Daily Archives: June 22, 2013

Ken Griffey Jr. 2013 Topps Archives – 1982 Topps Design

Ken Griffey Jr. 2013 Topps Archives – 1982 Topps Design

So, with the new 2013 Topps Archives release, Topps re-issued cards in some very popular vintage designs – 1972, 1982, 1985, and 1990.

And I have to say that I am a bit disappointed with the card of Ken Griffey Jr. from the release.

First, let me show you the card:

ARCHIVES GRIFFEY

OK, it is far from horrible.  But it is far from exceptional as well…

I’m happy that Topps did not give us a card of Griffey using the 1990 Topps design as he was part of the original set, but I wish they gave us more with the image selection for this one.  The 1982 design was a fine choice, and the 1972 and 1985 designs would have been acceptable as well, but I would have loved to have seen a young Griffey in action in the outfield versus another forced portrait…

What do you think??

 

Keith Hernandez 1989 Topps

Keith Hernandez 1989 Topps

Yessir, ’89 Topps did it again!!! 

This card is a beauty – perfectly centered, nicely framed, great colors, and complementary graphics that do not overpower the centerpiece.

Have a look:

HERNANDEZ 6

Attn All Card Makers:

Take Note, This Is Your Guide.  Follow It Closely And You Will Achieve Success.

Thank You.

Did You Know….

No player in major league baseball history has hit more home runs in the final season in his big league career than Dave Kingman.  Kingman retired after the 1986 baseball season; a season in which he launched 35 four-baggers!

Kingman

1987 HEADLINE – Tom Seaver Retires After Magical Career

1987 HEADLINE – Tom Seaver Retires After Magical Career

On this day in 1987 Tom Seaver hung up his spikes.

On of the most decorated pitchers of his era, Seaver was a dominant force in the game of baseball for 20 seasons. A Rookie of the Year award winner. A 3-time Cy Young Award winner and 2-time runner-up. A 12-time all-star. A World Series Champion. A member of baseball’s elite 300 wins club. A member of the 3,000 strikeout club. The list goes on and on.

When a pitcher like Tom Seaver calls an end to their career, one has to wonder how someone will fill the very big shoes left by such an absence in the game. It’s simple really, very few players could ever replace Tom Seaver in their pitching rotations. Many have tried, and few have succeeded!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Seaver!!!

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1986 Fleer

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1986 Fleer

Now that my Alan Trammell player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1986 Fleer

TRAMMELL FAB 1

I don’t blame you if you stare at this one for a while.  This card is AWESOME!!

Everything that I love about baseball is captured in this card of Alan Trammell from the 1986 Fleer baseball card set.

And I can sum it all up in one word – HUSTLE!!!

Not blessed with blazing speed, Alan Trammell was a tireless worker.  And his efforts netted him a solid major league career that many say is Hall of Fame worthy (myself included).

The grit, the drive, the determination, and the sacrifice – all captured perfectly!

Thank you Fleer.  And Thank You, Mr.Trammell!!!