Daily Archives: March 16, 2013

1995 Skybox Emotion Florida Marlins Team Set

1995 Skybox Emotion Florida Marlins Team Set

When I hear the brand name Skybox, my head takes me to basketball cards.  After all, Skybox was producing hoops cards before they were making baseball cards.

And in my opinion, that is a good thing!

Let them get the kinks worked out before shifting to another sport.  Let them figure it out and then bring it to America’s Past-Time!!

In 1995 Skybox created a set called ‘Emotion’.

The set featured a border-less design and great, sharp photography.

This is the Florida Marlins team set from that issue:


I like the cards and I love all of the Teal that is represented.

If I could nit-pick for a minute, I would say that there are two issues with the set that stand out to me, and they make this set go from an ‘B+’ grade to a ‘C’ grade rather quickly.

They are:
1 – I like a set to maintain an either all vertical or all horizontal design.  When layed out in a 9-count sheet like this, my eyes go crazy as I jump from one to the next – there is no continuity within the order.
2 –  The 1-word phrases on each card are a bit odd – Stretching, Thinking, Calm, and my least favorite – Crack!!!  Very, very odd…

Billy Williams 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Base Card

Billy Williams 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Base Card

Well, I have finally reached the end of my stack.

With the posting of this card, I have officially shown off each and every base card from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set that I own.

This is the card of ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams.

Take a look:


This card was sent to me by loyal ’30-YOC’ reader, Quentin.  Q and I have traded cards over the years multiple times.  He knows what I like, and I know what he likes.

We both like this card.  But I think that I can speak for Q when I say that we both would like this card even more if it featured Williams’ signature sweet left-handed swing…  Crop it, photo-shop it, whatever – just give me one more picture of that sweet lefty stroke!!!!

Thanks Q, I owe you one!!!

Vince Coleman 1988 Donruss

Vince Coleman 1988 Donruss

Ah, vintage Vince Coleman right here!!!

Vince is prepping to do what he does best – use his speed to get on base and disrupt the opposition.

This card from the 1988 Donruss set features Vince preparing to drop down a bunt and then attempt to out-run the defense as he heads for first base.

Have a look:


In 1988, Vince Coleman led the National League in stolen bases with 81.  Sadly, he led the league in being caught stealing too – 27 times, to be exact.

What I find most amazing when I look at Coleman’s career numbers is how poor his on-base percentage was – just .324 over 13 major league seasons.

If Coleman had been more disciplined at the plate, and coached better as he took his journey to get to the majors, he could have been even more effective as a big leaguer…

Did You Know…

Since the 1947 baseball season, the Dodgers have had more Rookie Of The Year Award winners on their team than any other in the major leagues.  The Dodgers are ahead of the pack with 16 winners; second place goes to the New York Yankees with eight.


Andre Dawson 1986 Topps Temporary Tattoo

Andre Dawson 1986 Topps Temporary Tattoo

I don’t have any tattoos, but I have always been interested in possibly getting one, or a few.  And I have some solid, meaningful ideas as well.

My kids have tons of tattoos!!

Relax – they are the non-permanent kinds, and they usually wash off after 2-3 baths.

I picked up this Andre Dawson 1986 Topps Temporary Tattoo recently on Ebay.

I really have no idea what I am going to do with it, but it feels like it belongs more in my collection than in anyone else’s…

I just cannot let my kids know that I have it!!!