Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Frank Robinson turns 76 years old today.

Still one of the most underrated players of all-time, Frank Robinson compiled a career of accomplishments that are on par with the game’s greatest offensive players of all-time.

And what better way to celebrate one of your favorite baseball legend’s birthday than to honor him with a full day of posts to help celebrate his fantastic career and birthday.

So, all day long, this day is for Hall of Famer, Mr. Frank Robinson.

Happy Birthday!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.

In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game.  It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.

The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.

His line from the game  Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.

One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

Jenkins Rangers

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Series 2 – ‘Cut To The Chase’ – Die Cut

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Series 2 – ‘Cut To The Chase’ – Die Cut

I pulled this card from a 2013 Topps Series 2 box that I won from Topps during a Twitter giveaway a few months ago.

The card is so nice, that I wanted to showcase it one more time on the blog!

Have a look:

HARPER31

 

From the Die-Cut ‘Cut To The Chase’ set, the card is extremely rigid with pretty sharp corners.  It is also extremely glossy.  You can also see that the background behind Harper has some kind of refractor quality to it which makes his image stand up just a bit more.

I have a few of these cards now, and I am having trouble storing them.  The card is just a tad too thick for a regular top loader, and that is how I keep all of my stuff organized.

Any thoughts on how to store this one without ‘forcing’ it into the top loader??

2000 Fleer Impact Florida Marlins Team Set

2000 Fleer Impact Florida Marlins Team Set

I scooped up this set during a recent team set buying spree on Ebay.

The set is from 2000 Fleer ‘Impact’ and I am really liking the action images that Fleer chose for the cards.

Only featuring 4 base cards for  the Marlins with this release, this is one brand that I wish featured a full team roster’s worth of cards or at least close to it.

Have a look:

2000 FLEER IMPACT

 

Obviously, the Teal border that Fleer used for these cards is a great match for the old Marlins color scheme.  And I also like the bright player nameplate as it really stands out with the White text.

The rookie cards are pretty nice as well.  And two of those guys – Beckett & Burnett – went on to have pretty good careers with the Marlins.

A very solid addition to my Marlins team set collection!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Fred McGriff

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Fred McGriff

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 Fred McGriff card from the set:

MCGRIFF

Fred McGriff is arguably one of the most underrated baseball players from the last 20 years.  An extremely consistent hitter over the course of his 19-year career, McGriff added solid hitting and amazing power to the line-up.

Falling seven home runs shy of entry into the magical ‘500 Home Run Club’, I wonder how McGriff would be viewed today if he had reached  that milestone…

Vince Coleman 1989 Bowman

Vince Coleman 1989 Bowman

Bowman had  a great opportunity to give us something special in 1989 with their new release.  The name carries a lot of weight in the baseball collecting universe, and the thought of owning a ‘Bowman’ card back then, regardless of how new it was, was a pretty exciting proposition.

Couple that with an over-sized baseball card design that allowed for an even bigger picture to be the centerpiece of the card and now we’re talking!!

Unfortunately, for 12, 13, and 14-year old kids across the land, we did not know the history and story behind the Bowman name, we just knew it carried a lot of weight.

So, when we pulled cards like this one of Vince Coleman from our packs, we shook our heads and wondered, ‘Why such a crappy picture’?

COLEMAN 5

 

Imagine this one of him featuring a head-first sliding Coleman as he slides right at you while stealing third base.  Give me the dirty uniform, the cloud of dust, the pristine white base, and a great background too!!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Wade Boggs VS George Brett

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Wade Boggs VS George Brett

When discussing the greatest third baseman of all-time, the names Mike Schmidt and Brooks Robinson seem to be the first two names uttered in most conversations.

The third spot is kind of up for grabs though.  From Chipper Jones to George Brett to Eddie Matthews to Wade Boggs, the list of names that could fill the third spot is a lengthy one.

So, tonight, we will debate two of those Hall of Famers: Wade Boggs and George Brett.

First, let’s look at their numbers:

Wade Boggs George Brett
Seasons 18 21
Games 2440 2707
Hits 3010 3154
200 Hit Seasons 7 2
150-199 Hit Seasons 4 9
Batting Average 0.328 0.305
.300 Seasons 15 11
Batting Titles 5 3
On-Base % 0.415 0.369
Doubles 578 665
Home Runs 118 317
Runs Scored 1513 1583
RBI 1014 1596
100-RBI Seasons 0 4
All-Star 12 13
Gold Glove 2 1
Silver Slugger 8 3
ROY 0 0
MVP 0 1
Postseasons 6 7
WS Titles 1 1

Ok, and now that the numbers are posted, here are  my take-aways:

  • Boggs’ number of 200-hit seasons stands out immediately
  • The difference between a .328 and a .305 career batting average is huge over a 18-21 season career
  • Boggs’ career on-base percentage is .46 points higher that Brett’s
  • Brett has almost 100 more doubles and 200 more home runs than Boggs
  • Boggs scored a lot more average runs per year
  • Brett drove in runs at a much greater clip – 3:2
  • Boggs was recognized with 8 Silver Slugger Awards to Brett’s 3
  • Brett’s MVP Season stands out

Man, what a race between these two guys.  While Wade Boggs was able to excel in the 3rd spot in the batting order due to his ability to put the ball in play and draw walks, Brett was a huge run-producer for the Royals.  Brett’s home run numbers and RBI cannot be ignored.  And the fact that he did that while maintaining a career batting average of .305 is huge.  I was extremely surprised to see that Brett had more career doubles than Boggs – very surprised!

As for league-wide recognition, they have similar All-Star numbers, with Boggs getting the edge in both Gold Glove Awards and Silver Sluggers.  But, it was Brett that is able to stake his claim as the best player in baseball with his MVP Award.

So, now it is vote time.

And my vote goes to Wade Boggs.  For me, Boggs was the perfect person you would want batting third for your team.  His uncanny ability to get on base by either collecting hits or drawing walks was elite.  Ultimately, it led to a lot of runs being scored – and a lot of wins for the Boston Red Sox.  His defense was better than Brett’s and the Silver Slugger wins cannot be ignored.

Boggs.Brett

And now it is your turn.  Cast your vote in the debate – Wade Boggs VS George Brett!!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Green mini

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Green mini

Finally, Finally, Finally!!!

I have brought home the Green Mini Fergie Jenkins card from this year’s Gypsy Queen release.

It took a lot of patience and a ton of back and forth between myself and an Ebay seller.  We did the ‘Best Offer Dance’ for the better part of a month as I was simply not willing to pay his/her asking price.

And after time, we both wore down.  I paid a tad more than what I wanted, and he/she probably let it go for a tad less than what he/she wanted.

But the end result is in both of our favors – I got my card, and he/she sold another card!!!

And now, this Jenkins card is mine.  It is serial numbered as 33/99, and I have to say that the Green border color is really strong against this image that features both strong Blue and Red colors from Jenkins’ uniform.

Have a look:

JENKINS GQ MINI GREEN

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Diamond Kings Heritage Collection

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Diamond Kings Heritage Collection

Yes, I am still working on this set.  And yes, I expect to be for a very long time.

Among the many saved searches that I have loaded in ‘My Ebay account, is one for both of the 2004 and 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings cards that feature Andre Dawson.  I get new results for both of these searches on a daily basis, but I usually have the cards that are being listed.

As you can imagine, this makes finding a new card for my collections a bit tougher to come by.

But, I found one!!  This card is the Sepia-toned card of Dawson from the 2004 Donruss Diamond Kinds Heritage Collection set.  It is a nice addition to my collection, as I already have the base and Gold versions of the same card.

Enjoy!