Daily Archives: August 4, 2013

Jim Palmer 1987 Kmart “25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition”

Jim Palmer 1987 Kmart “25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition”

Amazingly, I never had this card before.

So, for a fair price, I recently added it to my blossoming Jim Palmer player collection.

This card comes from the 1987 KMart commemorative set that celebrates their 25th anniversary.  The card was part of a special edition box set that was only available to be purchased in KMart stores.

The singles from these sets can be found relatively cheaply across many card-buying outlets.  I was able to grab this card for twenty-five cents.

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Keith Hernandez 1981 Fleer – ANOTHER DONUT CARD!!!!

Keith Hernandez 1981 Fleer

While Fleer will not win any awards for their graphic creativity or choice of images used for their debut set in 1981, there are a few stand-out cards in the set.

And for this collector of thirty year old cardboard, this card of Keith Hernandez is a solid choice.

Take a peek:

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I love the old Cardinals uniform that Hernandez is sporting in this shot.  And that great #37 patch on his sleeve is superb!!

But for me, the part of this card that really stand out is that batting weight at the end of Hernandez’s bat – affectionately called ‘The Donut’.  I am a huge fan of cards that feature images that have a donut on the player’s bat – so this one gets a little more attention from me than the others – even if a little out of focus…

1985 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Joins The ‘300 Wins Club’

1985 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Joins The ‘300 Wins Club’

On this day back in 1985 Tom Seaver recorded the 300th win of his career!!

Battling against the most popular team in the sport, Seaver’s White Sox team was at Yankee Stadium to take on ‘The Bronx Bombers’.

The Sox won the ball game with a 4-1 win and Seaver won the 300th game of his career at the age of 40.  Here is a quick look at his numbers from this historic event:

Innings pitched 9
Hits allowed 6
Strikeouts 7
Walks 1
K’s : Walks 7:1
Runs allowed 1

Not a bad effort for the 40-year old baseball history making machine huh?  For Seaver, it was an incredible effort and another amazing accomplishment during his brilliant baseball career.

Happy Anniversary to ‘Tom Terrific’!!!!

Happy Birthday Roger Clemens!!

Happy Birthday Roger Clemens!!

Roger Clemens turns 51 years old today.

And I have to imagine that if he wanted to, he could come back and still perform for any one of the playoff contenders out there right now!  Luckily there appears to be no interest in that happening…

I used to love watching ‘Rocket’ pitch.  To  this day I have never seen a more dominant pitcher in the game that was able to maintain that kind of success throughout the majority of their career.  As great as Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, and Randy Johnson were, each of them saw a significant drop-off in their ability to out perform all opponents at some point in their careers.  But not Clemens, he was truly in a league of his own when it came to posting successful year after year.   12 years of 200+ strikeouts and 17+ wins certainly backs up that claim.

With all of the recent news that surrounds Clemens’ name and his issues with both illegal PED usage and court issues in the same vein, I find it heart-breaking that a player with his kind of resume is first thought of for the ‘bad’ that he did.  It is so sad that his name has been added to the long list of fallen superstars – and he did it all to himself…

Still one of my favorites, but it is hard to let it slide as well.

Happy Birthday Mr. Clemens!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Tribute Dual-Bat Relic Card – NICE!!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Tribute Dual-Bat Relic Card – NICE!!!!

When I saw these dual-relic cards from this year’s Topps Tribute set, I immediately knew that I was going to want to put some time and effort into nabbing one or two of them.

First, I landed the Andre Dawson card.

And then, I went after the Fergie Jenkins one.  And while it may have taken me a bit longer than what I wanted, I scored one for a pretty solid price.

And now, the prize is mine!!

Check it out:

GU JENIKNS 2013 TRIBUTE

This card is sweet – serial numbered as 17/99 and featuring two relics in the same card while commemorating the time Fergie spent pitching for the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.

My lone issue with the card is that for the pitchers in the set the cards feature chunks of wood from bats.  Personally, I’d prefer jerseys – maybe in different colors that work with the Cubs and Rangers color schemes…

A great addition to my collection!!!