Daily Archives: June 12, 2013

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Sepia mini

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Sepia mini

This one kind of came out of nowhere for me…

I have been keeping an eye on the colored minis that appear on Ebay from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set with the hopes of hauling in the final two cards I need to finish my ‘Fergie Jenkins Set’.

So far, it has been the Green and Sepia versions that have alluded me.  The reasons??  Not too many are being offered and the prices that the ones are being listed for are beyond what I am willing to spend at this point.

I guess I should correct that – because I was able to ‘steal ‘ the Sepia version recently for just $3.34!

The card is serial numbered as 38/50 and now I am just one step away from the finish line!!!


Bring on the ‘Green’!

George Brett 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

George Brett 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Sometimes, not every time, but sometimes, when you put a baseball card together and feature an image that is appropriate with the theme of the card’s brand and set, you get a winner.

And while normally a shot of George Brett like this may not appeal to all collectors, it works very well with the Gypsy Queen theme.

Have a look:


The shot of Brett used on this card is a great ‘Throwback’ piece and I love it!!!

Between the vintage Royals uniforms, the huge smile, and the shaggy hair – it all works!!!

Vince Coleman 1990 Topps – If Vince Was The Lead-Off Hitter On My Team…

Vince Coleman 1990 Topps – If Vince Was The Lead-Off Hitter On My Team….


I’d make him bunt to start off EVERY SINGLE GAME!!!!

Make the defense of your opposition work.  Throw off the pitcher’s timing.  And if you can get on base 35-40% of the time, continue to disrupt them from first base to get into scoring position.

Yep, that is what I’d do!!!

Did You Know…

At the age of 47, Julio Franco became the oldest player in major league history to hit a home run on April 20, 2006.  Franco blasted a 2-run, pinch-hit homer against the Padres. 


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

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

During last week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ we discussed the most underrated rookie cards to come out of sets issued in the 1970’s.  If you missed that dialogue, you can re-visit it here.

As promised at the end of that conversation, I would flip the story a bit and discuss the opposite.

So, in this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ we will examine the most overrated rookie cards issued during the same decade.

And trust me when I tell you that this took me a few hours to compile as I went through many of the ‘Big Name’ rookie cards that were issued during the decade – and there are some great ones!!

First, let me tell you how I chose my winner.

Each of us probably has a different way to define the word overrated, but for me I look at it like this – In comparison to others in a similar group, how does one stack up against the rest.  I look at individual accomplishments, team accomplishments, and how the card’s value has withstood the ever-changing hobby that we love so much.

And when I did this, I had a pretty lengthy list of players and rookie cards to evaluate.

Before I announce the card that ultimately stood out most among the group, let me say that it is amazing to me that you can scoop up legendary Hall of Fame rookie cards for so little money these days.  Back when I was collecting cards as a kid, I could only dream of having rookie cards in my collection that featured the greatest stars in the game.  Today, those cards can all be had for pretty low prices.  And if you have any level of patience and are not in a rush to buy, you could really do well.

OK, I am now off my soap-box and ready to unveil what I believe to be the most overrated rookie card from the 1970s….

Drum-roll, please…

1970 Topps – Thurman Munson

Munson rookie

Yes, I know he is a legend.  And yes, I know that he is a beloved figure.  And yes, I know that his life ended tragically.  I get all of that.  But, when it comes to his rookie card and how much they sell for on a regular basis, I am shocked!!  In excellent and near-mint condition, Munson’s rookie cards cannot be had for less than $25-$30.   To me, that is astounding – especially when you can grab rookie cards in the same condition of Eddie Murray, Andre Dawson, Dave Winfield, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Gary Carter, and others from the same decade for much, much less.  As a matter of fact, I think that with the right timing, I could grab 3-4 Hall of Fame rookie cards for less than what it would cost me to secure 1 Thurman Munson rookie card.

Would I want his rookie card in my collection, sure I guess.  But certainly not before grabbing rookie cards of George Brett, Carlton Fisk, Goose Gossage, and many others.

And now I want to get your feedback!

In your opinion, What Is The Most Overrated Rookie Card From the 1970’s???