Monthly Archives: July 2013

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #7 – 1974 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #7 – 1974 Topps Design

One of my 2013 collecting goals was to complete the 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Commemorative baseball card set. The set features a re-print of each of Ryan’s base cards issued by Topps from his rookie season to his final season.

This is the 7th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1974 Topps baseball card:


Nolan Ryan was an absolute workhorse for the Angels during the 1974 baseball season.

He led the American League in the following categories:

  1. innings pitched – 332.2
  2. walks – 202
  3. strikeouts – 367
  4. batters faced 1,392
  5. hits allowed per nine innings – 6.0
  6. strikeouts per nine innings – 9.9

I told you!!!  It’s too bad that they don’t make pitchers like him any more!!!

Reggie Jackson 2013 Panini Prizm

Reggie Jackson 2013 Panini Prizm

This is the third of thee cards that I bought from this set for my new player collections.

The first card was of Giancarlo Stanton.  And the second one was of Frank Robinson.

And now Reggie Jackson.


And now that I have pulled in the three cards from the set’s checklist that feature cards of the players I collect, I can honestly say that I am done with this set.


Jim Rice 1988 Topps

Jim Rice 1988 Topps

Another baseball cards from the eighty’s and another posed portrait that does nothing to draw me in as a collector.

And if it does nothing for me as a 30-year old guy that collects baseball cards, imagine how a 12-year old feels when looking at it…


Give me a card that features Rice putting one in the stands or firing in the ball from the warning track at Fenway Park or sitting in the dugout next to Mike Greenwell or Ellis Burks…


Did You Know…

The first year in which the major league Home Run Derby was held in conjunction with the All-Star Game was 1985.

The winner of the 1985 Derby was Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds.

dave parker

Million Dollar Question – ‘Would You Welcome Back Multi-Image Baseball Cards’???

Million Dollar Question – ‘Would You Welcome Back Multi-Image Baseball Cards’???

This week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ is inspired by a post that was published the other day on the blog.  The post featured a Mike Schmidt card from the 1985 Fleer baseball card set.  Tagged as Schmidt-In-Action’ the card features four images of Mike Schmidt that show the full story of his Hall Of Fame swing.

Here is that card:


And here are a few more ‘In Action’ cards that Fleer issued in the 1980’s as well:



Upper Deck also got into the game with this, and they certainly took it to the next level – offering 1 image that featured multiple exposures.

Here are a few:




Personally, I like these cards a lot.  And while the technology of the cards may be outdated by today’s standards, especially the Fleer look, I like the thought of seeing a player completing an action caught on film.

So, ‘Would You Welcome Back Multi-Image Baseball Cards’ in today’s collecting environment??

If so, what would you change and what would you keep the same?  What players would you like to see featured?  What sets would you like to see these cards included in?

For me, I would love to see these cards make a comeback in today’s issues.  And I think that a brand like Topps Archives or Topps Heritage is a great place to start!!!

Just imagine new cards of players like Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Prince Fielder, and others that featured them doing thinks like crushing home runs, making diving defensive plays, and throwing 99-MPH fastballs!!  And if you were to put these cards into vintage designs and then add legends like Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, and others into the same set, I think it would be an incredible way to show off how hard these guys played back then and still do today.

Who’s with me???

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Archives – Orange Day Glow!!!

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Archives – Orange Day Glow!!!

When I first encountered this card on Ebay, I thought that the seller was just trying to be a little creative with the wording to draw buyers in since it was so close to the ‘Gold’ Archives cards.

But then I found another one, listed by another seller.

So, I began trying to find out what I was looking at.  And my web reasearch led me to this:

2013 Archives ‘Day Glow’ cards are going to only be sold through the local card shops. Shops will have packs available for twenty-five cents per pack, but their availability will be limited and they may limit the number that each customer may purchase.  Each pack will contain 5 cards, 4 base cards from the Archives set and 1 Day Glow card.  The Day Glow cards are only being made of the 200 base cards from the Archives set.  There is no print-run information available.

So, with that, I got really excited as this was indeed a unique card to go after.

So, I nabbed the Palmer.  And now I have a few more to chase down too!!!

Here is the Palmer card:


Frank Robinson 2013 Panini Prizm

Frank Robinson 2013 Panini Prizm

I picked up a few of these cards the other day; primarily of the guys that I am actively collecting.

While I normally am ok with a unique, and different look, I have to say that this metal, prizm look just does not do it for me.

What do you think??


Let me tell you that my scanner does not capture the card in the same light as the actual card.  The real card is a lot shinier and has a metallic feel to its frame.  The scan actually looks pretty good and much better than the original source of the scan…

George Brett 1986 Donruss – Staring Contest In 3, 2, 1, GO!!!!

George Brett 1986 Donruss – Staring Contest In 3, 2, 1, GO!!!!

First person to blink has to peel ’em off and run the bases!!!


1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Makes His Debut With The Giants

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Makes His Debut With The Giants

On this day in 1959, Willie McCovey made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

And I have to say that McCovey did pretty well in his debut – he went 4-for-4 while collecting 2 triples and 2 singles. Most importantly, the Giants beat the Pirates by a score of 7-2.

Back in ’59, who would have thought that ‘Stretch’ would go on to be a Hall of Famer with more than 500 home runs and 1,500 RBI on his resume.

Congratulations on a fantastic debut – and Happy Anniversary, Mr. McCovey!!!