Daily Archives: December 11, 2012

Tony Gwynn 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’

Tony Gwynn 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’

About a month ago, I scored the ‘Golden Moments’ card of Tony Gwynn from the 2012 Topps set.

I like the card; I like Tony Gwynn.

So, I wanted to see what other cards Gwynn had in the 2012 set, and I found this one:

This card comes from the ‘Golden Greats’ set and pays homage to a game-winning 3-RBI double that Gwynn hit in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs against the rival Dodgers on June 11, 1993.

Certainly an event worth commemorating!!!

Rollie Fingers 1972 Topps – An Interesting Team Banner On This One!!!

Rollie Fingers 1972 Topps

As it stands, this baseball card from the 1972 Topps set is the oldest card in my Rollie Fingers collection.

And for a card that is now 41 years old, this card is in unbelievable condition.  I hope I look this good when I turn 41!!!

Have a look:

What I find most interesting about this card is that Topps went with “A’s” for the team name instead of “Athletics”.  This is quite unusual, at least in my opinion…

I just checked some other cards from the set on Ebay and the Orioles cards say “Orioles” instead of “O’s” and the Yankees cards say “Yankees” instead of “Yanks”.

Maybe it had to do with the team name being so long??  Athletics has nine characters in it.  But so does “White Sox” and those cards appear to look fine with all 9 characters fitting well.

Hmmmm….

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

On this day in 1973, Ron Santo was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox.

After 14 glorious seasons in which he called Wrigley Field home, Ron Santo was traded to the White Sox where he would play his 15th and final season in the big leagues.

During his time with the Cubs, Santo established himself as one of the best third basemen in all of baseball.  A 9-time All-star and winner of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Santo was a fan favorite.  As the team started to tear apart it’s core, Santo was gone along with Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In that 1 year he played for the White Sox, Santo hardly lived up to his reputation.  At just 34 years of age, his prime was past him.  Gone were the double-digit home runs and gone were the 80+ RBI tallies.  Still, Santo enjoyed one more year in the city he loved.  And the fans showered him with appreciation!!!

1951 HEADLINE: Joe Dimaggio Set To Retire

1951 HEADLINE: Joe Dimaggio Set To Retire

The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it more than six decades after his retirement from the game.  “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer.  Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country.  Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.

In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons.  The numbers are pretty impressive:  (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes.  Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI.  Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors.  WoW!!!  The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.

One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments.  Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!! 

And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”.  In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games.  Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again. 

Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #6 – Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #6 – Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees

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 #6 – Joe DiMaggio

Career Day – July 9, 1937.  At 22 years of age, Joe DiMaggio showed us a glimpse of what was to come when he hit for the cycle against the Washington Senators.  For the game, DiMaggio went 5-for-5 with a single, double, triple, and two home runs.  He scored four runs in the contest while driving in seven.  The Yankees beat the Senators 16-2.

Progress – 6/25