Daily Archives: May 29, 2013

Vince Coleman 1990 Score – A Perfect Match!!

Vince Coleman 1990 Score

If there was ever a baseball card design that was created to match a specific team’s colors, it could very well be 1990 Score and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Have a look:

COLEMAN 9

Displaying the colors of the Cardinals in a perfect manner, the Red & Yellow used by Score is a perfect complement to the Cardinals two main colors!

And I also love this picture – looks like Vince is legging out one of his 89 career triples on this one!

2010 HEADLINE: Roy Halladay Fires ‘Perfect Game’ Against The Marlins

2010 HEADLINE: Roy Halladay Fires ‘Perfect Game’ Against The Marlins

On this day in 2010, Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins.

I watched each and every pitch of this game in my living room as it was heralded as being a battle of the two most dominating pitchers in the National League – Halladay and Josh Johnson.

As the game unfolded, it was hard to not cheer for Halladay as he kept inching towards baseball history.

His performance was unreal, and while I would have preferred that the moment had not taken place against ‘my team’, it is always nice to catch baseball history in the making.

Halladay’s numbers: 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 0 runs allowed, 11 strikeouts, 0 walks allowed, and 115 pitches.

The Phillies won the game 1-0.

1989 HEADLINE: Phillies’ Slugger Mike Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

1989 HEADLINE: Phillies’ Slugger Mike Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

On this day in 1989, Mike Schmidt retired from the game of baseball.

Watching this video still gives me chills…

I remember this press conference like it was yesterday. Even as a 13-year old kid, I understood how hard it was for a player like Mike Schmidt to leave the game of baseball. One of the game’s biggest stars for close to 2 decades, Schmidt solidified himself as one of the greatest power hitters of all-time.

With a resume filled with elite milestones, Schmidt was able to leave the game as one its greatest players but that did not make the final decision any easier for him.

Cheers to you Mike Schmidt – A baseball hero and a class act!!!

Happy Birthday Eric Davis!!!

Happy Birthday Eric Davis!!!

Amazingly, Eric Davis turns 51 years old today!!!

Wow, I remember the hype around Eric Davis as he began his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He was a ‘5-Tool player’ that could do it all and he was going to rescue the Reds franchise and deliver them back to baseball glory. Davis had the speed, power, charisma, and personality to carry the franchise to the promised land!!!

After 7 remarkable seasons with the Reds that were littered with All-star appearances, Gold Glove trophies, Silver Slugger awards, and even a World Series championship, Davis was on his way to becoming one of the games biggest stars. Talk about becoming baseball’s second ’40/40 Man’ was a daily occurrence in baseball circles. As one of the game’s premier players, ‘Eric The Red’ was riding high.

Unfortunately, a terrible string of injuries and then an unfortunate battle with cancer stalled Davis’ ability to dominate the game. This 1-time hero became just a regular role player. On occasion, Davis gave us more memorable moments to add to his impressive highlight reel, but he was never able to recapture and string together seasons of success like he had in the late 1980’s when he was on top of the baseball world.

Happy Birthday Mr. Davis. You are remembered fondly!!!

‘Million Dollar Question – ‘What Card Designs Would You Like To See Featured In 2014’s Topps Archives Set’???

‘Million Dollar Question – ‘What Card Designs Would You Like To See Featured In 2014’s Topps Archives Set’???

As many collectors, myself included, eagerly await the release of the 2013 Topps Archives baseball card brand, I am very excited to tear up some wax again.  I have not opened up a single pack of cards since Topps’ 2013 Gypsy Queen came out a few months ago and I cannot wait to find Archives at a retail locations within the next day or so.

The new Archives brand, like last year’s release, will offer us 200 base cards featuring 4 prior Topps designs.  In 2012, the set re-used the designs from 1954, 1971, 1980, and 1984.  This year’s set will feature the popular 1972, 1982, 1985, and 1990 graphics.

I am especially excited to see how the cards that feature the 1985 Topps design look as this was the first set that I collected as a kid and I have a lot of fond memories of ripping through those packs back in ’85.

While I don’t want to gloss over this year’s Archives release, I have to say that I am already crossing my fingers in hopes that this brand will continue past 2013 and have another release in 2014.  And with that, we will certainly have more of our favorite designs to see once again featuring both players of the past as well as today’s stars.

And that is what tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ is all about – ‘What Card Designs Would You Like To See Featured In 2014’s Topps Archives Set’???

Not counting the eight card designs that Topps used for the 2012 and 2013 sets, there are still some fantastic card designs from their past that I would love to see featured in next year’s release.

And if I had to supply you with a list of just four, they would be:

  1. 1968 Topps
  2. 1973 Topps
  3. 1981 Topps
  4. 1989 Topps

I think that a set that featured these four designs would be fantastic – just the right amount of bright color, solid graphics, and plenty of room for exceptional images!!!

So now I pose the question to you – ‘What Card Designs Would You Like To See Featured In 2014’s Topps Archives Set’???

Let’s hear it!!!

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