Daily Archives: July 12, 2013

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #2 – 1955 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #2 – 1955 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 2nd card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1955 Topps baseball card:

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The 1955 baseball season was Hank Aaron’s second season in the big leagues.  And Hank started to put his baseball skills on display for the world with an extremely successful sophomore effort.

The numbers: 153 games played, 189 hits, 37 doubles, 27 home runs, 105 runs scored, 106 RBI, a .314 batting average, a .366 on-base percentage, and best of all – just 61 strikeouts in 665 plate appearances.

Aaron was selected to his first All-Star Game in 1955 – starting a streak of 21-straight selections!

Not bad for a 21-year old kid from Mobile, Alabama!!

 

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Update ‘Golden Greats’

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Update ‘Golden Greats’

I cannot believe that I am still working on adding cards issued in 2012 of Jim Palmer to my collection.  Palmer was inserted into a lot of base set and insert products in 2012 and for me that is good news as it allows me the chance to grow my collection rather quickly and affordably.

I’ve had this card on my desk for a while, so it was time to scan and post.

Have a look:

 

The card comes from the Topps flagship set of 2012.  It is part of a subset tagged as ‘Golden Greats’ – and Palmer certainly belongs in a group of that magnitude!

I like the look of the card.  The home-plate shaped frame that surrounds Palmer’s image is subtle but effective.  And I like the Golden badge that honors the ‘Golden Greats’.  I do, however, wish that the image featured a consistent approach with the coloring – no need to mute it out as you get lower and lower…

A great addition to my Jim Palmer collection!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Mike Greenwell

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Mike Greenwell

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage.  The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980’s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Mike Greenwell card from the set:

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I love the color combination that Topps used for this card.  And while I am not normally one that likes the shade of Teal used in the nameplate of the card, this time I have to admit that it works very well with the bright Red background of the card’s main area.

As for Greenwell, he was one of my favorite players in the late 1980’s.  When he started to take off and compile MVP-esque numbers, I thought he would be the final piece to the Boggs-Rice-Burks puzzle that Boston was putting together to get them a championship.

Love the ‘Gator’!!!

Did You Know…

The first player in major league history to post a season with 40 home runs, 40 doubles, and 40 stolen bases in the same season was Alfonso Soriano.  In 2006, Soriano connected for 41 doubles, 46 home runs, and 41 stolen bases for the Washington Nationals.

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Vladimir Guerrero!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Vladimir Guerrero!!!

Vlad Guerrero has not had a major league at-bat since the end of the 2011 baseball season.  And while I have yet to read a report that states he has retired from the game, it is time to think about the legacy that he has left behind and how it rates as compared to his peers.

Guerrero played in the majors for sixteen seasons.  He demonstrated all of ‘Baseball’s Five Tools’ during that time and was considered to be an elite player for parts of the mid-2000’s.

Like many others that started their careers in Montreal (Dawson, Carter, Raines, Johnson, Martinez, etc.) attention did not truly come to Guerrero until he joined the Angels, and then the Rangers and finally the Orioles.

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Vlad Guerrero was a lifetime .318 hitter.  He never won a batting title, but he hit .300 or better in 13 of his 16 big league campaigns, including a personal high of .345 in 2000.

Vlad accumulated 2,590 career hits including 477 doubles, 46 triples, and 449 home runs.  He led the league in 2002 with 206 hits – one of his four 200+ hit efforts.  Vlad also put together six 30-HR seasons and two 40-HR seasons as well. 

He drove in 1,496 runs during his playing days while scoring 1,328 runs.  He also stole 180 bases during his major league career, tallying a career-high of 40 steals in 2002.

Vlad Guerrero was an All-Star nine times.  He won eight Silver Slugger Awards.  And he was the American League’s MVP in 2000.  He also has four other ‘Top Six’ finishes for the MVP Award to his credit.

Guerrero played in just one World Series, in 2010 with the Rangers, but they did not win the title.  In his sixteen major league seasons, he made it to the playoffs six times.

So, is Vladimir Guerrero worthy of your Hall of Fame vote?  Based on what you know that he did on the field, does he stack up with the best players of his era?

I tell you what – He gets my vote!!!

His numbers are much more impressive than what I thought that they were.  Ultimately, like many others that started in Montreal, I think that hurts him a bit.  But I do think that he did well enough with the Angels to make people take notice.  His all-around play was superb, and he offered an unreal mix of both contact and power that put him into an elite class.  And while Guerrero did not win any Gold Gloves, he did have a cannon of an arm – and many people mention his name when recalling the strongest outfield arms in recent memory.

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And now it is your turn.

Cast your vote for Vladimir Guerrero now!!!