Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Chrome – Orange Border

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Chrome – Orange Border

This is the first card of Giancarlo Stanton that I am showing off since announcing myself as a collector of his cards.

Ultimately, I tagged this card as a ‘Giancarlo’ card both in the title of the post as well as the category.  But, the card says ‘Mike’.   I have to figure out how I want to proceed with this, but I am leaning on just sticking with Giancarlo as that is he wants to be called.

Okay?

Okay?

And now that that is out of the way, let me show you this sweet, Orange framed 2011 Topps Chrome baseball card of Stanton that I scored through a trade a while back:

STANTON 3

This one is so nice – and even better looking in person!  The Orange border is a great complement and while it does not match the color scheme of the Florida Marlins as it does the Miami Marlins, it is a great accent to the card.

And with that, my Giancarlo Stanton collection is on its way.

And I cannot wait to feature many more cards of him in the weeks, months, and hopefully years ahead!!

Jim Palmer 2003 Topps ‘World Series Highlights’

Jim Palmer 2003 Topps ‘World Series Highlights’

I am, and have always been, a huge fan of cards that celebrate the history of the sport.  And if said card also celebrates the achievement of a player that I happen to have taken a liking to, even better!

This card from the 2003 Topps ‘World Series Highlights’ set fits that bill nicely.

The card honors Palmer’s unreal performance during the 1966 World Series in which his Baltimore Orioles won the game in his World Series debut with a shutout win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Palmer’s complete game gem was a 4-hitter in which he struck out six and walked three.

Here is the card:

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A great addition to my collection!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Will Clark

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Will Clark

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 Will Clark card from the set:

CLARK

As a baseball fan that was completely immersed in the sport in the late 1980’s, Will Clark was very hard to ignore.  His personality drew your attention, and he sweet left-handed swing put you in a feeling of awe. 

Will’s nickname was ‘The Thrill’ and I will never forget the show that he put on in 1989 during the 5-game NLCS versus the Chicago Cubs – 13 hits in 20 at-bats good for a .650 average, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 runs scored, and 8 RBI.

The show was unreal.  A true ‘Thrill’ to behold!!!

Dave Winfield 2013 Topps Archives – 1990 Topps Design

Dave Winfield 2013 Topps Archives – 1990 Topps Design

I am really digging this card of Hall of Famer, Dave Winfield from the 2013 Topps Archives set.

And it’s not just because the 1990 Topps design that the card employs works well with the colors of the New York Yankees…

It’s because the image of Winfield that was selected for the card reminds exactly of how I recall’ Big Dave’ during his playing days!!

Check it out:

VINTAGE WINFIELD

Whether he was launching balls over outfield walls or slapping sharp singles over the gloves of the infield, Dave Winfield was a supreme hitter and a very talented offensive player.

Winfield collected 3,110 career hits during his 22-season career.  With his 540 doubles, 88 triples, and 465 home runs, Winfield was able to help his team in a vast variety of ways.

One of my favorites!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Bonds!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Bonds!!!

Barry Bonds turns 49 years old today.

Where, oh where has Barry Bonds been? I can honestly say that I am not very pleased with how Bonds left the game. I kind of feel unfulfilled with his exit from the sport.

We are all entitled to our opinions, and I know that we all have them when it comes to Bonds. But, of all of the guys that have exited the game during the course of the last few years and are headed to Cooperstown, we saw sharp declines in their output – except for Barry’s. We saw it from Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. and John Smoltz and Randy Johnson and even my beloved Greg Maddux.

But Bonds is the guy that I feel like he could have given us more to watch. 3,000 hits was very close. As was 800 home runs. I would have liked to have seen him reach both milestones prior to his retirement from the game.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bonds – you are missed by this fan!!!

Million Dollar Question – ‘What Is Your Mt. Rushmore Of Worst Baseball Signatures?’

Million Dollar Question – ‘What Is Your Mt. Rushmore Of Worst Baseball Signatures?’

Last week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ was a lot of fun as we examined many of the better looking autographs in baseball.  It was fun to see what other signatures people thought were top-notch, and many of them were excellent choices.

I will say that I was surprised to see that a few names were not mentioned at all.  Among them, I was definitely expecting to hear the names of Mickey Mantle, Dale Murphy, Orel Hershiser, and Dennis Eckersley mentioned a few times.  But, they were passed by…

Fast forward to tonight and I want to jump to the other side of the debate – ‘What Is Your Mt. Rushmore Of Worst Baseball Signatures?’

And I think that this one may be even better…

How many times have you seen an autograph in which you are unable to identify the player who signed it, but you’re really not even sure you can make out one or two letters?

Well, the guys on my ‘Mt. Rushmore’ of the worst autographs in baseball all qualify.

Check them out:

Mt. Rushmore BAD AUTOS

Awful stuff, huh??

Unless you are really savvy in the ‘autographing-game’ you may not even know whose autographs you’re looking at.  So, I will identify them for you, going from Left to Right: Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, Prince Fielder, and Mike Piazza.

Pretty awful, huh??  Yet, oddly I still want Maddux, Fielder, and maybe someday Piazza in my collection (already have Sandberg).

And now it is your turn – ‘What Is Your Mt. Rushmore Of Worst Baseball Signatures?’

I cannot wait to read these!!  Let’s Go!!!