Daily Archives: March 7, 2013

Bob Gibson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Bob Gibson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

I continue to haul in Gypsy Queen baseball cards and as I do this, my opinion of the set continues to strengthen.

Three months ago if you had asked me what 2013 release I was most looking forward to the release of, I would have replied ‘Archives and Gypsy Queen’.

But today, there is no ‘And’ in my answer.  Of all of the current brands of Topps baseball cards, I like Gypsy Queen the best.

Here is another example of GQ greatness – Bob Gibson’s card from the 2011 set:

VINTAGE GIBSON

I cannot wait for the 2013 set to arrive!

Carlton Fisk 1984 Donruss

Carlton Fisk 1984 Donruss

While the 1984 Donruss design does not offer a lot as it relates to creative graphic design, there are quite a few superb images used in the set.

Yes, like the other sets released around that time, there are tons of posed portraits and images ruined due to bad cropping, but there are some gems as well.

And this, my friends, is an example of  fantastic photo selection made by Donruss:

FISK 5

The odds are pretty good that Fisk is having a conversation with the pitcher on the mound and maybe an infielder or two.

One of the many things that I liked about Fisk is that he commanded your attention while on the field in the role of catcher.  He was the leader of the club, and everyone knew it, respected it, and often won because of it!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Kent!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Kent!!

Jeff Kent turns 45 years old today.

Jeff Kent may go down as one of the most talented offensive second basemen in baseball history.  And his 2000 MVP season was sensational.  During that year, Kent hit .334 as he collected 196 hits.  He crushed 33 homers, drove in 125 runs, and scored 114 times.  He was a member of the All-star team that year and won the first of his four Silver Slugger trophies too.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kent!

Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Carter!!!

World Series hero Joe Carter turns 53 years old today!!!

Carter’s tremendous home run that won the championship for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 still remains as one of the greatest plays I have ever witnessed in sports.  The moment that baseball fans around the world dreamed of is what Carter delivered – a walk-off game winning hit!!!  I cannot imagine the adrenaline rush that he felt as he rounded the bases while realizing this goal had been obtained.

I think it’s safe to say that Joe Carter jumped for joy for all of us on that night back in ’93.   I know that I kind of felt like I was flying in the air alongside him as the world watched.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carter.  And thanks for the amazing memories!!!

St. Louis Cardinals Hire Former MVP Willie McGee As Special Assitant To The GM

St. Louis Cardinals Hire Former MVP Willie McGee As Special Assitant To The GM

From ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. —  The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues.

The 54-year-old McGee, added to the staff on Wednesday, served a special instructor at spring training last month. McGee is in the franchise top 10 in games played, triples, stolen bases and pinch hits and was a career .295 hitter over 18 seasons.

McGee was a member of the 1982 World Series championship team and was National League MVP in 1985 with a league-leading .353 average for a pennant-winning team. His batting average from 1985 and 216 hits are franchise bests for switch hitters.

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-12 – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-12 – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians

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#12 – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians

BOB FELLER

The Dominant Day – August 23, 1936.  In the first major league start of his career, Bob Feller threw a no-hitter.  He was dominant right from the start, striking out 15 batters while allowing four walks.

Feller was just 17-years old when this occurred – truly remarkable!!!

Progress – 12/15