Daily Archives: September 18, 2012

John Smoltz 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’

John Smoltz 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’

I love the thought of a ‘Mound Dominance’ subset.  Topps did a great job with the execution of this subset of cards from their 2012 Series 2 release.

I just wish that the set featured a some other players and excluded a few that were included.

But there is no doubt that John Smoltz belongs in the set.  In 3,473 innings of work, Smoltz struck out 3,084 batters.  He has a career K per nine innings average of 8.0.  And his conrtol was sharp too, Smoltz allowed 1,010 walks during his career and has a K:Walk ratio of 3.05:1.0.

John Smoltz is very deserving to be included in this ‘Mound Dominance’ set!!!

Eric Davis 1988 Score

Eric Davis 1988 Score

I am loving the image of Eric Davis that Score selected for their 1988 baseball card set.  The picture features a coiled Davis that appears ready to strike at whatever the pitcher is offering.

Here is the card:

As you know, the 1988 Score set offered multiple colors for their borders.

Red was one of those colors.  And while I don’t dislike the Purple that frames this card of Davis, I would love to see how it would have looked in Red.


Did You Know…

The major league leader in walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is Addie Joss.  Joss has a .9678 average of walks and hits per inning pitched.  Joss pitched for nine seasons in the big leagues, working 2,327 innings while allowing 1,888 hits and giving up 364 walks.


Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Ryne Sandberg turns 53 years old today!!

One of the greatest offensive infielders to have played the game, Sandberg is a Hall of Famer and fan favorite.

And in the city of Chicago he is still as loved today as he was during his playing days with the team that started more than 25 years ago.

That’s why for his birthday I want to give Sandberg a new job in Chicago, and with the Cubs.  Sandberg has proven himself to be a quality baseball manager.  He has done some great things in the minor leagues for the Cubs’ affiliates and now I believe it is his time for a chance in the big leagues.  How cool would that be for Ryne and the Cubs?   Back to the ball park that he played in.  Back to the dugout that he sat in.  Back to the locker room, the offices, the parking lot that he traveled to each and every day as a Cubs player.

Ryne Sandberg deserves it!!!  The city of Chicago needs this!!!

Go Get ‘Em Ryno!!!  Happy Birthday!!!

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

Yes, 33 weeks after debuting my first card from this legendary set, I have completed the entire set.

It was a lot of fun to focus my attention on this set, and at times I thought that my goal of completing the set was unattainable. 

Before I get into a few notes about this set and what it took for me to put it together, let me show you the whole thing.

Here are the cards:

Pretty sweet, huh?  Yeah, this one easily ranks as the best set of cards I have built since getting back into the hobby more than four years ago.  The set is packed with baseball history, and is a very solid representation of ‘true vintage’.

While going through the process of putting this set together, I found out quite a bit about the players that were included.  And while I could never find the details as to why  Topps chose these 33 players, some are very obvious due to their career achievements and others due to their fantastic 1967 baseball seasons.

A few more random notes about the set:

  • the full set cost me just under $50 to put together
  • the most expensive card for me to obtain was the Mickey Mantle card, followed by Roberto Clemente and then Brooks Robinson
  • there are notable ommissions from the set – Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Maury Wills, Phil Niekro, Fergie Jenkins, and Luis Tiant.
  • Amazingly, many of the cards from this set can still be had for just $1.00
  • The cards seem to take on a yellow hue, most likely due to age and how they were handled.  I tried my best to limit my intake of these yellowed versions as much as possible

This set was a blast to put together – and I am very happy that I challenged myself to do so.

I have a few things in mind for the next subset that I want to build, but I am not certain that any set can live up to the joy that this 1968 Topps Game set brought me.