Daily Archives: April 13, 2013

Florida Marlins 2000 Upper Deck Victory Team Set

Florida Marlins 2000 Upper Deck Victory Team Set

Normally, when a baseball card’s graphic design takes up 40% of the card surface, I am not a fan.

My personal preference is to have the photo used on the card be the main attraction and then the graphics should be deployed as complementary accents.

With this Marlins team set from 2000 Upper Deck Victory, I think that UD did a good job of selling the large graphics because they used a lot of vertical, action packed images.

Have a look at the full set: 



The vertical images allow for an image of a player either hitting or pitching to be featured.  And Upper Deck did a very solid job of selecting photos that worked with this design.

Nice work, UD!!

Sparky Anderson 1991 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1991 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

‘Come on Sparky, show us those pearly whites’, said the photographer.


The 1991 Detroit Tigers were coming off a successful campaign in 1990.  In ’90, the team finished four games below .500, a major improvement over the previous season’s 59-103 record.

In 1991, the team was finally able to get into the positive, posting a record of 84-78, good for a winning percentage of .519 and second place in the American League East.

And Sparky was once again smiling…

Did You Know…

The first player in major league history to win both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards in the same baseball season was Don Newcombe.  Newcombe took home both honors at the conclusion of the 1956 baseball season.

His numbers: 27-7, 18 complete games, 5 shutouts, 3.06 ERA, 139 strikeouts, 46 walks, and a very low WHIP of .989.



1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

Just 8 games into the 1984 baseball season, and in front of 46,000+ fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Pete Rose made baseball history by becoming just the second player to collect 4,000 hits.

On his home turf, and facing his former team, Rose’s Expos were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Rose smacked a double off of Jerry Koosman giving him 4,000 hits for his career.

Rose was the first player to collect 4,000 hits since the legendary Ty Cobb.

Congratulations to ‘Charlie Hustle’!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Series 1 ‘Marlins Park’ Commemorative Patch

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Series 1 ‘Marlins Park’ Commemorative Patch

This is a pretty neat card, and I did not even know that it was available until I mis-keyed a search on Ebay’s home page.

In retrospect, I am glad that the error occurred.  Otherwise, I would not have found and bought this:


The card features a commemorative manufactured path of Marlins Park.  The patch is well made and it is a nice tribute to the new baseball stadium in Miami.

I paid less than $5.00 to bring this bad-boy home, and I will immediately add it to my 2013 Topps Series 1 Marlins team set.