Daily Archives: September 10, 2013

Frank Robinson 2006 Topps Turkey Red – Ehhhhh….

Frank Robinson 2006 Topps Turkey Red

Yeah, for as much as I like collecting cards of Frank Robinson, in both his Reds and Orioles uniforms, this one is just not doing much for me…




Vince Coleman 1986 Fleer SuperStar Special ‘Terror On The Basepaths’

Vince Coleman 1986 Fleer SuperStar Special ‘Terror On The Basepaths’

I love cards like this!!



Show me something a little different and I am ‘All In’.  Give me a baseball card that freezes a moment or celebrates an on-field achievement, and I am ‘All In’.

Cards like this one above from the 1986 Fleer baseball card set are the ones that have left the greatest impression on me.  This card was issued in 1986 – and today, 27 years later, I still have vivid memories of pulling it out of packs and loving the look.

A fantastic addition to my Vince Coleman player collection!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Sets Single-Season Stolen Base Record

1974 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Sets Single-Season Stolen Base Record

On this day in 1974, Lou Brock stole his 105th base of the season.  This stolen bases gave Brock the single-season record as he eclipsed the 104-mark set by Maury Wills in 1962.

But Brock didn’t slow down.  In fact, he kept right on running in 1974 and by the end of the baseball season, he had a new record – 118 swipes!

And while this record was relatively short-lived(it lasted just 8 years), this is what catapulted Brock’s status as one of the greatest runners that the sport had ever seen.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Mr. Brock!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Makes His Major League Debut

1965 HEADLINE:  Ferguson Jenkins Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1965, Ferguson Arthur Jenkins made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The appearance came in at home and in a relief effort as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals and their pitching ace, Bob Gibson.

Jenkins entered the game in relief of Phillies starter Jim Bunning.  He entered the game with the score tied 4-4 and worked 4+ innings helping the team capture a victory in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Jenkins’ line looked like this: 4.1 inning pitched, 15 batters faced, 2 hits allowed, 0 runs, 1 strikeout, 0 walks, and his first of 284 major league wins!!!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Jenkins!!!

Jenkins Phillies

Happy Birthday Randy Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Randy Johnson!!!

Randy Johnson turns 50 years old today.

And now that he has been out of the game for almost a few seasons, it gets pretty easy to look back at his amazing career and say that he is one of the greatest pitchers from his era and ranks pretty high on the all-time list as well.

With a pitching career that boasts of every major pitching accomplishment achieved, and some multiple times, Johnson was a machine during his playing days.  From No-Hitters to Cy Young awards to Strikeout records to perfect games to 300 wins to World Series championships, Johnson has done it all.

He is an absolute first-ballott Hall of Famer, and I personally feel that his talents would have dominated any generation of the sport.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Big Unit’!!!

Happy Birthday Roger Maris!!!

Happy Birthday Roger Maris!!!

We’ve got to take a few minutes out of the day today to honor and celebrate the great Roger Maris.

A star from the most legendary franchise in the history in the sport’s history, Maris will always be known as the man who broke Babe Ruth’s record.  His story, as documented in the movie *61, is fantastic and worthy of every baseball fan’s attention.

Maris played in the majors for 12 seasons, spending his greatest years with the Yankees.  In total, Maris slugged 275 home runs, but that season of 1961 where he connected for 61 home runs and 141 RBI will go down as one of the most impressive offensive seasons in baseball history.

Maris is a 4-time All-Star, and 2-time MVP winner.  He played in seven World Series match-ups, winning three championship titles!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Maris!!!  You are missed and loved!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – My Very First Mike Piazza Florida Marlins Baseball Card!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – My Very First Mike Piazza Florida Marlins Baseball Card!!!

You have no idea how excited I was to find this baseball card.  This is my first ever card of Mike Piazza while wearing a Florida Marlins uniform.

Sure, I could have found one online, but I purposely did not take this route.  I wanted the thrill of finding one of these in person to be a good one, an experience that a web purchase could not offer.  And now I have found one!!!

The card is a bit louder than what normally excites me, but I think that it looks great!!



Don’t forget that Piazza only played in five games for the Marlins in between lengthy stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

This card is such a neat one for my collection.  I am not sure how I am going to organize it within my cards as I am not a Piazza collector and it does not fit in my team set binders either.  But don’t worry, I’ll figure something out.

And now I want to see if I can find any more out there…