Daily Archives: July 6, 2013

Florida Marlins 1997 Leaf Team Set

Florida Marlins 1997 Leaf Team Set

When I hear ‘1997 Marlins’ I immediately think of that fun World Series team that became one of my favorites of all-time.

The problem with the 1997 team sets of the team is that most of them were issued prior to all of the pieces being in place for the World Series run.

It is actually the sets from the 1998 card collecting year that features the team that captured the trophy at the conclusion of the 1997 World Series.

Still, as a fan of the team, I collect.  And I collect it all!!

This set comes from the Leaf brand of cards, and it features some pretty interesting graphic components.

Have a look:

1997 LEAF A

1997 LEAF B

1997 LEAF C

Not bad at all.

I like the insert cards, especially the one of Kevin Brown as the tag ‘Gamers’ is a great one.

I also like how this set of cards uses the entire card’s surface for the photo and builds all of their graphic elements into the card.

N-I-C-E!!!

Keith Hernandez 1990 Donruss – What Could Have Been Great…

Keith Hernandez 1990 Donruss

I try not to criticize.  But, I do critique.

And while I know full-well that not each and every baseball card cannot be a ‘Masterpiece’, I do think that I have a keen eye for ones that stand out among their cardboard brethren.

So, I try to be constructive and more often than not, I pull that off without insulting anyone.

I will attempt to do that again with this Keith Hernandez card from the 1990 Donruss baseball card set.

First, check out the card:

HERNANDEZ 11

Keith Hernandez was a stellar defender – one of the greatest defensive first basemen in baseball’s great history.  So, when it comes to baseball cards, I like to see him in the field just as much as I like to see him at the plate.

What would have made this card just a tad bit better would be if the first base bag was included in the shot.  And if we happened to see the baseball arriving into his glove or the foot of the runner as it approached the base, all the better!!

Great card!  Almost perfect…

1976 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Win #200

1976 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Win #200

On this day in 1976, Ferguson Jenkins picked up career win number 200 of his amazing career.

Playing for the Boston Red Sox, and facing the Chicago White Sox, the ‘Fenway Faithful’ were in for a treat.

Jenkins hurled a 4-hit, complete game shutout of the White Sox.  He struck out just two batters during the game and walked none. 

All of the offense that Jenkins needed for this win was supplied by Rick Burlseon, Bobby Darwin, and Doug Griffin as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 4-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Mr. Jenkins!!!

Fergie Jenkins #31

Happy Birthday Willie Randolph!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Randolph!!!

Willie Randolph turns 59 years old today.

During his 18 year career as a player in major league baseball, Willie Randolph could be classified as an ‘Unsung Hero’ for the teams he played on. 13 of his 18 seasons were played as a member of the New York Yankees and it was very easy to be overshadowed by the many dominant personalities on their roster. But Randolph handled the pressure of playing in New York very well and excelled as a second baseman for the ‘Bronx Bombers’.

As a 6-time All-star, Randolph finished his career with a .276 batting average along with 271 stolen bases and ,1239 runs scored. He competed in 4 World Series match-ups and won the championship with the 1977 New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday Mr. Randolph!!!

Baseball Card Show Tonight!!!

Baseball Card Show Tonight!!!

Well friends, as you are reading this post, I could very well be ‘Elbow Deep’ in cardboard.  And loving every minute of it!!!

The monthly baseball card show is upon us, and this one will be a unique one.  The card show that I have been attending in Dania for the better part of three years is moving.  And it is moving closer to where I live!!  What used to be a 35-40 minute drive will not be a 20-ish minute drive.  I am eager to see what the new hotel that is hosting the show has to offer as far as space is concerned.  And I am also hopeful that this new show attracts some new sellers and buyers as new blood is always a good thing.

At the show, I will be keeping an eye out for a lot of things.  I have some new collecting goals and some things to wrap up as well.

Some of the things I will be seeking:

  1. 2013 Topps Series 2 Marlins cards that I need to complete my team set
  2. Cards from the new subsets I am working on
  3. Bryce Harper cards – maybe I can find a bargain or two?
  4. 2013 Bowman Rob Brantly card for my team set
  5. Hall Of Fame relic cards
  6. Cheap wax – I feel like ripping some packs!!!

Hopefully I am able to knock out a few of these goals while sorting through stacks and stacks of cardboard.

And yes, on Monday, I will show off my entire haul so please come back to check out the goods.

baseball card show

Have a great weekend!!!