Daily Archives: December 15, 2012

Tony Perez 2001 Topps Archives – 1965 Topps Design

Tony Perez 2001 Topps Archives – 1965 Topps Design

I have not added a vintage baseball card that features Hall of Famer Tony Perez to my collection since August.

I need to change that.

It is time to go shopping.

In the meantime, enjoy this card from the 2001 Topps Archives set.  It is not his rookie card, but it is the next best thing.

VINTAGE PEREZ

Enjoy.

Alan Trammell 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

Alan Trammell 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

You would think that for being one of ‘Baseballs Best’ that Donruss would have awarded Alan Trammell with a nicer photo for this 1988 release…

There was very little that Trammell could not do well – Surely, they had better access to images than the one they chose.

The photo editor of the 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best set must have been sleeping on the job when this one got passed through…

Earl Weaver 2001 Topps Archives – 1971 Topps Design

Earl Weaver 2001 Topps Archives – 1971 Topps Design

Hall of Famer Earl Weaver was riding high in 1971!

I am happy to see that Topps went out of their way to celebrate him in their 2001 Archives release.

VINTAGE WEAVER

In the set, Weaver was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card design.  IN 1971 Weaver managed his Orioles team to the American League pennant.  In the prior season, he took them to the World Series championship!!!

Nice palm trees – He must be in Florida!  🙂

1980 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

1980 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

On this day in 1980, Dave Winfield signed the largest contract in professional baseball’s history.  As a free agent, Winfield signed with the New York Yankees for 10 years and $23 million dollars.  In today’s age the Yankees got a bargain to land a player of Winfield’s ability for just $2.3 million per season.  But, back in the 80’s this was big news!!!

In 1980 the average baseball salary was $143,756.  Now you can see why this was such a big story almost 30 years ago.  In 2002, baseball’s average salary was what Winfield was getting on this contract – $2.3 million.  And for the 2008 season, the average was $2.925 million per year.

It can easily be argued that Winfield was worth the money the Yankees invested in him.  For the next 5 seasons ‘Big Dave’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP.  He was selected to 8 consecutive All-star teams as a Yankee and won 5 Silver Slugger titles as well.

By comparison, there are 2 players that in 2008 made MORE money than Dave Winfield did over the course of this 10-year contract.  In 2008, Alex Rodriguez earned $28 million dollars and his teammate, Jason Giambi, earned $23.4 million.  Winfield’s deal looks like a steal now doesn’t it???

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Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts ‘Glory Days’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts ‘Glory Days’ Game-Used Jersey Card

It has been way too long since I added a new Jim Palmer relic card to my collection.  And when I say new, I mean new to the collection, not necessarily new as in 2012.

The card I picked up of Palmer this time around is from the ‘Glory Days’ set from 2005’s SP Legendary Cuts set.  I am a big fan of the set, and this card is a nice complement to the base card of Palmer that I already own.

This one is serial numbered as 20/75 and is the Red-bordered version.

Oh, and it looks great!!!

Check it out:

GU PALMER GLORY DAYS

I told ya!!!