Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Home Run Heroes’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Home Run Heroes’

I bought this card ‘On The Blind’ during a recent shopping spree on Sportlots.com.

Have a look:



And it is just a matter of time before I add the ‘Home Run Heroes’ set to the list of subsets that I am actively collecting.

For now this card will take its place among my Frank Robinson cards.  And at some time in the not-too-distant future, another one will be picked up for the subset.


Alan Trammell 1989 Bowman – A Ray Of Light!!!

Alan Trammell 1989 Bowman

The re-release of the Bowman brand in 1989 brought us some of the worst looking cards that the hobby had seen since the very early 1980’s.

The set featured tons of close-up portraits, grainy action shots, and little to no design concept.

Still, every set has a small handful of cards that buck the trend.  Ones that stand out and make you smile.

And for this player collector, the card of Alan Trammell does just that!!


A great looking card with a perfect image selection!  YES!!

Did You Know…

Joey Votto leads the Cincinnati Reds franchise as their all-time leader in career slugging average.  Entering the 2013 baseball season, Votto has a career-mark of .557.  He is ahead of Frank Robinson (.554), Adam Dunn (. 520), and George Foster (.514).


Happy Birthday Darryl Strawberry!!!

Happy Birthday Darryl Strawberry!!!

Darryl Strawberry turns 51 years old today.

Darryl Strawberry made an immediate impact on the sport during his debut in 1983.  The league’s Rookie of the Year played like a seasoned veteran and quickly became the centerpiece of the New York Mets and their championship roster.

Equipped with the perfect blend of speed and power, Straw’s talents landed him on 8 consecutive All-star teams while he and the Mets took baseball by storm.  His career home run total of 335 and stolen base count of 221 along with his 1,000 career RBI show just how versatile and steady he was.

Strawberry had his share of setbacks during his career that didn’t allow him to become the MVP that he had the talent to be.  Yet he still found himself as a member of 3 World Series Championship teams!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Straw’!!!

Happy Birthday Dale Murphy!!

Happy Birthday Dale Murphy!!

Dale Murphy turns 57 years old today.

One of my favorite players as a kid, Murphy’s retirement in 1993 was the start of seeing some of my idols leave the sport of baseball.

My memories of watching Dale Murphy play are endless.  Being a fan of the sport, and having no ‘home’ team to cheer for in Florida during my childhood, I drifted to the teams I was able to watch on television.  WTBS, WGN, and WOR game me my baseball fix.  And of the guys that I drifted towards – Murphy was prominent.

His skills as a player were endless.  Whether it was delivering home runs or making incredible plays in the outfield, Dale Murphy was one of the best players in the game for more than a decade – and I enjoyed watching all of it!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Murphy!!

Signed Baseball #100 Of My Collection Is My GREATEST ONE YET!!! You’ve Got To See This!!!

Signed Baseball #100 Of My Collection Is My GREATEST ONE YET!!!  You’ve Got To See This!!!

My signed baseball collection is one of my great joys.  I have put a lot of time and effort into crafting a collection of balls that mirrors my collection of baseball cards.  For the most part, that means going after signed baseballs of players that either helped shape my love of the sport as a kid or are responsible for the great history of the game.

The 100th signed ball in my collection has been signed by the great, Hank Aaron.

 I have been on a quest to add an Aaron ball to my collection for more than half of a year.  As a matter of fact, I had Ebay gift cards from both Father’s Day and Christmas that helped pay for the ball.

And here it is:


Signed perfectly in Blue, and right on the sweet spot, I was very picky as to the one that I wanted to purchase.

If you know anything about Hank Aaron’s autograph, there are quite a few variations out there.  In the early part of his career through the 1980’s, Aaron offered a smaller and more artsy signature.  Since then, his autograph has gotten larger, loopier, and more spread out.

The ball that I picked up is kind of in between the two – not as neat and clean as the early stuff and not nearly as large and spaced out as the very recent ones.

My ball came with a COA from Steiner Sports – and for me, that was a must.  There was no way that I was going to make this kind of investment and not have a certificate of authenticity from the company that Aaron is associated with.

For me, this is the best baseball in my collection.  It will go on the top row of my display, and will be featured in spot #1.