player he was. You just don’t find people as gracious and humble as Brooks. I am so fortunate to have had him as a teammate and friend.”

Most longtime Orioles fans know something about Robinson’s statistics — and they were staggering. He played 23 seasons with the Orioles and won 16 Gold Gloves, a record total for a position player. He also played in 18 All-Star Games and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1964 and the World Series MVP for his memorable performance in 1970 and made the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Robinson still follows the Orioles very closely and talked on Saturday about how this year’s edition has him thrilled with its success. Robinson said the current Orioles really fit his definition of a team, then gave a few comments on the 2012 Orioles.

He thinks the bullpen’s strong work is a big reason for the team’s overall success, and he especially enjoys the play of Manny Machado at his old position.

“This kid seems like he can play anywhere,” he said. “He’s got a great instinct for the ball.”

Robinson set the standard for third base with the Orioles and everywhere else. His success on the field, and his kind, gentle nature off it, made him immensely popular with Orioles fans as well as others who follow baseball around the country.

The 75-year old recently has been battling some health issues but looked fine on this day. The fans were calling out to him, yelling and shouting. And Robinson spent most of his speech at the unveiling of the statue thanking people he played and worked with, deflecting attention from himself.

In the end, Robinson said he really likes the idea of the statues in general and being a part of them.

“I just think it’s a wonderful ballpark, and it’s wonderful for fans to have a look at the guys to have a look at the guys who really helped make this franchise and guys who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t be happier being out there as one of them.”

Louis Angelos, the team’s ownership representative, spoke to the crowd at the ceremony about how much Robinson meant to the team and its history.

“It is fitting that our Legends Series concludes with the dedication of Brooks’ statue because when you think of the Orioles, you think about Brooks Robinson,” Angelos said. “When you think of Brooks Robinson in those 23 seasons, you think of the Orioles, because he, like all of the great Hall of Fame Orioles we have honored in this season-long celebration of Orioles baseball, embody what is best about this ballclub and about this great game.”

Brooks Robinson Orioles Baseball

1992 HEADLINE: George Brett Joins The 3,000 Hits Club!!!

1992 HEADLINE: George Brett Joins The 3,000 Hits Club!!!

On this day in 1992, George Brett collected hit number 3,000 of his amazing baseball career!!!

On the road playing the Angels, Brett’s Kansas City Royals teammates were playing in front of 17,000+ fans.  If the baseball fans in the Los Angeles area knew that history was going to be made on this day, I would have to imagine that more people would have been in attendance.

For the day, Brett put on quite a display of hitting excellence.  Going 4-for-5, he hit 1 double and 3 singles.

George Brett finished his Hall of Fame career with 3,154 hits and ranks as 15th in baseball history for career hits. 

Happy Anniversary Mr. Brett!!!

Week Of Giveaways – Day Five’s Winner Is Announced & Day Six’s Prize Is Up For Grabs

Week Of Giveaways – Day Five’s Winner Is Announced & Day Six’s Prize Is Up For Grabs

First, let me say ‘Thank You’ to all of the people that entered my giveaway.

Now, it is time to unviel the winner of Day Five’s giveaway.

The winner of the 96-card lot of 2012 Topps Archives cards is wickedortega.  Congratulations, ALFREDO!!!!

Here is a peek at how the ‘Randomizer’ gave me the winner’s name:

And here is one more look at the prize that was up for grabs:

And now it is time to open up the entry pool for Day Six’s giveaway!!!  This is the last one – so get in now!!!

To put your name in the hat for Day Six’s prize, simply leave me a comment on this post stating that you want in.  At 6:30PM EST tomorrow night, I will take all of the entrants and throw their names into a ‘Randomizer’ and select a winner.

The winner of tonight’s prize will be unveiled tomorrow at 9:00PM EST.

Here is a picture of tonight’s giveaway:

The winner of this giveaway gets their choice of ANY ONE of these Wade Boggs autographed baseball cards!!!

So, do you want in?  If so, leave a comment with me now and check back tomorrow to see if you’re the lucky winner.

I’ll see you again tomorrow at 7:300PM.

Thanks for playing.  And thanks for reading ’30-YOC’!!!!

Jim Palmer 2001 Topps Tribute Game-Used Jersey Card – NICE!!!!

Jim Palmer 2001 Topps Tribute Game-Used Jersey Card – NICE!!!!

Sometimes a card can speak for itself.  Kind of like a work of art.

Without a doubt, this is one of those times.


Nolan Ryan 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

Nolan Ryan 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

Trust me when I tell you – This card looks so much better in person than what this scan is able to convey.  The background coloring works perfectly with the Houston Astros colors.

Here is the card:

And I have to admit – I was not a big fan of this set when I first picked up a card from it over a year ago.  But I have scored cards of Santo, Jeter, Palmer, Frank Robinson, and now Nolan Ryan and my opinion of the set is starting to change.

I still prefer the ‘Tools Of The Trade’ set issued by Donruss Playoff, but these are no longer at the bottom of the list.

Mike Schmidt 1986 Topps – Going Yard!!!

Mike Schmidt 1986 Topps

Wow, it looks like Schmidty really got a hold of this one, huh?  There is no mistaking that swing!!!

This photo perfectly captures one of Schmidt’s 548 round-trippers.  Or four-baggers…  Or opo-tacos…  Or dingers…. 

No matter how you slice it, Mike Schmidt had one of the greatest power bats of his generation – and this 1986 Topps card captures it perfectly!! 

A great addition to my Mike Schmidt player collection.