Daily Archives: December 21, 2012

1994 Leaf Florida Marlins Team Set

1994 Leaf Florida Marlins Team Set

Donruss’ Leaf brand of baseball cards produced some pretty nice looking cards in the early 1990’s.  Sure, they were not the best designs of the decade, but they were far from the worst.

The most recent Marlins team set that I have scored for my collection is from the 1994 Leaf baseball card set.

The Marlins set features 15 cards, and a LOT OF TEAL!!!

Have a look:

1994 LEAF A 1994 LEAF B

I like the cards because there is a lot of action going on.  There are portraits or posed action shots – each and every card features in-game action, and that is right up this collector’s alley!!

My favorite card from the set?  Has to be Benito Santiago!

Dave Parker 1983 Donruss

Dave Parker 1983 Donruss

The 1983 baseball season would mark the 11th and final season that Parker would spend with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  During the offseason between the ’83 and ’84 seasons, Parker would sign with the Cincinnati Reds.

Parker’s final campaign with the Pirates was still a solid one!

Some of the more impressive numbers include:  154 hits, 29 doubles, 12 stolen bases, 69 RBI, and 227 total bases.

Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage 2001 Topps Archives – 1973 Topps Design

Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage 2001 Topps Archives – 1973 Topps Design

The 2001 Topps Archives set is popular because it showcases the great rookie cards of the legendary players in the set.

1973 was ‘Goose’ Gossage’s first season of major league baseball, so we found himself a spot in the 1973 Topps baseball card set.

I want that card that was issued almost forty years ago.  I have had it on my radar for some time, but I have yet to be able to capture it for a price that I am willing to pay.

In the meantime, I will settle for the re-print version that was issued 28 years after the original….

Enjoy.

VINTAGE GOSSAGE

Did You Know…

During the decade of the 1990’s, no batter in the National League had more hits that Mark Grace.  Grace paced the NL with 1,754 hits in the decade.  He was trailed by Tony Gwynn and his 1,713 hits.

Mark Grace

Hall Of Fame Debate: PICK ONE: Mike Mussina OR Curt Schilling

Hall Of Fame Debate: PICK ONE: Mike Mussina OR Curt Schilling

Last week’s discussion about the worthiness of Jack Morris and his potential Hall of Fame election was a lot of fun.  And while we did not walk away with a resounding opinion of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, we did have a lot of spirited opinions.

That got me to thinking about other pitchers that fall into the same category of star pitcher, ‘ace’ of the staff, perennial all-star, but maybe just a step behind the elite of the sport.

Ultimately, I landed on Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling, two highly decorated pitchers from the era after Morris that put up similar numbers and were always considered as dangerous threats to their opposition.

I’d like to take this week’s conversation to a different level.  YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR ONE OF THESE GUYS!!!

Sure, if you had a BWAA vote, you may bypass both of them.  But, in the world of ’30-YOC’, I make the rules and I am saying that this is a true head-to-head match-up.

If you had to pick one player for Hall of Fame induction and your choices were Mike Mussina OR Curt Schilling, tell me who you’ve got.

I thought that I would summarize some of their pitching feats for you here:

  Mussina Schilling
Seasons 18 20
Wins 270 216
Losses 153 146
Win % 63.80% 59.70%
20-Win Seasons 1 2
Complete Games 57 83
Shutouts 23 20
ERA 3.68 3.46
Strikeouts 2813 3116
Walks 785 711
K:Walk 3.58 4.38
WHIP 1.192 1.137
All-Star 5 6
Gold Glove 7
Cy Young Finishes 2nd Place (1x) 2nd Place (3x)
Postseasons 9 12
World Series titles 3

I told you that these guys have very comparable careers.

So, now the question is – Who would you vote for if you HAD TO CHOOSE ONE???

My pick has gone back and forth for the last few days since I started thinking about this match-up of very talented and durable pitchers.

Ultimately, I went with the guy that I would prefer to have on my pitching mound in Game 7 of a playoff.  I went with the guy that I felt had ‘better stuff’.  I went with the guy that I thought was the more accomplished and proven ‘big game’ performer.

By a very, very slim margin, my vote goes to Mr. Curt Schilling.

And that is my final answer!!!

Gavel

How about you?  Where would your vote lie?  Make your pick now – Mike Mussina OR Curt Schilling.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!!!