Daily Archives: May 12, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Blue Border Parallel

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Blue Border Parallel

Yessir, it is time to show off what I alluded to the other day…  A slew of Giancarlo Stanton cards are headed your way via ’30-YOC’ and the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I believe that I have enough cards from this issue of Giancarlo Stanton that I have yet to show off, so buckle for a week’s worth of ‘catching up’ so I can get back to the surface and take a nice, deep breath.

Here is Stanton’s Wal-Mart exclusive Blue border parallel:



I like it.  It works very well with the Marlins’ color scheme and the Blue is a nice fit with the style of the card.

Another card is headed your way tomorrow…  Stay tuned.


1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

Progress: 100/660

Player Name:  Rollie Fingers

Card Number:  21

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1973-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rollie Fingers appeared in a league-leading 75 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 10-6 with 24 saves alongside his 2.98 ERA.  In 126 innings pitched, Fingers struck out 115 batters while walking just 33.  He had a strikeout per 9 innings of work ratio of 8.2 per 9 innings pitched.

Notes From Career: Fingers’ Hall of Fame career was punctuated by seven All-Star selections, an MVP Award and a Cy Young Award.  He has a career record of 114-188 with a 1.96 ERA and 341 saves.  Fingers struck out 1,299 batters during his playing days and has a strikeouts:walk ratio of 2.64:1.  He won three World Series titles with the A’s from 1972-74.


1984 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Pitches In Final Game Of His Major League Career

1984 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Pitches In Final Game Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1984, Jim Palmer pitched in the final game of his major league career.

At home and playing in front of more than 27,000 fans, Palmer took the mound for the last time at Memorial Stadium.

The Orioles were hosting the Oakland Athletics and Palmer was used in a relief effort after the game go out of control.  The A’s were leading the Orioles by the score of 7-1 when Orioles manager Joe Altobelli injected Palmer into the game for the final time.

Palmer’s effort was certainly not his best – he allowed five hits and four runs during the final two innings of the game, and the Orioles lost by a score of 12-2.  Palmer did not factor in the decision.

jim palmer photo

It may not have been the way that he wanted to end his superb career, but Palmer retired from the game and from the sport as the best pitcher in the history of the Baltimore Orioles franchise.

A fantastic career from a supremely talented athlete – Cheers to James Alvin Palmer!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Ernie Banks Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1970, Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks crushed his 500th career home run!!!

Ranking at #21 on the All-time home run list with 521 career round-trippers, Banks’ ranking continues to drop as more players overtake his career achievement of 521. It’s quite possible that Banks will drop 2 to 3 more spots over the course of the next 4-5 seasons, but one thing is for sure – ERNIE BANKS’ STATUS WILL NEVER FADE AMONGST CUBS FANS!!!

Banks personifies what Cubbie Baseball is all about, and he is without a doubt the most popular baseball player to ever call Wrigley Field home.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Banks!! We Still Love You!!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 58 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!!!

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!!!

Yogi Berra turns 89 years old today.

Still a very famous face of the franchise, Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees are bonded for eternity. Just as popular today with the Yankees as he was during his playing days, Yogi Berra is New York, and he is a Yankee for life.

In Berra’s 18 years with the team, he won an amazing 10 World Series titles. He was a 3-time Most Valuable Player, and a 15-time All-star. Berra is a member of the 1972 Hall of Fame class, and his famous plaque features him wearing his permanent Yankees cap.

Happy Birthday Mr. Berra!!!

Get Ready Because Next Week Is Going To Be Chock-Full Of Giancarlo Stanton At 30-YOC!!

Get Ready Because Next Week Is Going To Be Chock-Full Of Giancarlo Stanton At 30-YOC!!

My Friends,

I have a hefty stack of baseball cards of Giancarlo Stanton on my desk.  And many of them share a common theme.  So, I am going to load up on my scans and blitz this blog with a bunch of posts to feature the cards next week.

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ for this Stanton-sized invasion.

It should be a BLAST!!!


Stanton approves and he is ready to go.  I hope you are as well!!

Thanks for reading.