Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Museum Collection – Base

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Museum Collection – Base

Jeez, whoever came up with the title of ‘Museum Collection’ deserves a raise.  These cards are fantastic looking, almost art-like!!!

Take a peek:

Wouldn’t it be sweet to cruising down the hallway of a major city’s museum and then entering the ‘Baseball Card Wing’.  And once you get there, you see cards from all eras and ages?

If that were to happen, it would be a certainty that a card from the 2012 Topps Museum Collection would be present!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history.  Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Errors occur all of the time in baseball.  But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified.  Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.

I remember watching this game as an 11-year old.  I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title.  What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.

This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!

1973 Headline: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

1973 Headline:  Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

On this date in 1973, Fergie Jenkins was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers, of the American League.

The trade was a 2-for-1 deal with Jenkins going to the Rangers in exchange for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris.  At this point, the Cubs were in a major re-building phase as Ernie Banks was retired and their core of Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jenkins were all considered as being ‘too old’.

1978 HEADLINE: Gaylord Perry Becomes First Pitcher To Win The Cy Young Award in AL & NL

1978 HEADLINE: Gaylord Perry Becomes First Pitcher To Win The Cy Young Award in AL & NL

On this day in 1978 Gaylord Perry was awarded with the National League Cy Young Award.  Winning this individual award marked the first time in major league history in which a pitcher earned that honor in both leagues.

Here is a quick peek at Perry’s two Cy Young Winning seasons:

1972 – AL – 24-16, 1.92 ERA, 29 complete games, 5 shutouts, 234 strikeouts

1978 – NL – 21-6, 2.73 ERA, 5 complete games, 2 shutouts, 154 strikeouts

Congratulations Mr. Perry!!!

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ & New York Yankees Legend, Bernie Williams!!!

’30-Year Old Cardboard’ & New York Yankees Legend, Bernie Williams!!!

It is not often that I get to take advantage of an in-person autograph experience.

So, when the casino that is perfectly located between my workplace and home announced that Yankees legend Bernie Williams was going to be on hand for a meet and greet prior to Game 1 of the World Series, I jumped at the chance to meet him and score an autograph.

The casino has a Yankee-themed steakhouse inside and they have hosted Reggie Jackson and Wade Boggs there earlier this year.  They do not allow outside merchandise to be signed, but they do provide a pretty nice promotional 8×10 photo.  They also accommodate opportunities for a ‘pic with’.

I arrived at 5:40 and there were only 1+/-15 people in line when I got there.  By the time Bernie arrived, the line was 100 people deep.  He arrived at 6:30, and I was in my car on the way home by 6:50.

Here is the 8×10 that I got signed:

And here is a picture of me and the 4-time World Series champion:

Not a bad way to start the evening!!!
Thank you Bernie.  And thank you NYY Steak!!!

Jim Palmer 2010 Topps Triple Threads – Red

Jim Palmer 2010 Topps Triple Threads – Red

Yes, I am a bit behind.  But I am making strides.

This card is from the 2010 Topps Triple Threads set.  It is the Red version, which is also the ‘base’ version.  It is also serial numbered as 320/1350.

Have a look:

And since Mr. Palmer is not featured in this year’s Triple Threads set, I am able to focus on the ones that were issued a few years ago.

And I was able to scoop up three of the 2010 Triple Threads cards of Mr. Palmer for less than five bucks.  I’ll show off the other two in the coming weeks.