Daily Archives: February 27, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-11 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-11 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

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#11 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

WARREN SPAHN

The Dominant Day – September 16, 1960. On this day, Warren Spahn threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The 39-year old Spahn collected his 20th win of the season with this no-hitter.  And he was as dominant as ever; striking out 15 batters and walking just two in the complete game shutout.

Progress – 11/15

Andre Dawson 1995 Upper Deck SP – Championship Series Die Cut

Andre Dawson 1995 Upper Deck SP  – Championship Series Die Cut

Amazingly, I still come across cards of Andre Dawson from the past that I either did not know existed or have simply never seen before…

When I found this card on Ebay, I had to question if I had it or not as it looked very familiar.

After a quick check with my official checklist, which documents each and every card that is part of my collection, I realized that I only had the base version of the card but not the die-cut one.

And from there, it was simple – I HAD TO HAVE IT!!!

And now it is mine, and it rests in my Dawson collection right next to the base version of the card.

And that is what a dedicated, and compulsive, player collector does!!!

Gotta get it done!!!

Nolan Ryan 2006 Topps Turkey Red – SWEET!!!

Nolan Ryan 2006 Topps Turkey Red – SWEET!!!

I don’t think you need too many words to accompany this baseball card.

Just let the magic do the work…

VINTAGE RYAN TURKEY

Enjoy!!

Did You Know…

At the conclusion of the 1975 baseball season,Fred Lynn became the first rookie to win the Most Valuable Player Award.  Lynn batted .331 with 47 doubles, 21 home runs and 105 RBI.  Lynn helped lead the Boston Red Sox to the World Series as the American League’s representative.  He also won the 1975 Rookie Of The Year Award.

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Million Dollar Question – Where Was The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?

Million Dollar Question – Where Was The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?

Let me start by saying that the debut of ‘Million Dollar Question’ last week was a phenomenal success.  Not only was the topic a great kick-off for this new weekly series, but I feel that it also helped connect the ’30-YOC’ readers.  The stories were great, and it was a joy to see how much collecting has impacted us as some of our memories are still vivid 30-40 years later.

For the great readers of this blog, baseball card collecting and the joy it brings is alive and well!!!

So, for this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’, I want to stick to the theme of collecting during our youths.

And for me, that means the 1980s and 1990s. 

And one of the things about the hobby from that period that stands out the most to me is the desire of non-card companies had of putting their brand name into the hobby – from candy companies to drink companies to cereal and snack cake companies to drug stores – everyone wanted a piece of great the cardboard pie.

In addition to that, we also started finding baseball cards for sale in stores that were a bit more ‘out of the box’.  Yes, as a kid, I could go into my local supermarket, gas station, and pharmacy and find baseball cards for sale.  But I was also able to find them available in pretty odd places too.

So, that is what tonight’s question is – ‘What Is The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?’

For me, the most unusual place that I was able to find baseball cards was at the arcade.  Right behind the counter, and available for either cash sales or exchange of tickets, I was able to get baseball cards.  So, after a few rounds of ski ball, I could either cash my tickets in and bring home Dracula teeth, Chinese Yo-Yo’s, or baseball cards.  And you know which one I chose – baseball cards.  Every time!!

And each time I left the arcade with a few packs of 1989 or 1990 Fleer baseball cards in my grasp, I always had the same feeling – ‘Wow, I just paid twenty bucks for three packs of cards.’

So now I pose the question to you – ‘What Is The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?’

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