Daily Archives: April 15, 2013

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #19 – 1972 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #19 – 1972 Topps Design

This is the third card that I have obtained for this set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 19th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1972 Topps baseball card:


The 1972 baseball season was the one where Aaron’s stats started to drop at a pretty quick rate from what he had been producing annually.

In 1972, Aaron his .265 which was his lowest batting average since beginning his major league career in 1954.  Still, he did produce power connecting for 34 home runs while driving in 77 and scoring 75 times.

George Brett 2008 Donruss Threads

George Brett 2008 Donruss Threads

I remember when the 2008 Donruss Threads set debuted that I was a bit confused by what I was seeing.  I had been ‘out’ of the hobby for the better part of fifteen years and knew nothing of the issues that plagued companies like Fleer and Donruss.

It took reading a bunch of blogs to put the pieces together, but then I was able to understand the what/how/why of the unlicensed baseball card.

This is the George Brett card from the 2008 Donruss Threads set.


Of the cards from this set that I have either seen or brought in to my collection, this one certainly ranks near the top of the list.  The image was not distorted at all, and Mr. Brett actually helped Donruss and the card with the follow-through of his swing.

Nicely done!

Carlton Fisk 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

Carlton Fisk 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

While not trying to be-little what Topps is doing in today’s age, I really do prefer the Opening Day baseball card sets from when I was a kid.

This card below is Carlton Fisk’s card from the 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’ set.


Using the same card design, with just a border color change (Black to Maroon), this card features a great image of Fisk in his old Sox uniform.

As for his performance on Opening Day in 1987, Fisk went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.  But, the Sox did with the contest 5-4 over Kansas City.

1993 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ‘400 Home Run Club’

1993 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ‘400 Home Run Club’

On a new team, and playing in front of his home crowd for the first time, Andre Dawson crushed home run #400 of his career in front of 22,000+ fans at Fenway Park.

The former Expos and Cubs All-star player was signed by Boston as a free agent following the 1992 baseball season.  And it did not take long for ‘The Hawk’ to earn the respect and admiration of the ‘Fewnway Faithful’ when he launched a solo home run over the ‘Green Monster’ in the second inning of the contest off of Indians’ pitcher Jose Mesa.

#400 was the first of what would be 13 home runs that Dawson would hit during his 1993 campaign in Boston.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Cy Young Award Winner Commemorative Trophy Card

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Cy Young Award Winner Commemorative Trophy Card

As soon as I saw this subset  from the 2013 Topps Series 1 baseball card set released, I knew that I was going to want to go after a few of the cards.

So, as soon as I captured the Fergie Jenkins card for my collection, I shifted to the Jim Palmer.

The Palmer was tougher to capture at a bargain price, and they are not listed as often as some of the other cards from the set.

Still, I persisted and eventually scored one for a price that was acceptable to me and my wallet.

Just like the Jenkins card, this Palmer card is S-W-E-E-T!!!!

Have a look:


The card is super-thick, and easily the heaviest card in my collection.  I like that Topps found images of the players that matched the era in which they captured their Cy Young Award, or in Palmer’s case: Award(s).

A fantastic addition to my Jim Palmer collection!!!