Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

Bob Gibson 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘Timeless Teams’ – 1968 World Series

Bob Gibson 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘Timeless Teams’ – 1968 World Series

I really like when a player like Bob Gibson is included in modern releases of baseball cards.

Including a player of Gibson’s status and place among baseball’s greatest pitchers allows for collector’s of today’s era an opportunity to learn about and collect the greats.

This card comes from the 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘Timeless Teams’ set.  The card pays tribute to one of the greatest single games pitched in the history of the World Series – Game 1 of the 1968 Fall Classic.

Check it out:

VINTAGE GIBSON

In that match-up, Gibson struck out 17 batters!!

Coming off of a stellar, Cy Young Award winning season in 1968, Gibson put his talents on display for the entire country and he did not disappoint.

As for the baseball card, it is very nice.  I just wish there was a drop of color to really draw your eye.  The Platinum effect of this card is nice, but it all blends together a bit too much for my liking…

Eric Davis ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1990 Donruss “Baseball’s Best”

Eric Davis ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1990 Donruss “Baseball’s Best”

Now that my Eric Davis player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #3 – 1990 Donruss Baseball’s Best

DAVIS FAB 3

A lot of baseball cards issued of Davis while playing for the Reds show him in a similar position – coiled at the plate and ready to attack.

During his major league career, Davis had one of the most talked about and imitated batting stances in the sport.  His ability to spring into the ball using his hips, shoulders, and wrists allowed to generate amazing bat speed and launch a lot of line drives.

Of all of the cards that make up my newly completed Eric Davis player collection, this one stands out.  The Bright Blue border allows for the image of Davis to really stand leap from the card’s surface.

Mike Schmidt 1983 Donruss – NICE!!!

Mike Schmidt 1983 Donruss

Mike Schmidt’s 1981 Donruss baseball card is fair.

Mike Schmidt’s 1982 Donruss baseball card is ok.

Mike Schmidt’s 1983 Donruss baseball card is NICE!!!

Check it out:

My favorite number from Schmidt’s 1983 baseball campaign?

128.

Schmidt was walked 128 times during that baseball season, leading the league.  17 of the walks were intentional.

Did You Know…

The only pitcher in the 1980’s to post a season with 20 or more losses in a singles season was Brian Kingman.  Kingman pitched for the Oakland A’s in 1980 and finished the campaign with a 8-20 record.

Kingman

1991 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Passes Lou Brock On The All-Time Steals List

1991 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Passes Lou Brock On The All-Time Steals List

On this day in 1991 Rickey Henderson became the All-time leader in stolen bases. As Rickey passed Lou Brock with steal #939 of his career, it was obvious to all watching live and on television that this was a baseball record for the ages.

Henderson’s talent is very rare as his body, specifically his legs, was able to withstand the punishment it takes to steal 939 bases. Amazingly enough, Henderson was not even close to being done with running. By the end of his 25-season major league career Henderson would finish with 1,406 stolen bases.

Personally, of all of the records in baseball today I think this one is the safest of them all. Home runs records will be broken. Hit streaks may not last. But this record is truly amazing. Players that steal 60-70 bases a year would have to have that kind of success for 20 straight years to challenge Rickey’s record. If you look at the great base stealers in the game today, each of them hits a pinnacle and then a sharp and rapid decline. This record is safe, and will not be challenged ever!!!

Congratulations Rickey. Truly an original, and truly a baseball legend!!!

‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1970′s ROOKIE Baseball Cards Look Like??

‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1970′s ROOKIE Baseball Cards Look Like??

Last week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ was a lot of fun. 

Debating about the George Brett and Robin Yount rookie baseball cards from the 1975 Topps set immediately made me start thinking about the other great rookie cards from that decade.

 In time, I am sure that I will have more direct debates between other rookie cards issued in the same sets as the opinions generated by that discussion are exactly what ‘Million Dollar Question’ is about.

For tonight though, I thought It would be fun to examine the best rookie cards issued during the decade of the 1970’s.

And what better way to do that than to chisel them into Mt. Rushmore, right?

So, that is precisely what I have done.

Here is my Mt. Rushmore of 1970’s rookie baseball cards:

Mt Rushmore 70s Rookies

The cards:

1. 1973 Topps Mike Schmidt

2.1974 Topps Dave Winfield

3. 1978 Topps Eddie Murray

4. 1979 Topps Ozzie Smith

The list was pretty tough to put together as I battled with spots 2, 3, and 4 for several days and nights before settling in on these four cards.

Ultimately for me, I chose these cards based on their player’s star power and the collectibility of the card and how it has sustained multiple changes in the landscape of the hobby.

Of the group, the only card that I never wavered on was the Mike Schmidt 1973 Topps card.  The other three spots were juggled around quite a bit between 7-8 cards.

Did I get it right?  In my opinion, Yes.

Do you have other ideas?  I’d love to hear them!!

If you were creating a Mt. Rushmore of 1970s Rookie Baseball Cards, what four cards would make your final cut??