Daily Archives: August 10, 2014

Eddie Murray 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Eddie Murray 2014 Topps Archives

I really like this shot of Murray as it shows you what each and every pitcher saw when they looked at his from 60 feet, 6 inches out.

Murray as a ‘Bad Dude’ and one that not too many pitchers wanted to mess with for fear of the numerous ways that he could beat you at the plate.

This card is from the 2014 Topps Archives set, and it features the 1986 Topps card design.

Have a look:



One of the things that really works on this card, at least in my opinion, is the bright Orange of the team banner and the small circle showing the player’s position.  The two pieces of Orange are actually highlighted by the darker backgrounds in which they are resting on top of.

Oh, and check out the ‘E’ in Orioles – kind of a weird font, right?

I had to go back to my Murray from the original 1986 Topps set to see if it was new or true to the original design, and…

Murray 1986 topps

Who would have thought!

1975 Topps Set Card 222/660 – #225 – Bob Grich, Orioles

1975 Topps Set Card 222/660 – #225 – Bob Grich, Orioles

Progress: 222/660

Player Name:  Bob Grich

Team:  Baltimore Orioles

Position:   2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1970-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bobby Grich played in 150 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1975.  He connected for 136 hits in 524 at-bats for the club en route to a .260 batting average.  Grich stole 14 bases for the team, while also scoring 81 runs and driving in 57.  He won the Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at second base at the conclusion of the season.

Notes From Career:  Bobby Grich is a 6-time All-Star with 4 Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger Award to his credit.  He split time during his playing days between the Orioles and Angels while racking up 1,833 hits and a .266 career batting average.  Grich never played in the World Series, but he did compete in five different AL Championship Match-ups.


1981 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #100

1981 HEADLINE:  Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #100

On this day in 1981, Andre Dawson and the Montreal Expos played host to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dawson entered the game with 99 career home runs and did not need long to make an impact and make history in the same swing.  In the bottom of the first inning, and with Jim Bibby on the mound, Dawson connected for a home run to give the Expos a 1-0 lead.

On the day, Dawson went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He had 1 RBI in the game and scored 2 times.  His 2 hits helped raise his batting average to .328.

Congratulations on #100 Andre.  Happy Anniversary!!


1971 HEADLINE: Harmon Killebrew Joins The ‘500 Home Run Club’

1971 HEADLINE: Harmon Killebrew Joins The ‘500 Home Run Club’

On this day in 1971 Harmon Killebrew crushed the 500th home run of his big league career.

Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half.

In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers.  He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Killebrew!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Bowman – Base – Better Late Than Never…

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Bowman – Base

I’m so late in showing off my Bowman baseball card haul from their 2014 set.  I now I’ve featured the Marlins team set on the blog, but now too much beyond that.

So, I may have to stack a few posts on top of one another to get myself into a better spot.

Time to do a little planning at ’30-YOC’.  In the meantime, here is Giancarlo’s base card from the 2014 set.