Monthly Archives: October 2013

Vince Coleman 1991 Fleer

Vince Coleman 1991 Fleer

I’ve read enough baseball card blogs to know that the 1991 Fleer set is often loved and often ridiculed.  I guess it all depends on if you like that Yellow and Black design…

Personally, for me it has more to do with the card image and the team color scheme and whether that either fits with or sticks out against the Yellow & Black.

And while some team colors just do not work at all, there are quite a few major league logos and color schemes that get along just fine.

And I believe that the St. Louis Cardinals colors are an example of that – this card of Vince Coleman is sweet!

Have a look:

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While cards of the Mets, Rangers, Orioles, and Cubs may not be a great fit for this design, the Cardinals cards look just fine!!!

Very nice, indeed!

Did You Know…

Eddie Murray collected more RBI than any other player in the major leagues during the 1980’s.  He drove in 996 runs during the decade.

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Million Dollar Question – ‘When I Say 1989 Topps, You Think What Card’???

Million Dollar Question – ‘When I Say 1989 Topps, You Think What Card’???

The 1989 Topps baseball card set is one of my favorites issues from the 1980’s – call it a ’30-YOC Classic’.

I like the large images that the design allows for, and while the graphics are minimal, I do like how Topps merged the team name and player name into the same graphic.

When I think about the set, there are a lot of great cards.  I really like the team leader cards from the set and the Record Breakers are all really, really nice too.

But, when it comes right down to it, there is one stand-out card from the 1989 Topps set that I think of before I think of any other.

And it is:

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott’s card – The 1st Round Draft Pick!!!

As a kid that followed baseball as closely as I did back in 1989, I was shocked to hear of Jim Abbott’s story, and even more shocked that I did not hear of him prior to the 1989 Topps card hitting the market.  Sure, I knew he had a card in the 1988 Topps Traded set as part of ‘Team USA’ but media coverage back then was nothing like it is today.  Hell, when I first heard of Abbott and his ability to play major league ball with just one hand, I was shocked.  And none of my friends believed me when I tried to share the knowledge.  There was no Internet, no baseball specific cable channels, etc. – you had to rely a lot more on print media and sometimes finding details like this took time….

To this day I find Jim Abbott to be one of the most inspirational professional athletes of my time and I truly appreciate the positive approach he has to life and to the challenges he faced as he fought his way to the big leagues.

Easily my favorite card from the 1989 Topps set!!!

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps ‘The Elite’

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps ‘The Elite’

Here is another fantastic card of Reggie Jackson showing him during his early years with the Oakland Athletics.

Have a look:

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This card comes from the 2013 Topps insert set tagged as ‘The Elite’.

This is the second card from the set that I have added to my collection, with the first being the card of Joe Morgan.

While I am happy to see that both Reggie and Joe were included in the set, and rightfully so, I am pretty interested to see who else is included.  I can guess some of the guys just by the theme, but I was surprised that Jim Palmer missed the cut.

Time to find that checklist!!!

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Century Stars’

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Century Stars’

The ‘Century Stars’ set of cards that Donruss released in 2005 is a pretty neat issue.  I like the 3-D effect of having the player’s image on top of all of the wording that serves as the background of the card.

But, when I get a new one of these, I always scratch my head at the words chosen for the background.  You would think that for a set that honors the ‘Century Stars’ that there would be plenty of words and terms that you could use to fill the empty space.  But instead, Donruss kept it plain and basic – player name, position, and team name – and that is it…

Have a look for yourself:

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Now imagine if this one listed things like Hall of Fame, World Series appearances, Cy Young Awards won, Gold Glove Awards won, career victories, career ERA, strikeout tallies, and more.

Now that would make this ‘Century Stars’ set even better.  At least in my humble opinion…

Frank Robinson 2003 Topps Gallery

Frank Robinson 2003 Topps Gallery

The Topps Gallery brand of baseball cards issued in the early part of the 2000’s brought us art on baseball cards prior to the future releases of Allen & Ginter and Gypsy Queen.

I have shopped for a lot of Topps Gallery cards and I have a small stack of them in my collection.  Simply stated, some are beautiful and some are awful.

Thankfully, I believe that this one belongs in the ‘Beautiful’ category.

Have a look:

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The only part of the card that I find odd is the player’s name being repeated – and so close too.  I like the look of the script that is scribbled on the Gold bar that runs horizontally from left to right, but I am not sure why they felt the need to repeat the player’s name right above it.

Still, a great looking baseball card and a great addition to my Frank Robinson player collection.

Carlton Fisk 1988 Topps

Carlton Fisk 1988 Topps

This is the second card of Carlton Fisk that I have featured in recent weeks that shows Fisk looking like he is in a fair amount of pain while swinging the bat.

In this one, it appears that he has fouled off a pitch based on the direction his head and body have turned.  And it looks like it hurts too.

Check it out:

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As for the card, I really like the Green ‘White Sox’ banner that fills the top part of the card.  It is a nice complement to the Yellow and Green background of the old Comiskey Park.

And ‘Pudge’ looks pretty slim and trim in this one as well.

Happy Birthday Fred Lynn!!!

Happy Birthday Fred Lynn!!!

Fred Lynn turns 62 years old today.

I have always had an affinity for Fred Lynn.  He broke onto the baseball scene in 1975 and took the sport by storm.  He did this during the year of my birth, and I have always enjoyed learning more about things that happened in 1975!!

Fred Lynn quietly put together a very solid 17-season career as a professional baseball player.  It’s amazing that someone playing for some of baseball’s most popular teams(The Red Sox and Orioles) could stay under the radar but Lynn was able to do so.  While media and fan attention went to his teammates, Lynn contributed solidly.  During his first full season in the major leagues in 1975, Fred Lynn won the Rookie of the Year award as well as the Most Valuable Player award.  Not too shabby, for a rookie huh???  I’d say that it’s rather impressive!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Lynn!!

After Never Finding 2013 Topps Update At Retail, I Just Opted To Buy The Complete Marlins Team Set…

After Never Finding 2013 Topps Update At Retail, I Just Opted To Buy The Complete Marlins Team Set…

I don’t know why, but I had a really rough time finding the new 2013 Topps Update release at retail.  Normally, I am able to score cards rather close to the official release date but when Update came out, it was nowhere to be found – for days!

I tried 2 different Target stores in different days and nothing…

I tried 2 different Wal-Mart stores in different days and nada…

So, I threw in the towel.

And I went to sportlots.com and picked up the entire Miami Marlins 10-card team set from one seller for less than $3.00.

And the set arrived in the mail on Saturday.

Have a look:

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It’s nice to see so many of the young guys getting cards in this set, though the insertion of Bryan Petersen and Casey Kotchman is a bit odd considering that Topps knew their playing time with the team while building the checklist.

It is nice to see Jose Fernandez featured twice – in his All-Star card and ‘Rookie Debut’ card.

And in case you were wondering, I have still yet to find Update in a retail location close to my home.  Though I may stop searching now…

 

Andre Dawson 1995 Upper Deck Special Edition – GOLD!!!

Andre Dawson 1995 Upper Deck Special Edition – GOLD!!!

I can easily state that finding new cards of Andre Dawson for my collection that were issued during his playing days is one of my greatest collecting thrills.

To be able to uncover a card that is 15-25 years old that I did not know existed makes this process of building the ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection so much fun.

It’s one thing to have the stuff that everyone has.  But, it is an entirely new ballgame when you grab something that you have never seen before.

Kind of like this card below from the 1995 Upper Deck Special Edition set.  I have had the Silver card in my collection for some time.  But I recently encountered the Gold version.

And I had to grab it!!!

 

 

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What a great shot of Andre.  Even during the later phases of his career, he really packed a strong and mighty swing.

A great addition to my collection!!