Daily Archives: February 15, 2013

Pete Rose 1994 Upper Deck Baseball ‘The American Epic’ – 1985

Pete Rose 1994 Upper Deck Baseball ‘The American Epic’ – 1985

Don’t get me wrong, I am a big-time fan of Peter Edward Rose.  Watching him collect the hit that broke Ty Cobb’s record for most career hits remains as one of the greatest memories I have of watching sports on television.

I am just not happy with this card.

Take a look:


Wasn’t Upper Deck supposed to be the ground-breaking company?  The one known for their vivid use of color?  The one with the great cardstock, and imagination?

Somebody was sleeping on the job when this card passed by the editor’s desk.

We deserved to much more than this when Upper Deck released this card in 1994.

And Pete deserved a hell of a lot better, too!!

1998 Bowman Florida Marlins Team Set

1998 Bowman Florida Marlins Team Set

When I bought this team set, I was immediately intrigues because sets that follow a team’s championship winning season tend to offer a little more ‘special’ than others.

And then I started sifting through the cards.  And as I did this, I started to feel the need to scratch my head.  And then I asked myself – ‘Who the hell is Gabe Gonzalez? And Jaime Jones?  And Nelson Lara? And Julio Ramirez?  John Roskos?  And Eddie Yarnall?

Pretty soon I was having a full-blown conversation with myself.

And then I realized what it was…

This is what is left when your team’s management dumps everything that brought you success.

And this is what your roster looks like after a fire-sale!!!




But hey, all is not lost.  We have Kevin Millar.  And Derek Lee.  And Eddie Yarnall!!

Mike Schmidt 1985 Fleer

Mike Schmidt 1985 Fleer

Now this baseball card right here is a beauty!!!

Check it out:

From the 1985 Fleer baseball card set, this is the base card of Phillies legend, Mike Schmidt.

Fleer’s use of the Red frame really works well with the Maroon accents of Schmidt’s uniform.  Between the Dark Gray border of the card, and the darker colors of Maroon and Blue that make up Schmidt’s uniform, the Red frame really pops!!!

A great addition to my Mike Schmidt collection!!

It looks like he might have gotten a hold of one too…

Happy Birthday Ron Cey!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Cey!!!

Ron Cey turns 65 years old today!!

If I could use 1 word to describe Ron Cey’s baseball abilities it would be = SOLID.  This guy appears to have had no weakness!!!

In his 17-season career, Cey established himself as a good hitter for average and power with the ability to drive in runs.  I think that one of the greatest factors of this was that Cey played with the same players for half of his career.  As a member of the LA Dodgers in the 1970’s Cey was on an infield line-up that played together for 8 straight seasons.  By the end, they were a well-oiled offensive and defensive powerhouse and ended up winning the World Series in 1981 while Cey took home the Series MVP Award.

A real friend of the fans, Mr. Cey has signed tons of autographs for his fans in lightning quick time.  In the past year alone, he has signed for me three times.  And each time, he delivers a beautiful signature and usually in less than 10 days time!!

Happy Birthday and Thank You Mr. Cey!!!

Valentine’s Day Brings Baseball Cards!!!

Valentine’s Day Brings Baseball Cards!!!

Some people get flowers.

Some get candy.

Others get fancy jewelry.

And some receive anything and everything in between…


I get baseball cards.  And I would have to say that I am more than happy with getting that versus any of the possible above mentioned gifts.

For Valentine’s Day, my wife hooked me up with 5 rack packs of 2013 Topps.

I didn’t have enough time to scan all of the cards, but I figured that a nice, impromptu ‘Top Ten List’ was certainly in order.

But, before dropping my favorite ten cards from the packs on you, I wanted to take a second to commend Topps on some fantastic photography choices used within the 2013 set.

Here are a few examples:


And now, on to the ‘Top Ten Cards Pulled From My Valentine’s Day Baseball Card Bonanza’!!!

10 – Josh Johnson, base and final Marlins card


9 – Bob Feller, Chasing History


8 – Nelson Cruz, Cut To The Chase


7 – Ken Griffey, Jr., Chasing History


6 – Hank Aaron, Chasing History


5 – Rickey Henderson, Chasing History


4 – Roberto Clemente, Chasing History


3 – Matt Kemp, shiny Green parallel


2 – Giancarlo Stanton, 1972 mini


1 – Mike Trout, Wal-Mart Blue parallel


Not a bad haul.  Can you guess what my favorite subset is from the 2013 Series One release??  LOL

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to my wife and kids for the great goodies.

And yes, they got me a little chocolate treat as well – in the shape of a hollow baseball mitt!!

Love you guys!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Judging The Career Of Albert Belle

Hall Of Fame Debate: Judging The Career Of Albert Belle

You may recall that when I debuted ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ a few months ago that my first post in the series was titled ‘Gimme Five’.

Essentially, what I asked for was for the readers of this blog to give me the names of five players that were eligible for Hall of Fame induction that had yet to be enshrined but were worthy.  Well, I took all of the names received and made a giant list to use as inspiration for the series.

The list is lengthy, and while this series has  been running for a few months now, I have yet to really make a dent in it.  So, hopefully you are liking the series and enjoying spending some time with ’30-YOC’ on Thursday nights.

This week, we are going to discuss the career of Albert Belle.  His major league career may have lasted just 12 seasons, but the numbers are impossible to ignore.

Belle finished his career with a .295 batting average.  He collected 1,726 hits in 12 seasons, including 389 doubles, triples, and 381 home runs.  He scored 974 runs during his playing days, and was responsible for 1,239 RBI.

Belle was a 5-time All-Star and 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner.  He finished in the Top 8 for the MVP award five times, including a runner-up finish in 1995.

Belle made it to the postseason twice in his career, 1995 and 1996.  In ’95, he played in the World Series but his Indians team lost to the Braves in six games.

Albert Belle

Belle’s run production was unreal.  Not only was he able to consistently deliver the long-ball, but he also drove in runs at an accelerated pace.

In 12 seasons, Belle hit between 30-39 home runs five times, 40-49 homers twice, and hit 50 home runs (league leader) in 1995.  Belle drove in 100 or more runs in nine straight seasons, from 1992-2000, including a career high of 148 RBI in 1996.  Belle led the American League in RBI at the end of the 1993, 1995, and 1996 seasons.  In total, Belle had eight 30/100 seasons.

And now for some Hall of Fame comparisons….

Dave Winfield’s single-season high in home runs was 37 – Albert Belle tied or topped that five times.

Jim Rice had three 30/100 seasons – Albert Belle did it eight times.

Mike Schmidt retired with a .267 batting average, with just one season of .300 or better – Belle left the game with a .295 batting average and four seasons of .300 or better.

Cal Ripken Jr collected 100 or more RBI in 4 of his 21 major league seasons.  Belle did that in nine of his twelve big league campaigns.

Andre Dawson amassed 4,787 total bases in 21 big league seasons – good for a 227.9 per season average.  Belle collected 3,330 in 12 seasons, good for an average of 277.5.

Now, I am not saying that Albert Belle is better than any of these players; I am simply trying to compare what he did to some other notable Hall of Fame outfielders from a similar era.  He left the game after the 2000 baseball season when he was just 33-years old.

Belle’s numbers stack up well, and there is no telling what his career numbers would have looked like had he played closer to the age of 40 than 30.

Is he Hall of Fame worthy?  I don’t believe so.  And I would not give him my vote.  But, what he accomplished on the baseball diamond cannot be ignored.  In a compact span of years, Belle accomplished feats similar to those of Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols – just the company alone has to make you think a bit about his place in baseball history, doesn’t it?

What do you think?  Would you cast a vote for Albert Belle?