Daily Archives: February 20, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-10 – Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-10 – Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

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#10 – Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

ARMANDO GALARRAGA

The Dominant Day – June 2, 2010.  We all vividly  remember this day.  Headed into the ninth inning, and the final out of the game, Armando Galarraga was pitching a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians.  Unfortunately, a missed call by the umpire cost Galarraga the game, and a chance to make history.  Still, he threw a complete game, allowed just one hit, and struck out three.

Progress – 10/15

Bob Gibson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘The Great Ones’

Bob Gibson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘The Great Ones’

Not only am I am pretty big fan of the Gypsy Queen brand of Topps baseball cards, but I also happen to really enjoy the subsets that are issued alongside the base set.

In 2011, Gypsy Queen gave us ‘The Great Ones’ and as the of the set suggests, it offers us a solid mix of former baseball legends.

And with a theme like that, you had better believe that Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson is in the set!!!

Here is the card:

VINTAGE GIBSON GQ

A great addition to my collection that honors Mr. Gibson’s career!

I can’t wait for the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen release…

1991 Fleer – 1990 World Series Featuring Eric Davis – NICE!!!!

1991 Fleer – 1990 World Series Featuring Eric Davis

For the life of me, I do not recall having this card in my collection as a kid.  And I had a TON of 1991 Fleer baseball cards.  Maybe all of ‘that Yellow’ did something to me?!?!

Anyways, this card comes from the 1991 Fleer baseball card set.  It honors the championship season of the Cincinnati Reds. 

And since the card features #44, Mr. Eric Davis, I made sure to add it to my official Eric Davis checklist.

Have a look:

DAVIS 4

What a great image, huh??

Davis did pretty well in the 1990 World Series.  The Reds took home the title in just four games, and Davis put up some solid numbers – .286 batting average, 4 hits, 3 runs scored, 1 home run, and 5 RBI.

Did You Know…

Mike Mussina played in the majors for 18 seasons.  He was a 5-time All-Star, but it was not until his final season in the big leagues, at age 39, that he won 20 or more games in a single season.

Mussina wrapped his career in 2008 with a record of 20-9, and a career record of 270-153.

Mussina photo

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan Hernandez turns 38 years old today!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he put the team on his back on the way to the title.

For Livan’s birthday I am going to give him a treat.  This is certainly not something you should give a professional athlete that is tuning up his body for another season, but I want Livan to enjoy himself.  I’m going to get him a $25 gift card to McDonalds.  Silly you say?  NO!!!  Livan loves fast food.  Hell, in the months after winning the World Series in 1997, it was rumored that Livan gained up to 43 pounds from his constant trips to the drive-thru window at McD’s!!!

livan

‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Was The First Pack Of Cards That You Recall Opening??

‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Was The First Pack Of Cards That You Recall Opening??

My fascination for baseball card collecting began pretty innocently.  I was really starting to enjoy watching baseball on television, and my Little League play was starting to take off.

As a reward for getting good grades on a report card (third grade, I believe), my mom took me to the baseball card store in the local mall.  Yes, card shops were becoming pretty popular back in the mid-1980’s, and while moms, sisters, and daughters spent their time shopping at Burdines or Macy’s, the men and boys of the families would hang out at the card shop.

Anyway, as a result of bringing home a pretty solid report card, my mom brought me into the shop and told me to pick any five packs that I wanted. 

I did as instructed, and I have to guess that her investment that afternoon was less than $2.00. 

I know that I purposely picked five different packs, though I had no specific reason for my selections.

In the group of five, I recall getting packs of 1985 Topps, 1985 Fleer, 1984 Topps, and 1984 Donruss.  For the life of me, I cannot remember what the fifth pack was(it was almost thirty years ago, cut me a little slack).

I asked if I could open them in the car on the way home, and my mom agreed.

The first pack I opened was this:

1984 donruss pack

1984 Donruss!!  I remember really liking the card because of the ’84’ that was stamped on the fronts.  The other cards did not offer that unique feature.

So, tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ is one that will probably take you back to your childhood as well. 

Dust off those memories and let us know ‘What Was The First Pack Of Cards That You Recall Opening’?

That is tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’.

Thanks for reading.  And participating, too.

Million Dollar Question