Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #20 – 1973 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #20 – 1973 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 20th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1973 Topps baseball card:

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It’s nice to see Aaron playing defense on a card for a change…

As for Aaron’s 1973 baseball season, he was showing signs of turning 40-years old as he only played in 120 games, but he was still performing pretty consistently.  Hank Aaron had a batting average of .301 in 1973 and had an on-base percentage of .402.  He connected for 40 home runs while driving in 96 and scoring 84 times.  Aaron struck out 51 times in 465 at-bats during the 1973 baseball season – and he walked 68 times.

Johnny Bench 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Johnny Bench 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Johnny Bench is one of the most accomplished offensive catchers of all-time.  His ability to provide power and run production while catching 140+ games a season was unheard of in his era. 

Bench absolutely stood out!!

And this card would follow suit and stand out too if Bench’s likeness had just a little bit of Red added.  Make his helmet, name and number, and jersey striping Red and we would be looking at a fantastic baseball card.

But, since it does not have those elements, I would say that this one is a C+ but could have easily been a B+/A-…

Maybe next time!

VINTAGE BENCH SS

Carlton Fisk 1982 Donruss – ZOOM IN!!!

Carlton Fisk 1982 Donruss

Wow, if this is not an example of how to not present a picture on a baseball card than I don’t know what would be…

This card does not let you imagine anything – period.

Because the shot is so zoomed in, you cannot tell if Fisk in simply posing for a picture or in the batting cage.  He could be in a Spring Training facility or at a MLB ballpark.

We’ll just never know…

FISK 4

2003 HEADLINE: ‘Rocket’ Roger Clemens Wins 300th Game Of Major League Career

2003 HEADLINE: ‘Rocket’ Roger Clemens Wins 300th Game Of Major League Career

On this day in 2003, Roger Clemens recorded the 300th win of his major league baseball career.

At home and hosting the St. Louis Cardinals as part of baseball’s inter-league play, Clemens took the hill for the New York Yankees in hopes of picking up win #300 in front of his home crowd. And 55,000+ fans witnessed baseball history!!

In the contest, Clemens went 6 2/3 inning and picked up the win. While on the mound, he allowed 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 10 and walking just 2 batters. Vintage Clemens was on display and this win put him in another class of ‘elite pitching greats’.

Congratulations ‘Rocket’!!!

My 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MoonShots’ Set Is COMPLETE!!! Have A Look!!!

My 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MoonShots’ Set Is COMPLETE!!!  Have A Look!!!

Well, it took me roughly 3 1/2 months, but I am happy to announce that I have been able to piece together another great looking subset.

This one comes from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen set and is tagged as ‘Moonshots’.

The 20-card set features the great home runs hitters of the past and current game. 

Have a look:

MOONSHOTS A

MOONSHOTS B

MOONSHOTS C

Normally, Purple would not be a border color that would be something I would celebrate, but I really think it works well for this set.  The Yellow and Silver pieces of the card’s graphic design work well with the Dark Purple border color and it allows for the action imagery to stand out nicely.

As for the player selection, I like that Topps included current and former stars in the set.  I could have done with a few more legends and a few less modern guys, but I know that Topps has to cater to all collectors.

Still, if this set had a little more Eddie Murray,  Hank Aaron, and Stan Musial and a little less Giancarlo Stanton, Curtis Granderson, and Nelson Cruz, I don’t think you’d get too many complaints…