Daily Archives: August 22, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Archives – Orange Day Glow!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Archives – Orange Day Glow!!!

I was able to grab the base card of Giancarlo Stanton and the 1983 All-Star card rather easily.

The others have been a bit of a challenge…

I did manage to grab his card from the 1972 Basketball design subset, but I needed it for the set so I am trying to locate another one for my Stanton player collection.

And last week I found this ‘Orange Day Glow’ version of Stanton’s base card while doing a little Ebay shopping.

Have a look:

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The ‘Orange Glow’ element works well with this 1990 Topps design and the Miami Marlins color scheme.  I like how it really makes the image of Stanton really stand out too.

Now it is time for me to hunt down the Gold!!!

Bring it on!!!

Keith Hernandez 1981 Donruss

Keith Hernandez 1981 Donruss

Man, I love those old early 1980’s uniforms that the Cardinals wore back in the day.  That Powder-Blue jersey with the bold Red and Yellow looks fantastic together.

And while grainy, you can see just how nice it is on Keith Hernandez’s baseball card from the 1981 Donruss set.

Have a look:

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The design might be bland.  And the fonts and texts might be basic.  But, the image does a lot – and for this card, it is impossible to not focus in on!

I LOVE IT!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan Becomes 1st Pitcher To 5,000 Strikeouts!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan Becomes 1st Pitcher To 5,000 Strikeouts!!!

On this day in 1989 Nolan Ryan recorded the 5,000th strikeout of his professional baseball career.

During a game in Arlington Stadium in front of 42,000+ fans, Nolan Ryan became the first player to ever eclipse the 5,000 strikeout mark.  And to do this in front of his home fans in the state he grew up in was especially monumental!!

In the top of the 5th inning with his team trailing 1-0, Ryan struck out All-star Rickey Henderson to capture #5,000!

Amazingly Ryan struck out 13 batters in this game.  And although his team lost 2-0, this was Ryan’s night.  Oh, and he was 42 years old at the time and still dominant as ever!!

Happy Anniversary Nolan Ryan!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Dave Parker turns 63 years old today.

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.

Happy Birthday wishes for ‘The Cobra’!!!

Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

‘Yaz’ turns 74 years old today!!

Best known as ‘Yaz’, Carl Yastrzemski personified what being a consistent leader was all about.  ‘Yaz’ spent every minute of his 23-season long career in a Boston Red Sox jersey.

Along with the droves of fans he established during his career, ‘Yaz’ put up some amazing numbers too.

The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Happy Birthday ‘Yaz’!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Denny McClain

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Denny McClain

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 Denny McClain card from the set:

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On the field, Denny McClain is most known for his amazing 1968 baseball season in which he won 31 games while losing just 6.  He was the American League’s MVP and Cy Young Award winner in ’68, and led the league in wins, winning percentage, starts, complete games, innings pitched, home runs allowed, batters faced, and strikeouts:walks.

McClain would help lead his Tigers to the World Series in 1968.  They ultimately lost the series to another pitcher that had a pretty good season for the National League in 1968 – Mr. Bob Gibson!