Daily Archives: January 17, 2014

Hank Aaron 2011 Topps ‘T-60’

Hank Aaron 2011 Topps ‘T-60’

I really need to see how hard and how expensive it would be to complete this set – I have yet to find a ‘bad’ card in the bunch.

Have a look:

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The card comes from the 2011 Topps ’60’ release and as you can see, it features a large, cut-out ’60’ as the main background feature.  Personally, I really like the look and I like it even more that Topps gave us great main-event quality images to add even more power to the card.

It may be time to truly breakdown the set and see what would be required to build it card-by-card until complete.

I think it would be a lot of fun.  How about you??

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Chrome

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Chrome

Oh yeah, how about a little Chrome for you on this beautiful Friday afternoon?

This Chrome comes to you courtesy of the 2012 Topps Chrome baseball card set and Pittsburgh Pirates MVP Outfielder, Andrew McCutchen.

Have a look:

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I don’t know about you, but I like that the Chrome sets are an extension of the flagship brand.  Sure, new images are always nice to see on baseball cards, but with Chrome using the same shots as the base set, it allows for the card to feel like a natural extension of the set – another of the many parallel versions, if you know what I mean.

I love it!!

George Brett 1988 Score – I LOVE THIS PHOTO!!!

George Brett 1988 Score

Sometimes you’ve just got to let the card do the talking.

This is one of those times.

Enjoy.

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Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 83 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career. And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators. And while nobody would count Zimmer as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager. And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!! Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida. Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’. And now, more than 25 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!! Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Looking Ahead To The Possible Class Of 2015

Hall Of Fame Debate: Looking Ahead To The Possible Class Of 2015

Ok, so now we know what players made the cut with the ‘Class of 2014’ and which ones will have to wait at least one more year to see if they earn election in 2015.

And we also know the players that will be eligible for the first time in 2015.

They are:  Rich Aurilia, Aaron Boone, Paul Byrd, Tony Clark, Carlos Delgado, David Dellucci, Jermaine Dye, Alan Embree, Darin Erstad, Kelvim Escobar, Cliff Floyd, Nomar Garciaparra, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, Randy Johnson, Mark Loretta, Pedro Martinez, Ramon Martinez, Doug Mientkiewicz, Kevin Millar, Troy Percival, B.J. Ryan, Jason Schmidt, Gary Sheffield, John Smoltz, Julian Tavarez, Jarrod Washburn, David Weathers

The list is interesting to say the least.  It is packed with All-stars, memory makers, and World Series champions.

But, is it packed with future Hall of Famers as well??

Well, at first glance, there are a few names that stand out for me – and probably you as well.  The names of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz stand out among the pitchers on the list.  And while there is no ‘top-tier’ offensive player on the ballot for the first time in 2015, the name of Gary Sheffield should make you at least pause for a few minutes.

To be honest, of the four guys mentioned above, not one of them can hold a candle to the single at-bat that Aaron Boone had in the World Series a few years ago.  But, when looking at the full careers, both regular and post season, this ballot is stacked at the top and then there is a major drop-off.

There is no Mike Piazza on this list.  Or Mike Mussina.  Or Jeff Kent.

So, what do you think – Four contenders and a bunch of pretenders or am I missing something??

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