Daily Archives: July 15, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Opening Day – Blue Border

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Opening Day – Blue Border

Because of the tremendous amount of baseball cards that are being issued today, it is nearly impossible to collect each and ever card of a specific player, especially if that player is commonly inserted into most new releases.

With that, I am still trying to haul in cards of Giancarlo Stanton from each and every season of his big league career.

Today, I am taking you back to 2011 – Opening Day!

This is the card of Stanton from the 2011 Topps Opening Day baseball card set.  This card is the ‘Blue Frame’ version of the card.

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As for Opening Day in 2011, Stanton went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.  He also scored a run in the 6-2 win over the New York Mets.

Atta Boy #27!

1975 Topps Set Card 191/660 – #231 – Mike Tyson, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 191/660 – #231 – Mike Tyson, Cardinals

Progress: 191/660

Player Name:  Mike Tyson

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1972-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mike Tyson played in 122 games for the Cardinals in 1975.  He connected for 98 hits in 368 at-bats, good for a .266 batting average.  Among the 98 hits, Tyson delivered 16 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 37 runs while also scoring 45 times.

Notes From Career:  Mike Tyson spent his career playing for two teams – the Cardinals and the Cubs.  He is a lifetime .241 hitter with 714 career hits.  Tyson drove in 269 runs during his 10-season big league career and he also scored 281 times.  Tyson never played in the postseason.

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Joe Morgan 1985 Leaf Base Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Joe Morgan 1985 Leaf Base Card

I picked up all of my singles from the card show from just one dealer.  Each card I bought cost me just ten cents each, and I was able to mix in a nice variety of players that I collect, both modern and vintage cards.

The oldest card I scored is one of my favorite second baseman of all-time, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

The card is from the Leaf brand and was issued in 1985.  I have had the Donruss card in my collection for years, but I never opted to go after the sister-Leaf version.

But, for just ten cents, you cannot go wrong.  So, I scooped up the card and now I have another vintage beauty for my Joe Morgan collection.

Here is the card:

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The lone difference on the front of the card as compared to the Donruss one that I already own is the Green Leaf logo in the upper-left hand corner.

Did You Know..

George Foster is the single season home runs leader for the Cincinnati Reds franchise.  In 1977, Foster connected for 52 round-trippers.

George Foster 1977 topps

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

On this day in 1980, Johnny Bench became the all-time leader in home runs hit by a catcher.

At home, and in front of a relatively small crowd of just over 21,000 fans, Bench’s Reds team was taking on the Montreal Expos. Batting in the 6th spot in the lineup, Bench launched his historic home run in the bottom of the 5th inning off Expos’ hurler David Palmer. A solo-shot, Bench’s home run helped the Reds win the ballgame 11-7.

Johnny Bench connected for 389 home runs during his career. Currently he sits in second place on the all-time list for catchers, behind Mike Piazza.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Bench!!!