2006 Topps Heritage Florida Marlins Team Set
One of the things that I do not like about the more recent releases of the Topps Heritage brand of baseball cards is the posed head-shot photography that fills the set. And while that may be a part of the history that the card is paying tribute to, for me it is just too much of a boring thing.
I’d like Heritage so much more if the set included a solid mix of shots – like this set from 2006 does.
A little action, a little posing, and a nice appealing mix of imagery!!!
I’m all in on this one – it’s too bad that Dontrelle did not make the set this time around…
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Roberto Clemente 2012 Topps Archives – 1984 Topps Design
When I decided to officially start collecting modern-issued baseball cards of Roberto Clemente, I not really sure where to start. I spent a lot of time sifting through listings on Ebay just to get an idea of how often Clemente is included in modern releases.
The good news was that if sets feature legendary players, Clemente is included more often than not. For me, that means a solid opportunity to make this work as I try to build a nice collection to honor his career.
This card comes from the 2012 Topps Archives set. It features the 1984 Topps base design, and I happen to think that it looks incredible!!
A great addition to my small, but steadily growing PC!!!
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1998 HEADLINE: Barry Bonds Joins ‘The 40/40 Club’
On this day in 1996, Barry Bonds joined an elite class of baseball player by becoming a member of the ’40/40 Club’.
On the road in Colorado, and nearing the end of the 1998 baseball season, Barry Bonds swiped the 40th base of his season. That steal, his last one of the 1998 season, became monumental occasion launching Bonds into another world of player.
As the third member of the group, Bonds’ all-around athletic game put him on par with the other members of the ’40/40 Club’ – Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bonds!!!
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1992 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Sets Record With 40 Saves In 4 Straight Seasons
On this day in 1992, Dennis Eckersley recorded his 40th save of the 1992 baseball season.
And while there was nothing extra-special about this particular game or the circumstance of the save, ‘Eck’ made history with this closing appearance. This save gave Eckersley 40 or more saves in four different seasons – a major league record!!
The first player to ever accomplish this feat, ‘Eck’ tallied 45 saves in 1988, 48 in 1990, 43 in 1991, and 52 in 1992. And with 33 saves during the 1989 season, Eckersley capped that 5-year span with 221 total saves.
Truly dominant and a great competitor.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Eckersley!!!
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‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada
For this week’s head-to-head battle, I wanted to match up two of the best catchers in the game over the last 30 years. So, why not find two guys that were employed pretty close to each other as well?
This week’s match-up is Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada!!!
Both men were fan favorites in New York , though Carter was also beloved in Montreal as a result of playing there for 10 seasons.
And there numbers are pretty comparable.
Have a look:
|% Of Games Caught
Here are the things that standout most for me:
- Posada’s number of postseason appearances – 15 in 17 seasons
- Carter’s hit tally is close to 400 more than Posada’s
- Home run edge goes to Carter (bit of a surprise)
- Doubles are extremely close
- Posada has a good lead in the batting average battle
- Carter was more productive from a run scoring and run producing standpoint
- Posada’s 4 WS titles is impressive
Well, I have to say that when I first chose these two players to put against one another, I thought that the numbers would have been a lot closer.
But to be blunt, Gary Carter is a more accomplished player. His tally of hits, home runs, runs scored, and RBI is well above Posada’s. And his selection to 11 All-Star Games and Gold Glove Awards puts him on another level as well.
The lone area in which Posada eclipses Carter is in the postseason. And while that is a team accomplishment, being a starter on a team with so much success has to mean something. And for me, it means quite a bit!!
But, is it enough to put him with an overall higher ranking than Gary Carter??
For me, ‘No’. Carter was too consistent and his numbers are a step below elite for catchers. Posada is a step or two behind Carter on all major offensive statistics except for batting average and on-base percentage. But that is not enough for me to give him the nod over Carter. And while I am extremely impressed with the consistency at which Posada and the Yankees appeared in the postseason, it could also be said that Posada happened to be in the right place at the right time.
So, what do you think? Who do you take in the match-up of Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada???
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