Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps Triple Threads Numbered To 650…

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps Triple Threads Numbered To 650…

While Purple is far from the first or second color I would choose to be the primary color used on my baseball card design, this card of Rickey Henderson from the 2013 Topps Triple Threads set with its Purple background is far from bad.

Have a look:

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I am assuming that the great, action-packed image of Rickey keeps you more focused on him pumping his arms and legs in a sprint rather than getting stuck on the load of Purple that covers the surface of the card.

I like it when the picture takes center stage, and with this one, it is definitely the main attraction!

The card is serial numbered to 650 copies.  Mine is #43/650.

BOO-YAH!

1975 Topps Set Card 219/660 – #454 – Doug Griffin, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 219/660 – #454 – Doug Griffin, Red Sox

Progress: 219/660

Player Name:  Doug Griffin

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:   2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1970-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Doug Griffin appeared in 100 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1975.  He had 287 at-bats in those games and connected for 69 hits en route to a .240 batting average.  Griffin scored 21 runs for the Sox in ’75 and drove in 29.  He went 0-for-1 in the 1975 World Series against the Reds.

Notes From Career:  Doug Griffin spent his entire 8-year major league career with the Boston Red Sox.  A second baseman, with a good glove, Griffin has a .981 fielding percentage and committed just 57 errors in 624 games played.  Griffin is a lifetime .245 hitter with 524 career hits.  Among his hits are 70 doubles, 12 triples, 7 home runs, and 435 singles.

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1975 Topps Set Card 218/660 – #379 – Gary Matthews, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 218/660 – #379 – Gary Matthews, Giants

Progress: 218/660

Player Name:  Gary Matthews

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Gary Matthews played in 116 games for the Giants in 1975.  He hit .280 with 119 hits on the year.  Of his 119 hits, Matthews connected for 22 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 home runs.  He also scored 67 runs for the team while driving in 58.

Notes From Career:  Gary Matthews was the NL ROY in 1973 and went on to be an All-Star and MVP candidate on multiple occasions.  Matthews has a career batting average of .281 with 2,011 hits.  Fast on his feet and blessed with good power, Matthews stole 183 bases during his career while also connecting for 234 home runs.

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Happy Birthday Bob Horner!!!

Happy Birthday Bob Horner!!!

Bob Horner turns 56 years old today.

“4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game – 4 home runs in 1 game”

This feat alone mesmerized me.  I remember watching this game as a kid on WTBS back in 1986 as a 10-year old baseball fan.

But Bob Horner was on a path to baseball stardom well before this amazing 1-day accomplishment.  Drafted in 1978 by the Atlanta Braves, Horner went straight from an amazing college baseball career to the major leagues skipping what was normally a routine stop in the minor leagues.

With a .266 batting average while belting 23 home runs, Horner won the Rookie of the Year award in 1978.  In ’79 he followed up his rookie season by hitting .314 while crushing 33 homers.  Horner was on a path to become a dominant offensive threat and star of the Atlanta Braves.

Unfortunately, injuries cost Bob Horner quite a bit of playing time during the course of his career.  Having never played in more than 141 games in a single season while also playing in 4 seasons in which he played in less than 100 games, Horner lost several opportunities to utilize his offensive skills and help his team win.  After 10 major league seasons, Horner finished his career injured while settling with 218 home runs, a .277 batting average, and 1 lone appearance in the All-star game.

Not wanting to give up, Horner took his talents overseas in 1987 and signed on to play for the Yakult Swallows in Japan.  He performed well and hit 31 home runs in his debut season with the team.  Horner returned back to the states in hopes to sign with a major league club for the 1988 season but was released by the St. Louis Cardinals after severely injuring his shoulder.

On July 4, 2006 Bob Horner was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday Mr. Horner!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Black Mini

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Black Mini

Yes, I know that Gypsy Queen has been out for more than four months.

And yes, I know that I should have tackled and taken care of this set completely a while ago.

But, with the multitude of players that I collect and the number of cards that get released these days, I sometimes struggle to keep up.  So, instead, I have been letting the more aggressive collectors pick up the more rare stuff when it first hits the street and then I go after it when fewer people are interested.

The result of this strategy has netted me a few more cards for my collection where I am paying considerably less for them since the competition has already scored.

The below card falls into this category.  It is Stanton’s Black mini version from the set, which is serial numbered to just 199 copies.  Mine is #1/199.

Have a look:

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The Black works well with this image as it nicely matches Stanton’s jersey and helmet while not making the overall look and feel too dark…

I LIKE IT!!!