Daily Archives: December 24, 2012

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

I don’t have graphics skills or photo editing skills, but if you replaced Frank Robinson’s baseball bat with a golf club on his 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball card, you would have another perfect image.

Agreed?

VINTAGE F ROBINSN

Willie Stargell 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Willie Stargell 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Willie Stargell played in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  He made it to the playoffs in six of those seasons, and ended up playing in two World Series match-ups: 1971 & 1979.

Stargell and his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates wound up on the winning side of both of those World Series battles, securing the championship in each series.  In total, Stargell played in 14 World Series games and compiled some pretty solid numbers.  Those numbers include: 12 hits in 30 at-bats, good for a .400 batting average; 4 doubles; 3 home runs; 7 runs scored; 7 RBI.

Stargell’s play in the 1979 World Series was solid enough to garner the World Series MVP Award.  

VINTAGE STRAGELL

Eric Davis 1988 Fleer

Eric Davis 1988 Fleer

I have always found the 1988 Fleer baseball card design to be one that is either extremely complimentary or extremely awful.  A lot of that depends on the player that is the main attraction.

And for this card of Eric Davis from that set, it settles in on the extremely complimentary side.

Have a look:

First off, the photo of Eric Davis in phenomenal – caught in his back-swing of a mighty cut, Davis appears to have gotten a hold of one on this swing.

And with the diagonal Red and Blue lines that run through the border of the card, the lines created by Davis’ bat and his arms create a very natural flow to the card.

A very nice addition to my Eric Davis collection.

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Donruss Rated Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Donruss Rated Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

I was going through a random stack of Cubs baseball cards from the 1980’s the other night and I ran across several cards from in-set subsets and insert cards that brought back a ton of memories from my youth as a baseball card collector.

Among the cards were a few Donruss Rated Rookie cards that made me pause and smile.  I used to really like the Rated Rookie subset and eagerly awaited the next Donruss release just to catch a glimpse of who they chose for the new set that year.

Like most rookie cards, the players selected were hit or miss.  For every future Cy Young pitcher, there was a Greg Swindell card.  For every future Gold Glove defender, there was a Jose Lind card.  And for every future member of the 500 Home Run Club, there was a Mackey Sasser card.

Still, over the spread of time that the Rated Rookie subset was included in the base set of Donruss’ releases (1984-1985), they did have their fare share of hits.

I thought it would be fun to look back and choose a ‘Top Ten’ for these cards as I was in my collecting prime as these rookie cards were highly coveted.

So, without any more chit-chat, let’s get right down to it – Here are my ‘Top Ten Donruss Rated Rookie baseball cards!!!

Honorable Mention – 1984: Tony Fernandez, Sid Fernandez. 1985 – Shawon Dunston. 1986 – Paul O’Neill, Andres Galarraga, Danny Tartabull. 1987 – Benito Santiago, Devon White, Rafael Palmeiro. 1988 – Al Leiter, Mark Grace. 1989 – Sandy Alomar, Jr., Gregg Jefferies. 1990 – Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile, Ben McDonald, Steve Avery, Delino DeShields, Greg Vaughn.

10 – Gary Sheffield, 1989

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9 – Randy Johnson, 1989

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8 – Mark McGwire – 1987

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7 – Fred McGriff, 1986

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6 – Joe Carter, 1984

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5 – Roberto Alomar, 1988

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4 – Bo Jackson, 1987

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3 – Greg Maddux, 1987

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2 –  Ken Griffey, Jr., 1989

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1 – Jose Canseco, 1986

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And there you have it.  Quite a list, huh??

I based my rankings on a multitude of things, but ultimately it came down to how significant I thought the card was at its time of release, how important the card was when the player was at his prime, and how collected the card is today.  I did not use any science in my measurements to get to these rankings – just my feel for the hobby 25+ years ago and at the present time.

How are my rankings?  Dead-on or Way-off??  Let me know what you think.

Oh, and here is one more peek at that fantastic Rated Rookie logo:

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Enjoy!  And have a great evening.