Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Signature Edition

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Signature Edition

I am starting to run out of Fergie Jenkins options.  I am going to have to dig through the 2,000+ Ebay listings that feature his name with hopes of finding some cards that allow me to keep my journey going.

It’s too bad that Fergie has not been inserted into more 2012 sets as that would certainly guarantee some new, and affordable, cards to nab.

I did pick this one up a few weeks ago, and it is numbered as 17/825.

Have a look:

The card is from the 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Signature Edition set.  I love the use of the Gold coloring that Upper Deck used for this set.  And having the backdrop of Wrigley Field in the card is not hurting it either…

Rollie Fingers 2001 Topps Archives – This Will Have To Do For Now…

Rollie Fingers 2001 Topps Archives – This Will Have To Do For Now…

I have started my search for a 1969 Topps Rollie Fingers rookie baseball card.  They seem to be plentiful, which lets me know that I will eveuntually be able to affordably add one to my Rollie Fingers player collection.

But, until the time comes that I find one that fits my budget, this will have to do for now…

Jim Abbott 1992 Upper Deck – Front & Back

Jim Abbott 1992 Upper Deck – Front & Back

In my opinion, Upper Deck is the company that took the back of a baseball card to another level.  Starting in 1989 by including color pictures on the backs of their cards, it made double-checking each card a mandatory thing when ripping packs.

And in some cases, the images used on the back of the card is better than the one on the front.

I believe that is the case with this card of Jim Abbott from the 1992 Upper Deck issue.

Tell me if you agree.

First, the front:

And now, the back:

Yes, the front of the card features a vibrant and very nice picture.  But the image on the back is all about action.  And it showcases the athleticism that Abbott brought to the mound on every fourth day.

So, how about it – Front OR Back???

1990 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

1990 HEADLINE:  Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

On this day back in 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first ever Father & Son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in the major leagues.

An event that must have been extremely memorable and enjoyable for the duo, the Griffey men certainly had a great evening.

Ken Sr. went 2-for-5 on the day with a home run and 3 RBI.  The younger Griffey went 1-for-4 with his solo home run.  Their combined offensive output was not enough to hold of the Angels as the Mariners lost 7-5.

Still, a very memorable and historic night in Anaheim!!!

Congratulations to 2 class acts!!!

Derek Jeter Ties Willie Mays For 10th Place On The All-Time Hits List!!!

Derek Jeter Ties Willie Mays For 10th Place On The All-Time Hits List!!!

BOSTON (AP) — Derek Jeter didn’t let an injury stop him from tying Willie Mays for 10th place on the career hits list or helping the New York Yankees stay tied for the AL East lead.

An aching left ankle limited Jeter to the designated hitter’s role on Thursday night. But his RBI single in the seventh inning provided a cushion for Phil Hughes and helped the Yankees win consecutive games for the first time in a month with a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

New York kept pace with the Baltimore Orioles, who completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-2, 14-inning win.

Jeter’s 3,283rd hit put alongside Mays.

”It’s kind of hard to think about it now because you’re trying to win games, especially this time of year,” Jeter said, ”but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think it was special.”

And he did it ”on probably about one ankle,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”That’s who he is. He’s a fighter and he finds a way, and he gets the big hit tonight. It was impressive.”

Jeter was 0 for 3 then blooped the single to center field. With 19 games left, he has a chance to move into ninth place. He is 30 behind Eddie Collins’ 3,313.

The Yankees captain aggravated the ankle in Wednesday night’s 5-4 win when he pulled up lame lunging for first base trying to avoid a double-play grounder in the eighth.

”I’m fine,” he said. ”Everything’s good.”

Subject Line: DUDE, YOU’RE GOING TO WANT THIS CARD!!!

Subject Line: DUDE, YOU’RE GOING TO WANT THIS CARD!!!

Word for word, that is exactly what the subject line read.

I have been trading emails over the last few days with a loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Matt.  He is the one that shared the images of the Yu Darvish, Josh Hamilton, and Matt Cain cards from the upcoming 2013 Topps Heritage set with me.

We’ve been going back and forth about our likes with the Heritage brand.  And like me, and maybe like you too, Matt has an appreciation for the history of baseball card collecting and the stars of the past.

Ultimately, I like the Topps Heritage brand, but I don’t really collect it.  Yes, I go after the Marlins cards but not much beyond that because the base set is made up of today’s players.

Around 2:00 this afternoon, the email came in.

Subject Line: DUDE, YOU’RE GOING TO WANT THIS CARD!!!

There was no text in the body of the email.

Just an image.

And Matt is 100% right – I AM GOING TO WANT THIS CARD!!!!

Oh, My!!!!

Miami Marlins 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Set – Base Versions

Miami Marlins 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Set – Base Versions

I know, I know, what took me so long??  Well, it is actually fairly simple – I have needed just one card to complete this set.  And it took me almost two months to get it.

The card?

Matt Dominguez.

Yep, the guy that barely scratched the surface in Miami.  He’s no longer with the team as he was dealt to the Astros in the Carlos Lee trade in July.

Here is the full 9-card set:

Now I just need to decide if I want to go after the other Marlins cards from the set – minis, subsets, relics, etc.

Time to review the checklist, again…  🙂