Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #26 – 1993 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #26 – 1993 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 26th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1993 Topps baseball card:

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As for Ryan’s 1993 baseball season, it was Ryan’s 27th and final season in the major leagues.  Appearing in just 13 games, Ryan compiled a record of 5-5 with a 4.88 ERA.  Still, in 66 innings of work, he was able to strike out 46 batters but he also gave up 40 walks.

Mickey Mantle 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Mickey Mantle 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’.

As I continue to peck away at the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’ subset, I have added one of the most legendary players found in the set to my set – Mickey Mantle.

Easily one of the most popular players in major league baseball history, Mantle crushed home runs during the 1950s and 1960s at a torrid pace.  And amazingly, he did it while being injured for much of that time.

Mantle could very possibly be the most collected player in the history of baseball cards.  His vintage stuff is untouchable by the common collector, and Topps does a solid job of including him in as much of today’s releases as they can.

And while it may rest on the side of over-saturation with so many Mantle cards in modern sets, he is still collected today with energy and excitement.

I guess I am a little surprised that I was able to find this card of ‘The Mick’ for just $0.18.  Trust me, that is not a complaint…

MOONSHOTS MANTLE

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts ‘When It Was A Game’

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts ‘When It Was A Game’

I have a bunch of cards from this set.  What can I say, the ‘When It Was A Game’ theme is one that I am drawn to…

As for the card, they are very sharp.  The colors are always bright and bold, and the wood-like card borders remind me of the 1962 and 1987 Topps baseball card sets.

I also really like the front-and-center status that Upper Deck gave to the team logo.

From what I know, each player has three versions of the card – Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  And those colors are used in the foil that displays the team’s logo. 

This is the Gold version of the Jim Palmer card, serial numbered as 15/99.

Enjoy.

Mike Schmidt 1986 Donruss Highlights

Mike Schmidt 1986 Donruss Highlights

While still not a great choice of color, the 1986 Donruss Highlights set offers a much lighter and brighter border color that the base set of Donruss from that year.

This is the card of Mike Schmidt from that set:

The card celebrates Mike Schmidt’s passing of Joe DiMaggio with his 882nd career extra base hit.

Schmidt would end his career with 1,015 career extra base hits, leaving him in 30th on the all-time list.

Hall Of Fame Debate: Luis Aparicio VS Pee Wee Reese VS Dave Concepcion

Hall Of Fame Debate: Luis Aparicio VS Pee Wee Reese VS Dave Concepcion

I am without a doubt a Miami Marlins fan.

But when it comes to the history of the game, the Marlins barely scratch the surface of what has occured in the history of this fine sport.

And when it comes to baseball history, my favorite dynasty is ‘The Big Red Machine’.  The offense that this team was able to deliver was superb and without a chink in their armor – from power to finese to speed and to luck, they had it all.

That team was front-loaded with mega-talent – Hall Of Famers at C, 1B, 2B, and 3B.  But, they also featured some extremely talented players around them – Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster, and Dave Concepcion.  These three guys all played major roles in the success of the Reds during the mid-1970’s; and it is possible that without them, the team would not have succeeded as they did.

For this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’, I would like to take a closer look at the career of the shortstop from this squad, Dave Concepion.

And I will compare him to a few Hall of Fame shortstops so we can see how he stacks up…

Sound good?  Great.  On to the numbers!!!

  Concepcion Aparicio Reese
Seasons 19 18 16
Games 2,488 2,599 2,166
Batting Average 0.267 0.262 0.269
On-Base 0.322 0.311 0.366
Hits 2,326 2,677 2,170
200-Hit Seasons 0 0 0
150-199 Hit Seasons 7 9 5
Doubles 389 394 330
Triples 48 92 80
Home Runs 101 83 126
Runs Scored 993 1,335 1,338
RBI 950 791 885
Stolen Bases 321 506 232
All-Star 9 10 10
ROY 1
MVP
Gold Glove 5 8 n/a
Silver Slugger 2 n/a n/a
Postseasons 5 2 7
WS Titles 2 1 1

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First, let me state that I know that these three players starred during different eras.  And yes, I also know that Reese missed out on a few seasons while serving in the army.

But, what I am trying to do with this post is shed some light on the career of Dave Concepcion and how he played a significant role for the Reds.  His numbers, or at least many of his numbers, are on par with other Hall Of Fame shortstops.

For me, the fact that Concepcion was able to amass these kinds of numbers while being the 5th or 6th best offensive player on the time is unheard of.  Reese was not a comlementary piece, he was a captain.  And the same goes for Aparicio – he was one of the top two talents on his famous Orioles and White Sox teams.

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So, my question for this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debates’ is this – Does Dave Concepcion deserve to be mentioned in the same conversation as Luis Aparicio and Pee Wee Reese and if Dave Concepcion was the #1 or #2 guy on the same teams that these two players starred on, do you think that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.

And since I like to take part in the ‘HOF Debate’, I will cast my vote.

It goes like this:
*Dave Concepcion absolutely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as these two players.  He was not as dominant as Aparicio when it comes to how Luis was tagged as ‘the best bas stealer’ for a full decade, but when looking at their careers for both individual and team accomplishments, I think that the arguement is strong that he in on par.
* Yes, I feel that if Concepcion had been putting up these numbers on a team that did not boast 4 Hall Of Fame talents, his light would have shined brighter and he would have his bust in bronze at Cooperstown.

Now, it is your turn.  Give me your thoughts, and ‘Thanks’ for reading!!