Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Derek Jeter 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Hometown Heroes’

Derek Jeter 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Hometown Heroes’

When I found this card, I decided to take my knowledge of Kalamazoo, Michigan to the next level.

So, without further ado, here are the ‘Top Five’ things I learned:

5 – The Alligator Sanctuary
4 – Home to the Gilmore Car Museum – The Nations’s Premier Automotive History Destination
3 – Home to four casinos
2 – Caruso’s Candy Kitchen – your source for homemade candies and chocolates with an operating soda fountain
1 – Home to Yankees’ Derek Jeter!!!


Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #25 – 1992 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #25 – 1992 Topps Design

One of my 2013 collecting goals was to complete the 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Commemorative baseball card set. The set features a re-print of each of Ryan’s base cards issued by Topps from his rookie season to his final season.

This is the 25th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1992 Topps baseball card:


As for Ryan’s 1992 baseball season, Ryan was still chugging away at the age of 45.  He started 27 games for the Rangers and compiled a 5-9 record.  He still had the skill and velocity to strike out batters as he racked up 157 K’s in 157 innings of work, good for a 9.0 K:9 innings ratio!!!


Vince Coleman 1991 Upper Deck – Props To UD On This One!!!

Vince Coleman 1991 Upper Deck

Vince Coleman had wheels, and I am sure that he was able to cover a lot more ground than the average outfielder from his era.

Did that translate into Gold Glove defensive performance?  Not exactly.

But, I will give credit to Upper Deck for providing us with a card that shows another way that Coleman used his speed on the baseball diamond.

Thanks UD!!!


Did You Know…

Only two brothers have hit home runs in the same World Series Game.  During the 1964 World Series, with the Yankees and Cardinals battling for the championship, brothers Clete and Ken Boyer each launched home runs.

Boyer Brothers

Players & Picks For 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “HR Derby”

Players & Picks For 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “HR Derby”

Alright Guys, you’ve all made your selections. Now the only thing left to do is sit back and watch the greatest exhibition in sports tonight!

Here is a snapshot of the players in the contest and the All-Stars representing them:

Player # Of HRs
justin 12
pat weber 14
matt w 16
q 23
jeff b 25
jared willden 27
john h 27 (out)
madding 28
ethan p 29
ag 30
sanjosefuji 31
rob 32
irondequoit36 33
superduperman99 34
john (cards) 35
tom s 36
victor 43


Enjoy the game everyone – I will have a post announcing the winner of the contest tomorrow morning!!!

And don’t forget that this is the prize you’re all fighting for:

2013 Heritage Lot

See you tomorrow.

‘Million Dollar Question’ – If You Could Add One Element To The 2013 Topps Archives Release, What Would It Be??

‘Million Dollar Question’ – If You Could Add One Element To The 2013 Topps Archives Release, What Would It Be??

One of Topps’ most popular brands, Archives, is set to be released next week on Wednesday, the 29th.

From what I can recall when the set came back in 2012 after a short vacation from the hobby, the set was highly regarded due to its use of former, popular card designs and it’s on-card autographs.

For me, Archives was one of my ‘Top Two’ sets of last year, with Gypsy Queen being the other.

It is just a matter of time before the cards start appearing on Ebay, and I personally cannot wait to start going after the ones that interest me the most.

And while I have yet to see a finalized checklist at this point, the previews look great!!  I am excited enough about the cards that make up the set to know that I may have to scoop up a few retail blasters to help quench my desire to rip through a box or two.

2013 archives

When I think about the Archives brand and what it represents, I am immediately taken back to my youth as a collector.  And since Archives always takes chunks of ideas from other Topps releases and re-issues them with a modern twist, I thought that it would make for an interesting topic, a ‘Million Dollar Question’, if you will….

So, tonight my question is this – If You Could Add One Element To The 2013 Topps Archives Release, What Would It Be??  Of all of the great things that got you hooked on collecting baseball cards as a kid, what specific thing would you like to see brought back and become a part of the 2013 Topps Archives set?

My answer did not take long.

2013 marks the 30-year anniversary of the 1983 Topps baseball card set, a classic among collectors.  And in that 1983 set, there was a subset that remains my favorite today – ‘Super Veterans’.

And I want it back!!!!

Super Vet Rose

Please Topps, please tell me that this subset is in the 2013 Archives release and that you have done a great job of keeping this secret before the cards hit the streets.  Please!?!?

What about you?  If you could add one element to the 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set what would it be??

I can’t wait to hear your answers!!!