Daily Archives: February 12, 2014

2012 Bowman Chrome Miami Marlins Franchise All-Stars Starring Giancarlo Stanton & Jose Fernandez!!!

2012 Bowman Chrome Miami Marlins Franchise All-Stars Starring Giancarlo Stanton & Jose Fernandez!!!

I had to score two of these cards – 1 for my Stanton collection and 1 for my Fernandez collection.

Take a look:



This card comes from the 2012 Bowman Chrome ‘Franchise All-Stars’ subset and it features the best offensive and defensive players on the Miami Marlins.

At one time it would have been easy to say that Stanton was the main attraction of the card but with the rookie season that Jose Fernandez had in 2013, that opinion could be easily argued.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that both of these guys make their marks on the 2014 baseball season.  Us Marlins fans deserve that…

Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Fleer Tradition – 1981 Fleer Design

Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Fleer Tradition – 1981 Fleer Design

Of all of the players that I ‘should’ collect, Cal Ripken is the guy whose name stands out the most.  In my opinion, Cal is the face of baseball for my generation.  And if I had to do it all over when I created this blog, I think that he would have been part of my original ‘Player Collection Roster’.

So, while I have never truly put focus into collecting his baseball cards, if I run across one I will give it some thought as it relates to adding it to my collection.

And that is exactly what I did when I recently ran into the card being featured below.  While shopping on Ebay with a seller that offered FREE combined shipping, I found this card of Cal and the unique and original look drew me in.

Check it out:



Featuring the same look as the 1981 Fleer baseball card, this shot of Ripken getting ready to take the field is superb.  I was immediately drawn to the card because of the vintage design that brings me back to my youth and it was the great image that made me add the card to my cart.


1975 Topps Set Card 14/660 – #25 – Lee May, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 14/660 – #25 – Lee May, Astros

Progress: 14/660

Player Name:  Lee May

Card Number: 25

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  First Base

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18, 1965-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Played in 146 games while connecting for 152 hits en route to a .262 batting average.  May hit 28 doubles and 20 home runs while driving in 99 runs and scoring 67 times.  He led the league in the number of times he grounded into a double play – 26.

Notes From Career:  May was a 3-time All-Star and connected for 340 doubles and 352 home runs during the course of his 18-season career.  He finished in 9th place for the MVP Award twice, and helped lead his teams to the playoffs three times.  May played in both the 1970 and 1979 World Series losing both.


Dustin Pedroia 2012 Topps Chrome – ‘Look Out, It Is Super Dustin’!!!!

Dustin Pedroia 2012 Topps Chrome

Is there anything better in baseball cards the use of a fantastic image?

I don’t think so.  For me, it is image or bust.  Graphics are nice.  Matching colors are sweet.  And unique design elements are a plus.

But, when your card features a solid image, it has the proper foundation to make all of the accents shine.  And without the proper foundation of a quality image, the card will simply crumble and be forgotten.

Wanna see a nice foundation?

Look no further than the newest card I picked up for my Dustin Pedroia player collection – his 2012 Topps Chrome baseball card:



I told you it was sweet.  He look almost horizontal on this one.

I hope he made the play at 1st…

Happy Birthday Joe Garagiola!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Garagiola!!!

Joe Garagiola turns 88 years old today.

A 9-year major league veteran, Joe Garagiola a pretty lasting legacy in the sport of baseball after having a career that would be considered as par or under-whelming.

Garagiola was a highly-touted teenager when he began to get scouted by major league teams.  A catcher, he made it to the big leagues at the young age of twenty.

In total, Garagiola played just nine season, but he did so for some storied franchises: the Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs, and Giants.

As a player, Garagiola amassed 481 career hits en route to a .257 batting average.  He hit 82 doubles and 42 home runs during that stretch.  Defensively, he was solid, and had a pretty good knack of throwing out potential base stealers; he caught 36% of the guys that tried to run on him.

Garagiola was a member of the Cardinals World Series winning team in 1946.  In 5 games, he hit .316 with 6 hits, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Happy Birthday Mr. Garagiola!!!

Million Dollar Question – What Is The Ultimate Greg Maddux Rookie Card?

Million Dollar Question – What Is The Ultimate Greg Maddux Rookie Card?

After the announcement of Greg Maddux’s election to the Baseball Hall Of Fame, I saw a pretty decent spike in the number of Greg Maddux related new listings on Ebay.  Surely, this was a move by the non-Maddux collector to take advantage and strike while Maddux’s name was once again highly relevant in the hobby.

This also made me smile as my Greg Maddux player collection was completed a few years ago and I would not have to sift through any price-gouging tactics in order to capture cards for my collection.

As you would expect, Maddux cards began to sell again at a pretty good pace. And the prices went from fair to overpriced to outrageous.

This got me to thinking ‘What Is The Ultimate Greg Maddux Rookie Card’?

So, that is tonight’s Million Dollar Question.

While there are not a ton of choices, there is a decent lot to choose from.

Here they are:

1987 Topps Traded

maddux 1987 topp

1987 Fleer Updated

maddux 1987 fleer update

1987 Donruss Rated Rookie

maddux 1987 rated rookie

1987 Donruss ‘The Rookies’

maddux 1987 the rookies

Not a bad crop of cards.  And I am happy to say that I own a copy of each in my collection.

But, which one is the ‘Ultimate One’?

Hmmm….  Decisions, decisions….

Amazingly, none of these Maddux cards made it to my ‘Fab 5’ when I completed my player collection a few years back.  The reason is simple – I don’t have too many memories of the shaggy haired pitcher with the weak mustache.  Instead, I recall the professor-esque looking guy with the business man’s haircut and slightly chubby face.

Back to the cards…  My favorite card among the four options is the Fleer Update card.  The colors from the 1987 Fleer design are very complementary to those of the Chicago Cubs.  And with the backdrop of a blurred Wrigley Field being present, the Maddux image has a nice 3-D effect happening.

So, my choice is the 1987 Fleer Update card!

maddux 1987 fleer update

And now it is your turn – What Is The Ultimate Greg Maddux Rookie Card?