Daily Archives: April 11, 2013

Mike Napoli 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

Mike Napoli 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

It’s amazing how one memorable postseason can transform a player’s career and impact on the hobby too.

Mike Napoli’s play in the 2011 playoffs will go down as one of the best by a catcher in the history of the game.  In 17 games, Napoli did it all – hits, runs, RBI, home runs, defense, he was a man on a mission, and his efforts came very close to landing the Texas Rangers a World Series championship.

Those efforts more than likely landed Napoli in the 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’ set.

And I just scooped up that card as I work towards completing the set.

Have a look:

DECKLE NAPOLI

That postseason also probably help net him his new contract with the Boston Red Sox too…

Tom Seaver 2013 Topps Series 1 ‘Chasing History’

Tom Seaver 2013 Topps Series 1 ‘Chasing History’

What a great image on this one!!  I’m really happy to see that Topps flipped this card horizontally to get it done properly.

Have a look:

VINATGE SEAVER CHASING

A great looking baseball card.  And a very nice looking subset too…

Just not that fond of the theme, that’s all.

Alan Trammell 1989 Topps – Base & Team Leaders

Alan Trammell 1989 Topps – Base & Team Leaders

I thought I’d offer up a little ‘2-for-1’ special on this wonderful Thursday morning…

Here you are:

Of the lot, on the left you have Alan Trammell’s base card from the 1989 Topps baseball card set.  And on the right is the Detroit Tigers team leaders card from the same set.

I have always enjoyed the 1989 Topps set – and I think that the player’s nameplate of that card’s design is a very underappreciated one.  It could be argued that it is the best looking nameplate issued in the 1980’s!!!

Enjoy your ‘2-for-1’ special.

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Bret Saberhagen turns 49 years old today.

Bret Saberhagen put together a nice 16-season career for himself.  If it were not for his playing for so many losing teams, who knows what he could have accomplished.  The individual accomplishments that Bret achieved rival those of some of the greatest pitchers from the 1980’s and 90’s.  A 2-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, many would love to have his resume.

Saberhagen’s career record of  167-117 doesn’t do justice for some of the finest single seasons by any pitcher in the 80’s.  As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1985, Bret won his first Cy Young award as he finished the season with a 20-6 record while striking out 158 batters andwalking just 38.  The dominance continued into the post-season in ’85 as his Royals went on to win the World Series behind Bret’s MVP performance.  In the ’85 match-up he pitched 2 complete games, earning the win in each, while allowing just 1 run in 18 innings.  A few seasons later in 1989, Saberhagen again had a monstrous year as he went 23-6, with a 2.16 ERA and he struck out 193 batters while allowing just 43 walks.  These amazing stats earned Bret his 2nd Cy Young  Award in 5 seasons.

After 8 amazing seasons with the Royals, Bret went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox.  Although he did compile 3 more 10+ win seasons during his last 8 years in the big leagues, he was unable to recapture his amazing from from his days in Kansas City.

It should be noted that Saberhagen has an incredible K:walk ratio.  For his career, he has 1,715 strikeouts while giving up just 471 walks – good for a 3.64:1 K:walk ratio which ranks him at #10 in major league history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Saberhagen!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 11-Time Gold Glove Winner, Keith Hernandez!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 11-Time Gold Glove Winner, Keith Hernandez!!!

I was excited when one of the more prominent autograph signing organizers that I have worked with in the past announced a signing with Keith Hernandez.

I had been chasing Hernandez for more than a year, and while I had a few chances to nab him, the fees were just more than what I was willing to pay.

Thankfully, this signing was priced right.  So, I jumped!!!

And now, the baseball that I sent in for the signing has been returned to me.  And it was well the wait.

Have a look:

Keith Hernandez Ball

Hernandez offers a pretty easy-to-read autograph, and he fills the White space of a baseball very nicely.

As you can see, I opted for the ’11x Gold Glove’ inscription as I thought it would be a neat one for my collection.  Hernandez has quite a few career achievements that are inscription worthy, like MVP, All-Star appearances, WS championships, but for me I like the one that puts him on a different level and that is his 11 Gold Glove Awards.

Here is a picture of Mr. Hernandez at the signing:

Keith Hernandez Signing

A fantastic new baseball for my collection.

Thank you Mr. Hernandez!!