Daily Archives: September 17, 2012

2007 Topps Heritage ‘Then & Now’ Starring Frank Robinson & Ryan Howard

2007 Topps Heritage ‘Then & Now’ Starring Frank Robinson & Ryan Howard

I like the whole ‘Then & Now’ theme that Topps used for their Heritage set.  I just wish that I understood it a bit more.  I have done a little homework on this specific card and I am left scratching my head.

First, let me show you the card:

Ok, we have the Home Run leaders from the 1958 and 2006 baseball seasons presented.

The 2006 HR leader makes sense, since the set was released in 2007.  But why the 1958 leader?  Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining; especially since I collect cards that feature Frank Robinson.

I am just looking for more of a connection, and I am not finding one.  There is no tie from the 1958 and 2006 season that I know of.  The players did not hit the same number of home runs (Robinson hit 47, Howard hit 58). 

Am I digging for something that is just not there?  Please confirm.


Jim Abbott 1993 Donruss

Jim Abbott 1993 Donruss

Jim Abbott did not play for the Angels in 1993, he was a member of the New York Yankees due to a trade in the offseason.

Still, Donruss issued a card of him in their 1993 wearing an Angels uniform because it was probably either too late in the game to make the needed air-brush work or omit Abbott from the set altogether.

Here is the card: 

And for a player collector like me, it gives me one more card of Abbott in his Angels uniform to go after.

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!! 

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson made his big-league debut.

At the age of 18, Robinson and his Baltimore Orioles teammates hosted the Washington Senators.  And in front of a crowd that barely crossed 5,000 spectators, Robinson performed like a veteran.

On the day, Brooks went 2-for-4, collecting two singles and an RBI.  His efforts helped lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Robinson.  Happy Anniversary!!!