Daily Archives: August 27, 2013

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck Legends Of New York – “Banner Seasons”

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck Legends Of New York – “Banner Seasons”

I recently made a nice little purchase of Reggie Jackson baseball cards to help bolster the new player collection that I am building of Mr. October.

In the mix of cards is a lot of 4-5 cards from the 2001 Upper Deck ‘Legends Of New York’ set.  Each one has a different theme or design variation, but they all look great!!

This one is tagged as ‘Banner Seasons’ and it honors the fantastic 1977 season that Reggie and the Yankees had!!

Take a peek:



I;m not sure how/why they did it, but the Blue Yankees name under Reggie’s image is actually raised off of the card.  And the texture is fuzzy – kind of like those old stickers we collected as kids…

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Miguel Montero

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Miguel Montero

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about. The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born. And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Miguel Montero card from the set:


Miguel Montero has been parked behind home plate for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the better part of the last six seasons.  A solid defender, and one of the best at throwing out base stealers, Montero has a .991 career fielding percentage and he has thrown out 32% of the runners trying to steal against him.

Jim Rice 1989 Topps

Jim Rice 1989 Topps

Man, I tell you what – I don’t know if Jim Rice was included in the school folder sets that Topps issued in 1989, but if so, I imagine that the folder looked just like this card.

I love the picture – Rice with his eye on the ball is watching it soar into the outfield and quite possible over the outfield wall.

Have a look:



1989 was Rice’s last season in the major leagues, and he only played in 56 games.  He connected for just 3 home runs in that final campaign.

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

1978 HEADLINE: Joe Morgan Becomes The 1st Member Of The ‘200/500 Club’

On this day in 1978, Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds hit the 200th home run of his incredible baseball career.

And while the 200-HR plateau had been accomplished by hundreds of players prior to Morgan, he was the first to accomplish that feat with 500 stolen bases to his credit as well.

Displaying an all-around offensive arsenal, Morgan was a rare player that could beat his opposition with his speed and ability to hit for power and average.

Only three players have accomplished the same feat since – Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, and Barry Bonds.  But Morgan was the first, and he set the trend!!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Joe Morgan!!!

Reader Gerad Sends Over A ‘Mondo-Sized’ Stack Of Marlins Cards!!!

Reader Gerad Sends Over A ‘Mondo-Sized’ Stack Of Marlins Cards!!!

While I am not as active in the ‘trade’ scene as I would like to be, I do have a core of collectors that I exchange cards with on a pretty regular basis.

Among the group is reader Gerad – he gets every St. Louis Cardinals card that I come across.  He has a similar collecting style to me – a love of vintage while also paying attention modern cards.

Anyway, the other day he sent me an email that simply read, ‘I put something in the mail for you. It should be there in a few days.’

Well, that package has arrived and it was immense!!!  I did not get a final count yet, but this is by far the largest package of cards that I have received in some time.

Check it out:

Marlins lot - Gerad


My guess is that there are 400-500 cards in these two stacks.  And they are ALL MARLINS!!!  Every single last one of them!!

I have already gone through the stack twice – not pulling anything out just yet, but trying to figure out the best way to attack it.  I think that I will try to split it up by year and then see if I can put any team sets together.  From there, I will probably have a nice assortment of sets that I can either call complete or close to it…

Thank you Gerad!!!  I have a lot of work ahead of me to get this organized and into set form, but I gratefully accept the challenge!!


2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Alex Rodriguez

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Alex Rodriguez

Normally, I would go into a long diatribe about my excitement of bringing this baseball card home and into my collection.  I am building this set of cards, and I would normally hype up the addition of Alex Rodriguez into the set.

But, I am just not feeling it.

Yes, I am happy to be one step closer to completing this set.  I just wish that the card featured a different player – one worth celebrating…  I wish it was of Ken Griffey Jr. or Harmon Killebrew or Mike Schmidt.

But this one has me just ready to move on to the next…