Daily Archives: August 5, 2014

Joe Morgan 2001 Topps Archives – 1965 Topps Rookie Card Reprint

Joe Morgan 2001 Topps Archives – 1965 Topps Rookie Card Reprint

Ok, so if I was ever wanting to collect a complete modern-era baseball card set, the 2001 Topps Archives set would certainly be a contender.

I mean, this set has it all – Star power, great images, sharp design, solid cardstock.  What is not to like??

And one of my favorite aspects of the set is that we got bonus rookie cards of our favorite players, with a nice twist.  For the players that made the cut who had rookie cards in which they ‘shared’ space with another, or many players, they finally got a rookie card of their own.

Like this one of Hall of Famer, Joe Morgan:



Morgan’s card from the 1965 Topps set is shared with another player.  But, 36 years later, Joe finally has his own.

I love how Topps did this, and this aspect of the set is enough for me to rank this one very highly among modern issues.


Dustin Pedroia 2010 Topps National Chicle – What’s Happening Here?

Dustin Pedroia 2010 Topps National Chicle

Not bad, but I am also not really sure if I truly know what is going on here…



When I first scanned this card, I thought maybe Pedroia was sliding into third base.  But the more that I look at it, it looks like he is putting on the brakes.  Maybe he is caught in a run-down between two bases and now there is a player with a ball in his glove standing between him and what he thought was his final destination???

Hmmmm…  What do you think???

1975 Topps Set Card 215/660 – #479 – Ken Boswell, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 215/660 – #479 – Ken Boswell, Astros

Progress: 215/660

Player Name:  Ken Boswell

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:   2nd Base, 3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1967-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Boswell played in 86 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  He hit .242 with 43 hits in 178 at-bats.  Among his 43 hits were 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 33 home runs.  Boswell drove in 21 runs for the Astros in 1975 while also scoring 16 times.

Notes From Career:  Ken Boswell is a career .248 hitter with 625 lifetime hits.  During his 11-season big league career, Boswell split time between the New York Mets and the Houston Astros.  He was a good defender and found himself playing both second and third base at times for both clubs.  Boswell won a World Series championship with the Mets in 1969.


Did You Know…

The all-time leader in Arizona Diamondbacks history for single-season triples is Tony Womack.  Womack connected for 14 triples over the course of the 2000 baseball season.

Tony Womack

Happy Birthday John Olerud!!!

Happy Birthday John Olerud!!!

John Olerud turns 46 years old today.

And to be quite honest, I am shocked to learn that he is that young.  You see, Olerud retired from baseball back in 2005 at the age of 36.  Personally I would love to be retired when I reach 36, but even in the world of professional baseball, 36 is considered to be a young age to leave the game.

John Olerud had a very solid 17-year major league career.  The highlight of his career would undoubtedly be his winning 2 World Series championships with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.

Olerud was also able to achieve some individual awards as well.  He was a 2-time all-star and 3-time winner of the Gold Glove award.

For his birthday I would like to give Olerud a few more career achievements.  Let’s start with 261 more hits to round out his career total to 2,500.  How about another 45 home runs as well so he could reach the 300 mark?  Come on, he deserves it.  And if he stuck around the game for a few more years it’s very possible that these baseball milestones would have been met anyway…

Happy Birthday Mr. Olerud!!!


Unclemoe Sends Over Two Sweet Bryce Harper Cards For The Collection!!

Unclemoe Sends Over Two Sweet Bryce Harper Cards For The Collection!!

’30-YOC’ readers are the best.  And they are extremely generous too.

I recently received a PWE in the mailbox and the inner contents were both unexpected and staggering all at the same time.

Two baseball cards were included, both of Bryce Harper.

Here they are:




On the left, you have Harper’s Red-bordered card from the 2014 Topps Heritage set.  And on the right, we have a Harper card from the 2014 Pinnacle subset ’20/20′.

Both cards make excellent additions to my collection, and each are very appreciated.

The sender?  One of my old-school buddies, Unclemoe.  We have been trading cards back and forth for years now and we always try to take care of each other.  He did great by me with this trade package and I am already seeking a way to re-pay the favor.

Thanks again, Moe.