Daily Archives: April 28, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Archives – GOLD!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Archives – GOLD!!!

I recently completed a trade with ’30-YOC’ reader Jared.  I sent a small stack of Red Sox cards to him and he returned the favor with a few Marlins for my collection.

Of the cards that I received, this one is the one that really stands out for me.


Because for some reason, I did not realize that the 2012 Archives set included Gold parallel versions in the set.  And after further review of the checklist, I know understand that every card in the base set has a Golden variation.

Here is the Gold Stanton:


And now it is time for me to seek out the other five Gold Marlins!!

Jared- Thank you for the great card, and the inspiration to bring the rest of them home (even if the others are not longer on the team)!!!

Jim Rice 1984 Topps All-Star

Jim Rice 1984 Topps All-Star

Jim Rice was an All-Star in eight of his sixteen major league seasons.

What did he do in 1984 to be named an All-Star for the American League team?

How about these numbers:  184 hits, 25 doubles, 28 home runs, 98 runs scored, 122 RBI, and 307 total bases.

I’d say he was a worthy pick!


Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Barry Larkin turns 50 years old today!

One of the most respected players from his era, Larkin was as classy of a player in the league as there was during the 1980’s, 1990’s, and into the 2000’s. A 19-year veteran who spent his entire career in Cincinnati, Larkin was the centerpiece of the Reds’ team and their lone constant.

Larkin’s abilities were endless. Solid hitter, great defender, base stealer, home run hitter… Larkin excelled at each and every aspect of the game. In his best season in 1995, he won the MVP award. In that season, Larkin hit .319 while collecting 158 hits, 98 runs, 51 stolen bases, 66 RBI, 15 home runs and the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

A very deserving Hall of Famer!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Larkin!!!

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first home run of his major league baseball career.

Just 20 years old, and playing in his first full season in the majors, Robinson didn’t waste too much time in making an impact with the Cincinnati Reds. At home and in front of a terribly small crowd of just over 4,000 spectators, Robinson went 2-for-4 collecting 2 RBI. 1 hit was a double, and the other was a 2-run home run off of Cubs’ pitcher Paul Minner.

And as they say, the rest was history!! Home run #1 was officially in the books – and one of the game’s greatest sluggers was born.

Robinson ended his amazing career with 586 homers. He currently ranks in 7th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Jim Palmer 2005 Topps Pristine – ‘The Legendary Years’ – UNCIRCULTAED!!!

Jim Palmer 2005 Topps Pristine – ‘The Legendary Years’ – UNCIRCULTAED!!!

Wow, what a find!!!

I have cards of both Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins from the 2005 Topps Pristine set.  Each card from the set comes enclosed in a case complete with a Topps seal ensuring its status of being ‘Uncirculated’.

Well, I guess that I never examined the checklist completely because I recently found a card from the set of Jim Palmer on Ebay.  And I had to have it!!!

A week went by, and I placed my bid – a winning bid at that!!!

And now, this sweet uncirculated, 76/549 serial numbered beauty is mine!!!

Check it out:


Of the three cards that I now have in my collection that are from this set, I would say that the Palmer card is the best looking one of the trio!!