Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

Johnny Bench 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9’ Chrome

Johnny Bench 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9’ Chrome

Wow, talk about a sweet looking baseball card!!!

This is the second card from the ‘Prime 9’ set that I have picked up, with the first being the card of Hank Aaron.

And so far, this subset does not disappoint. The cards feature a high-gloss, Chrome finish and are printed on an ungraded cardstock.  The image of Bench that was used is from his younger days and displays a vintage Reds uniform. 


When released, these cards could only be obtained in the hobby environment through a redemption process.  The 9-card set was put together through redemption cards that were randomly inserted into hobby boxes of 2011 Topps.  If you pulled a redemption card from this set, you had a 1-week period to exchange it for the actual ‘Prime 9’ card.

Today, you can find these all over the secondary market – from card shops, to the web, and even at card shows if you hunt hard enough.

I’d like to see the whole set put together at one time – these are SWEET!!!

Sparky Anderson 1992 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1992 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

This card of Tigers’ manager Sparky Anders on is way too zoomed in for my liking.  And while I cannot imagine that Sparky was the most accommodating person when it came to taking direction from the photographers, I do think that the person that snapped this shot could have positioned themselves better…

Here is the card:


As for the 1992 baseball season, the Tigers did not fare too well with Sparky at the helm.  The team finished in last place in the division with a record of 75-87.  It was a far cry of their 2nd place finish in 1991.

1978 HEADLINE: Orioles’ Jim Palmer Earns Win #200 Of Career

1978 HEADLINE: Orioles’ Jim Palmer Earns Win #200 Of Career

On this dy in 1978, Jim Palmer took to the mound in the second game of a double-header against the Cleveland Indians. 

Palmer was seeking the 200th win of his major league career, and he did not disappoint.

He threw a complete game shutout against ‘The Tribe’ while allowing just eight hits in the game.  Palmer struck out four batters in the contest while walking just one. 

Congratulations on #200 Mr. Palmer!!!

Palmer 1978 Topps

Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Kirk Gibson turns 56 years old today.

Images of Kirk Gibson’s fist-pumping, leg-limping jog around the bases during Game 1 of the World Series is undoubtedly the first thing that baseball fans remember when Gibson’s name is mentioned. That night turned Gibson from a very good everyday player into a baseball legend!! Very few people remember that this was Gibson’s lone appearance in that ’88 title match-up. It’s amazing how with 1 swing of the bat, Gibson etched his place in baseball history and created a moment that none of us will soon forget!!!

Few recall that just 4 years prior as a member of the Detroit Tigers Gibson won his first championship. In that ’84 series, Gibson hit .333 in 6 games while collecting 6 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. Some players just have a knack for making their presence felt during the most necessary times, and Gibson is certainly that player.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #25 – Yogi Berra, New York Yankees

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #25 – Yogi Berra, New York Yankees

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 #25 – Yogi Berra, New York Yankees


The Career Day – October 10, 1956.  On this day, the Yankees were facing the Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.  Berra was 2-for-3 in the game with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.  He was also walked two times in the game.  Best of all – The Yankees won 9-0 and secured the 1956 World Series Championship.

Progress – 25/25