Daily Archives: November 20, 2012

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Triple Threads – Amber

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Triple Threads – Amber

I continue to try to rack up the cards of Andre Dawson from the new Topps Triple Threads set.  Some have been easy to nab, and some have been challenges.

My latest find from the set is the ‘Amber’ version of the card.  It is serial numbered as 74/125 and the Red colored background is surprisingly sweet!!

Have a look:

Johnny Bench 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Johnny Bench 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Man,  talk about a nice looking baseball card!!

I have really become a fan of the Gypsy Queen brand.  And I have spent a considerable amount of time going back to prior issues to grab the cards of the players that I collect.

And that is how and why I landed this card of Johnny Bench from the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set for my collection.

Have a look:

The coloring of this card is as good as it gets.  The Red is super-vibrant, and while it stands out, it does not detract from any of the other spectacular elements of the card.

If Gypsy Queen was a set that only featured vintage players, I would certainly be inclined to build it!!

A fantastic addition to my Johnny Bench collection.

Alan Trammell 1988 Fleer

Alan Trammell 1988 Fleer

Sometimes it is the small details of a baseball card that makes it ‘likable’ for me.

In the instance of this card of Alan Trammell, there are two minor things that really help make this one a nice looking card.

First is the old Tigers logo.  I always liked the logo that the Tigers used in the late 1980’s.  As a matter of fact, I had a t-shirt with that same logo on it!

Second is the arm angle of Trammell’s throwing arm.  It is almost perfectly aligned with the Red & Blue striping of the Fleer border design.  That little effect makes the card flow better in my opinion.

Check it out:

1990 HEADLINE: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson Captures The American League MVP Award

1990 HEADLINE: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson Captures The American League MVP Award

On this day in 1990, Rickey Henderson was award with the American League’s MVP award.

Rickey Henderson is the kind of player that can challenge for the MVP crown during each season that he plays.  His ability to separate himself from the rest of the league gave him constant respect from the voters.

It was no surprise that Rickey won the American League MVP award in 1990 – it’s just kind of surprising that it was his only one!!

In 1990, Henderson was the key that ignited the mighty Oakland A’s offense.  During that year, Rickey batted .325 and had an on-base percentage of .439.  He collected 159 hits, scored 119 runs, stole 65 bases ans smacked 28 home runs.  And in 594 plate appearances, Rickey struck out just 60 times.

Henderson’s 1990 campaign also included an All-star selection, a Silver Slugger award, and a trip to the World Series!!

Congratulations Rickey!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Dwight Gooden Becomes Youngest ROY In Baseball History

1984 HEADLINE: Dwight Gooden Becomes Youngest ROY In Baseball History

On this day in 1984, Dwight Gooden became the youngest player in major league history to capture the Rookie Of The Year award.

Debuting in ’84 at the young age of 19, Gooden was fierce!

He made 31 starts that season, and compiled a 19-7 record.  He amassed 276 strikeouts during that campaign, and finished the season with a very low and respectable 2.60 ERA.

In addition to an All-Star team selection, Gooden finished in second place for the NL’s Cy Young award.

Happy Anniversary Doc!!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #4 – Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #4 – Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals

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 #4 – Stan Musial


Career Day – May 2, 1954.  Musial connects for 5 home runs in a double-header against the New York Giants.  His stat line from the twin-bill looks like this: 6 hits, 6 runs scored, 5 home runs, 9 RBI, 2 walks, and an amazing 21 total bases.  The Cardinals won the first game 10-6, but lost the second game 7-9.

Progress – 4/25