Daily Archives: September 25, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Bowman Platinum

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Bowman Platinum

No matter how many times I see the ‘old’ Marlins uniform displayed on a baseball card, I cannot help but think back to when the ‘Florida’ team showed so much promise.

I miss the days of Mike Stanton thrilling us with his extremely long home runs at Dolphin Stadium.  He used to put on quite a show for the fans back then.  And I genuinely think that he liked being on the team back then.

Fast forward 2-3 years and he is a bit of a different player.  He can still deliver monster home runs, but he has trouble staying on the field.  By the time that the 2013 baseball season ends, Stanton will play in the fewest number of games in a year since his rookie campaign.  He will also end with the lowest batting average, RBI total, and home runs since his rookie season as well.

Hopefully ‘Big Mike’ can turn it around in 2014 – He has all of the tools to become a face for the team and MLB.  He just needs to stay on the field and show off his skills and his smile a bit more…

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Carlton Fisk 1988 Fleer

Carlton Fisk 1988 Fleer

Finally, another solid action card of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk for my collection.  After a string of pretty awful looking cards, it is nice to haul in a beauty like the.

I love the action.  I love the old-school equipment that I grew up using and watching the pros wear.  I love how Fisk is getting into position and bracing himself for possible impact.

And best of all, I love that the opponent is in the background of the shot trying to witness the happenings as they unfold.

A great card for my Fisk PC – 1988 Fleer!!!

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Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Kimball Champions Mini

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Kimball Champions Mini

Man, I tell you what – At some time, I am going to have to build this set.  I have yet to find a card from all of the ones that I have picked up that I don’t care for.  And if the checklist even more legends than I already know are in the set, I think it would be a great challenge for your boy at ’30-YOC’ to go after.

This one of Frank Robinson features his him in his old Reds uniform from the late 1950’s.  I love the history of the Reds franchise and it is great to see Robinson honored by being included in this set.

Gotta Love It!!!

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Did You Know…

In 2003, Marlins manager Jack McKeon became the oldest manager to take his team to the World Series.  The previous mark was set by Casey Stengel in 1960 who took the Yankees to the World Series at 70 years of age.

McKeon

1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

1955 HEADLINE: Al Kaline Becomes Youngest Player To Win Batting Crown

On this day in 1955, Detroit’s Al Kaline won the American League batting title becoming the youngest player in major league history to do so.

At the age of twenty, and in his third big league season, Kaline hit .340 as he collected 200 hits in 588 at-bats.  He also led the American League in hits that year, and in total bases as well with 321.

His efforts from the 1955 season were handsomely rewarded – 2nd place in the MVP voting and an All-Star selection!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Kaline!!!

Million Dollar Question – ‘When I Say 1984 Topps, You Think What Card’???

Million Dollar Question – ‘When I Say 1984 Topps, You Think What Card’???

So far, we have covered the 1981 Topps and 1988 Score baseball card sets.  This is going well, and I have a mental list of sets that I cannot wait to discuss with you.

This week, it is all about the 1984 Topps baseball card set.

And while this set selection may be easier, and more obvious, than the others we’ve chatted about previously, I can guess pretty comfortably that nobody will come up with the same card as me.

This set boasts some pretty well known and popular rookie cards: Mattingly, Gooden, Strawberry.  It also offers up some pretty nice cards of some of the legends from the 1980’s: Henderson, Ripken (batting cage card), Brett, Boggs, and others.  The set also contains the last Topps cards of both Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer – my two favorite pitchers of all-time!

But, none of these cards are the first card that I think of when I hear the term ’84 Topps’.

But, this card is:

Milt May

This is the base card of Milt May from the 1984 Topps set.  Yes, Milt May.

When I ran into this card as a kid, almost 30 years ago, I was very shocked at how close the photographer zoomed in to get the shot.  I remember being astonished at how big and heavy that catcher’s mask that May is wearing looked, and being a little leaguer myself, I was even more surprised to see that May was not wearing a helmet while catching!

Today, I understand that May is not catching in a game environment and that he is most definitely in a practice setting.  But, the image is still very unique in my eyes.  Catcher’s equipment has come a very long way in the last 30 years – something that someone like Milt May would surely appreciate today.

So, what card do you choose?  When you hear the set ‘1984 Topps’ mentioned, what is the first card that you think of??