Daily Archives: December 1, 2012

This Matt Dominguez 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Card Completes My 2012 Finest Miami Marlins Team Set!!!

This Matt Dominguez 2012 Topps Finest Baseball Card Completes My 2012 Finest Miami Marlins Team Set!!!

It is always nice when a fellow blogger lends a hand to his peers.  And in this case, I was the recipient of such generosity.

A few weeks back, I saw that one of my blogging pals Adam has ripped open some 2012 Topps Finest packs.  I needed just one card to complete my Marlins team set, and he pulled it.

The card was the Matt Dominguez rookie card.  And although Dominguez is no longer on the Marlins (spoiler alert), I wanted the card to complete my set.

So, I asked.  And I was obliged.

And now, I have the card.  Check it out:

And here is a look at the completed 4-card set:

The cards are great looking, and I like the dark backgrounds.  It’s too bad that 3 of the 4 players featured are no longer Marlins players, but that is just par for the course when you are a Marlins fan.

Thank you for the card Adam, it is greatly appreciated.  And for everyone else, hop over to Adam’s blog – he is a great trade partner and a serious team and player collector!!

1971 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

1971 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!

On this day in 1971 Chicago Cubs great, Ernie Banks, retired from major league baseball after 19 seasons.

‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization.  His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’.  Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.

Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs.  For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most! 

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Wins National League Rookie Of The Year Honors

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Wins National League Rookie Of The Year Honors

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson was voted the National League’s Rookie of the Year!!!

Capturing 24/24 votes cast, Robinson was the unanimous choice as the league’s top rookie. 

And the numbers certainly back up the award – 166 hits, .290 batting average, 27 doubles, 36 home runs, 83 RBI, 122 runs scored, 8 stolen bases, and an All-Star team selection.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday George Foster!!!

Happy Birthday George Foster!!!

George Foster turns 64 years old today.

Simply put – George Foster is a bad-ass!!  Never known for 1 talent that overwhelmed the rest of his skills, Foster compiled some incredible stats over the course of his 18-year career.  And during the 1976 and ’77 seasons when his Cincinnati Reds teams were at the top of the baseball world, Foster was leading the way.  In 1976, Foster finished 2nd in the MVP voting while hitting .306 with 29 home runs and 121 RBI.  He outdid himself the next year by winning the Most Valuable Player award after blasting 52 dingers, driving in 149 runs, and still hitting an amazing .320.  Foster continued to build on his rapidly growing legacy as he finished in the Top 12 for MVP in 3 of the next 4 seasons.  George Foster led his Cincinnati Reds teams to 2 World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.  In the 13 games he played in World Series competition, Foster hit an incredible .326.

Happy Birthday Mr. Foster!!!

Baseball Card Show Tonight!!!

Baseball Card Show Tonight!!!

As you are reading this, I am either on my way to, attending, or coming home from what we be the last baseball card show that I attend in 2012.  Yes, the monthly card show’s 2012 calendar is set to expire after this weekend.

And my fingers are crossed that this show is better than the one I attended last month.  While I was still able to walk away with some cool stuff at the show last month, the number of dealers was drastically lower than what I was used to and I would like to see the last show of the year end on a good note!

As for what I am seeking out at this card show, I have a things that I would like to find:

  • cards on my ‘Top Ten Want List’
  • vintage cards – mid 1970’s
  • Hank Aaron modern cards
  • new player collection options
  • inspiration for my 2013 collecting goals

My fingers are crossed that this show goes well.  On Monday, I will show off my entire haul for you, so please stay tuned for that. 

Have a nice weekend!