Daily Archives: October 8, 2013

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Gold Standard’ – 700 Home Runs

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Gold Standard’ – 700 Home Runs

This card is from the 2012 Topps ‘Gold Standard’ subset.  It features Hank Aaron and it celebrates that Aaron is a part of the ‘700 Home Run Club’.

Have a look:

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There is a lot to like about this baseball card.  I have always been a fan of this subset, and I really like the Gold seal that Topps developed for it.

Of course I love the vintage Braves uniform that Aaron is sporting in the image used for this card.

What I really like, though, is that only three players in major league history can have the same card with the same theme made of them, one of which is Mr. Aaron.

Any time that Aaron can be called out as elite, I will be all over it.  I believe that this card gets the job done!

A great addition to my Hank Aaron player collection – YES!!!

Reggie Jackson 2004 Donruss MVP – 1977 World Series MVP

Reggie Jackson 2004 Donruss MVP – 1977 World Series MVP

As I continue to show off cards of Reggie Jackson throughout the month of October, I am always seeking cards of him that acknowledge and celebrate his performance in postseason play.  And if that card happens to highlight the 1977 World Series, all the better!

This card below is from the 2004 Donruss MVP set.  It is serial numbered as 65/1000 and is a great showcase of Reggie and his performance in the 1977 World Series.

Check it out:

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I like the card’s design a lot.  The image of Reggie has a nice 3-D effect as it overlaps the top part of the card’s graphics.

I especially like the 1977 World Series logo on this card.

This is a set that I need to look into more.  I would be very interested in finding the checklist for this bad-boy!!!

Keith Hernandez 1986 Topps

Keith Hernandez 1986 Topps

He may not have known it when the season started, but the 1986 baseball season would be one that Hernandez would recall as one of his best.

With his .310 batting average and run production, Hernandez was an anchor of the New York Mets offense.  ‘Mex’ was a solid run producer – both driving in runs and scoring runs for his team.  He was also an elite defender and captured another Gold Glove Award at the end of the ’86 season.

But, the most memorable time for Hernandez would come after the regular season ended and the Mets went on their historic, and extremely memorable postseason.  The Mets would end up winning the World Series in ’86 with tons of drama along the way.  Hernandez played well for the team during their chase of the championship, and it was very nice to watch him be able to celebrate the victory with his teammates.

This is the base card of Hernandez from the 1986 Topps set:

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1956 HEADLINE: Don Larsen Hurls The First Perfect Game In World Series History!!!

1956 HEADLINE: Don Larsen Hurls The First Perfect Game In World Series History!!!

On this day in 1956, and front of the world, Don Larsen threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series.

More than 50 years later, this game is still talked about during each post-season.  Many consider this pitching performance by Larsen to be the greatest single-game performance in baseball’s great history.

In Yankee Stadium, and with 64,000+ fans behind him, Larsen and his teammates were battling their cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Larsen’s numbers looked like this:

9 innings pitched.  0 runs allowed.  0 hits given up.  0 walks.  0 base runners.

A truly remarkable and historic event!!!  Happy Anniversary Mr. Larsen!!!!

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – The Start Of A Possible New Modern Player Collection: Andrew McCutchen!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – The Start Of A Possible New Modern Player Collection: Andrew McCutchen!!!

As I was driving to the card show, I was listening to my normal sports radio station.  But earlier in the day, I had been listening to parts of both playoff afternoon playoff games courtesy of my IPhone and MLB app.

Like most, I have been paying more attention to the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late, with my main reasons being that they (1) have seemingly turned the franchise around in a relatively quick manner (2) appear to be in position to truly test  the Cardinals in this NLDS series (3) feature a player with MVP capabilities.

All of this makes for a very exciting team chemistry, and I seem to always find myself hoping for a team like Pittsburgh or Tampa or Oakland to knock off a high-end, high-salary, high-profile team.

While the Pirates consist of a pretty solid group of players, both young and veteran, the team’s most well-rounded and explosive player is Andrew McCutchen.  The kid can do it all, and I like the fact that he does not seem to let pressure situations get the better of him.  I also like the fact that he has been gaining national attention (commercials, video games, etc.) that normally would not come to a player playing in Pittsburgh.

So, while on my drive to the show I decided to see if I could find any McCuthcen rookie cards just to get a sense of what they were selling for and if there was any hype around him.

It took me some time, but my favorite seller at the show had two rookie cards of him.  And after thinking about it for three seconds, I agreed to buy both.

Here they are:

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Not bad…  these are his rookie cards from the 2009 Topps T206 and 2009 Topps Flagship sets.  I paid $5.00 for both.

From there, I looked through all of his modern cards.  He is uber-organized with how he displays his cards, which is very rare at a card show.  It was easy to jump from box to box and stack to stack while seeking out cards of #22.

And pretty soon, I started to pull out a decent amount of cards…

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And a few more as well…

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So, in total, I landed myself two rookie cards and a nice mix of 2011, 2012, and 2013 cards of ‘Cutch’ for my collection.  12 cards in total for just $8.00 – not bad at all!!!

Whether I continue to seek out cards of him is up in the air as I had not planned to add another player to my collecting roster.  But, his cards feature great action images, and for the most part can be found in all modern issues with relatively low pricing.  So, we’ll see what the future holds for me and a possible new PC.  I do know that any cards I pull from future box breaks will of him will stay with me from now on.

If anyone has any other McCutchen cards that they are willing to part with via trade, please let me know. Maybe we can work something out…