Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

1995 Leaf Florida Marlins Team Set

1995 Leaf Florida Marlins Team Set

I’m not sure when and how the people at Donruss decided what years they would release Leaf baseball cards and what years that they would skip them, but I am very happy to see that they were issuing cards in the mid-1990s.

This is when I took a hiatus from collecting, so I am still getting caught up on how the huge number of baseball card brands and sets that were issued during that time.

I had this Andre Dawson card in my collection from this 1995 Leaf set for some time, but besides that, I had never really seen these cards before.

And I have to say, the 1995 Leaf set is really, really nice to look at.

See for yourself:

1995 LEAF A

1995 LEAF B

The cards feature full-sized photos with great,bright colors.  It looks like most of the photos were taken from day games which helps with the natural lighting.  I also really like the small cameo used in the upper-left corner; anytime I see a shot like this, I always go right back to the 1983 Topps classic set!

Great work by Donruss/Leaf on this one!!

Eddie Murray 2012 Topps Tribute – Base

Eddie Murray 2012 Topps Tribute – Base

I firmly believe someone at Topps is an Eddie Murray fan.  I have no reason to believe that this is not the case.  As a matter of fact, I may have to do a little investigation to confirm my beliefs…

Each and every newly released Eddie Murray baseball card that I come across that has been issued by Topps looks fantastic.

Don’t believe me, check out the card below.  It is from the 2012 Topps Tribute set:


Pretty nice, huh? 

This card is more than nice.  It is stellar.  The colors are bold and vibrant.  The photo selection is top-notch.  And the fonts and font sizes being used are perfect.

Yes, I know that all Topps Tribute cards are nice.  And yes, I know that the whole set features the same great fonts.  But, it is the overall look and feel of the card that makes me stop at this one versus some of the others that I have come across from the set.

For me, this card has the ‘WOW’ factor!!!



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2001 Topps Archives – 1976 Strikeout Leaders Featuring Nolan Ryan & Tom Seaver

2001 Topps Archives – 1976 Strikeout Leaders Featuring Nolan Ryan & Tom Seaver

Gotta love when Topps throws a card at you that makes you cherish a player or two.

And for me, that is exactly what happens when a Topps Archives baseball card brings back a league leader card.  It is time to celebrate the accomplishments of these players – and Topps does a great job of gently reminding us of that.

I picked up this 2001 Topps Archives card for a quarter.  It is a reprint of the 1977 Topps card that celebrates the Strikeout leaders from the 1976 baseball season.

Have a look:


Nolan Ryan led the majors, and the American League, with 327 strikeouts in 1976.  Far behind, but still the National League leader, was former teammate Tom Seaver with 235.

I don’t know about you, but I would gladly pay a quarter to take a ride down memory lane!  Thank you Topps Archives!!

Mike Schmidt 1981 Topps

Mike Schmidt 1981 Topps

For some reason Topps was not consistent with their All-Star baseball card releases back a few decades ago.

In 1980 and 1981 there were no extra cards included in the set to honor the All-Stars.  But for the remainder of the decade, Topps gave each All-Star an extra card in the set.

For the 1981 Topps set, Topps simply added an extra headline to the cards that featured the All-Star players.

For the American League players, it read ‘A.L. All-Star’ and for the National League guys, it said ‘N.L. All-Star’.

This is Mike Schmidt’s card from the set.

Yes, he was an All-Star.  And the card shouts that fact, loudly and proudly!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Fred McGriff. YES or NO

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Fred McGriff.  YES or NO

We are just 30 hours removed from one of the biggest baseball announcements in recent history.  And the ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ continues to march onward!!!

I will be the first person to admit that I am an opinionated guy.  I don’t hide from that fact; it is simply part of my personality.

But, I am not so opinionated that I cannot be educated or even swayed with my opinion.

And when it comes to discussions about my favorite sport and hobby, I tend to be pretty passionate with my opinions.

That all leads up to this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’.  Fred McGriff is a guy that I really don’t have a strong opinion about.  Sure, I cheered for him as a player and I thought he was really, really good; even fantastic at times.  I just don’t know if he is worthy of Hall of Fame enshrinement.

As a player, McGriff is probably best known for being a top-notch run producer.  During his 19 seasons in the big leagues, McGriff drove in 1,550 runs including eight seasons of at least 100 or more RBI.  He also had a knack for hitting home runs as he clubbed 493 dingers during his career, with 10 seasons of at least 30 or more home runs.

Those numbers are super-impressive.  It also shows that McGriff knew his role – to get runs across the plate.  And he did that very well!

But, is that enough for Hall of Fame entry?  I’m not so sure.

McGriff is a lifetime .284 hitter and has 2,490 career hits.  He is a five-time All-Star, and he won three Silver Slugger awards.  He is also a member of the 1995 World Series Championship winning Atlanta Braves.


McGriff was never considered the best player at his position at any time during his career.  He never really challenged for the league’s MVP Award, though he does have a few Top 10 finishes to his credit.  And when ranked amongst the All-Time greatest hitters, Baseball Reference puts McGriff between Sherry McGee and Buddy Bell, two players that hardly make you think Cooperstown.

So, where would my vote lie if I had to cast a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for ‘The Crime Dog’??


This is a very tough one for me.  But, I have to go with my gut.  And sadly, my gut says ‘No’.  There are just too many players from the same era of the sport that lasted just as long at McGriff that offered a more well-rounded game.  McGriff had a fantastic career, and I really enjoyed watching him amass some pretty solid numbers, but I just don’t think that he is worthy of being mentioned with the likes of the elite.

What do you think?  If you had a vote would Fred McGriff get it?  Has he accomplished enough as a big leaguer to earn his way into the Hall of Fame?  Make your case, you may just sway my vote….

But, until that time, I have to say ‘No’.