Daily Archives: December 29, 2012

Mickey Mantle 2007 Topps Turkey Red

Mickey Mantle 2007 Topps Turkey Red

I scooped up this card with the same purchase that I made on the prior post that featured Reggie Jackson.

And yes, I paid just $0.18 for this one too!!!

Have a look:


I have never actively sought out baseball cards of Mickey Mantle.  As a matter of fact, this is the first Mantle card that I have ever purchased for myself.

It’s not that I don’t like or care for ‘Mick’.  I just know that there is so many cards of him out there that it would be hard to build a collection of him that would stand out as being impressive.

But, if I were to have the desire to collect cards of Mantle, having this card from the 2007 Topps Turkey Red set would certainly be a nice starting point and centerpiece.


Reggie Jackson 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Reggie Jackson 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

I keep trying to haul in modern cards of Reggie Jackson for my collection.  And while I have yet to anoint him with the tag of ‘Player Collection’ I have to admit that I have a rapidly growing collection of modern cards that feature Mr. October as the primary subject.

The newest card to this collection cost me just eighteen cents in a recent purchase that I made on www.sportlots.com.

The card comes from the 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set.

And it looks pretty good, if you ask me.

See for yourself:



I have always been a big fan of this set.  I like the very basic picture frame styled border that Fleer used for these.  And while not a traditional baseball color, the brownish/maroonish color of the frame allows for the image to leap off of the card.

Oh, and the oversized images are great too!!

1982 Fleer Rollie Fingers – ‘Most Saves 1981 American League’

1982 Fleer Rollie Fingers – ‘Most Saves 1981 American League’

Rollie Fingers was on a ‘baseball high’ at the conclusion of the 1981 baseball season.  He was the American League’s Cy Young Award Winner and its Most Valuable Player.

Fleer tried to commemorate the occasion with this:

A far cry from stupendous, and much closer to awful, at least they tried.  So, I will give them credit for that.  But that is about it…

Nice batting glove Rollie!!

There Were Nine Packs Of 2012 Panini Cooperstown In My Christmas Stocking. Come See What I Pulled!!!

There Were Nine Packs Of 2012 Panini Cooperstown In My Christmas Stocking.  Come See What I Pulled!!!

I have to say that my wife and kids did a solid job this year of sticking to the theme of baseball for me this holiday season.  And what is even more nice, is that they went out of their way to surprise me with a few things that I did not ask for, but will certainly enjoy.

Case in point – The nine packs of 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards that were in my stocking!!!

I was so surprised by this gift that I didn’t even rip the packs open until the day after the holiday.

But, they have all been scanned now and I am ready to share them with you.

Ready?  Good.

Here we go:

Pack 1 – favorite card Willie Stargell


Pack 2 – Ozzie, Cal, Nolan Ryan, and a Ty Cobb induction card


Pack 3 – Hall history, Jackie, Cal, and a classic card of umpire Al Barlick!


Pack 4 – lots of vintage players


Pack 5 – Banks, Foxx, Ryno, and a sweet High Praise card of Johnny Bench


Pack 6 – Eh….


Pack 7 – Yount.  And the Museum Pieces card of Christy Mathewson’s cap is pretty nice…


Pack 8 – Winfield, Brooks, Gwynn, and a fire marshall.


Pack 9 – Carter and Campy!


Unfortunately, I did not pull a Dawson or Jenkins or Palmer or Reggie or Morgan or Billy or Ron…

But, I do really like these cards.  I enjoy the look back at the players that make up the Hall of Fame, and I have to be honest when I say that there are many in the packs that I got that I have never heard of.

The design of the cards is appealing to me, though I don’t really care for so many cut-off images just for the sake of keeping team logos out of the card’s images.

I also have to say that I was a bit surprised by how many doubles I pulled.  I don’t know how many total cards can be found in the set, but I have more doubles than what I expected considering that you only get five cards per pack.

So, I have a little organizing to do.  Am I considering collecting the base set?  Yes.  Will I?  Time will tell.   But for now, I will collate my cards and then compare it to the checklist to see what kind of effort it would take to complete the whole thing.

Did you see anything you liked in there?  Anything that you may need for your sets or player collections?  If so, let me know.  Maybe we can make a few trades to get us both closer to where we want to be with this set.  Let me know.

Thanks for reading!!  And ‘Thanks’ again to my family for the great surprise in my stocking.