Daily Archives: March 2, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Series 1 – Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Series 1 – Base

With the base set out of the way, it is time for me to focus on my player collections of the guys that play for the Marlins.

I have already scored the base card of the League Leaders card that features 2013 ROY, Jose Fernandez and now I have picked up the base card of Giancarlo Stanton for my rapidly growing Stanton PC.

Have a look:

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No sparkle, but I’ll take it!

Reggie Jackson 1982 Squirt Soda Exclusive Limited Edition Baseball Card

Reggie Jackson 1982 Squirt Soda Exclusive Limited Edition Baseball Card

If you’re on Ebay doing your card shopping as much as I am, you have seen plenty of these ‘Squirt’ baseball cards featuring the stars of early 1980’s baseball.

And while they cannot be considered ‘rare’, they can be tagged as ‘Exclusive’ due to their being available only as a ‘with purchase’ special with Squirt lemon-flavored soda.

The cards came as a 2-in-1 set, two cards connected by a perforated line.

This is the Reggie Jackson card from the set:

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Not the most flattering image of Reggie out there, but with the mustache and sunglasses, it does scream Reggie.

And this can certainly gain entry into my collection of Reggie Jackson oddball baseball cards.

1975 Topps Set Card 30/660 – #229 – Barry Foote, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 30/660 – #229 – Barry Foote, Expos

Progress: 30/660

Player Name:  Barry Foote

Card Number:  229

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 years, 1973-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In his third major league season, Foote hit just .194 in 118 games.  He collected just 75 hits in the ’75 season, with 26 doubles and 7 home runs.  Foote drove in 30 runs, scored 25 runs, and had 1 stolen base.

Notes From Career:  In a 10-year career, Foote played for four major league clubs.  He had a lifetime batting of .230 with 489 hits in 687 games.  Foote made it to the postseason twice, including a trip to the 1981 World Series (which was lost to the Dodgers).

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Happy Birthday Ron Gant!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Gant!!!

Ron Gant turns 49 years old today.

At  one time, a major offensive weapon, Ron Gant enjoyed a very successful big league career.

Spanning 16 seasons and 7 teams, Gant established himself as a multi-faceted player that was able to do it all from an offensive standpoint.  A career .256 hitter, Gant managed to surpass the .300 mark one time during his playing days – in 1990 when he hit .303.  He was also a mighty slugger as he collected 321 home runs, with a career high of 36 dingers coming in 1993.  Gant was fast on his feet as well.  He swiped 243 bases in 16 seasons, with his career best 34 steals coming in 1991.

Ron Gant was a 2-time All-Star, a 2-time Top 6 contender for the MVP award, and the winner of the 1991 Silver Slugger Award in the National League.

Gant made the post-season on six different occasions, making trips to the World Series twice but losing both.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gant!!

Happy Birthday Terry Steinbach!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Steinbach!!!

Terry Steinbach turns 52 years old today.

Terry Steinbach was the anchor for a very successful Oakland Athletics pitching staff during their ‘Glory Years’ of the late 1980’s.

A 3-time All-star catcher, Steinbach was the model of consistency both at the plate and on the field for what at the time was baseball’s most dynamic line-up.  During Steinbach’s 14-year career, he hit a solid .271 while amassing 162 home runs and driving in 745 runs.  On a line-up that consisted of the amazing talents of Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Carney Lansford, Dave Henderson, and others, it was Steinbach’s approach at the plate that helped the A’s become the elite team of the 1980’s.

Steinbach also caught 2 no-hitters during his career: 1 in 1990 by A’s ace Dave Stewart & 1 in 1999 by Eric Milton of the Twins.

Terry Steinbach helped lead the A’s to 3 consecutive AL pennants in 1988, 1989, and 1990.  The pinnacle was reached in 1989 as the Oakland A’s won the World Series in a 4-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

In Steinbach’s first year of Hall of Fame eligibility in 2000 he received 1 vote and was dropped from all future ballots.

Happy Birthday Mr. Steinbach!!

I Told You I Would Finish That 1997 Topps Gold Roberto Clemente Set…

I Told You I Would Finish That 1997 Topps Gold Roberto Clemente Set…

I told you, I told you…

At the baseball card show that I attended back in January, I was able to grab 4 of 5 cards from a 1997 Topps Gold tribute set that celebrated the career of Roberto Clemente.  At the time, I did not know that the set was just 5 cards deep, but I thought that being able to purchase cards 1-4 was a pretty solid start.

When I returned home from the show, I did a little homework and learned that the card was indeed just 5 cards deep.

And then I made it a collecting mission of mine to nab.

And I was able to grab RC5, the fifth card, two weeks ago and I posted about it here.

Now, the set is complete.  And it looks great!!

Check it out:

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I have to say that the set was very easy to piece together and I am especially proud to honor the career of Mr. Clemente in this way.

I wish that there were more of these kinds of sets out there – they are right up this collector’s alley!