Daily Archives: August 14, 2013

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Nick Swisher

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Nick Swisher

The 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ set is a piece of art. The cards feature stunning graphics with images that capture some of baseball’s greatest action – the art of leaping into the air and bringing back would be home run balls.

The set offers just 10 cards, but each one is an amazing look at one of baseball’s great highlights.

This is the card of Nick Swisher from the set:



Nick Swisher has played for four different teams in his ten-year major league career.  And with each team, he has offered up some pretty solid defense with a knack for making spectacular plays.

Swisher’s speed and ability to read the ball has allowed for him to play all three outfield positions during his career.  He has a career fielding percentage of .986 and had committed just 28 errors as an outfielder in 954 games.

Jim Rice 1984 Donruss

Jim Rice 1984 Donruss

I love the action capture in this 1984 Donruss baseball card of Jim Rice.  The picture shows Rice’s eyes watching the flight of the baseball as he continues to push through his powerful swing.

Have a look:



Rice was extremely productive for the Sox in ’84.  He hit .280 on this year with 184 hits in 159 games.  He connected for 25 doubles and 28 home runs while scoring 98 runs and driving in 122.

Rice made the All-Star team in 1984.  He also captured his second Silver Slugger Award while finishing in 13th place for the league’s MVP Award.

Did You Know…

In 2000, the Kansas City Royals had two teammates on the team that each had 200-hit seasons: Johnny Damon and Mike Sweeney.  It was the first time in franchise history that a pair of teammates reached that milestone in the same season.

damon sweeney


1971 HEADLINE: Bob Gibson No-Hits The Pittsburgh Pirates!!!

1971 HEADLINE: Bob Gibson No-Hits The Pittsburgh Pirates!!!

On this day in 1971, Bob Gibson was masterful as he and his Cardinals teammates battled the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Defeating the team by himself, Gibson did what everyone knew that his talents could offer.  Allowing no hits to a very talented Pirates squad, Gibson made major league history.  He went the distance in the contest while facing 28 batters.  His impressive numbers from this outing include:  10 strikeouts, 3 walks, 0 runs, and 0 hits allowed!!!

And ‘Hoot’ helped himself at the plate too.  Going 1-for-4, Gibson drove in three runs to help pad the team’s lead.  The Cardinals ended up winning the contest 11-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

Million Dollar Question – From Memory, What Baseball Card Offers Up The Most Obscure Image You Can Recall???

Million Dollar Question – From Memory, What Baseball Card Offers Up The Most Obscure Image You Can Recall???

Sometimes, it is not the card you are hoping to find that stands out the most when ripping through a pack of baseball cards.  Whether you are hoping to pull a card of your favorite player, or a card of one of the guys on ‘your team’, or if you are seeking out a card to complete a set – sometimes there are cards that simply stand out.  Ones you remember due to the lasting impression it has left on you.

It may be a ‘What The Heck” type of reaction or a ‘SWEEET!!!’ reaction – there is just something about that card that either takes your breath away or leaves your mouth agape.

Do you know that card?  I bet you do!!

So, share it.

Here is mine:

Turk Wendell

This card  comes from the 1992 Upper Deck set and it features a relatively ‘common’ pitcher named Turk Wendell.  It’s Wendell’s rookie card, but you would hardly know it from the design and lack of attention-getting graphics.  Heck, you’d hardly know he was a pitcher if it was not for the towel wrapped around what I have to imagine is his pitching arm.  And amazingly, he pitches for the Cubs, though the only way to identify that is by seeing the team name in the lower-right corner of the card.

The image in this card pulled me right in when I encountered it in 1992.  And now, some 21 years later, it still draws my attention.  The shot is awkward – the photographer caught an extremely rare moment (I believe) and somehow an editor with Upper Deck gave the card the ‘green light’.

While the card is not in my present collection, and I have no desire to own it, I would absolutely say that this card features the most obscure image that I have seen captured on a baseball card.


**hat-tip to COMC.com for the image!