Daily Archives: June 2, 2013

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Tribute – Green

  Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Tribute – Green

I keep chipping away at the new stuff – here is another card from the 2013 Topps Tribute set for my Fergie Jenkins collection.

This one is the Green version and it is serial numbered as 36/75.

Take a look:

JENKINS TRIBUTE GREEN

This is the second card of Fergie that I have scored from this year’s Tribute set.  And I have to say that the Green background is not as nice as I expected it to be. 

I actually prefer the base card better.

Tom Seaver 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Too Much Of The Same Old, Same Old…

Tom Seaver 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Too Much Of The Same Old, Same Old…

By far, the card from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set that I care for the least is the card of Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver.

It’s not that I don’t care for Mr. Seaver – I like him a lot.

It’s just that I feel like I have seen this exact card used for the Gypsy Queen brand before.  Like in 2011.  And again in 2012.

And now in 2013 as well…

VINATGE SEAVER GQ

Like I said, I like Tom Seaver.  And to be honest, as someone who is not a Mets fa, I can deal with him being featured as a Met in the GQ set because of Seaver’s roots.

But this is sheer laziness.

And that is not cool.

Jim Rice 1988 Score

Jim Rice 1988 Score

I am sucker for the 1988 Score baseball card set – call it a ’30-YOC Classic’. 

I’ve always enjoyed the card’s design and I really like the bright bold border colors they used for the set as it was such a different look as compared to the other major brands at the time – Topps, Fleer, and Donruss.

For a debut set, this one is spectacular.

Have a look:

RICE 10

This one is nice – but I do wish that the shot was zoomed out a little more.  I’d like to see more of the action.  And I would love to be able to identify the ballpark as well.

Other than that – Solid!

1987 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Is 1st Pick In Amateur Draft

1987 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Is 1st Pick In Amateur Draft

On this day back in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. was selected as the 1st pick in baseball’s professional draft. At just 17 years of age, the sky was the limit for ‘The Kid’ that was born to play professional baseball.

Having grown up around big league players and ball parks during his entire youth, Griffey had the rare advantage of knowing what the daily life of a big leaguer was about well before he suited up for one. And even with all eyes on him, Griffey excelled and certainly lived up to the hype of being the first pick in the draft as well as the son of one of the game’s former stars.

Did Griffey accomplished everything that was expected of him? Probably not. But I don’t think anyone can live up to some of the tags thrown at him from such a young age. Still, Griffey Jr. had a brilliant career and should be named amongst the sport’s greatest players of all-time, and certainly of his generation.

Happy Anniversary Ken!!!! See you in Cooperstown.

I Have Finally Brought Home The #1 Baseball Card On My “Want List” – Come Check It Out!!!!

I Have Finally Brought Home The #1 Baseball Card On My “Want List” – Come Check It Out!!!!

This took me a really long time, but it was a wait that was certainly worthwhile.

While some collectors have $100 cards as the most wanted card for their collections, I try to keep to my rules of budgeted baseball card collecting.  Sticking to this plan has led me to becoming a more patient collector – and it almost always works out in my favor.

My most wanted card does not feature an autograph or chunk of jersey material.  The card is not stamped with a Gold foil serial number.

It is however, 45 years old.

Are you ready to see it?

Are you sure?

Ok, here is the card that I have been shopping for for more than two years: 

BIRD BELTERS

That’s right!!  A 1968 Topps ‘Bird Belters’ card of HOF teammates Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson (no relation).  I have loved this card since I was a kid, but that PSA slab; something I do not need.

I’ve probably placed bids on this exact card more than 20 times in the last 12 months.  And finally, my constant seeking and patience has paid off for me.

The #1 card on my want list is now home!!!

Now I just need to figure out which collection to put this one into – Frank Robinson or Brooks Robinson….

Hmmm – quite the predicament!