Daily Archives: June 24, 2013

Cal Ripken Jr. 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Design

Cal Ripken Jr. 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Design

Last week I showed off this card as part of a post that showed off the horrible treatment that the 2012 Topps brand gave the Baltimore Orioles.

Of the cards that I featured, there were six in total, my most surprising personal reaction was aimed at the card of Cal Ripken Jr.

First, let me show you the card:


First, I will say that I am happy to see that Topps chose an image for that card of a young Ripken. But beyond that, I cannot find too much to rave about…

The posed portrait is not a good one.  The cropping makes Ripken look extremely large in size.  And I even find the Light Blue & Yellow of the card’s graphic design to be far from exciting.

Overall, this card is far from what I would want out of an Archives brand.  I am guessing that Topps has hundreds, if not thousands, of Ripken images in their vault.  Going with this one makes no sense – and it makes this collector offer up a big, ‘Thumbs Down’…


Jim Rice 1987 Topps

Jim Rice 1987 Topps

It’s hard not getting sentimental when adding cards from the 1987 Topps set into my current player collections.

As a kid, this set meant the world to me, and I became a knowledgeable set builder due to the amount of time I spent with these baseball cards with the wood-grain design.

The cards had a nice look and feel to them, and I always liked how strongly the team logo stood out on this issue.

I recently grabbed the Jim Rice card from the ’87 Topps set for my Rice PC.  The card features a great, power swinging image and that sweet Red Sox logo!

Check it out:


1980 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals 100th Base Of His Career

1980 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals 100th Base Of His Career

On this day in 1980, Andre Dawson stole the 100th base of his big league career.

On the road and facing the Philadelphia Phillies at Veteran Stadium, Andre Dawson and his Expos team were seeking a win against the National League powerhouse.

Dawson was 1-for-5 on the day with a home run and a stolen base.  In the top of the 6th inning and with Gary Carter at the plate, Andre Dawson stole the 100th base of his major league career – second base off of Phillies pitcher Lerrin LaGrow.

Dawson was solid on the day, and helped lead the Expos to a 7-6 win.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Dawson!!!

Dawson Running

1979 HEADLINE – ‘Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s’

1979 HEADLINE – ‘Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s’

It all started on this day 34 years ago…

Rickey Henderson’s debut with the Oakland A’s on June 24, 1979 is when it all began. In the game, Henderson’s A’s team took on the Texas Rangers in Oakland, CA. The A’s lost the game 5-1, but Rickey gave us a glimpse of what was to come..

In the game Henderson batted lead-off and went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. He also picked up the first stolen base of his career, which as we all know was just the start of his amazing run as the game’s greatest lead-off hitter!!

Happy Anniversary Rickey!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Archives – Base Card & 1983 All-Star Card

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Archives – Base Card & 1983 All-Star Card

The Miami Marlins are represented in the 2013 Topps Archives set a total of four times.  And all four of those cards feature the same player – Giancarlo Stanton.

After completing a few trades from my Archives box breaks, I have landed two of the four cards.

Here is the Stanton base card that features the 1990 Topps design as well as the 1983 All-Star card.


2 down, 2 to go.

Stay tuned!  And ‘Thanks’ for reading!!!