Daily Archives: January 7, 2014

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Jim Palmer

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Jim Palmer

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Jim Palmer from the set:

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This card is so nice I had to pick up two of them – one for my player collection and one for this subset.

Jim Palmer is the only player in major league history to win three World Series crowns in three different decades.  He won titles with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, 1970, and 1983.

In 19 big league season, Palmer made it to the postseason eight times.  He competed in four World Series match-ups, winning three titles.  In 15 career postseason starts, Palmer has a record of 8-3 with a 2.61 ERA.

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini – “Studio ’13”

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini – “Studio ’13”

Kind of a neat card here…

I remember these cards back when I was a kid, and I have to assume that I had the full set.  I know that of the cards in that original ‘Studio’ set, I still have the Andre Dawson card today.

As for the modern version, it certainly takes us all right back to that original that debuted decades ago.

And I am loving the homage it pays to the origins of the Panini set.

Here is the card of Giancarlo Stanton that I recently scored:

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Very cool – and he is showing emotion, something that is not all that common with him and his personality (at least in the public eye).

Thank you Panini for taking us back to our youth,  This was a very fun trip down memory lane!!

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1992, both Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Both pitchers amassed amazing individual and team accolades during their brilliant careers – Seaver as a starting pitcher, and Fingers as a reliever.

Tom Seaver won 311 games during his major league career while amassing 3,640 strikeouts.  Being a member of both the ‘300 wins’ and ‘3000 strikeouts’ clubs, Seaver is in very rare and elite company.  Seaver is a former Rookie of the Year, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Stat, and World Series Champion.

Rollie Fingers set the standard for the ‘closer’ role in baseball.  His is a member of the ‘300 Saves Club’ with his 341 career saves.  Fingers has a career ERA of 2.90 and a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64.  His ability to seal wins during his tenure with the A’s, Padres, and Brewers set the bar for his competition and the future of the closer role.  Fingers was a 7-time All-Star as well as a Cy Young and MVP winner.  He was part of three World Series championship winning teams in the 1970’s with Oakland.

Tom Seaver collected 425 of 430 votes cast during his first year of eligibility in 1985.

Rollie Fingers hauled in 349 of 430 votes cast in his second year of eligibility to gain entry into Cooperstown.

1985 Headline: Lou Brock Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1985 Headline:  Lou Brock Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1985, Lou Brock was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  At the time of his election, Brock was the all-time stolen bases leaders in major league history.  Also a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, Brock collected 3,023 total hits during his 19-year career.  Brock was a 6-time All-Star, and was part of two World Series championship winning teams with the Cardinals.

Brock was first eligible for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.  He was voted in on his first ballot capturing 315 of 395 votes cast, good for a 79.7% clip.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – 1971 Topps Reggie Jackson – YES!! YES!! YES!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – 1971 Topps Reggie Jackson – YES!!  YES!!  YES!!!

Yes, that is a 1971 Topps Reggie Jackson card in the title of this post.

And no, this is no re-print.

It is the real deal.

Have a look:

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I don’t care that the corners are a tad bit rounded.

And I don’t even care that there is a piece of clear tape running across the top of the card right above the name ‘Athletics’.

This is a REGGIE JACKSON 1971 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD!!!

And I have wanted one for a very, very long time.

And now, the best part…

I paid just $1.00 for it.

I found it in a $1 bargain bin and immediately set it to the side.  I told the dealer that someone must have put it in the box by mistake and he stated, ‘Nope, it’s a buck’.

Without any hesitation, I bought it.  I don’t care about the condition.  I don’t care about the piece of tape.  I have always thought that this was a very cool card and never for a minute did I think that I would own one – and pay just $1.00…

NICE!!