Daily Archives: October 27, 2012

Joe Morgan 2012 Topps Commemorative Retired Number Patch

Joe Morgan 2012 Topps Commemorative Retired Number Patch

While not a game-used relic card, I still find manufactured patches to be a very nice addition to the baseball card lineup.

And in my opinion, Topps hit is perfectly with their 2012 Commemorative Retired Number Patches.

To date, I have scored cards from this set of Andre Dawson, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, and now Joe Morgan.  And I have a Jim Palmer card on the way too.

As you can see by the scan below, the cards are sharp!!  Between the super-sweet number patch that matches the player’s jersey number, the cards offer a great action photo of the player.  And Topps gave us borders to match as well – each one complimenting the color of the number on the patch very well.

A fantastic set of cards.  And a great addition to my Joe Morgan collection as well!


Reggie Jackson 2002 Topps American Pie – ‘Courage’

Reggie Jackson 2002 Topps American Pie – ‘Courage’

27 days into the celebration of ‘Mr. October’ and still not a single card of Reggie wearing his Baltimore Orioles uniform.

As you can see below, this one from the 2002 Topps American Pie set has Reggie sporting his Angels garb.

As for the ‘Courage’ theme that accompanies this card, the card is celebrating Reggie’s success in postseason play and has noted his ability to discard the pressure and hype and simply play his game.

‘Courage’ is not a word I would apply to a feat like Reggie’s – maybe ‘Pressure’ or ‘Resilient’ or ‘Steadfast’ would be a better descriptor.

I prefer to see the word ‘courage’ applied to more life-changing moments…

Dave Winfield 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Dave Winfield 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

For some reason, card companies were issuing cards of Dave Winfield cards in the early 2000’s of him wearing his Blue Jays or Indians uniform.  And while he reached some pretty impressive feats while wearing those uniforms (World Series title and 3,000 hits), I typically only think of Winfield as a Padre or Yankee.

This card from the 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set got that part right.  He is proudly wearing his pinstripes.

Have a look:

OK, it is a nice card.

But, with the design and color choices for the background and border, how much better would this one look if he were in his Padres uniform?  Probably a lot better, if you ask me…

Rollie Fingers 1981 Topps

Rollie Fingers 1981 Topps

1981 was Rollie Fingers’ first season with the Milwaukee Brewers.  He was traded by the Cardinals (a team that he never suited up for) during the offseason between the 1980 and 1981 seasons.

His Topps card still features him in his old Padres uniform.

At least he took his mustache with him to Milwaukee!!!

Autographed Andre Dawson 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice ‘Tribute’

Autographed Andre Dawson 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice ‘Tribute’

Yessir, another signed Andre Dawson baseball card for the collection.

This card comes courtesy of the 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice set.  It is one of the very few Florida Marlins signed cards that I have of Dawson.

And yes, it is signed perfectly, as usual.

Check it out:

For many, Blue is the preferred color of choice for all autographs.  Personally, I am not that picky.  I tend to let the card’s design and color scheme tell me which color would look better.

And for this one, I think that Black looks much better than Blue would.  What do you think?  Black or Blue?