Monthly Archives: September 2013

1954 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Makes The Greatest Catch In Baseball History!!!

1954 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Makes The Greatest Catch In Baseball History!!!

On this day back in 1954, Willie Mays made ‘The Catch’.

Often considered to be the greatest defensive play in baseball history, this outstanding catch still gets ‘air-time’ every year.  The fact that this catch happened in front of a national audience during the baseball playoffs only added to its legend.

One could certainly argue that more amazing catches have been made since, but this is ‘The Catch’ that still stands out amongst all others.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

Mays

1996 Score Florida Marlins Team Set

1996 Score Florida Marlins Team Set

I don’t own many cards from this period – you can say that I was officially out of the hobby in 1994/95.

But, I did add the Andre Dawson card from this set to my collection a few years ago when I decided to try to build the ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.

Since that was the only card that I went after from this release, I had no idea how nice the set was.  The cards feature tons of action.  The White border allows for the colors to really pop.  And the Score logo has been colored to match the team’s colors.

Check it out:

1996 SCORE A

1996 SCORE B

 

Kind of funny how the team’s biggest star (Gary Sheffield) has the worst card in the set, but no biggie…

I have to say that the matching the Score logo’s coloring to that of the team was a great move – it really ties it all together.  And to be honest, at first I thought that all of the cards from this set featured a Black and Teal brand logo.  It was not until a search on Ebay proved to me that Score intentionally went out of their way to match every team’s color scheme to the logo for their cards.

Another great looking Marlins team set for my collection!!!!

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:

GINTER CLEMENTE

 

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:

HENDERSON ELITE

 

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:

COLEMAN 2

 

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

Mike Schmidt’s Super Sweet Autograph

Mike Schmidt’s Super Sweet Autograph

It seems like the stars from the 1980’s really took tim in perfecting their autographs.  In my opinion, some of the best signatures in baseball are from players that solidified their status as baseball royalty during that decade.

Among the group are Ozzie Smith, Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Wade Boggs, Orel Hershiser, and of course Mike Schmidt.

Just take a look at how nicely Schmidt puts his signature on a baseball:

I’m proud to be the owner of one of these signed balls.  I would love a bat to match!!

Mike Schmidt’s Very Emotional Retirement Press Conference

Mike Schmidt’s Very Emotional Retirement Press Conference

On May 29, 1989 Mike Schmidt retired from the game of baseball.

Watching this video still gives me chills…

I remember this press conference like it was yesterday.  Even as a 13-year old kid, I understood how hard it was for a player like Mike Schmidt to leave the game of baseball.  One of the game’s biggest stars for close to 2 decades, Schmidt solidified himself as one of the greatest power hitters of all-time.

With a resume filled with elite milestones, Schmidt was able to leave the game as one its greatest players but that did not make the final decision any easier for him.

Cheers to you Mike Schmidt – A baseball hero and a class act!!!