Daily Archives: March 27, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-15 – Dwight Gooden, New York Mets

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-15 – Dwight Gooden, New York Mets

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#15 – Dwight Gooden, New York Mets


The Dominant Day – September 12, 1984.  On this day, Dwight Gooden fired a 1-hitter for the New York Mets as they battled the Chicago Cubs.  Gooden went the distance in the game, striking out nine batters while walking four.  The lone hit surrendered was an infield single in the fifth inning.

Progress – 15/15

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #12 – 1979 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #12 – 1979 Topps Design

One of my 2013 collecting goals was to complete the 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Commemorative baseball card set.  The set features a re-print of each of Ryan’s base cards issued by Topps from his rookie season to his final season.

This is the 12th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1979 Topps baseball card:


As for Ryan’s 1979 season, it was solid.  He started 34 games and completed 17 of them.  He finished the season with a 16-14 record while leading the league in strikeouts with 223 and 9.0 per 9 innings pitched.

1979 would be Nolan Ryan’s final season as a member of the California Angels.  He would sign as a member of the Houston Astros before the start of the 1980 baseball season.


Derek Jeter 2012 Topps – ‘Most Games Played For The Yankees’

Derek Jeter 2012 Topps – ‘Most Games Played For The Yankees’

As Derek Jeter makes plans to enter his nineteenth major league baseball season, he looks to continue to build on the New York Yankees legacy that started back in 1996.

And back in 1996, who would have thought that Jeter would have played more games in a New York Yankees uniform than Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Bernie Williams??

Probably not too many…

But, I am sure glad that he has!!!  Best of luck in 2013 Derek!!!


Carlton Fisk 1985 Topps – Great Action Shot!!!

Carlton Fisk 1985 Topps

Topps really did baseball cards of catchers right in the 1980’s.  The cards were packed with action, and for the most part, the card’s images were centered well enough to catch all of that action.

Carlton Fisk’s base card from the 1985 Topps set is a prime example of that.

Have a look:


Not only do we get Fisk prepping to either back-up a play on the field or direct traffic between his defenders, but we also get a nice glimpse of Comiskey Park in the background.

And I love that old ‘SOX’ logo!!!

‘Million Dollar Question’ – Which Rookie Card Is The Standout Rookie Card From The 1983 Topps Baseball Card Set

‘Million Dollar Question’ – Which Rookie Card Is The Standout Rookie Card From The 1983 Topps Baseball Card Set

Last week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ was a lot of fun!  I asked for great feedback, and great feedback was given.

The theme of my post circled around the great rookie cards that can be found in sets issued during the 1980’s.  Specifically, I asked for votes as to which base set from the 80’s contained the best rookie cards.  If you’d like to re-visit, or visit for the first time, that story, you can do so by clicking here.

This week I want to dig into the set that I chose – 1983 Topps. 

I chose that set as the one issued during the 1980’s that featured the greatest crop of rookie cards that are still as meaningful in the hobby today as they were thirty years ago.

And that set stands out for three very good reasons – Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and Tony Gwynn!

1983 Topps Rookies

All HOFers, all legendary and beloved players, the rookie cards of Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and Tony Gwynn are still popular with collectors today.  At baseball card shows, I find them in glass display cases, and on Ebay there are hundreds being bought and sold every month.

But, which one is the superior card?   Which one is the ‘Must Have’??  When you think 1983 Topps, which one of these three great cards is the first one you think of??

That is tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’.

And here is my answer:

Wade Boggs!!

boggs rookie

No disrespect meant towards Mr. Gwynn or Mr. Sandberg, but for me, when I think 1983 Topps, the card I most associate the set with is Wade Boggs’ rookie card.

I was a big fan of Boggs as a kid, and I tried my best to be a right-handed Boggs while playing third base and batting third for my Little League team.  For me, Boggs was the best hitter in baseball – and for a very long time, I thought if anyone could challenge Pete Rose’s all-time hits record it would be #26.

For either my 11th or 12th birthday my parents gave me a Wade Boggs 1983 Topps rookie card.  At the time, it was a gem in my collection.  And while I no longer have that specific card in my collection today, I do have another ’83 Topps card of Boggs.  And it is still a gem of my collection today!!

So, what card is it for you – Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, or Wade Boggs???

Let me know.  And as always, ‘Thanks for reading’!!!