Daily Archives: October 18, 2013

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Aaron Caps Comeback

Hank Aaron 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ – Aaron Caps Comeback

Here is another one of the many cards of Hank Aaron from the 2012 Topps ‘Golden Greats’ set.

Check it out:



This card celebrates an extra innings walk-off RBI by Hank Aaron on July 14, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The game was tied at 2-2 when Aaron connected for an RBI-single in the bottom of the tenth inning to secure victory for the Braves.

Atta Boy Henry!!!

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Oh yeah, my favorite issue featuring one of my favorite baseball players of all-time!!!

Gypsy Queen + Reggie Jackson is like spaghetti & meatballs, peanut butter & jelly, ice cream and sprinkles, you get my point.

I have always liked the combination of GQ and Reggie Jackson.  They do a great job with his cards, and the base card from the 2013 release is no different.

Have a look:



Boasting great colors and an action-packed shot of his mighty left-handed swing, this card is a beauty.

I’d love to see what a Gypsy Queen card of Reggie in his Angels or Orioles uniform would look like.  Maybe the 2014 set will have a nice surprise for us…

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Similar to my approach with the other players I am collecting from the 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set, I am focusing on the ‘easy to find’ cards first while letting the more limited ones come later.

When it comes to my goals for the cards of Fergie Jenkins for this set, I was easily able to scoop up the base card from the set rather easily – and affordably as well.

And now, I can add the ‘Base Mini’ to my list as well.  And this one was also found pretty inexpensively – I paid just $1.25 for it with shipping.

Have a look:



Now comes the tougher part – bringing home the rest of the cards of Fergie from the set.  It will surely prove to be a more challenging task, but I look forward to working towards it…

Wish me luck!

Lot Of 3 Vince Coleman 1989 Donruss Baseball Cards – Base, Diamond Kings, Baseball’s Best

Lot Of 3 Vince Coleman 1989 Donruss Baseball Cards – Base, Diamond Kings, Baseball’s Best

A little 3-for-1 special for you on this fine Friday morning.

And this trio of cards comes from the 1989 Donruss set – the base set, the Diamond King subset, and the Baseball’s Best subset.

Have a look:



I have to say, these cards look great!!

I like the action, and I really like that these cards show Coleman in action and working to get his way on base.  The card on the left shows him as he is preparing to square around and drop the bat on the ball.  And the card on the right shows him laying the head of the bat on the ball with one foot already getting primed for the sprint to first base.


And so much better than the posed portrait cards of Coleman that littered many of the cards of him that were part of the sets from the 1980’s.

1977 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Steals The Show In Game 6 With Three Home Runs!!!

1977 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Steals The Show In Game 6 With Three Home Runs!!!

On this day in 1997, Reggie Jackson took the baseball world for a ride when he connected for three home runs, in three consecutive at-bats, with each homer coming on the first pitch that came his way.

And the three pitches came from three different pitchers!

Jackson and his Yankees teammates were leading the 1977 World Series 3 games to 2 games, when Reggie stole the show and single-handidly clinched the championship for the Yankees.

This performance is considered to be one of the most dynamic and legendary moments in the history of the game.

Mr. October was born on 10/18/1977!!

Happy Birthday Reggie!!!

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Eddie Murray VS Rafael Palmeiro

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Eddie Murray VS Rafael Palmeiro

Originally when I thought of this pairing, I thought it would be fun to put up two members of the ‘500/3000 Club’ up against one another.

But, when you factor in Rafael Pelmeiro’s numbers and how he got better and better with age after teaming with other PED-suspected players on his roster, and it is pretty obvious how long Raffy did steroids and how his individual numbers really started to soar into un-Palmeiro-like tallies.

Still, I thought the conversation would be fun.

The stats don’t lie – these numbers are unreal:

Murray Palmeiro
Seasons 21 20
Games 3,026 2,831
Hits 3,255 3,020
200 Hit Seasons 0 1
150-199 Hit Seasons 14 12
Batting Average 0.287 0.288
.300+ Seasons 7 6
Batting Titles 0 0
On-Base % 0.359 0.371
Walks Drawn 1333 1353
Strikeouts 1516 1348
Doubles 560 585
Triples 35 38
Home Runs 504 569
30-39 HR Seasons 5 6
40+ HR Seasons 0 4
Stolen Bases 110 97
Runs Scored 1,627 1,663
100-Run Seasons 3 4
RBI 1,917 1,835
100-RBI Seasons 6 10
All-Star 8 4
Gold Glove 3 3
Silver Slugger 3 2
ROY 1 0
MVP 0 0
Postseasons 4 3
WS Titles 1 0



Both of these guys amassed some very lofty numbers.   And while there are a few cases in which Palmeiro outshined Murray, all of them can be linked to a spike in annual input right around the time when it was believed that Raffy was juicing.

Looking at the numbers side-by-side really just makes me appreciate Eddie Murray even more.  Anyone that ‘did it clean’ for as long and consistently as he did it is deserving of praise – so ultimately that is what this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ is all about – the praise of ‘Steady Eddie’.

You can still cast you vote if you’d like, but there really is no need.  Everything that Rafael Palmeiro accomplished individually in the baseball world is forever tarnished and it is deplorable that he stands as just one of four baseball heroes to launch 500 home runs and connect for 3,000 hits during their careers.

Instead of casting a vote tonight, please take a minute and appreciate the solid, legendary career of Eddie Murray instead.

Eddie Murray

I promise that next week we will get back on track with the debates.  Sorry for the tirade…