Daily Archives: January 20, 2014

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Mickey Mantle card from the set:

Prme Mantle

The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Mickey Mantle.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Taught to switch-hit by father at age five
  • Turned down football scholarship at Oklahoma
  • Began pro career as a shortstop
  • Triple Crown winner in 1956
  • 3-time AL MVP
  • 12 World Series appearances with 7 Titles won
  • All-time leader in HR for switch-hitter with 536

Dustin Pedroia 2013 Topps Spring Fever

Dustin Pedroia 2013 Topps Spring Fever

As the countdown to Spring Training continues to fill posts on Facebook and other social media sites on a daily basis, I was reminded of Topps’ ‘Spring Fever’ redemption set from 2013.

I immediately wondered if Topps had plans to launch a similar set in 2014, and sought that information out on the web.  That journey resulted in zero results, but I did find a bunch of links to the 2013 set.

And I love that set.

And I did not realize that Dustin Pedroia had a card in it.

So, I immediately set out on a mission to obtain it – and I conquered that task very easily, and without much of an expense.

Here is the card:



Hopefully a set like this comes around again in 2014.  If it does, I will be ready!!

George Brett 1982 Topps Kansas City Royals Team Leaders Card With Larry Gura

George Brett 1982 Topps Kansas City Royals Team Leaders Card With Larry Gura

As the face of the franchise, George Brett has been featured on numerous ‘team leader’ type cards over the course of his major league career.

And his numbers certainly backed up that position.

This card is from the 1982 Topps set and it celebrates the team leaders on both offense and defense for the Royals from the 1981 baseball season.

Have a look:


As for Brett’s numbers from the 1981 season, they are solid as always…

.314 batting average, .3610 on-base percentage, 109 hits, 27 doubles, 7 triples, 6 home runs, 42 runs scored, 43 RBI, and 14 stolen bases.  In 379 plate appearances during this strike-shortened season, Brett drew 27 walks and struck out just 23 times.

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1986 Fleer ‘Cardinals Ignitors’ w/Willie McGee

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1986 Fleer ‘Cardinals Ignitors’ w/Willie McGee

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #5 – 1986 Fleer ‘Cardinals Ignitors’ w/Willie McGee



I like how quickly baseball card companies attached themselves to Vince Coleman after he emerged on the scene with the Cardinals.  After a successful rookie campaign, both Fleer and Donruss founds ways to add additional cards to their base sets so Coleman could be featured twice.

Vince Coleman and Willie McGee were both huge spark-plugs for the Cardinals’ offense – each of them scoring 100+ runs in 1985, Coleman with 107 and McGee with 114.

The Donruss card fails, but the Fleer is sweet!


Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Ozzie Guillen turns 50 years old today.

The former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins manager finds himself unemployed right now. He’s still cashing in on a large contract that he signed with the Miami Marlins prior to the start of the 2012 baseball season, but for now he is not working.

Personally, I would like to see Ozzie get back into baseball at some capacity. And I would prefer that it be in a coaching or managing role versus as a commentator or on-air personality. After stripping down all of the loud personality that stands out like a sore thumb, Ozzie is a ‘baseball guy’ and I really like his approach to managing and working with young talent. It’s just to bad that he did not get the chance to really show off his skills in Miami…

Happy Birthday Mr. Guillen!!! Enjoy your extended vacation, but please come back soon!!



And while you’re sitting back and enjoying life, please do not drink too much coconut water…


Santa Delivered Three Baseball Books On Christmas, And One Was Autographed – Come Check It Out!!!

Santa Delivered Three Baseball Books On Christmas, And One Was Autographed – Come Check It Out!!!

I know, I know, I am getting to this a little too late.  I’ve just been busy with the kids, and soccer practice, and life.

But, I got three new baseball books for Christmas, and they have been stacked on my desk ever since as I waited for the right time to show them off and add them to my ‘Required Reading’ page on the blog.

Well, I have the time now – so let’s take a look at the three books that Santa brought me a few weeks ago.

Here we go!!

The Greatest Game Ever Pitched – Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and The Pitching Duel Of The Century

Book 1

Mickey And Willie

Book 2

Becoming Mr. October

Book 3

And the signed one???

How about the Reggie Jackson biography!!!  Have a look:


I have to give a huge ‘Hat-Tip’ to my buddy UncleMoe for this one.  He sent me an email letting me know that Barnes & Noble was selling signed copies of Reggie’s new book for the same price as an unsigned copy.  I knew about the book prior, and it was on my list to check out when my ‘On Deck Circle’ was emptied, but I was not going to pass on a deal like this. So, I forwarded the email to my wife and she must have forwarded it to Santa, because it was under my tree on Christmas Day.  Thanks again, Moe!!!

So, I now have three more books for my collection.  I am a bit behind in my reading, so I am going to have to step it up as each one of these promises that they could be a very fun read.

Stop by and check out my ‘Required Reading’ page.  I’m always willing to offer reviews of the books I’ve read, and am equally looking for ideas of others that have been enjoyed by the ’30-YOC’ audience.