Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fergie Jenkins 2002 Team Topps Legends Certified Autograph Issue – 1966 Rookie Stars

Fergie Jenkins 2002 Team Topps Legends Certified Autograph Issue – 1966 Rookie Stars

If you recall my ‘Top Ten Wanted Cards’ than you would recognize the below image.  This card was on the list, and has been on my ‘Want List’ for a few years now.

Topps issued a nice little handful of certified Fergie Jenkins signed cards in the early 2000’s.  I have most of them, but this one has always eluded me.  I’m not sure as to why the price of this one was always higher than the others – maybe because it was a rookie card reprint, maybe the print run was smaller, maybe because I was also competing with Phillies collectors?  I’m still not sure…

But, finally, after years and years of waiting patiently, I GOT MINE!!!

Have a look:


The Blue autograph on this card looks perfect.  It is an on-card auto, and is placed perfectly next to the Topps ‘Team Topps Legends’ and ‘Certified Autograph Issue’ logos.

The first card that I knocked off my ‘Top Ten Wanted Cards’ list was a Sparky Anderson 1959 rookie card.  This is the second to be scratched off the list.

Hopefully my luck continues…

Thanks for reading!

Andre Dawson 1982 Permagraphics Credit Card

Andre Dawson 1982 Permagraphics Credit Card

Finally, another vintage oddball card to add to my Andre Dawson collection.

It’s been a while, but the hunt continues!!!



Yogi Berra 2011 Topps Kimball Champions Of Games & Sports – mini

Yogi Berra 2011 Topps Kimball Champions Of Games & Sports – mini

Just like the Lou Brock card from the same set that I showed off a week ago, this card of Yogi Berra from the 2011 Topps Kimball Champions set is great.

I love the style of these cards, and especially the smaller, action portrait that is on the bottom.

Have a look:


This card makes me start wondering about the full set.  I have a few more cards from this set, but I may need to investigate the complete checklist a bit further…

Time to web surf!

Rickey Henderson 2012 Panini Cooperstown

Rickey Henderson 2012 Panini Cooperstown

I’ve had some time since my Frank Robinson post to examine the 2012 Panini Cooperstown checklist a little more closely.

And some of my questions have been answered.  Not all of the players that were dominant in multiple uniforms are featured in more than once card in the base set.  There is only one card of Nolan Ryan, Gary Carter, and Tom Seaver in the base set.

And the same goes for Rickey Henderson.  He is featured as a member of the Oakland Athletics, and I have finally added that card to my collection!


Alan Trammell 1988 Score

Alan Trammell 1988 Score

There is something about this set!  I had so many of these cards as a kid that I guess they have left a permanent mark on my collecting brain.

I used to go nuts for the 1988 Score set.  For an inaugural set, Score was very solid.  They offered great, action photos, nice sharp images, and brightly colored borders.

Here is the card of Alan Trammell from the set:

I always wondered how they chose the border color that each player was assigned to.  Did they make each player available in all colors and then choose the best ones for the set?  Or did they come up with a complicated math formula that divided the number of players in the set by the number of colors and then organize them?

We may never know, but I do know that the 1988 Score set is one of my favorites from the 1980’s.


2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #13 – Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #13 – Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays

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 #13 – Evan Longoria


The Career Day – September 28, 2011.  Longoria put his Rays team on his back in this game.  With the team trailing 7-0, Longoria hit a 3-run home run to chip away at the lead and then a walk-off home run that advanced the Rays into the 2011 baseball playoffs.  On the day Longoria was 2-for-5 with 2 home runs, 4 RBI, and the greatest home run in Tampa Rays history.

Progress – 13/25

Jim Palmer 1987 K-Mart 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Jim Palmer 1987 K-Mart 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

I picked this one up on for just $0.18.

I really miss sets like these.  You used to be able to score a nice 30 or 40-card set for a few dollars and it was always star-studded.

For me, I used to buy two – one to keep complete and in tact, and one to break open and add into my various player collections.

Johnny Mize 2011 Topps ’60’ – Giants Single-Season Home Run

Johnny Mize 2011 Topps ’60’ – Giants Single-Season Home Run

Without a doubt, my favorite thing about modern baseball cards is the inclusion of baseball legends of the past into the sets.

Those additions allow us to remember and celebrate the great history of this sport.

And when Topps issued their ’60’ set to help celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2011, it suited collectors like me perfectly.

This is the card of Johnny Mize from the set.  The card acknowledges the highest single-season home run tallies in Giants history.


Of course, you expect to see the names of Barry Bonds and Willie Mays peppered throughout the list.  They are represented very well, with Bond’s name being listed three times and Mays being named four times.

Johnny Mize is tied for third on the list with Mays for his 51 home run season of 1947.

Amazingly, Willie McCovey is not on the list.  It ends at 46 home runs, so I guess that it is safe to assume that ‘Stretch; never hit 46 of more home runs in a single season.  I would not have guessed that…

And that is why I LOVE cards like this!

Ken Griffey Jr. 2007 Fleer Ultra Baseball Card

Ken Griffey Jr. 2007 Fleer Ultra Baseball Card

As he neared the end of his magical major league baseball career, Ken Griffey Jr may have looked a little different from he did when he made his major league debut in 1989.

A little heavier?  A little slower?  Not as sharp?  More thick in the chest and waist?

Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.

BUT – there is no mistaking the swing of Griffey when he connected for a home run.

And Fleer captured it perfectly for their 2007 Ultra baseball card of ‘The Kid’!!!

Have a look:


Eric Davis 1990 Score ‘ScoreMasters’

Eric Davis 1990 Score ‘ScoreMasters’

While I have never read it to be factual, I always thought that the short-lived ‘Score Masters’ set was Score’s answer to the Donruss Diamond King and Upper Deck Collector’s Choice team cards.

And you know what??   I like them; I like them a lot!!!

Check out the card from the 1990 set that features Cincinnati’s Eric Davis:

What I like most about these cards is that the player being featured is very recognizable.  And not just the player, but the uniform and background too.

When you examine this card, you can plainly see that Davis is playing at Wrigley Field.  Hell, you can even see those famous player-wristbands he is wearing!! 

And if you look super-close, you can see the person sitting in Row 2 behind him has mustard and relish on his Chicago Dawg!!

But seriously, a fantastic card that is brimming with bold colors!  A great addition to my Eric Davis player collection.