Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Harmon Killebrew 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ – On The Short List

Harmon Killebrew 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ – On The Short List

I’ll be the first one to admit that I do not know enough about or cover the career of Harmon Killebrew on this blog enough.  I have tried to learn more about him as of late, and am extremely impressed with how respected amongst his peers that he was.

Killebrew played in an era full of superstars and personality.  And while he may not have displayed the personality that matched others from his time, he sure did produce like them, sometimes even more so.

This card is from the 2012 Topps “Golden Moments’ subset.  The card pays homage to a game played on August 10, 1971.  During this game, Killebrew became a member of the ‘500 HR Club’.  He connected for two home runs on the day, becoming just the 10th member of the elite group.  Of the members, only Babe Ruth reached the 500-HR landmark in fewer at-bats.

VINTAGE KILLEBREW

Ernie Banks 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Talents – Legends

Ernie Banks 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Talents – Legends

This set is becoming a favorite at ’30-YOC’.  I like the plain design.  I like the full-size photo.  And I like the year that is highlighted under the player’s name.

As for this specific card, it is very hard to mention the Chicago Cubs and not think about Ernie Banks or the 1969 baseball season.  Banks is the greatest player in the team’s history, and 1969 was the last time that the club was truly poised to compete for a World Series title.

Here is the card:

VINTAGE BANKS

My lone complaint is that the photo used was issued in a Black and White format.  The other cards that I have from this set: Palmer, Jenkins, Robinson, Puckett, and Carew, are all issued in color.

Mike Schmidt 1982 Fleer

Mike Schmidt 1982 Fleer

For the most part, this card is just plain awful.

I will give credit to Fleer for at least matching the frame of the card to Schmidt’s uniform color.  But beyond that, this card is a far cry from creative…

Instead, let’s talk about Schmidt’s 1982 baseball season.  OK?

Schmidt led the league in quite a few offensive categories at the end of the 1982 baseball season.

They were:

  • walks – 107
  • on-base percentage – .403
  • slugging percentage – .547
  • ops – .949
  • ops+ – 161

Not a bad follow-up to his MVP season of 1981!

Did You Know…

Cecil Fielder is the only player in the majors since Babe Ruth to lead the sport in RBI for three consecutive seasons.  From 1990-1992, Fielder was the King.  In 1990, he collected 132, in 1991 he had 133, and in 1992 he drove in 124.

cecil fielder photo

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #7 – Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #7 – Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles

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 #7 – Frank Robinson

CAREER DAY 7

Career Day – June 26, 1970.  Frank Robinson became just the seventh hitter in major league history to connect for Grand Slams in consecutive innings when his Orioles were playing the Washington Senators.  His run production helped lead the Orioles to a 12-2 win.  On the day, Robinson was 2-for-4 with two home runs, 8 RBI, and a walk.

Progress – 7/25