Daily Archives: March 26, 2013

Tim Raines 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – Refractor!!!

Tim Raines 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – Refractor!!!

Now this one is a beauty.  And I am not the collector that is typically mesmerized by shiny, refractor-style baseball card designs.

But, this one is very, very nice.

Have a look:


The card features the 1982 Topps baseball card design, and a picture of a very young Tim Raines.

I will say that I am a little curious about the ‘faux auto’ presented on the card.  I have a few Tim Raines signatures in my collection, and have seen quite a few in my collecting days – and this one looks nothing like the real deal!!!!

I wonder if Topps was just missing it from their collection and asked one of the ladies in the office for a little help…

Eddie Murray 2005 Topps All-Star Rookie – Base

Eddie Murray 2005 Topps All-Star Rookie – Base

I have a pretty nice stack of cards in my collection from this set.  And for the most part, they are spectacular. 

From Dawson to Ozzie to Santo and others, this set is a great example of how to blend vintage photography with modern design and technology.

The most recent card that I have picked up from this set is the base card of Orioles Hall of Famer, Mr. Eddie Murray!!

Have a look:


Eddie Murray was not really one to smile, but a smile is needed on this card to make it great.

I have to imagine that this menacing look ins similar to ones he gave the opposing pitcher.  And for him, it worked – A LOT!!!

Vince Coleman 1987 Donruss Highlights

Vince Coleman 1987 Donruss Highlights

As you know, I am a really big fan of baseball cards that celebrate the history of the sport.  And they can be found in many different versions between most of the major-brand card companies.

For a few years in the mid-1980’s, Donruss issued a pretty sweet set of cards titled ‘Highlights’.  The set celebrated the feats accomplished during the prior baseball season, and the design was the same as the best set with just a different color scheme.

This is Vince Coleman’s card from the 1987 Donruss Highlights set.


The card celebrates Coleman collecting 100+ steals in the first three seasons of his career – 1985, 1986, 1987.

The card is one of the best in the set – and the feat is unheard of; not even done by the great Rickey Henderson or Lou Brock…

Atta Boy Vince!!

Did You Know…

Craig Biggio is the only player in Houston Astros franchise history to rank in the team’s top five in hits, doubles, triples, and home runs.

Biggio is first in hits with 3,060.  He is also first in doubles with 668, fifth in triples with 55, and third in home runs with 291.

Biggio photo


Which Tom Glavine Rookie Card Do You Prefer The Most – Topps, Fleer, Donruss, or Score???

Which Tom Glavine Rookie Card Do You Prefer The Most – Topps, Fleer, Donruss, or Score???

If it were a year earlier, Tom Glavine would have had just three rookie cards.  And if it was a year later, he could have had as many as six.

But, in 1998, there were four major card brands, and Tom Glavine had a rookie baseball card in each base set issued by all four.

So, which one do you like the best???

Here are the choices, in alphabetical order:









So, which do you like the best??

For me, this is a no-brainer!!  Three of the four offer posed, boring images while one offers a fantastic action photo!!!

In my opinion, Tom Glavine’s best rookie card is his 1988 Score card!!!


YEAH BABY!!!!  A great looking rookie card right there!!!