Daily Archives: December 22, 2012

Dave Winfield 2005 Donruss Classics – Legend

Dave Winfield 2005 Donruss Classics – Legend

I’ve told you all before, I really like cards of Dave Winfield while wearing his old San Diego Padres uniform.  The reasons are two-fold – (1) I am a big fan of Winfield and while I don’t have any memories of him playing for the Padres, I do know that he established himself as an up and coming superstar with the team (2) I love,and have always loved, those vintage San Diego Padres uniforms.

This card comes from the 2005 Donruss Classics ‘Legend’ set, and as soon as I saw that ‘Big Dave’ was wearing his Padres uniform on the card, I had to scoop it up.

I don’t have too many modern cards of Winfield in his Padres uniform unless it is a re-print card, so this is a very nice addition to my collection.

Oh, it is also serial numbered as 261/1755.

Check it out:

VINTAGE WINFIELD1

Hopefully 2013 brings some more cards that celebrate Winfield’s time with the Padres.  If so, I will be collecting them – For Sure!!

Rollie Fingers 1985 Donruss Highlights ‘Establishes AL Saves Mark’

Rollie Fingers 1985 Donruss Highlights ‘Establishes AL Saves Mark’

I have always been a fan of commemorative cards.   I find them to be nice, little ways to celebrate important moments in baseball history.  And to be perfectly honest, I find to be essential parts of sets.

But, I prefer them in base sets, for the full collecting world to see.

So, when I came across this card of Rollie Fingers from the 1985 Donruss Highlights set, I was happy to see that this moment in baseball history was captured and put on a baseball card.  I just don’t think that Rollie was done the justice he deserved by reaching this baseball landmark.

I will give Donruss a break because at the time they did not commemorate baseball history in their base sets.  But, Topps and Fleer did, and they skipped this one….  Shame, shame…

Happy Birthday Steve Carlton!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Carlton!!!

Steve Carlton turns 68 years old today.

Steve Carlton is one of the game’s greatest pitchers of all-time.  And one of its most under-appreciated as well…

Carlton had a dominant 24-season major league baseball career.  A first ballot Hall of Famer, Carlton’s resume boasts some incredibly impressive accomplishments:

  • 4 Cy Young awards
  • 10-time All-star
  • 329 career victories
  • 4,136 strikeouts
  • 1 Gold Glove award
  • 1972 National League Triple Crown winner
  • Member of the 1967 World Series champions

See what I mean??  Not too many men that have played this game can compare.

Cheers to you, ‘Lefty’!!!  And Happy Birthday too!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey!!!

Steve Garvey turns 64 years old today!!!

Garvey was a monster during the mid-to-late 1970’s while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  From 1974 to 1981, Garvey finished in the Top 25 in the MVP race each season which validates how solid of a player he was during the prime of his career.  While winning the award in 1974, Garvey hit .312 while slugging 21 home runs and driving in 111 runs.

A 10-time All-star selection and winner of 4 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Garvey held down the spot as one of the game’s great first baseman during the mid-70’s and into the ’80s.

Garvey was also an instrumental player in helping his team reach 3 World Series championship match-ups in a 5-year span.  Garvey’s Dodgers made it to the Fall Classic in 1974, 1977, and 1978 – losing all three times.  But during those championship games, Garvey shined.  He boasts a .319 batting average in World Series play along with 1 home run, 6 RBI, and 5 runs scored.

Happy Birthday Mr. Garvey!!!

Hank Aaron 2102 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’

Hank Aaron 2102 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’

Now this is a sharp looking baseball card!

I had not seen this set, or even heard of it, until I came across this card of Henry Aaron.  But as soon as I did find it, there was no way that I was going to let it escape me.

Topps issued the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ subset in 2012, and it features checklist that is baseball royalty.  And it is led by the great, Hank Aaron.

Here is the card:

VINTAGE AARON

I wanted to learn a little more about the set as I had not seen a single card like this at any of the card shows that I had been too.

So, after a quick Google search, I found this from Topps.com:

Every week (for nine straight weeks), Topps has been announcing  a “Prime 9 Player of the Week”.  Collectors holding the corresponding Prime 9 Redemption cards, found in packs of Topps Series 1, for that week have been visiting participating HTA stores and redeeming for exclusive limited edition Topps Chrome Refractors (full checklist below)

Stay tuned for more exciting HTA hobby store promotions brought to you by Topps!

Week 1            Willie Mays
Week 2            Babe Ruth
Week 3            Hank Aaron
Week 4            Reggie Jackson
Week 5            Mickey Mantle
Week 6           Alex Rodriguez
Week  7           Ernie Banks
Week  8           Frank Robinson
Week  9           Albert Pujols

That is baseball royalty right there (personally I would have thrown in Schmidt for Pujols, but that is just me….).