Daily Archives: July 18, 2013

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Johnny Bench

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Johnny Bench

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about.  The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born.  And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Johnny Bench card from the set:


Bench was a supreme defender – one that will go down as one of the best in the sport’s history.  He won ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence between the 1968-1977 baseball seasons. 

Bench retired from the sport after 17 seasons with a .990 fielding percentage at catcher.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Anthony Rizzo

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Anthony Rizzo

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 Anthony Rizzo card from the set:


Rizzo is a local talent – he starred as a baseball player at the high school that is less than 1/2 mile from my home.  So, I have been reading about him for the last half of a decade.

It’s nice to see him playing well for the Cubs.  And the new contract that he signed should allow him to get a little more comfortable in his environment, and trust me when I tell you that Chicago is a fantastic city to live in!!

Best of luck to you Anthony!!!  Now work on getting that average into the .280-.290 range!!

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

On this day in 1970, Willie Mays collected the 3,000th hit of his baseball career.

At Candlestick Park battling against the Montreal Expos, Mays entered the game with 2,999 career hits and was looking to make history in front of his home crowd. In his first at-bat in the first inning Mays drew a walk. But then in the bottom of the second Mays connected for a single and made history as he joined the 3,000 hits club. The hit came off of Expos’ pitcher Mike Wegener, whose career lasted just 2 seasons. For the game, Mays went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

This is just one of the many milestones that Willie Mays conquered during the course of his amazing Hall of Fame career. One of the sport’s most decorated players, Mays’ all around skills led him into many elite groups in baseball history – and the 3,000 hits club is certainly near the top of that list!!!

Congratulations Willie Mays!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 50 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity. Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm. In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits. In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases. And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!! ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!


Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 73 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

Officially Adding Four More ‘Legend PLayer Collections’ To My PC Roster!! You’re Gonna Love This!!!

Officially Adding Four More ‘Legend PLayer Collections’ To My PC Roster!!  You’re Gonna Love This!!!

In case you missed it, this week will be full of collecting announcements at ’30-YOC’.  The other night announced the two current players I will be collecting – Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper.

Well, tonight is another announcement.  This one takes us back a few decades and to some of the biggest stars of the game and guys that have impacted my love for the sport.

There are four players that I will be actively collecting.  I’ll try to go after some of their vintage cards as funds allow, but my goal will be to build collections of their modern issues as I pay tribute to their careers.

All of them are baseball royalty.

All of them are World Series champions.

All of them are MVP’s.

And all of them are no-doubt-about-it Hall of Famers!!!

Let’s do this!!!

Frank Robinson – One of the greatest offensive careers in the sport’s history.  I have been a fan of his for a very long time, and I look forward to putting more emphasis on obtaining cards that honor his great career.


Hank Aaron – Is it possible that Hank Aaron is underrated?  In my eyes, he is!!  And I will do my best to make sure that I do what I can to learn about and share his legendary career as much as I can.  Picking up new cards of Aaron is going to be a blast!


Reggie Jackson – One of the greatest personalities in the sport, I have been collecting cards of Reggie Jackson for the last few years, now I am making it ‘Official’.  Reggie is featured in almost all new releases that include legends – it will be nice to start organizing and compiling an even bigger collection to honor Mr. October.


Roberto Clemente – Simply stated, I do not feel that Roberto Clemente gets the attention he is due; both baseball and baseball card wise.  So, as I work to learn more about him myself, I will share by collecting his cards and featuring them on the blog.  I really look forward to presenting new cards of Clemente to the great readers of this blog.


And there you have it.  I hope that you’re liking my list!! 

I’ve got a bit of organization to complete of the cards that I already own of these players.  From there, I’ll build checklists so I know exactly what I have so I can focus on only going after cards I do not have.

And then the fun will begin – showing off the new stuff I go after!!!

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ – there is going to be a lot of future posts that celebrate the grand careers of Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, and Roberto Clemente.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!