2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-8 – Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros
I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set. The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.
The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.
This is card#8 – Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros
The dominant day – September 26, 1981. Ryan’s first no-hitter in the National League took a bit longer than his earlier ones, but that is because his offense was giving hm a ton of support. And that was all Ryan needed to capture his 5th career no-hitter. Going 9 innings while striking out 11 and walking 3, Ryan dominated an All-star filled Dodgers lineup.
Progress – 8/15
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Tagged 300 wins, 5000 strikeouts, 7 no-hitters, all-star, angels, baseball, baseball cards, baseball legend, baseball milestones, california angels, Hall Of Fame, HOF, no hitter, nolan ryan, starting pitcher
Juan Marichal 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – 1962 Topps Design
While Juan Marichal was just 24 years old as he entered the 1962 baseball season, he was performing like a veteran.
In just his third major league season, Marichal was quickly becoming the ‘Ace’ of the San Francisco Giants’ pitching staff.
His numbers from the 1962 season include: 36 starts, 18-11 record, 18 complete games, 3 shutouts, 1 save, 3.36 ERA, 262.2 innings pitched, and 153 strikeouts.
Marichal was selected to his first of nine All-Star games in 1962.
This card is sweet. I have to guess that back n 1962, no team’s look worked better with the ’62 Topps design than the Giants. The wood-grain border compliments the Giants uniform perfectly!
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Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, candlestick park, giants, Hall Of Fame, HOF, juan marichal, pitcher, pitching legend, san francisco giants, starting pitcher
1975 Topps – 1974 World Series Game 3 Highlights Starring Rollie Fingers
Rollie Fingers closed the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1974 World Series.
And while he allowed one run in his 1.2 inning performance, it was enough to capture the win and give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 victory, and a 2-1 lead in the Fall Classic of 1974.
Rollie’s stat line looked like this – 6 batters faced, 2 hits allowed, 1 run given up, and 1 strikeout.
This card, from the 1975 Topps set, does a nice job commemorating that night of October 15, 1974.
A very nice addition to my Rollie Fingers player collection!
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Tagged 1972 world series, 1973 world series, 1974 world series, baseball, baseball cards, brewers, closer, cy young, cy young award, milwaukee brewers, most valuable player, MVP, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, pitcher, relief pithcer, reliever, rollie fingers, world series
From 1903-1914, Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson won at least 20 games in each baseball season played. His win totals per year ranged from 22-37 victories.
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Tagged baseball, baseball cards, baseball trivia, Christy Mathewson, Did You Know...., Hall Of Fame, hall of fame trivia, HOF, HOF trivia, pitcher, sports trivia, starting pitcher
I Desperately Want A Hank Aaron Signed Baseball For My Collection. But…
Look, I know that I have very little chances of meeting Hank Aaron in person. And if I did, I have read enough to know that he is not the most gracious ‘free’ signer out there. And I completely understand that too.
So, that means that if I want to add a signed ball of Mr. Aaron to my collection, I am going to have to buy one. And since he sits alone atop of my ‘Want List’ on my signed ball list, I shop for his autograph often.
But, his signature puzzles me terribly. There are so many out there, and so many variations that I am not sure which one to go after.
There is the vintage auto:
And then the modern one:
And here is one from an ‘in-between’ time:
So, what I do know is that regardless of the auto that I eventually get of Hank’s, I will demand that it be accompanied with a COA from a very reputable source. I’ll keep you posted on that journey…
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Tagged 3000 hits, 500 home run club, 500 HR, 500 HR club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball hero, batting champion, batting title, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, hank aaron, HOF, home run king, most valuable player, MVP, world series