Daily Archives: May 5, 2013

Jim Palmer 2001 Topps Archives Reserve Refractor!!

Jim Palmer 2001 Topps Archives Reserve Refractor!!

I keep finding new (older) versions of Jim Palmer’s famous 1966 Topps rookie baseball card for my collection.

I have the original (thankfully!) and since nabbing that one for my Palmer player collection I have actively  been seeking all of the reprints that have been issued since.

I need to do a formal count, but I would have to imagine that I am up to between 6-7 different cards that feature the same front.

The newest addition to my collection that joins the group is from the 2001 Topps Archives Reserves set.  Sure it has a shiny refractor finish, but there is no mistaking that great 1966 Rookie card!!!


Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #3 – 1956 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #3 – 1956 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 3rd card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1956 Topps baseball card:


As for Aaron’s 1956 baseball season, it was his best so far as a young major leaguer.  At just 22 years of age, Aaron displayed all of the talents that would put him in the class of the best players in the game.  Aaron won his first batting title in 1956 with his .328 average and league leading 200 hits.  He also connected for 34 doubles and 26 home runs while driving in 92 and scoring 106 runs.  Aaron made the All-Star team for the second consecutive time in 1956 and placed in 3rd for the MVP Award.

David Freese 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

David Freese 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

Man, I can almost feel it.  This is the second-to-last card that I need to complete this classic set!!!

While the casual collector and baseball fan may wonder how a player that they have never heard of made it into such a classic and elite set, look no further than the 2011 World Series.  There is no doubt that Freese’s stock rose as a result of his World Series MVP performance that led the Cardinals to clinching the championship.

Topps took note of it – and I am certain that collectors of Freese and the Cardinals are very happy about that.

He deserves to be in the ‘Deckle Edge’ set and it may not be long before he is again included in more exclusive sets.


Keith Hernandez 1985 Topps

Keith Hernandez 1985 Topps

What a great looking baseball card!!!  The 1985 Topps set is a ’30-YOC Classic’ and there are not too many ‘star’ cards from the set that I don’t really like.

Here is the card:


Besides the great appeal of the old Mets logo and the bright Blue and Orange colors, the card works very well because the angle of the Mets nameplate kind of matches the angle of Hernandez’s shoulders and arms.

‘Mex’ was a great addition to the Mets when he came over via trade during the 1983 baseball season.  His defense at first base and veteran presence would become very valuable to the young team that would eventually capture the heart of the baseball world just a few seasons later.


Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball – ‘Hall Worthy’ – 38/50

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball – ‘Hall Worthy’

It has been a little bit of a slow-going as I try to take my Fergie Jenkins player collection to the next level.

For the most part, I have all of his cards from his playing days.  And I am getting closer and closer to nabbing all of the modern stuff as well.  Staying on top of new releases certainly helps – and the new Gypsy Queen and Tribute issues will give me some new goals to go after in the very near future.

So, that leaves me with autographed cards, relic cards, and low-numbered cards.

And this one counts!!  Serial numbered as 38/50, this card comes from the 2005 Upper Deck Hall of Fame Baseball set tagged as ‘Hall Worthy’.


The card is a beauty!!  And that sweet Golden logo in the center sets it off nicely.