Daily Archives: October 20, 2013

Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Museum Collection – Father’s Day Special Edition – ‘Cracked Ice Version’

Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Museum Collection – Father’s Day Special Edition – ‘Cracked Ice Version’

This is the second card of Andre Dawson that I have picked up from the 2013 Panini Museum Collection set.  The set is tagged as ‘Father’s Day Special Addition’.

The first card that I scooped was the base card and I showed it off to you a few days ago.

This one is the ‘Cracked Ice’ version of the same card and it features all kinds of refractor-like shards giving it a pretty neat, crystal like look.

Have a peek:

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And now, I have just one more ‘Need’ from the set – the ‘Lava Flow’ version.  I have no clue what the ‘Lava Flow’ could mean, but I will try to nab one and see for myself…

Wish me luck.

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Lineage – 1975 Topps Mini Version

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Lineage – 1975 Topps Mini Version

I am aggressively going after Joe Morgan cards from 2011, 2012, and 2013.  This approach will add quite a bit of bulk to my collection.

So far, I have added some great looking modern cards of Morgan to my collection, and this one from the 2011 Topps Lineage set is among them.

This is the mini Houston Astros card of Morgan from the Lineage set:

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I love it!  And I love that old Astros wool uniform that Morgan is wearing.  And the added backdrop of Wrigley Field is pretty solid as well.

This is definitely a ‘Rainbow’ I would like to complete in time.  Morgan is featured in this set twice, as a member of both the Astros and Reds.  That means a nice 8-card set.

I’m all over this one!!  Give me a little time and I will bring it all home!!!

Reggie Jackson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Reggie Jackson 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

When I began going after cards of Reggie Jackson so I would have enough to show off one per day during the month of October, I took my ‘Have List’ and went shopping on http://www.sportlots.com.

I was able to add some bulk to my collection by shopping with just two sellers that had a lot of modern cards of Reggie for good pricing.

Amazingly, I did not have Reggie’s 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen card.

So, I bought it!!!

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While not his best card from the GQ brand, I do really like the background of the image – Old Yankee Stadium!!!

As soon as this card arrived at my house, I immediately made a list of all of the other Gypsy Queen cards of Reggie that I was missing.

And as soon as I pick up some more, I will show them off to you!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 59 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

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Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 76 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!

The US Mint Unveils Their 2014 National Baseball Hall OF Fame Commemorative Coin Program

The US Mint Unveils Their 2014 National Baseball Hall OF Fame Commemorative Coin Program

From USMint.gov

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, signed into law on August 3, 2012, requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to:
  • 50,000 $5 gold coins
  • 400,000 $1 silver coins
  • 750,000 half-dollar clad coins

These coins are being issued in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins are scheduled to go on sale in early 2014.

Surcharges for each coin sold are authorized to be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, an independent not-for-profit educational institution, to help fund its operations. Surcharges per coin are:

  • $35 for each gold coin
  • $10 for each silver coin
  • $5 for each half-dollar coin

From April 11-May 11, 2013, a nationwide competition was held to determine the obverse design for the coin.

Coin Designs

The common obverse (heads) design depicts a glove that, combined with the baseball design featured on the reverse, exemplifies the most basic elements of our national pastime or a simple game of catch in the backyard or at the local sandlot. The glove design also highlights the unique concavity of the coin.

The winning design, submitted by Cassie McFarland, was selected from the finalists by the Department of the Treasury on September 4, 2013, after consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

The common inscriptions on each coin’s obverse are LIBERTYIN GOD WE TRUST, and 2014. The obverse design was sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

Common Obverse of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin

Common Obverse 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin

Common Obverse (Line Art)

The common reverse (tails) design of each coin depicts a baseball similar to those used in Major League Baseball®. The final design, also designed and sculpted by Everhart, was approved by the Department of the Treasury on May 20, 2013, after consultation with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

The common inscriptions on each coin’s reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Additional inscriptions (seen below) are:

  • FIVE DOLLARS on the gold coin
  • ONE DOLLAR on the silver dollar
  • HALF DOLLAR on the clad coin

Reverses of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin

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Silver Coin (Line Art)
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 gold, $1 silver, and one-half dollar clad coins will have a shape such that the obverse is concave and the reverse is convex. While these will be the first curved coins ever minted by the United States Mint, it did produce the curved 1973 Roberto Clemente Coin in honor of the late Pittsburgh Pirates star right fielder.

The National Baseball Commemorative Coin Act specifically refers to modeling the coins after the convex/concave 2009 International Year of Astronomy Coins minted and issued by the Monnaie de Paris (French Mint). The United States Mint’s National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 gold, the $1 silver and one-half dollar clad coins will also be closely modeled after the Royal Australian Mint’s Southern Cross curved coins.

Research and development on the curved National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins is unprecedented in recent United States Mint history. It covered height of relief limitations; milling, turning and grinding operations; coinability issues; laser frosting and proof polishing; and proof, uncirculated and clad test strikes.

During the planning phase for the minting and production of its first-ever curved coins, the Royal Australian and Perth Mints provided valuable technical insight to the United States Mint.

Specifications

$5 Gold
Weight: 8.359 grams nominal
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Mintage Limit: 50,000 across all product options
Height of Dome: 0.085 inches
$1 Silver
Weight: 26.73 grams nominal
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Mintage Limit: 400,000 across all product options
Height of Dome: 0.150 inches
Half-Dollar Clad
Weight: 11.34 grams nominal
Composition: 92% copper, 8% nickel
Mintage Limit: 750,000 across all product options
Height of Dome: 0.058 inches

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture. The Museum supports this mission by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the National Pastime.

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s centerpiece is its historic gallery, where the plaques of all 300 members line the oak walls. Only 1 percent–one in 100–who have played baseball in the major leagues have a plaque in the Hall of Fame.

The museum’s collections contain more than 35,000 three-dimensional artifacts representing all facets of the game, from its inception in the mid-19th century to the present. These include bats, baseballs, uniforms, player equipment, ballpark artifacts, awards, artwork, textiles, tickets, collectibles and assorted memorabilia. In addition, the institution’s archives contain in excess of 130,000 baseball cards and 2.6 million library items, including photographs, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, films, video and audiotapes.

Since its opening in 1939, more than 15 million baseball fans have visited the National Baseball Hall Of Fame Museum to learn about the history of the sport and the game’s unique connection to the American experience.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Kirk Gibson

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Kirk Gibson

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Kirk Gibson card from the set:

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Before Kirk Gibson was successfully managing the Arizona Diamondbacks, he was winning World Series championships with the Detroit Tigers and hitting memorable home runs with the Dodgers in World Series play.

Gibson was a very talented player with a knack for power hitting.  Gibson hit 260 doubles and 255 home runs during his playing days.  He had four seasons during his career of both 20 doubles and 20 home runs in the same year.