Daily Archives: July 21, 2013

Ernie Banks 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ – “Welcome To The Club, Ernie”

Ernie Banks 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ – “Welcome To The Club, Ernie”

For all of the Topps ‘Gold Standard’ and ‘Golden Moments’ cards that I have seen in the last year and a half, I have no idea how I missed out on this one of Ernie Banks all of this time.

I found it while doing some random shopping on Ebay, and from there I was able to easily add it to my cart during a shopping spree on Sportlots.com for just $0.18.

Have a look:

VINTAGE BANKS GOLDEN

The card comes from the 2012 Update set and celebrates Banks joining the ‘500 Home Runs Club’ on May 12, 1970.

And I’ve got to say that I really like this one!!  Great photo selection.

Keith Hernandez 1988 Topps

Keith Hernandez 1988 Topps

For a second there, Keith Hernandez looks like he is wearing one of those ‘Bobby Valentine Disguises’ in this picture.

But at a second glance, it is one of the greatest fielding first basemen in baseball’s grand history – Mr. Keith Hernandez!!!

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Hernandez was as solid as they come.  During the 1988 baseball season, ‘Mex’ only played in 93 games, but in those games he only made two errors.  Yes, two.  He had a .998 fielding percentage that year and won the final Gold Glove of his big league career.

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 33 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 13+ season career.

Winning games at a 65% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 13 seasons, and he should easily hit that mark again this year.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

He’s got my vote!!! Happy Birthday CC!!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Dave Henderson turns 55 years old today.

Quite possibly the most underrated player on the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the late 1980’s, Dave Henderson put up some monster numbers as a member of the ‘Bash Brothers’. Hendu had an all-around game and although he was not an all-star, his talent level and skills on the baseball diamond were not that far from his superstar teammates.

It must be rough playing on an a team and being compared to players like Rickey Henderson(no relation), Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire. But Henderson did very well while in Oakland and helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series appearances.

Henderson’s greatest success came from his days with that powerful A’s offense, and he was a big contirbutor. In six seasons with the team, Hendu smacked 104 home runs, drove in 377 RBI, and scored 366 times. A truly well balanced player indeed!!!

For Hendu’s birthday, I thought I would try to help his cause out a little by posting an address where you can reach Mr. Henderson to obtain an autograph while also helping out a foundation he started that is trying to help find a cure for Angelman Syndrome. For any of you that would like to make a donation and at the same time add a great autograph to your collection, you can write to Dave Henderson at:

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 12932 SE Kent-Kangley Rd #375 Kent, Washington, 98031

Happy Birthday Hendu!!!

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Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #18 – 1971 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #18 – 1971 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 18th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1971 Topps baseball card:

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As for Aaron’s 1971 baseball season, his baseball abilities were still respected at the highest level by his peers and competition.  He drew a league leading 21 intentional walks while hitting .327 with 47 home runs and 118 RBI.  He also led the league in slugging percentage (.669), OPS (1.079), and OPS+ (194).