Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

Brooks Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Black Parallel Version

Brooks Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Black Parallel Version

One of the best things about the Gypsy Queen set if the numerous number of variations you can find of the cards. 

And if you are a player collector, like me, and your favorites happen to be part of the GQ set, you are in for a long, but rewarding hunt.

I shop for cards from this set often.  And I am always amazed at the ‘new’ cards that I uncover during these journeys.

The most recent card I scored from the set is the Black mini version of the card that features Hall of Famer, and Orioles legend, Brooks Robinson.

Have a look:


What a nice card.  It is a solid compliment to the base and mini base cards of Brooks that I already had in my collection.

And the hunt goes on….


Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers

Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers

One of the things that I like most about this subset is that it looks like Topps made conscious efforts to give us images that worked with the 1977 theme.

Here is the most recent addition to my 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers set, the card of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter:


As you can see with the image used, you have Hunter in his old Yankees garb complete with a great pair of Black stirrups!


Vince Coleman 1988 Topps ‘Record Breaker’ – HORRIBLE!!!

Vince Coleman 1988 Topps ‘Record Breaker’

Look, I know enough about the magical start to Vince Coleman’s big league career to know what this card is celebrating without flipping it over and reading the story on the back.

But, for kids ripping open packs of 1988 Topps baseball cards back in ’88, this card does very little to attract the collector….

The graphics are bland.  The style is blah.  And there is nothing exciting at all about this card that celebrates the speed and skill that Coleman brought to the sport.

Have a look:


You would never know, while looking at the front of this card, that Vince Coleman stole 100 or more bases in the first three seasons of his big league career – the first player EVER to steal 100+ in three straight seasons!!!

Hey Topps, give me an image of Coleman taking a lead off of first base OR a shot of him in full stride as he steams towards second OR a picture of his sliding head-first into third!!!


Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Happy Birthday Gil Hodges!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Gil Hodges.  And while he is no longer physically with us, the amazing things he did on the baseball field will live on forever…

Hodges played for 18 seasons in the major leagues, making the All-Star team on eight occasions.  He spent a majority of his time in the field at first base, but also put in innings of work at catcher, third base, and in the outfield.

Offensively, Hodges was extremely productive.  A power hitter, with a knack for run production, he hit 20 or more home runs 11 times, while passing the 40-home run mark twice.  He also drove in 100 or more runs seven times and scored 80 or more runs during eight campaigns.

Hodges spent his playing days with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.  He is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and finished in the Top 10 for the MVP award three times.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hodges!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Hall Of Fame And Cy Young Winner Jim Palmer Signed Bat For My Collection!!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Hall Of Fame And Cy Young Winner Jim Palmer Bat For My Collection!!!!

To say that I am excited about this is a severe understatement.

I got in on a deeply discounted private signing with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer that took place in late March.  With the signing, Palmer was offering FREE Hall of Fame inscriptions, so the added savings made this a ‘must’ for me.

I went back and forth on the items I considered going after, but ultimately settled in on a baseball bat.  Some collectors think that a signed bat by a pitcher is an odd choice, but for a player so accomplished I think that a bat is a solid symbol that strongly represents the game.  And it also allows for a large surface area to be signed.

So, without further ado, let me show you the bat!!! 

Here it is:

Jim Palmer Bat 1

Nice, huh?

Don’t you just love the way that Mr. Palmer signed it for me?  He has a very neat, and artsy signature.  And of the Hall of Famers that I shop frequently, his autograph is certainly one of the more consistent too.


You cannot see it?


You want a better look?

You sure?

You’re just pulling my leg, right?


If you want a better picture, I guess that I can offer up another one…

Jim Palmer Bat 2

You asked for it!!!

Signed perfectly in a bright, Blue Sharpie marker, as you can see I got the FREE HOF inscription and also went after the ‘1973,75,76 Cy Young’ inscription as well. 

The autograph and inscriptions fill the bat barrell perfectly – just enough to be full and not spill over and not be seen at one time.

This bat is a perfect addition to my small but very meaningful collection that features my other ‘Super Collections’: Andre Dawson & Fergie Jenkins!!

After bringing home 2 new Jim Palmer autographs this Spring, it may be time to add an ‘Ultimate Palmer’ page to the blog!!!

I hope another signing opportunity like this comes along from Mr. Palmer.  If so, I will be ready to score even more.  As a matter of fact, I have already started shopping for it…

Thanks for reading!!