Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

Johnny Bench 2000 Fleer Greats Of The Game ‘Retrospection’

Johnny Bench 2000 Fleer Greats Of The Game ‘Retrospection’

While this card does not really remind me of the more typical Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ sets, it still has quite a bit of appeal.

And most of that appeal comes from the picture used of Johnny Bench.

Have a look:

VINATGE BENCH

This card comes from the 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set, but is also tagged with the title of ‘Retrospection’.

I noticed in the GOTG logo that the card was stamped with the years 1900-2000, so I am assuming that this set was a retrospective look at the best players from 1900-2000.  And it is very nice to see Johnny Bench included in a set of this kind of power.

As for the shiny Green corners, I could have done without them….

Eric Davis 1991 Topps Stadium Club

Eric Davis 1991 Topps Stadium Club

The image used by Topps Stadium Club in their 1991 set of Eric Davis captured his swing very well.

Have a look:

ERIC DAVIS 1

While possessing a rather unorthodox, and often imitated, batting stance, Davis actually had a pretty textbook swing – perfect footwork, power from the hips and wrists, excellent balance, etc.

And the end result was pretty solid too – 1,430 career hits with 239 doubles, 26 triples, and 282 home runs.

1989 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

During the collecting days of my youth, I cannot recall a rookie that received more attention from the hobby than Ken Griffey Jr.  And it all started before he suited up for one game.  Now I saw my share of rookie phenoms – Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jerome Walton…  But none of these guys carried the hobby prior to making their major league debuts.

But Griffey did!!!

So when Junior stepped to the plate in just the 7th game of his big league career and belted a home run to deep left field, collectors around the world sighed.   At home, and in front of close to 34,000 fans, Griffey launched home run #1 off of White Sox pitcher Eric King.  And as they say, the rest was history…

Today, Griffey sits in 5th place on the all-time home run list with 630.  Exactly 30 homers behind one of his baseball idols, Willie Mays, Griffey has an outside shot to catch Mays this year if he can get enough at-bats and remain healthy.

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Kid’!!!

Happy Birthday Ken Griffey Sr!!!!

Happy Birthday Ken Griffey Sr!!!!

Senior Griffey turns 63 years old today.

Ken Griffey enjoyed a very successful 19-year major league career.  Littered with both team and individual achievements, the elder Griffey tasted success from his early twenties into his early forties.

At the team level, Griffey was a proud member of one of baseball’s grandest dynasties – Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’.  He competed in the playoffs 3 times during his 12-year stay with the Reds, and he walked away with 2 World Series championships!

On an individual level, Griffey was a 3-time All-star, with each appearance coming from his time in Cincy.  He sports a lifetime batting average of .296 with 2,143 career hits.  In total, he scored 1,129 runs, drove in 859 RBI, and crushed 152 home runs.  A solid base runner, Griffey stole 200 bases too.

A talented and speedy defender, Griffey spent time playing all three outfield positions as well as first base towards the end of his career.  He even did a little DH’ing when he played in the American League.

A marvelous 19-year baseball career!!  Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Ken Griffey!!!

‘Million Dollar Question’ – Who Should Topps Commemorate Next??

‘Million Dollar Question’ – Who Should Topps Commemorate Next??

Two of my collecting focuses this year have been on commemorative sets issued by Topps in 1999 and 2000.  The 1999 set honors Nolan Ryan and the 2000 set pays homage to Henry Aaron.

Each set features a single card for every year that the player played in the majors.  And each card is a reprint of the Topps base card issued during those years.  Of course, the cards use more modern technology and offer higher quality cardstock and a more glossy finish than what they did when originally issued.

For me, the main stand-out feature of the set is the custom player logo that Topps created for the set.  And the Gold foil stamp that is used to display the logo definitely adds a sense of royalty to each card.

Here is a look at one of the Nolan Ryan cards:

Ryan

And here is one of Hank Aaron:

Aaron

As I continue to peck away at both the Ryan and Aaron sets, I was wondering if Topps had celebrated other players with a similar honor.

And that answer is yes.  And the names are grand: Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente.

So, that leads me to tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ – Who Should Topps Commemorate Next???

For me, it needs to be a player that had a long and strong career.  His accomplishments on the field need to mirror what these other elite players have accomplished.  And, of course, he needs to be a Hall of Famer.

There are a lot of players worthy of such an honor.  But in my opinion, right now there is clearly just one player that I would put into this class – lengthy career, major accomplishments, and elite Hall Of Fame status.

All of this points to Stan ‘The Man’ Musial.

musial

So, Topps, please consider this.  Stan Musial deserves the honor.  And today’s collectors and fans deserve to learn a little bit more about ‘The Man’ and his stellar career while collecting what would be a fantastic addition to your commemorative lineup.

What do you think of my pick?  Would you like to see this set make a comeback?  If so, who would you like to see Topps honor with a similar set?

Let me hear it.  And thanks for reading.