Daily Archives: March 13, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-13 – Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-13 – Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

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#13 – Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox


The Dominant Day – May 19, 2008.  Jon Lester and his Boston Red Sox teammates faced the Kansas City Royals on this date, and Lester was in control from the start.  Throwing his first complete game of the 2008 baseball season, Lester no-hit the Royals and allowed just two walks in the win.  He struck out nine batters in the game and threw 130 pitches.  It was the first Red Sox no-hitter in 52 years.

Progress – 13/15

Mike Schmidt 1988 Fleer – Sad!

Mike Schmidt 1988 Fleer

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the 1988 Fleer baseball card design is a true ‘Hit Or Miss’ look.

If your team colors are Red or Royal Blue, you have a very nice looking, and color coordinated baseball card.

If your colors are Powder-Blue and Maroon, sadly, you are just not that lucky…

Proof of this is Mike Schmidt’s card from the 1988 Fleer set.

Take a peek:

See what I mean??

If the Red was replaced by Maroon, we would be okay.  But it is not, so for me, it just does not work…

In the backgorund of the card, you see the backstop of beautiful Wrigley Field.  You can also catch a glimpse of the bat-girl and the Cubs’ catcher.  The ’88 Fleer design actually works better for them than it does for the main subject, Mike Schmidt.


Happy Birthday Will “The Thrill” Clark!!!

Happy Birthday Will “The Thrill” Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 48 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.  On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.  Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1954 you made your debut as a professional baseball player.  Happy Anniversary!

At the time who would have thought that you would be the player to surpass the great Babe Ruth’s all-time home run mark?  Who would have thought that you would have been 1 of just a few players in the history of the game to eclipse the 500 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus?  Who would have thought you would have been a 21-time All-star?  A 3-time Gold Glove winner?  A Most Valuable Player?  A World Series winner?

Thank you for dreaming Mr. Aaron.  Thank you for reaching for the stars!!!


‘Million Dollar Question’ – ‘What Rookie Card From The 1985 Topps Set Has Had The Most Staying Power’??

‘Million Dollar Question’ -‘What Rookie Card From The 1985 Topps Set Has Had The Most Staying Power’??

One of the many fun parts about blogging is the interaction between the writer and the reader.

I like to get other opinions on matters that I enjoy reading and writing about.  And as much as I like to be told that I am right, I am often more interested in the varying opinion as I may learn something that I either did not know or had forgotten.

This week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ can be one of those times.

Last week, I told you that if I was able to rip open any box of cards that represented my youth, I would go with 1985 Topps.  ’85 Topps was the first set that I put together, by hand, from start to finish.  I ripped a ton of packs of ’85 Topps as a kid.  I learned how to organize my cards and formulate a ‘Need List’ for the set.  And I also learned at that time that card shops and sellers at shows would offer their ‘commons’ with the goal of helping set builders knock cards off of their ‘Need Lists’.

I have very fond memories of the 1985 Topps set.

The set was packed with great Record Breakers cards, a fantastic #1 Draft Pick subset, and some thrilling action photography.

The ’85 set also boasted some incredible rookie cards.  And there were points after the debut of the set that many of these rookie cards took ‘center stage’ as the must have card of the set.

So, now that we are 28 years removed from the debut of that set (wow, I feel old), my question is this – ‘What Rookie Card From The 1985 Topps Set Has Had The Most Staying Power’??  Which card still makes you smile when you come across it?  Which one have you held onto for 28 years because you could just not get rid of, sell it, or trade it away?

Which card is ‘The One’ that if you had to select a single card to represent the whole set, you would choose ‘it’???

I believe that I have narrowed this down properly to the top four rookie cards found in the 1985 Topps set.

Your candidates:

Roger Clemens

85T Clemens

Kirby Puckett

85T Puckett

Mark McGwire

85T McGwire

Dwight Gooden

85T Gooden

There you have it – what I would call the four most prominent and important rookie cards to come out of the 1985 Topps baseball card set.

But, which one is the most important?  The most relevant??  The most desired??

Good question, right?

Well, for me, the answer is simple.  I’ll break it down like this:

Clemens, Puckett, and Gooden all had cards issued in 1984 Traded and/or Updated sets.  Yes, the cards were only found in complete factory-sealed sets, but those are the cards that I consider their true rookies.

And while each of their 1985 Topps cards are their first ‘True’ cards from a Topps base set, the cards also had competition from Fleer and Donruss.

Meanwhile, the McGwire is very unique.  First, is the obvious affiliation with team USA Baseball, and not a major league squad.  This card was part of an in-set subset, and it was not highly sought after until Big Mac started hitting home runs at a rampant pace in 1987.  Back then there was no internet, so research on this kind of stuff was either from print publications or word of mouth dialogue, but while many and most collectors were gobbling up 1987 Topps and Donruss rookie cards of McGwire, the big spenders were seeking his 1985 Topps Team USA card.

To this date, this is the ‘True’ Mark McGwire rookie card.  And while it is still great to have the 1985 Topps cards of Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden, and Kirby Puckett in my collection, they do not have the same appeal or staying power that this card of Mark McGwire does.

85T McGwire

What do you think?  Did I hit this one out of the park or did I swing and miss?  Did I omit any other rookie cards from the 1985 Topps set that belong in the discussion?  Would you rank any of these as ‘more sought after’ than McGwire’s card?

Let me hear it.  And as always, Thanks For Reading!!!