Daily Archives: January 21, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #12 – Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #12 – Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees

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 #12 – Reggie Jackson


The Career Day – October 18, 1977. Often considered as the greatest offensive performance in World Series history, Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in consecutive at-bats that propelled the New York Yankees to a World Series championship in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.  Each of the three home runs came on the first pitch Jackson saw from the pitcher.  On the day he was 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored and 5 RBI.  He also was walked one time in the game.

Progress – 12/25

Ron Santo 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Where Was This Picture Taken???

Ron Santo 2012 Panini Cooperstown

As I told you a few days ago, I went on a little bit of a shopping spree for cards from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set.

I went after most of the guys that I have built collections of, and a few surprises too.

Here is the card of Ron Santo from the set:


It’s nice to see a very young picture of Santo being used.  He was a fun and energetic player, and a true igniter of offense for the Cubs teams of the 1960’s.

I do have a question though – Where was this photo taken??

To be honest, it looks like the shot was snapped in the backyard of my next door neighbor’s house from my middle school days.  The Henderson’s had a fence just like that!!! 

Seriously, where was this photo snapped?  If you know, please share the info.  Thank you.

Steve Carlton 2004 Fleer Greats

Steve Carlton 2004 Fleer Greats

I don’t know why, but Steve Carlton does not get the same love as his pitching counterparts from the 1970s and 1980s when it comes to modern-day baseball card releases.

Yes, he is included in modern releases, jut not at the same rate as Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and others.

His numbers stack up, there is no doubting that fact.  And he suited up for some historic franchises (STL, PHI, CHW), so I just don’t know why ‘Lefty’ is left out of so many sets and why others are included in almost every new release…

Thankfully, Fleer included Carlton in their 2004 Fleer Greats set.

This card is gorgeous, and I am very happy to have it in my collection.


Hopefully I will be able to add some more cards of Carlton to my collection with a 2013 copyright date.

1979 Topps – 1978 ‘Leading Firemen’ With Rich Gossage and Rollie Fingers

1979 Topps – 1978 ‘Leading Firemen’ With Rich Gossage and Rollie Fingers

Why not celebrate a little baseball history on this Monday morning??

This baseball card comes from the 1979 Topps set and it features the top closers in the American and National League from the 1978 baseball season.

Here is the card:


Yes, his famous mustache is missing, but that is Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage on the left and his Hall of Fame counterpart on the right, Rollie Fingers.

Each player led their league in saves at the conclusion of the 1978 baseball season.  Gossage paced the AL with 27 while Fingers led all of baseball with 37.

And that is your baseball history lesson for this Monday.  Have a nice day.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Cards From The ‘Donruss Rookies’ Mid-Season Sets!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Cards From The ‘Donruss Rookies’ Mid-Season Sets!!!

Just like the other companies producing baseball cards in the 1980’s, Donruss saw a need to produce sets during the season that captured the attention of collectors.

While some companies issued cards of rookie players and players that traded teams during the early parts of the season, Donruss stuck strictly to rookie cards.  That is probably why the set carried the name of ‘Donruss, The Rookies’.

The sets were issued from 1986-1992, and stared as a 56-card set but ended at 132 cards in 1992.  The set was highly collectible when released, and some of the best rookie cards from the decade were found in these ‘second’ sets.

And now, on to the list!!!

Like most of my other rookie-related ‘Top Ten Lists’, I am going after the cards that were highly coveted when released and still have value and appeal amongst today’s collectors.  Staying power is the theme!!

Honorable Mention: Wally Joyner (86), Kevin Mitchell (86), Ruben Sierra (86), Matt Williams (87), Chris Sabo (88), Jim Abbott (89), Omar Vizquel (89), Carlos Baerga (90), Tim Wakefiled (92).

10 – Edgar Martinez, 1988


9 – Deion Sanders, 1989


8 – Jeff Kent, 1992


7 – Will Clark, 1986


6 – Jeff Bagwell, 1991


5 – Bo Jackson, 1986


4 – Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez, 1991


3 – Manny Ramirez, 1992


2 – Pedro Martinez, 1991


1 – Barry Bonds, 1986


And there you have it!!  My Top Ten cards from the ‘Donruss Rookies’ brand.

Let me tell you, I switched these around a handful of times; especially numbers 9 and 10 and a few of the Honorable Mention guys.  I could have easily taken this list to 15 official spots, but then I would have to rename the post, build a new category, and get it approved by the MLB.

So, I stuck with just 10.  Did I get them right?  Are my selections way out of line?  Did I completely miss someone??

Let me hear it!!!  And have a great night.