Daily Archives: September 28, 2013

Roberto Clemente 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Roberto Clemente 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

After September’s baseball card show was past me, I immediately went to work on the new Allen & Ginter release from Topps.  I was able to score six base cards for my player collections at the show, but I still had a list of cards from the set that I wanted to bring into my collection.

The result was a pretty nice order on Sportlots.com.  And the package has arrived, and I am very happy with the purchase.

In the past, I have never really embraced the A&G brand.  This year, I like the design a lot more than recent issues.  And I also love the fact that Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams were finally included in the checklist.

Among the cards that I picked up in this bulk purchase, was Roberto Clemente’s base card.

Check it out:



I like it.  And I really like the Light Blue shading work done behind Mr. Clemente.

Great Card!!!

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps ‘The Elite’

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps ‘The Elite’

The previous post showed of ‘How Not To Showcase An Elite Player’.

This card would be the ‘How To’ version.  The card comes from the 2013 Topps ‘The Elite’ set and it features one of greatest players of his generation, Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.  The card was sent to me in a recent care package from loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Jared.

Have a look:



The card is sharp!  And thick too!!

I had to pick up another pack of special top-loaders to accommodate this card, but I am not complaining – this one is NICE!!!

The card features great coloring, and the Silver and Grey graphic design is really a nice change from Topps.  I like the framing and filigree work that the card employs in its design.  And I especially like that Rickey’s uniform is covered in clay!!!

Thanks again Jared – This one is SWEET!!

Vince Coleman 1987 Topps – Another Horrible Photo Selection…

Vince Coleman 1987 Topps – Another Horrible Photo Selection…

In another recent post that showed off a Vince Coleman card that I have added to my collection, reader Matt noted that most of Coleman’s early year cards offer posed portraits.

We got into a conversation, through comments on this blog, about that and how it is possible that the cameras of the 80’s and the photographers from the 80’s were simply not skilled enough to be able to capture the speedy Coleman doing what he was best known for – streaking from first to second base in less than three seconds!!

So, instead of getting a card featuring Coleman and a cloud of dust, we got this:



What a shame!

As for the technology and skill level of the people snapping pictures in the 1980’s, we may have been kidding just a bit, but we do have some action packed cards of Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines from these same sets – kind of wish that Coleman got the same treatment…

1997 HEADLINE: Tony Gwynn Wins 8th & Final Batting Title Of His Career

1997 HEADLINE: Tony Gwynn Wins 8th & Final Batting Title Of His Career

On this day in 1997, Tony Gwyn won the 8th and final batting championship of his career.  This title also put him at the top of the all-time list with the legendary Honus Wagner for the most in a career.

Taking a look back, Gwynn’s numbers are staggering:

Year # of Hits Average
1984 213 0.351
1987 218 0.370
1988 163 0.313
1989 203 0.336
1994 165 0.394
1995 197 0.368
1996 159 0.353
1997 220 0.372

That’s classic stuff right there – and the fact that he did that over a 14-season span is remarkable.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn!!!

Mike Schmidt’s Highly Sought After 1973 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Mike Schmidt’s Highly Sought After 1973 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

The 1970’s brought us some legendary baseball rookie cards, and many of them can be had affordably if you are a wise and patient shopper.

Unfortunately, Mike Schmidt’s rookie card does not fall into that category.  They’re downright expensive!!

And they always sell, regardless of the condition.

Of all of the rookie cards from the 1970’s that I still want for my personal collection, Schmidt’s is the one that will cost me the most.  Heck, it will probably cost more than many of the others combined!

Don’t believe me, check out some ended auctions for this beauty from the 1973 Topps set:

I have shopped enough to know that I can nab a Robin Yount, George Brett, Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, and Bert Byleven rookie card for less than I would have to spend for an EX or MNT rookie card of Schmidt’s!

And still, I cannot stop the dream of owning one!!!

Some day…

Mike Schmidt & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1995

Mike Schmidt & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1995

Mike Schmidt was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1995.  Of the 460 ballots cast in 1995, Schmidt received votes for entry on 444 of them.

His Hall of Fame plaque reads:

‘Unprecedented combination of power and defense with unusual mixture of strength, coordination, and speed made him one of the game’s greatest third baseman.  7th on all-time list with 548 home runs.  His 8 home run titles (1 tie) bettered only by Babe Ruth.  Hit 40 or more on three occasions and topped 30 ten other times.  48 home runs in 1980 most ever by a third baseman.  Hit 4 in one game in 1976.  3-time MVP with 10 Gold Gloves for fielding excellence’.

Schmidt HOF Postcard