Daily Archives: October 1, 2012

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Archives – 1969 Topps Design w/Gold Archives Stamp

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Archives – 1969 Topps Design w/Gold Archives Stamp

Well, I figured that it would be fitting to feature Reggie’s first baseball card while begining the month long celebration of his amazing baseball career.

And since I do not have the original, I opted for the next best thing – a reprint.

And lucky for me, I did not have to look very far.  Reggie’s rookie baseball card from the 1969 Topps baseball card set is featured quite often as a reprint in modern sets.  The most recent issue is from the 2012 Topps Archives set.

And I got one.

Here it is:

There is a lot of history behind this card.  And there are a lot of reprints of it.

It may be time that I try to collect them all!!!

61*

61*

On this day in 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees broke the all-time single season home run record by crushing his 61st home run of the season.

In the 163rd, and final game of the season, Maris entered the game with 60 home runs.  At home and in front of more than 23,000 fans, Maris connected for number 61 in the bottom of the 4th inning.  His home run would represent the only run scored in the game, giving the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory.

His home run gave baseball fans something to cheer about, although most would have preferred if it was another Yankee outfielder to be the one rounding the bases for number 61.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Maris – Truly one of baseball’s greatest legends!!!

Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Birthday Mark McGwire!!!

Mark McGwire turns 49 years old today.

Simply stated, Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation.  Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all.  Not a good contact hitter,  no speed,  and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!!

McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs.  He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career.  One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed.  4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!!

Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Rod Carew turns 67 years old today.

I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.

Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer.  And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star.  And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.

But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition.  In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average.  He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.

The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is that he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!

1932 Headline: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 Headline:  Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

October Is Upon Us, And That Means It Is Time To Celebrate ‘Mr. October’ – Reggie Jackson!!!

October Is Upon Us, And That Means It Is Time To Celebrate ‘Mr. October’ – Reggie Jackson!!!

I have been preparing for this for about two months now, and I think that it will be pretty enjoyable.

If you have been reading ’30-YOC’ for the last few years, you know that I like to pay tribute to Reggie Jackson, baseball’s ‘Mr. October’, throughout the entire month of October.

In the past, I have featured baseball cards, baseball stories, and anything else I could find that honored Reggie.  Peppered throughout the month of October, my past features have been a fun way to honor and commemorate one of baseball’s most legendary World Series performers.

This time, I take that dedication to the next level.  I have stocked up on cards that feature Reggie, and I will show them off to you – EVERY DAY!!!  That’s right, each and every day of the month, Reggie Jackson will be a featured player at 30-Year Old Cardboard.

Here is a sneak peek at what you will be seeing:

OK, that is enough of a hint.

Stay tuned throughout the month of October – I have picked up some fantastic cards of Reggie and I think that I have a little something in there for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks for reading.