Daily Archives: October 30, 2012

My Ken Griffey Sr. Player Collection Is Complete!!! YES!!!

My Ken Griffey Sr. Player Collection Is Complete!!!   YES!!!

Of all of the player collections that I have compiled over the last 4+ years, the one that I have built of Ken Griffey Sr. is the smallest.

And when I say smallest, I am referring to the number of actual cards.  Griffey had 15 major brand baseball card releases while wearing his Cincinnati Reds uniform.

And now, I am the proud owner of all 15.

Here is a look at the full collection:

If ‘The Big Red Machine’ was an actual machine than Johnny Bench and George Foster would have been the engine.  And Pete Rose and Joe Morgan would have been the wheels.  And Tony Perez would have been the chassis.  And Ken Griffey would surely have been the spark plugs!!!  His ability to get on base and drive opposing pitchers nuts was supreme, especially for a young player.

I am thrilled to have built a collection that features each and every major-brand card of Griffey from his time with the Reds.  And while there are just 15 cards in the set, I will still follow suit and show off my ‘Fab Five’ starting next Monday.

Stay tuned.  And enjoy!

Reggie Jackson 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – 1968 Topps Design – PERFECTION!!!

Reggie Jackson 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – 1968 Topps Design

Topps really did it with this one – I call it PERFECT!!!

Have a look:

Sure, the photo is far from appealing, even Reggie would tell you that.

But Topps gave us a great ‘What If’ with this card. 

You see, as most of us ‘older’ guys know, Reggie’s first card was in the 1969 Topps set.  But he did spend part of the 1967 and a majority of the 1968 season in the big leagues.

And we now know what his 1968 Topps baseball card might have looked like if he was part of the set.

And Topps did a fantastic job in matching the photo to the time.  Reggie looks very young in this picture.  And he is not sporting his famous mustache either…

Great work by Topps!  I am uber-impressed with this one!!

Rickey Henderson 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Rickey Henderson 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Now this is a great looking baseball card.  I just have one request.

Take a look at the card, and then try to guess what I am thinking…

Any guesses?

OK, I’ll tell you.

With this card, there is just a little too much ‘dead space’ in the center.  It would look so much more complete had Topps used a photo where the bat was in front of Henderson opposed to being behind or to the side of him.

The card looks great, and I really like the subset of ‘Golden Moments’.

It is just the minor details that stops this one from being tagged as a ’30-YOC Classic’.


Alan Trammell 1983 Donruss – A Little Too Zoomed In…

Alan Trammell 1983 Donruss – A Little Too Zoomed In….

I really enjoy action photography.  The more action the better.  And I would believe that most collectors would agree with that a majority of the time.

But, I like to take it one step further…

I like full-body, action photos.  Give me both feet.  Give me the full bat.  Show me everything.

And that is why this card of Alan Trammell from the 1983 Donruss set is just a little (or a lot) too zoomed in for my liking…

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #2 Ken Griffey Jr, Seattle Mariners

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #2 Ken Griffey Jr, Seattle Mariners

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #2 – Ken Griffey, Jr.


Career Day – May 24, 1996 VS New York Yankees.  Griffey goes 4-for-4 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI.  He scored five runs and helped the Mariners defeat the Yankees 10-4.  This game marked the only time in Griffey’s career that he scored five runs in a single game.

Progress – 2/25