Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #16 – 1969 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #16 – 1969 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 16th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1969 Topps baseball card:

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As for Aaron’s 1969 baseball season, at 35-years of age, Hank Aaron was still king!!  In 147 games played, Aaron hit .300 and had an on-base percentage of .396.  He led the National League with 332 total bases and connected for 44 home runs while driving in 97 runs and scoring 100 times.

Evan Longoria 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’

Evan Longoria 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’

I fully understand why Topps would put a player like Evan Longoria in a set like this.

Longoria came out of the gate with an incredible impact on his Tampa Bay Rays team.  As a rookie, he showed tremendous promise, and the Rays did the right thing by locking him up to a long-term deal very quickly.

Since then, Longo has been an All-Star, been to the World Series, and has provided his share of career defining moments.

Now, he just needs to revert back to what he once was and get himself back into the elite status he had as one of the best third basemen in the sport.

VINTAGE LONGORIA DECKLE

Mike Stanton 2011 Topps Finest

Mike Stanton 2011 Topps Finest

I continue to pick up card of Mike/Giancarlo Stanton as time/funds/priorities allow. 

For me, I am a fan.  And while he has certainly not gotten off to the start that I had wanted for his 2013 baseball season, I don’t necessarily think that he has been placed in a role to succeed.

Stanton has yet to develop the patience and plate discipline to be a dangerous hitter in major league baseball.  Sure, he has the power to be on the same level as an Adam Dunn – and he will get his share of home runs.  But, to be a true offensive weapon, he needs to better adjust to what is being thrown his way – take the walk, hit it the other way, play to what the defense is giving you.

VINATGE STANTON FINEST

I think that Stanton has the tools.  And I also think that having a hitter like Tino Martinez as your coach can only help you.

But, if the Marlins keep going with their current offensive approach, Stanton will be the player that suffers the most.

Hang in there kid!!

1981 Topps – 1980 Major League RBI Leaders Featuring Cecil Cooper & Mike Schmidt

1981 Topps – 1980 Major League RBI Leaders Featuring Cecil Cooper & Mike Schmidt

Always a fan of League Leader baseball cards, Mike Schmidt appeared on a lot of them during his major league career.

This card comes from the 1981 Topps baseball card set and celebrates the RBI Leaders from the American League and National League from the 1980 baseball season.

The AL leader was Cecil Cooper who led the league with 122 RBI and Schmidt who paced the NL with 121.

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Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame ‘Essential Enshrinement’ Certified Autograph & Patch Card – Numbered To 5

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame ‘Essential Enshrinement’ Certified Autograph & Patch Card – Numbered To 5

Friends, I have scored my best Fergie Jenkins autograph card to date!!!!

This card comes from the 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame ‘Essential Enshrinement’ set and features a sweet Fergie Jenkins signature.

It also features a 2-color patch of Light Blue and Cubbie Blue!!  This is my first autographed baseball card of Jenkins that features a jersey relic.  You could also call it my first relic card that features a signature too..

No matter how you slice it or dice it, this card is sweet!!

Have a look:

Jenkins Essantial AutoJersey

There is nothing about this card that I do not like.  From the great image to the Golden accents to the wood-grain background – I like it all!!!

And the fact that this card is serial numbered as 1/5 certainly does not hurt either…

Enjoy.  🙂