Daily Archives: May 13, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #23 – Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #23 – Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #23 – Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

CAREER DAY 23

The Career Day – May 15, 1967.  On this day, Clemente and the Pirates were Reds in a shoot-out.  The Reds ultimately won the contest, but Clemente tried to defeat them single-handedly.  He went 4-for-5 on the day with a double and three home runs.  Clemente drove in all seven runs for the Pirates, and this was his first of two 3-HR performances of his career. 

Progress – 23/25

Roberto Clemente 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’

Roberto Clemente 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’

After pulling several cards from the 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’ subset, I have finally organized my thoughts and come to a decision on how I feel about the set.

As a whole set, I don’t really care for it too much.  I like the design, but it is the theme that I am not too crazy about – and this is coming from a guy that really likes cards that commemorate the history of the sport.

For me, there is just too much, and not enough elite stuff…  Sure, the set pays homage to some great baseball moments that should never be forgotten, but they should be in a set tagged as ‘The History’ or something along those lines.

When I hear the term ‘Chasing History’, it implies present tense and actions occurring today.  And for the cards that I have obtained, all events have already passed – there is no ‘Chasing’, but there is ‘Done’.

Still, the cards are sharp; with a few standouts.

And this is one of them – Roberto Clemente!!!

VINTAGE CLEMENTE

Tony Gwynn 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

Tony Gwynn 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

Another great looking baseball card brought to you by Topps Gypsy Queen.

VINTAGE GWYNN GQ

Enjoy.

Sparky Anderson 1990 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1990 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

“Laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind”.

SPARKY 8

Gotta love it!  Of all of the images that Topps could have chosen of Sparky Anderson for their 1990 Topps set, they went with one in which he appears to not really be doing anything at all.

They could have given us one with him chatting with players or arguing with an umpire, but instead we got one of him sitting back, somewhat relaxed.

As for the 1990 baseball season, the Tigers were 79-83 with a .488 win percentage.  They finished in third place in their division in 1990, and I have to guess that capturing Anderson this relaxed during the 1990 season was a rare occurence.

 

1967 HEADLINE: Yankees’ Mickey Mantles Crushes Home Run #500!!!

1967 HEADLINE: Yankees’ Mickey Mantles Crushes Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 1967, New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle hit the 500th home run of his career.

A baseball legend, Mantle could do no wrong while wearing his pinstripes. And a fan favorite since his debut in the league in 1951, it took Mantle 17 seasons to join the ‘500 Home Runs Club’.

Mantle retired after the 1968 baseball season. He left the game with 536 career round-trippers. Currently he sits alone in 16th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mickey Mantle!!!

1958 HEADLINE: Stan Musial Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

1958 HEADLINE: Stan Musial Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

On this day in 1958, Cardinals’ superstar Stan Musial collected the 3,000th hit of his major league career.

A dynamic offensive player, Musial is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Playing in the big leagues for 22 seasons, all with the Cardinals, Musial collected 3,630 hits during his playing days. Averaging, 165 hits per year, Musial eclipsed the 200-hit mark on six different occasions.

Currently ranked in 4th place on the all-time hits list, Musial is in a spot that should remain his for quite some time.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Musial!!!

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Marquee ‘Titanic Threads’ Jumbo-Jersey Relic!!!

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Marquee ‘Titanic Threads’ Jumbo-Jersey Relic!!!

Ever since I first laid eyes on this card back in 2011, I wanted one for my collection.

But, since it was part of a fairly expensive and somewhat low-distribution set, not too many of them were found at acceptable prices.  Couple that with the fact that the card is serial numbered to just 99 copies and I had a real hunt on my hands.

Since being released, I have probably seen 12-15 of these cards appear on Ebay.  They all sell – and they all sell for a lot more than a normal relic card that has just 99 copies.

Why?

Well, it is all because of the relic – IT IS HUGE!!!

Have a look:

DAWSON TITANIC THREADS

I told you.  And I probably did not describe it properly either – the relic is TITANIC IN SIZE!!!

And I am so very proud to finally have one in my collection.  My patience paid off on this one too – Yes, I paid a decent amount for it but nothing close to what it was going for when it was released in 2011.

Mine is serial numbered as 18/99 and it features the largest piece of jersey relic on a single card in my collection thus far.

YES!!!