Daily Archives: September 17, 2013

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

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 Mickey Mantle card from the set:



Some interesting Mickey Mantle Home Run facts:

  • 536 career home runs
  • Most on the road – 42, Tigers Stadium
  • 5 inside the park home runs
  • most off a pitcher – 13, Early Wynn
  • most off a team – 77, Athletics (Oak.KC.Phil)
  • 373 vs right-hand pitchers, 163 vs lefties
  • 45 games with 2 home runs, 1 game with 3
  • 103 of 536 came in 1st inning

Frank Robinson 2001 Topps American Pie

Frank Robinson 2001 Topps American Pie

Man, I am getting awfully tired of these zoomed-in images.  And I really like the ‘American Pie’ brand too…



By the time that this set was released in 2001, Frank Robinson’s baseball career as a player was set in stone – one of the greatest offensive players in the history of the sport with ties to two of the greatest franchises in the history of major league baseball.

There have to be hundreds, if not thousands, of images of Mr. Robinson available that Topps could have chosen for this card.

I feel a little short-changed with this one.  And Frank Robinson should feel that way too…

Johnny Bench 2013 Panini ‘Golden Age’ Mini – Front & Back

Johnny Bench 2013 Panini ‘Golden Age’ Mini – Front & Back

I recently received a nice care package from one of my loyal readers – Jarred.  he hooked me up with some great cards in exchange for a handful of Red Sox that I sent his way.

Since many of the cards he sent me are worthy of their own posts on my blog, I will do just that.

In the mix was a Johnny Bench card from the new 2013 Panini Golden Age set.  The card is the mini version of the base card, and the back is just as sweet as the front, so I will show you both.

First, the front:


And now, the back:


Pretty neat, and definitely old school!!  I love the graphics of the back – it reminds of those old metal advertisement signs that have been making comebacks recently.

If I had this one, I’d hang it in my garage – For Sure!!!

Jarred – Thanks again for the great card(s).

Carlton Fisk 1981 Topps – BARRRFFF!!!

Carlton Fisk 1981 Topps

As you can see below, I am on a bit of a ‘bad streak’ with my vintage card pick-ups.  Yesterday, it was the 1989 Donruss Keith Hernandez baseball card that almost made me lose my lunch.

But today, it happened ….



This is Carlton Fisk’s card from the 1981 Topps baseball card set.

What a horrible image selection by the photo editor at Topps.  Could it get any more boring than this???

Time to move on….

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!!

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson made his big-league debut.

At the age of 18, Robinson and his Baltimore Orioles teammates hosted the Washington Senators.  And in front of a crowd that barely crossed 5,000 spectators, Robinson performed like a veteran.

On the day, Brooks went 2-for-4, collecting two singles and an RBI.  His efforts helped lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Robinson.  Happy Anniversary!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Museum Collection ‘Jumbo Lumber’ Game-Used Bat Card

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Museum Collection ‘Jumbo Lumber’ Game-Used Bat Card

I’ve been on the hunt for some Fergie Jenkins relic cards for a while now.  Most of what I am seeking now are cards that I have picked up previously, which has made the search a lot tougher.

And for the stuff that I am finding that I do not yet have in my collection, the most common reason for not pursuing it further is that the price that the buyer is seeking is either out of my price range or the final bid eclipsing what I am willing to offer.

Still, I watch them.  Because you never know!

And that was how I was able to bring this one home…

Jenkins Jumbo Bat

This card comes from the 2013 Topps Museum Collection set and is part of the ‘Jumbo Lumber’ subset.  As you can see, the card features a very large piece of game-used bat, totaling close to half of the card’s surface area.  Without question, this card features the largest relic in my collection – it is HUGE!!

The card is serial numbered as 22/30.

And for the record, I really don’t mind that the card of a pitcher has a game-used bat as the centerpiece.  It may not work as well for other issues, but for this one I think it looks G-R-E-A-T!!!