Daily Archives: March 18, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #18 – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #18 – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #18 – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees


The Career Day – September 16, 2005.  On this day in 2005, Cano dominated the Tampa Bay Rays.  During the late stages of his rookie campaign, Cano went 3-for-5 against the Rays, connecting for two home runs, a double, and scoring three times.  All of this was done in the first four innings of the game.

Progress – 18/25

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #4 – 1971 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #4 – 1971 Topps Design

This card came to me by way of a trade with Ryan, creator of the blog – ‘Oh, no! Another Orioles Blog’.  Ryan saw that I was building this Nolan Ryan commemorative set and he had some cards to spare.  In exchange for this card, I offered him a healthy stack of 2013 Topps cards for his set.

This is the 4th card in the set, a re-print of Nolan Ryan’s 1971 Topps baseball card:


The 1971 baseball season would be Nolan Ryan’s final season as a member of the New York Mets.  After playing for the team for five seasons, Ryan compiled a career record of 29-38 with the club.  Ryan had yet to become a consistent pitcher – he ERA of 3.58 was high and his control was still a major issue – 493 strikeouts to 344 walks is far from pretty…

Nolan Ryan was traded from the Mets to the California Angels during the offseason of 1971.  Almost immediately, he began to shine!!!

Tony Gwynn 2005 Donruss Champions = WORK OF ART!!!

Tony Gwynn 2005 Donruss Champions = WORK OF ART!!!

I’ve read enough blogs in my time to know that this set issued by Donruss in 1985 is not as highly regarded as I feel that it should be.

I am fine with us all voicing our opinions, and I do not make a habit out of judging people for theirs.

But, for me, this baseball card design is one of the best modern examples of a card being art.

You be the judge:


My lone issue with the card is the blank space to the left of the player’s image.  It is perfectly suited for an autograph or chunk of jersey to fill the void, but for a base card, Donruss could have tossed in a team logo or something…

Still, a fantastic design – I LOVE IT!!!!

Keith Hernandez 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

Keith Hernandez 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

By the time that the 1988 baseball season rolled around, the New York Mets were two years removed from their World Series championship, and the while still primarily in tact was hardly playing championship caliber baseball.

As for Keith Hernandez, 1988 would be the final season in which he would capture a Gold Glove Award.  He played in just 95 games that season, but he still managed to be tagged as the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  In 95 games, Hernandez recorded 734 put-outs and 77 assists while making just two errors.  He helped turn 63 double plays in 1988 and compiled an amazing .998 fielding percentage!!

Atta Boy Mex!!!


GIVEAWAY TIME – A Big Stack Of Good Stuff!!!

GIVEAWAY TIME – A Big Stack Of Good Stuff!!!

Yessir, it is time for another great giveaway courtesy of ’30-YOC’.

With all of the new subsets and player collections I am working on, I needed to clear some room in my collection.  And that is good for you because I am offering up a very nice stack of cards up to you.

I am going to be giving away a sweet lot of cards that features the guys that I collect – there will be a nice combination of both vintage and modern cards.  And I think  that they would be nice additions to many collections.

To make yourself eligible for these baseball cards, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know you’re interested.  I will throw all names into a web-randomizer tool to select the winner!!

So, get going – Let me hear it!!  All entries must be submit by Tuesday at 10:00PM so I can promptly announce the winner on Wednesday morning.

Here is a peek at the prize:


Thanks for reading.  And playing!!!