Daily Archives: June 5, 2013

Alan Trammell 1978 Topps ROOKIE CARD!!!!

Alan Trammell 1978 Topps ROOKIE CARD!!!!

I have finally landed an Alan Trammell rookie card for my collection that pays homage to his fantastic career.

But, the journey was a rough one…


As you can see, Trammell’s rookie card is a 4-player card that was commonly found in late 1970’s sets issued by Topps.  This style allowed the company to showcase more rookies in each set.

Placed diagonally from Mr. Trammell is another familiar face – Hall of Famer, Paul Molitor.  Having Molitor on the same card only makes the card more collectible and wanted.  So, obtaining this one took a lot of patience as I did not want to overpay – especially since I have already bought one of these for my Molitor collection a few years ago.

But, like always, my patience has paid off and I was able to secure this rookie card, for the second time, at a price that worked for my budget.

The chase was fun – and the reward is great!!  Cross another one off the list…

Derek Jeter 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

Derek Jeter 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

Man, I hope that we get to see Jeter on the field again this season.  It was so hard to watch him carried off the field (literally) in the postseason last year with that ankle injury.

I had projected VERY BIG THINGS for Jeter in 2013 – I am hoping that he can pick up right where he left off prior to that injury.

We need more baseball history to be created…


Jim Palmer 1980 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Jim Palmer 1980 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

One of the great things about collecting baseball card of Jim Palmer is that there will always be cards for me to go back and get from his playing days.

And for as much as he is inserted into the new releases, it is so much fun to discover cards from when he was an active player.

And thankfully, many are still very affordable.

Like this 1980 Kellogg’s card of Palmer that I bought for just $1.50.



Vince Coleman 1990 Donruss – Lots And Lots Of R-E-D!!!

Vince Coleman 1990 Donruss

While I am not a huge fan of a baseball cards that features the primary use of just a single color, there is always an exception to that rule.

And I have found one of them – It is the 1990 Donruss baseball card of St. Louis Cardnials’ star outfielder, Vince Coleman!

Check it out:


I told you!!!

There is a lot of Red going on with this baseball card, but it all works!  The White uniform helps break it up just enough to make it bearable, but I would have to say that this one is perfect.

A great addition to my Vince Coleman collection – YES!!

Did You Know…

Paul Molitor is the last Hall of Famer to drive in more than 100 runs in a season in which he hit less than 10 home runs.  In 1996, Molitor drove in 113 runs, but connected for just nine round-trippers.


Million Dollar Question – ‘What Is 1970’s Most Underrated Rookie Baseball Card’???

Million Dollar Question – ‘What Is 1970’s Most Underrated Rookie Baseball Card’???

I’ve been doing lots and lots of shopping over the last few days on various baseball card web marketplaces.  And my shopping has ranged from cards from the 1960s and 1970s to cards issued just a few weeks ago.  I’ve run the gammot from very high-priced cards to commons during these virtual shopping trips.

I tell you what – shopping for cards online can be a lot of fun!  Sure, it won’t replace the feeling of walking around a card shop or card show and having a card catch your eye and draw you in, but the web puts us all on somewhat of an even playing field as cards that were not accessible to us decades ago are now suddenly available and can usually be delivered within 3-5 days of payment being made.

During my shopping trips over the last few days, I have spent some time looking at various rookie cards of the guys I am building player collections of.  And while they range in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, I am excited to see that all of them still have interest from the collecting public as a whole.

What does amaze me is that regardless of the decade in which they were issued, very few go without being sold (unless the condition is horrible).  For every rookie card that I saw that sold for less than $5.00, there was another one that sold for over $200.00 – and the patterns were pretty consistent.

For the next few weeks, I thought it would be fun to see what you thought about the most highly sought after cards of these different collecting eras. 

So, we will examine that pretty thoroughly over the next few weeks.

Tonight, we will start with the 1970’ as we discuss ‘What Is 1970’s Most Underrated Rookie Baseball Card’???

For me, when I hear the term ‘Underrated’, I think of cards that either don’t get the attention that they deserve or cards that sell for well below what their market value should be.  I typically judge this based on a player’s achievements and how those achievements stack up to their peers.

So, when it comes down to the rookie card that I find to be the most underrated from the 1970’s, the choice was very easy – it is Eddie Murray’s 1978 Topps card.

Murray Rookie

Murray is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the history of the sport.  His on the field achievements are on par with the elite players of the game, yet his rookie card can be regularly had at bargain pricing.

Personally, I picked up my Murray rookie card for under $9.00.  That was more than two years ago, but a search for recently closed auctions on this same card in an ungraded format shows that they can still be regularly had for less than ten dollars.

Eddie Murray deserves a lot better than this.  Baseball card collectors that pull in a Murray rookie card for less than $10 are getting a fantastic value in my opinion!!

Now I want your opinion.  It is now time for you to share!!!

What card would you choose?   ‘What Is 1970’s Most Underrated Rookie Baseball Card’???