Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

2013 Topps Heritage ‘Hitting Area’ With Chipper Jones & Bryce Harper

2013 Topps Heritage ‘Hitting Area’ With Chipper Jones & Bryce Harper

Of all of the cards that I have seen in person that are part of the 2013 Topps Heritage set, this card is without a doubt my favorite.

While not a true ‘Passing The Torch’ card, this one is the next best thing!

Check it out:

VINTAGE HARPER.CHIPPER

Featuring a great shot of a conversation between rookie phenom Bryce Harper and legendary veteran Chipper Jones, Topps gave us a great card with this one.

The 2013 All-Star Game was Harper’s first and Jones’ last – this is a very nice way to celebrate the event for both.

And it also makes me wonder if either player knows, and appreciates, that this card exists.

2013 Topps Opening Day Miami Marlins Team Set

2013 Topps Opening Day Miami Marlins Team Set

The 2013 collecting year has allowed for me to go after some great looking, and rather small, Marlins team sets for my collection.

One of my non-published goals was to stay on top of the new releases as they came out so I didn’t have to chase them down years later.

This set is from the 2013 Topps Opening Day set. 

Have a peek:

 

2013 OPENING DAY

I was lucky enough to pull the base cards of the Marlins from some of the rack packs that I scooped up when the set launched a few months ago.

The hardest card for me to nab was the ‘Superstar Celebration’ card that commemorates Giancarlo Stanton.  There are a handful always available on Ebay, but I did not want to overpay.  So, I patiently waited and finally nailed one for $1.00.

I’m glad that I waited to this 4-card set did not cost me that much extra money.  And I’m really happy to add another set to my album too!

Brooks Robinson 2012 Panini Cooperstown – ‘Induction’

Brooks Robinson 2012 Panini Cooperstown – ‘Induction’

One of the things that I like most about the ‘Induction’ subset from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set is the homage that it pays homage to the day that the player was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

For me, it is neat to not only see the moment captured on a card, but I really like to see the suits these guys wore on their ‘Big Day’ as well as the podium that they stood at.

Here is the card of Brooks Robinson from his ‘big day’:

VINTAGE BROOKS INDUCTION

He kind of looks like a local mayor or delegate doesn’t he???

Keith Hernandez 1989 Bowman

Keith Hernandez 1989 Bowman

When  I picked up this baseball card of Keith Hernandez, I bought it ‘on the blind’ during a little spree on Sportlots.com.

Being the dedicated player collector that I am, I was going after stacks of cards for the new PC’s I am working on, and that list included Mr. Hernandez.

When I shop at Sportlots.com, my lone goal is ‘cheap’.  Buy what I need for a very low price and get out unscathed.  And that is exactly what I did, bringing home more than forty new cards for my collection including a healthy stack of cards of Hernandez.

And I have to say that once my cards arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see a 1989 Bowman baseball card that featured a photo that was not a posed, head-shot!!!

Have a look:

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Thurman Munson!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Thurman Munson!!!

There are very few names in the baseball world that more consistently bring smiles to people’s faces than that of Mr. Thurman Thomas.

Personally, I know very little about Munson and his career.  It’s not by choice, but he starred in an era in which I gravitated to learning about other stars.  So, while I cannot say that I don’t value what he brought to the game, I can say that I really don’t know how he got elevated to the level of likability and collectability that he has reached.  To this day, I am still surprised that collectors would value an early 70’s card of Munson over a card of such guys as Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, and Johnny Bench.  But, they do!!

I don’t think that I am exaggerating when I say that Thurman Munson is one of the most collected former players of the last 50 years.  His cards maintain a value like few others – and they are almost never cheap.

It could be the fact that he played for the winningest franchise in baseball history – the New York Yankees.

But, it could be more than that too…

It could be that he played catcher – the heart and sole of a team’s defense.

But, it could be more than that as well…

It also could be that Munson looked like an everyday man – 5′ 11″ tall and weighing 190 pounds, often with messy hair, some sort of facial hair, and a dirty uniform.

And it could still be more than that…

Munson passed away at the age of 32.  He was a Yankee for 11 seasons and is the owner of 2 World Series championship rings.  Maybe it is the ‘Could Have Been’ aspect of Munson that intrigues the fans and collectors.

Munson

Either way you slice it, Thurman Munson is beloved – inside and outside of New York City.

And the kind of love shown to him makes me immediately think of him and the Hall of Fame.  So, tonight I ask you to cast your vote.

When examining Munson’s career, it is obviously incomplete – and while there is a slight dip in performance during his final season, Munson at age 32 was still very productive.

Munson connected for 1,558 career hits and has a lifetime batting average of .292.  His power numbers were good for a catcher, but not elite – 229 doubles, 113 HR’s, 701 RBI, and 696 runs scored.  Munson had an impressive on-base percentage of .346 and a career tally of 2,190 total bases.  Munson was a 7-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, Rookie Of The Year, and League MVP.

But, does that gain you Hall of Fame entry??

Not for me.  While the numbers, for a catcher, are impressive they are not even close to what other notable Yankee catchers accomplished (Berra & Dickey).  I would however, give Munson consideration because he offered up a solid offensive and defensive game – but ultimately, his career numbers fall too short of elite for him to capture my vote. 

Gavel

How about you?  Where do you lie in this debate – Is it a ‘Yea’ or a ‘Nea’???