Daily Archives: December 8, 2012

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Lineage – Diamond Anniversary Edition

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Lineage – Diamond Anniversary Edition

As we inch closer to the end of the 2012 baseball card collecting year, I have made some pretty great strides in capturing a lot of missing modern Jim Palmer cards for my collection.

I still have a long way to go to just catch up to all of the cards issued of Palmer in 2011 and 2012, but I have made a pretty solid leap from where I was a few months back.

Thankfully, many of the ones that I still need can be found pretty inexpensively.  That has made this process a lot easier to work on, but in time I will have to invest more time and money to find the ones that are either serial numbered with fewer copies.

I was able to snag this card of Palmer from the 2011 Topps Lineage set.  It is the Diamond Anniversary version of his base card.

Now I just need to grab the Platinum!!

Harmon Killebrew 2012 Topps Tribute – Base

Harmon Killebrew 2012 Topps Tribute – Base

I tell you what, these cards from the Topps Tribute set are outstanding!!!

It doesn’t seen to matter what player’s card I grab from the set, they all look great.  Legends are captured perfectly and today’s stars look fantastic too.

It also doesn’t seem to matter if the card is a colored parallel version or the base, more common one, the design allows for all of them to shine due to the shaded and muted backgrounds. 

I also really like the gold lettering and the font used to display the player’s name.

Here is Harmon Killebrew card from the set:

Fantastic!!!

Eric Davis 1991 Bowman

Eric Davis 1991 Bowman

After debuting a new set of baseball cards in 1989, Bowman changed things up a little bit in 1990 by including some more action photography in their set.  The 1989 issue was primarily issued with portrait style images, so the action shots used in 1990 were a welcomed change.

Sadly, they went back to their roots in 1991 and started issuing portraits again.

This Eric Davis card from the 1991 set is just one example in which they went from portrait to action to portrait:

Progression?  I don’t think so…

Happy Birthday Mike Mussina!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Mussina!!!

Mike Mussina turns 44 years old today.

Although Mussina has rarely been mentioned as one of the greatest pitcher’s from his era, his numbers are quite impressive.  Having played his entire career for just 2 teams – the Orioles and Yankees – Mussina has compiled some pretty solid stats.

In his 17 years as a full-time starting pitcher,  Mussina recorded double-digit wins in each season.  The most impressive part of this is that accomplished this while playing for a Baltimore Orioles team that was terrible for most of Mussina’s early years with the team.  With a lifetime win/loss record of 270 & 153, ‘The Moose’ finished his career with a very solid 63% winning percentage.

Mike Mussina was only selected as an All-Star 5 times during his playing days; but he did finish in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award a very respectable 9 times.  Again, this is very impressive for a player that was never known as a dominant pitcher.  Clearly, his reputation as a solid pitcher that was going to give you good innings helped his cause for being one of the decade’s greats.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mussina!!!

Johnny Bench’s Highly Collectible 1968 Topps Rookie Card

Johnny Bench’s Highly Collectible 1968 Topps Rookie Card

I don’t know a single collector that would turn down a chance to own a Johnny Bench rookie card.

I also don’t know a single collector that has one.

And now that I really think about it, I cannot say that I have ever seen one of these beauties from the 1968 set in person.

Lucky for me the internet offers us opportunities to sit back and drool over what we cannot have.

And this is one of those situations…

Nice, Very Nice!!!

Johnny Bench And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1989

Johnny Bench And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1989

One of the most obvious choices for first ballot entry into the Hall of Fame, Johnny Bench’s baseball resume looks like a blue-print for induction at Cooperstown.

A Rookie of the Year winner, multiple time All-Star, multiple time Gold Glove winner, 2-time MVP, and 2-time World Series Champion, Bench did it all during his remarkable 17-season major league career.

So, where does he rank in the voter’s eyes?

Good question, huh?  I’ll tell you where he ranks…  it’s right here!!!  Below is a chart that shows you the highest voting percentages for Hall of Fame induction in the history of the game… 

Rank Player Year Ballots Votes % Position
1 Tom Seaver 1992 430 425 98.84% P
2 Nolan Ryan 1999 497 491 98.79% P
3 Cal Ripken, Jr. 2007 545 537 98.53% SS
4 Ty Cobb 1936 226 222 98.23% CF
5 George Brett 1999 497 488 98.19% 3B
6 Hank Aaron 1982 415 406 97.83% RF
7 Tony Gwynn 2007 545 532 97.61% RF
8 Mike Schmidt 1995 460 444 96.52% 3B
9 Johnny Bench 1989 447 431 96.42% C
10 Steve Carlton 1994 455 436 95.82% P
11 Babe Ruth 1936 226 215 95.13% RF
11 Honus Wagner 1936 226 215 95.13% SS
13 Willie Mays 1979 432 409 94.68% CF
14 Carl Yastrzemski 1989 447 423 94.63% LF
15 Bob Feller 1962 160 150 93.75% P

So, now we know the answer to that question:  Johnny Bench Has The 9th Highest Percentage Of Votes For Hall Of Fame Induction!!!

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