Daily Archives: September 1, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Willie Mays

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Willie Mays

The 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ sets were issued through redemption cards that were inserted into hobby boxes of the Topps 2012 flagship baseball card set.  The cards were numbered and each card represented a specific card it could be redeemed for.

These special insert cards were redeemable only through hobby shops and Topps made these cards available for redemption on a very limited basis.

The card’s design is great, and I have been a fan ever since seeing them.  The high-gloss finish is unlike any that I have seen before and I like the fact that Topps rewards the baseball card business owner with such a nice, exclusive offer.

This is the Willie Mays card from the set:



Some interesting Willie Mays Home Run facts:

  • Hit home runs in 22 ballparks; 203 at Candlestick Park
  • Highest tally off one pitcher: Warren Spahn, 18
  • Highest tall off one team: 98, Dodgers
  • Multi-HR games – 63
  • 123 in 1st inning of games
  • 365 Solo Home Runs
  • 207 tie-breaking Home Runs

Hank Aaron 2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint – Sapphire Parallel

Hank Aaron 2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint – Sapphire Parallel

I recently scooped up this card during a shopping excursion on COMC.com.  I was immediately intrigued by the flashy Blue border that was applied to this very vintage baseball card design.

The card is from the 2013 Bowman rookie re-print set.  It is the Sapphire parallel version of the card, and when I tell you that this may be the shiniest card I have picked up in 2013, I am not exaggerating – this card is ultra-glossy!!

Have a look:



I’m liking the look.  And I think that the scan came out a lot better than what I was expecting as well.

You like??

Did You Know…

The first player in Brewers history to drive in seven runs in a single game was Ted Kubiak.  Kubiak drove in seven runs on July 18, 1970.


1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons

1975 HEADLINE: Tom Seaver Becomes 1st Pitcher To 200 Strikeouts In 8 Straight Seasons

On this day in 1975, Tom Seaver became the first pitcher in major league history to collect 200 or more strikeouts in eight consecutive seasons.

Showing off the remarkable ability to be a consistent and healthy performer, Seaver’s ability to dominate batters was unmatched during this time.

Here is a closer look at the numbers from those eight seasons:
1968 – 205
1969 – 208
1970 – 283
1971 – 289
1972 – 249
1973 – 251
1974 – 201
1975 – 243

And just for good measure, Seaver collected 235 hitters in 1976 extending the record to nine straight seasons!

How did he do in 1977?  196!!!

Happy Anniversary to ‘Tom Terrific’!!!

Frank Robinson Offers A Unique Twist To His Autograph

Frank Robinson Offers A Unique Twist To His Autograph

I have a Frank Robinson signed baseball in my collection.  And it ranks in the ‘Top 10’ of my collection.

But it also stands out for another reason – the flare provided by Robinson.

I’m not talking about extra squiggles or over-emphasized characters.  What I am talking about it how Robinson lays down his signature on a baseball.

Take a look:

See how he follows the stitching of the ball?  Pretty neat, and very unique.


Frank Robinson’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Frank Robinson’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Frank Robinson was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.  The headliner of that class, Robinson collected 370 of the 415 votes cast by the writers.

And while I have not been able to find a transcript of his speech, I have to guess that it was pretty empowering.

As for Robinson’s Hall of Fame plaque, it reads:

“First to be chosen Most Valuable Player in both leagues – – NL in 1961 and AL in 1966. Set records by hitting homers in 32 different parks and with pair of grand slammers in successive innings in 1970. Fourth in homers (586), Fifth in extra bases on long hits (2,450), Fifth in Total Bases (5,375), on retiring. Led NL in Slugging percentage in 1960-61-62 and AL in batting, home runs, runs batted in, total bases, and slugging percentage in 1966′.