Daily Archives: August 10, 2013

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Archives – GOLD!!!

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Archives – GOLD!!!

I don’t know about anyone else that is collecting 2013 Topps Archives baseball cards, but I have been having a pretty tough time securing the Gold versions of these cards this year.  Much tougher than what I found with the 2012 release…

I don’t know if it is because there are millions of unopened packs out there.  Or maybe the people busting the packs are just not offering them up as much as they have done in the past, but it took me a long time to find this card.  And it is not the only one I am trying to find…

The cards are numbered to 199 copies.  Mine is 189/199.  So, they’re out there.

But I guess it is going to take some work to locate them and bring them home…

I’m glad that I got mine!!

PALMER ARCHIVES GOLD

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

Here is Stanton’s 2nd year card from the 2011 Topps baseball card set:

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As you can see, the card has been adorned with the uber-popular All-Star Rookie trophy.

As a kid, I always thought that there was nothing cooler than this little trophy.  I did not know how the players were chosen for this honor back in the 1980’s, but today I am certainly aware of how it works.  And I like it.

I know that there is a pretty good handful of cards of Stanton from 2011 issues that feature the All-Star Rookie Team trophy on them.  I am going to have to do some work to bring more of them into my collection, but I look forward to that challenge!!

1981 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #100

1981 HEADLINE:  Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #100

On this day in 1981, Andre Dawson and the Montreal Expos played host to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dawson entered the game with 99 career home runs and did not need long to make an impact and make history in the same swing.  In the bottom of the first inning, and with Jim Bibby on the mound, Dawson connected for a home run to give the Expos a 1-0 lead.

On the day, Dawson went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He had 1 RBI in the game and scored 2 times.  His 2 hits helped raise his batting average to .328.

Congratulations on #100 Andre.  Happy Anniversary!!

Dawson

1971 HEADLINE: Harmon Killebrew Joins The ‘500 Home Run Club’

1971 HEADLINE: Harmon Killebrew Joins The ‘500 Home Run Club’

On this day in 1971 Harmon Killebrew crushed the 500th home run of his big league career.

Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half.

In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers.  He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Killebrew!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Parker

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Parker

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 Dave Parker card from the set:

PARKER

 

Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’. While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year. With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117. His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

I’m very happy to see Parker in this set.  And to be quite honest, Topps could have put him in his Pirates, Reds, or A’s uniform and I would be fine with either.

I do think that they made the right choice with Pittsburgh.  His Black and Yellow jersey and cap offer a great contrast to the bright Pink and Green of the card’s design.