Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #11 – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #11 – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #11 – Miguel Cabrera

CAREER DAY 11

Career Day – May 28, 2010.  On this day, Miguel Cabrera was responsible for all four runs scored by the Detroit Tigers as they battled the Oakland Athletics.  And all of the runs came courtesy of the long-ball!  Cabrera hit three home runs on the day, as he went 3-for-4 while driving in four runs.  The Tigers would lose to the A’s by a score of 5-4.

Progress – 11/25

Hank Aaron 2000 Upper Deck ‘Epic Performance’

Hank Aaron 2000 Upper Deck ‘Epic Performance’

I love the theme of the card, but the execution is just a but too busy for my liking…

This card comes from the 2000 Upper Deck ‘Epic Performance’ set and it features the great Hank Aaron.

I like the overall look of the card, and I can never get enough of that vintage Braves uniform that Aaron is sporting in the photo that was used for the card.  The gold stamping adds a nice touch of royalty to the card, and it works when showcasing a card of Aaron.

It’s the repeated ‘Incredible’ and ‘Awesome’ that pours down the right-side of the card that is just a bit too much for me.  Yes, Hank Aaron was incredible.  And yes, he was awesome.  But, do I need to see it presented in that manner 33 times on the card’s front??

VINTAGE AARON

A very nice addition to my Hank Aaron collection.  Just a bit overdone…

Alan Trammell 1989 Upper Deck

Alan Trammell 1989 Upper Deck

Upper Deck wowed us in 1989.  With their foil packaging and color photos on the back of the card, the brand was ground-breaking, and it changed baseball card production for years to come.

Upper Deck used a sturdy card stock with a super high-gloss finish to produce one of the most collected sets of all-time.

And while they are noted for their supremacy when it comes to design, style, and packaging, they did not always offer the best images.

Case in point, Alan Trammell’s card from the 1989 set.

See below:

Far from horrendous, but far from awesome as well, this photo of Trammell captures nothing special to look at it.  It is also badly cropped, not very well lit…

You can’t win them all.

1987 HEADLINE: Billy Williams Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1987 HEADLINE: Billy Williams Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ was the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs outfield for sixteen major league seasons.  A player that owned one of the best left-handed swings in the history of the game, Williams was dynamic at the plate.  For his career, he connected for 2,711 hits with 434 doubles, 428 home runs, 1,475 RBI, and 1,419 runs scored.  A Rookie of the Year award winner and 6-time All-Star, Williams also finished as a runner-up for the MVP award twice.

Williams was voted into the Hall of Fame on his sixth ballot.  He collected 354 of 413 votes cast.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Fleer Major League Prospects Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Fleer Major League Prospects Rookie Baseball Cards!!!

What can I say, I have had rookie cards on the brain for the last few weeks.

First, it started with my ranking the ‘Top Ten Donruss Rated Rookie Cards’ and from there I jumped into the ‘Top Ten Topps Traded Rookie Cards’.

It is only right that I give Fleer some press time too.  From 1985-1990, Fleer issued multi-player rookie cards in their base sets.  The cards featured two players, sometimes on the same time and sometimes not.

Sadly, they are just not able to live up to the excitement that Donruss and Topps brought to the rookie baseball card game.  But, they did try.  And just like a rookie card prospector that is seeking out the best rookies from the next crop of hopefuls, Fleer had some hits.  But they also had a ton of misses too!

And now, without further ado, it is time to offer up the ‘Top Ten Fleer Major League Prospects Rookie Baseball Cards’.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Rob Deer, Glen Davis, Devon White, Joe Girardi, and Moises Alou.

10 – Kevin Seitzer, 1987.

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9 – Danny Tartabull, 1985.

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8 – Kevin Brown, 1989.

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7 – Shawon Dunston, 1985.

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6 – Benito Santiago, 1986.

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5 – Paul O’Neill, 1986.

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4 – Andres Galarraga, 1986.

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3 – Mark Grace, 1988.

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2 – Jose Canseco, 1986.

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1 – Cecil Fielder, 1986.

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Not horrible, but not terribly exciting either.  I tell you what – If Fleer did not have these cards in their 1986 base set, I would never have been able to snag ten for this list…  Fleer tried, but their crop of 1980’s rookie cards just cannot live up to the excitement that Donruss and Topps brought.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite card from the Major League Prospects subset from Fleer?  Did I miss one that you think belongs on the list?

Let me hear it.

And as always, Thanks for reading!!