Daily Archives: August 25, 2013

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

When I bought this card, I had just announced that I was going to become a ‘Joe Morgan Super Collector’.  Prior to that announcement, I had also decided to officially go after the 1972 Basketball design set that was part of the 2013 Topps Archives release.

Unfortunately for me, the seller that I bought this card from only had one card.  If he had two, the decision to but both and kill two birds with one stone would have been an easy one for me to make.

Sadly, that was not my reality.  And when the card finally showed up at my house, I had a decision to make: Set or PC.



Ultimately, I went with set.  And I think that this is a practice that I will try to follow going forward.  With my subset collecting, I try to knock them out as quickly as I can.  This allows me to keep current on modern releases as I kind of give the task of completing the set a soft deadline.  On the PC side, I tend to try to take my time; find the bargains when I can.

Trust me.  I will grab another Joe Morgan card from this set,  And when I do, it will rest happily and comfortably within my ‘Joe Morgan Super Collection’.


Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base mini

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base mini

I know, I know.  The new 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set is here and I should be going after that.  Trust me, that is one of my goals.

But, I still have quite a few holes in my 2011 and 2012 Jim Palmer checklists that I need to fill.

Luckily, I was able to find this base mini of Palmer from the 2012 Allen & Ginter set for a pretty solid price of $0.79.

Have a look:



One more ‘Need’ on my list filled.  Time to go after some more!!!

1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!

1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Home Run Of Major League Career!!

Mark McGwire hit the first home run of his major league baseball career on this day back in 1986.

Before ‘The Bash Brothers’.  Before #71.  Before the steroid allegations.  Before all of this, Mark McGwire was an athleticly gifted player with an elite skill of hitting the long ball.

And on this day 27 years ago, home run #1 of 583 was smacked into the outfield seats of Tiger Stadium.    I doubt that the 20,000 fans in attendance thought much of this young kid from the opposing team.  To them he was the enemy.  And nobody knew that just 1 year later he would set the rookie record for home runs in a season with 49.  And nobody there thought for a second that this guy was going  to be the one to rescue the sport in 1998 when the game and it’s fan base were both spiraling downward…

But he did it.  Mark McGwire became ‘Big Mac’ right in front of our eyes.  And most of us enjoyed the thrilling ride that he took us on.

And it all started on this day back in 1986.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 67 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!

Cal Ripken Jr’s Iconic 1982 Topps TRADED Baseball Card

Cal Ripken Jr’s Iconic 1982 Topps TRADED Baseball Card

Normally, it is the first card that the collector seeks – the player’s debut in the hobby.

But, the most sought after Cal Ripken card from his playing days is actually his second Topps baseball card, the one in the 1982 Traded set.

Yes, Ripken has a rookie card in the base set that was issued in 1982.  And that card is a 3-player card that features two other rookies from the Baltimore Orioles.  While this card still carries a respectable price tag, it is not held in as high regard as the one from the Traded set that was issued later in the year.

This one features just Ripken, and if you are an Orioles collector or Cal Ripken, Jr. collector, this card is an absolute ‘MUST HAVE’.

Check it out:

Ripken Traded

I’ve got to make obtaining this card a mission – I need one of these for my own collection!!!