Daily Archives: February 1, 2013

Eddie Murray 2005 Upper Deck Trilogy Game-Used Bat Card – SWEET!!!

Eddie Murray 2005 Upper Deck Trilogy Game-Used Bat Card – SWEET!!!

I recently picked up three cards from the same seller on Ebay.  All three cards came from the same set, Upper Deck’s 2005 Trilogy ‘Generations Past Lumber’.

And without revealing the other two players that I nabbed, I will tell you that all three look incredible!

The colors that Upper Deck has used for this set are superb.  And coupled with a solid graphic design and a nice little piece of Game-Used baseball bat, you have an awesome baseball card.

Here is the card of Hall of Famer, Mr. Eddie Murray:

GU MURRAY

The card is serial numbered as 007/115, and this could very well be the best looking relic card in my Eddie Murray collection thus far.

Loving It!!!

2003 Fleer Double Headers ‘Keystone Combinations’ Featuring Pee Wee Reese & Joe Morgan

2003 Fleer Double Headers ‘Keystone Combinations’ Featuring Pee Wee Reese & Joe Morgan

When I saw this card I immediately scooped it up just based on the looks alone…

VINTAGE MORGAN.REESE

The card was printed in 2003 by Fleer and is a part of their ‘Keystone Combinations’ set.  The set is a 10-card set, and I am guessing that Fleer paired some of the greatest second basemen and shortstops in the history of the sport for each card.

The set is a pretty neat idea, but the baseball purist in me would rather have seen the ‘Top Ten’ double-play tandems paired up in a set that was tagged as ‘Keystone Combinations’.

I’d like to see the rest of the checklist to see who else made the cut and who they were paired with…

Oh, and the card is a mini as well.

Mike Schmidt 1988 Score Highlights

Mike Schmidt 1988 Score Highlights

Score really tried to do it all with their debut set in 1988.  And I applaud them for all of their efforts!

Score offered us great rookie cards, a Reggie Jackson commemorative set, and a set that acknowledged highlights from the 1987 baseball season.

Mike Schmidt was included in the ‘Highlights’ set.  His card celebrates his joining the ‘500 HR Club’.

Enjoy.

1994 O-Pee-Chee Florida Marlins Team Set

1994 O-Pee-Chee Florida Marlins Team Set

I don’t think that the O-Pee-Chee baseball card sets get their just due from collectors.  In the 80’s I can see why, as there was just a single logo change on the front of the card that differentiated them from the Topps brand.

But when the designs became original, they looked great.

I recently scooped this Marlins team set from the 1994 O-Pee-Chee brand, and it looks great!

Have a peek:

1994 O PEE CHEE

The set features a lot of great action photography.  And the Teal nameplate works very well with the Marlins colors.

And that Jeff Conine card makes me think of ‘The Terminator’!!!

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Dale Murphy VS Andre Dawson VS Jim Rice

Hall Of Fame Debate: Dale Murphy VS Andre Dawson VS Jim Rice

I am truly saddened to see how little support the BWAA gave Dale Murphy as he entered and exited his 15th and final season on the Hall of Fame ballot.

As a kid growing up in South Florida in the 1980’s, I was taught the game of baseball by watching the Atlanta Braves on WTBS.  And it was Dale Murphy who led the way with his supreme display of baseball’s five tools.

There was nothing that Murphy could not do – he could hit, deliver runs, steal bases, and play the outfield with grace.

It was right around 1982-83 that I really started enjoying watching baseball on TV and there was no better player to watch during that time than Murphy.

His numbers compare very well to those that starred during the same era.  He played on some horrible teams (finishing in last place in 7 of his 15 seasons with the Braves).  But, based on what you saw him bring to the game each and every time he went into the outfield or approached home plate, there is no denying that Murphy played to win.

For this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame’ debate, I thought it would be fun to compare him to two other players that starred in the same era, Andre Dawson and Jim Rice.  Both of these Hall Of Famers were elected late in the election process, but unlike Murphy they were able to gain support from the BWAA as their number of years remaining on the ballot neared an end.

During their prime seasons, Murphy, Dawson, and Rice were all at one time or another considered as elite players.  And while that status may not have lasted as long as other more notable Hall Of Fame outfielders, these guys were superstars and beloved members of their ‘home’ teams.

Since the only chance Murphy has of gaining HOF entry now lies in the hands of the Veterans Committee, I thought we would take a different approach to this week’s topic.

Instead of voting a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for a player, let’s rank them – 1,2,3.

But, before we do that, let me present you with some stats:

  Murphy Dawson Rice
Seasons 18 21 16
Games Played 2180 2627 2089
Hits 2111 2774 2452
Average 0.265 0.279 0.298
On-Base 0.346 0.323 0.352
Slugging 0.469 0.482 0.502
Doubles 350 503 373
Triples 39 98 79
Home Runs 398 438 382
30-HR Seasons 5 3 4
40-HR Seasons 1 1 1
Runs Scored 1197 1373 1249
RBI 1266 1591 1451
100-RBI Seasons 5 4 8
30HR/100RBI Seasons 5 3 4
Stolen Bases 161 314 58
All-Star 7 8 8
Silver Slugger 4 4 2
Gold Glove 5 8 0
MVP 2 1 1
Post-Seasons 1 2 2
World Series 0 0 0

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Very solid careers from all three of these guys.  Any GM from the 70s, 80s, and today would love to have this kind of production out of an outfielder on their squad.

For me, these are the numbers that stand out the most:

  • Dawson’s games played (many while injured)
  • Dawson’s career hits
  • Rice’s batting average
  • Dawson’s doubles
  • Murphy’s 30-HR seasons
  • Rice’s 100-RBI seasons
  • Murphy’s 30HR/100RBI seasons
  • Dawson’s stolen bases
  • Dawson’s gold gloves

It is very hard to separate my emotions out of the equation on this – anyone that reads this blog knows that Andre Dawson is my favorite player of all-time.

But, I will say that while Dawson was/is my favorite player, I did get to see Murphy play a lot more games on television than Dawson until I moved to Chicago in 1989.  And as for Jim Rice, I hardly got to see him play at all (with the exception being the 1986 WS).

Taking all of my memories of these guys into consideration, and reviewing their career numbers, I would rank these three players in this order:

(1) Andre Dawson (2) Dale Murphy (3) Jim Rice

Overall, I think that both Andre Dawson and Dale Murphy personified what a ‘5-Tool Player’ is supposed to offer.  And while Jim Rice might have hit for a much higher career batting average and been a more accomplished run producer, he did not offer the same threat as Dawson and Murphy did while on the base paths or in the outfield.

What do you think?  How would you rank these players?  Did I get this right, or am I off track??  Let me know what you think.

Oh, and for the record, I do believe that all three of these players belong in the Hall of Fame.

If I had a vote, Dale Murphy would be sitting alongside both Andre Dawson and Jim Rice in Cooperstown!!

Dale Murphy photo