Daily Archives: July 7, 2013

Mickey Mantle 2009 Topps Baseball Card – Mantle Turning Two??

Mickey Mantle 2009 Topps Baseball Card – Mantle Turning Two??

I scooped this card during a recent shopping adventure on Sportlots.com.

I had seen it many times before, both on the web and at card shows, but I never really felt like I needed it for my collection.

But on Sportlots.com, where many cards can be had for as little as $0.18 each, there is a little less thought about the investment so I tend to just go after stuff that I think would make for a neat addition to my collection.

And now that the card has arrived, it makes me wonder what Mantle was doing in this picture. 


Obviously he is in the infield.  And he appears to be throwing to another base.  But, Mantle was an ouyfielder… 

I just don’t get it.

Does anyone out there have more information about this picture and what it may actually be that we’re seeing? 

I’m puzzled and would love a little more clarity!!!


George Brett 1989 Donruss American League All-Star

George Brett 1989 Donruss American League All-Star

In 1989 Donruss celebrated baseball’s All-Stars with a nice set that featured a card of each player selection to the American and National League squads.

The cards make up a nice set as a whole, and for player collectors like myself, they offer up another opportunity to nab a card of the players we like the most.

This is George Brett’s card from the set.


And to be honest, I like the lighter top and bottom bars of this card versus the darker coloring of Brett’s base card from the ’89 Donruss regular set.

1995 HEADLINE: Reds’ Tom Browning Visits Wrigley Rooftops During Game

1995 HEADLINE: Reds’ Tom Browning Visits Wrigley Rooftops During Game

On this day in 1995, Tom Browning left a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs while the game was still going on. In fact, he left during the third inning!!

Where did he go, you ask?? Well, he went where everyone wanted to be – The rooftops! Browning exited Wrigley Field, walked across the street, and proceeded to the rooftops of the buildings behind the outfield wall to experience the game from that vantage point. And he did all of this while wearing his Reds’ uniform!!!

Truly amazing! Truly unprofessional! Truly hilarious!

Brownings’ manager, Davey Johnson, was waiting for him. And when he got back, Browning received a $500 fine.

Of the incident, Browning says, “If I was the manager, I’d fine me, too,” he said. “But it was done strictly in jest, for fun. You have to enjoy the game.”

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Today, we celebrate the life of Satchel Paige.

Paige will long be remembered as a man whose talents was well before his time.  A fantastic pitcher during the Negro League era, Paige’s accomplishments on the field, and before he made it to the major leagues, was Hall of Fame elite.

Paige’s major league career started at the age of 41.  In six big league seasons, Paige posted a record of 28-31 with an ERA of 3.29.   He captured 32 saves during his big league career and struck out 288 batters.

Paige was known to be quite a storyteller.  Some of my favorites are:

“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.”  

“One time I snuck a ball on with me and when I went to winding up, I threw one of them balls to first and one to second. I was so smooth I picked off both runners and fanned the batter without that ump or the other team even knowing it.”

“It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.”

“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I would toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.”

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”

Thank you for the entertainment, Mr. Paige.

And Happy Birthday!!!


The Checklists For The New Subsets I Am Building Are Done. It Is Now ‘Go Time’!!!

The Checklists For The New Subsets I Am Building Are Done. It Is Now ‘Go Time’!!!

You may recall that from last week that I announced that I would be taking on a few more subsets in the coming weeks.

Well, there are five that I am going after.  And I have finally created the needed checklists to keep myself on track as I begin to tackle these new collecting adventures.

Here they are:

Prime Nine Home Run Legends
Got It
Alex Rodriguez
Albert Pujols
Frank Robinson
Ernie Banks
Mickey Mantle
Reggie Jackson
Willie Mays
Babe Ruth
Hank Aaron
2013 GQ – Collisions At The Plate
Got It
CP-BM Brian McCann  
CP-BP Buster Posey  
CP-CF Carlton Fisk  
CP-CR Carlos Ruiz  
CP-GC Gary Carter  
CP-JB Johnny Bench  
CP-MM Miguel Montero  
CP-SP Salvador Perez  
CP-WR Wilin Rosario  
CP-YM Yadier Molina  
2011 GQ – Wall Climbers
Got It
WC1 Torii Hunter
WC2 Mike Stanton
WC3 Nick Swisher
WC4 Denard Span
WC5 Rajai Davis
WC6 Ichiro
WC7 Franklin Gutierrez
WC8 Michael Brantley
WC9 Jason Heyward
WC10 David DeJesus
2013 Archives – 72 Topps Basketball Design
Got It
72B-AM Andrew McCutchen  
72B-CC CC Sabathia  
72B-DW Dave Winfield  
72B-GS Giancarlo Stanton  
72B-JB Johnny Bench  
72B-JH Jason Heyward  
72B-JM Joe Morgan  
72B-KG Ken Griffey Jr.  
72B-LB Lou Brock  
72B-MK Matt Kemp  
72B-OS Ozzie Smith  
72B-PF Prince Fielder  
72B-RC Rod Carew  
72B-RJ Reggie Jackson  
72B-TG Tony Gwynn  
72B-TS Tom Seaver  
72B-TW Ted Williams  
72B-WM Willie McCovey  
72B-WS Willie Stargell  
72B-YD Yu Darvish  
2013 Archives Tallboys Got It
MT-AB Albert Pujols  
MT-AK Al Kaline  
MT-AR Anthony Rizzo X
MT-BH Bryce Harper  
MT-BP Buster Posey  
MT-CK Clayton Kershaw  
MT-CR Cal Ripken Jr.  
MT-CS Chris Sale  
MT-DBU Dylan Bundy  
MT-DC Dave Concepcion  
MT-DF David Freese  
MT-DJ Derek Jeter X
MT-DM Denny McLain  
MT-DP Dave Parker  
MT-DS Dave Stewart X
MT-DW David Wright  
MT-EB Ellis Burks  
MT-ED Eric Davis  
MT-FL Fred Lynn  
MT-FM Fred McGriff  
MT-FW Frank White  
MT-GG Gio Gonzalez  
MT-KG Kirk Gibson X
MT-KM Kevin Mitchell  
MT-MC Miguel Cabrera  
MT-MG Mike Greenwell X
MT-MS Mike Schmidt  
MT-MT Mike Trout  
MT-MW Matt Williams  
MT-ON Otis Nixon  
MT-RB Ryan Braun  
MT-RC Robinson Cano  
MT-RCL Roberto Clemente  
MT-SS Stephen Strasburg  
MT-WC Will Clark X
MT-WM Will Middlebrooks  
MT-YC Yoenis Cespedes


The task at hand is a large one, but one that I definitely look forward to tackling.

If anyone can assist me with these new collecting endeavors, I would be greatly appreciative!!  Let me know and we will work something out.