Daily Archives: August 13, 2014

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

The 1971 baseball season was the last one in Ernie Banks’ major league career.  He was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card set, but he did not appear in the 1972 issue.

So, maybe this is what his card would have looked like if he did have a card in that set:

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Topps oftentimes will retired players in sets the year after they retire, and I am not sure of the reason.  Maybe the cards are already designed? Maybe the checklists are already complete?  Maybe they do it as a tribute to the player?

Either way, we can ‘Thank’ Topps for giving us a card of Mr. Banks using their 1972 baseball card design.  The card pictured above comes from the 2013 Flagship set, it is a mini and obviously it employs the sweet, and legendary 1972 design.

Thank you, Topps!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Prizm – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Prizm – Base

Dustin has a small handful of cards in the new 2014 Panini Prizm baseball card set.

I have been able to grab a few of them, and I will begin to show them off in the coming weeks.

Whenever I do grab a ‘small stack’ at one time, I almost always start by showing off the base card first.

So, sticking with that tradition, here is his base card from the 2014 Panini Prizm set:

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I like it.  And with the exception of the missing ‘B’ on his batting helmet, I would say that this card is an A-.

1975 Topps Set Card 227/660 – #449 – Charlie Williams, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 227/660 – #449 – Charlie Williams, Giants

Progress: 227/660

Player Name:  Charlie Williams

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1971-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Charlie Williams made 55 pitching appearances for the Giants in 1975.  He compiled a record of 5-3 with 2 saves while working 98 innings for the club.  In that time, Williams allowed 94 hits and 41 runs, amassing an ERA of 3.49.

Notes From Career:   Charlie Williams was used as both a starting and relief pitcher during his 8-year career.  He made 268 appearances in total, with 33 starts.  Williams has a lifetime record of 23-22 with 4 saves and an ERA of 3.97.  In 573 innings of work, Williams struck out 257 batters while walking 275.

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1979 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

1979 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

On this day in 1979 Lou Brock connected for the 3,000th hit of his career.

In front of his home crowd of almost 45,000 fans at Busch Stadium, Brock went 2-for-2 on the day and made baseball history in front of the most loyal fans in the game.

The victim that day was Dennis Lamp of the Chicago Cubs who gave up singles to Brock in both the second and fourth innings.  It’s kind of ironic that Brock’s historic achievement came against his former team huh??

Congratulations Mr. Brock!!!

1969 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Hurls No-Hitter!!!

1969 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Hurls No-Hitter!!!

On this day in 1969, Jim Palmer and his Baltimore Orioles teammates were at home to face the Oakland Athletics.  2 of the better teams in the American League, both rosters were full of All-stars and future Hall of Famers.

But on this day, it was Palmer’s star that shined the brightest!!

Palmer threw a complete game against the O’s, allowing no hits in the process.  Taking his amazing record to 11-2 on the year, Palmer gave up 0 runs while striking out 8 and walking 6.

The Orioles won the game 8-0, with help from the offense of Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, and Don Bufurd.  And Palmer, a talented athlete himself, helped his cause at the plate too – he went 2-for-3 on the day while also scoring a run and driving in another!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Palmer!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Red Foil Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Red Foil Parallel

I nailed another!  This time it is the ‘Red Foil’ version of Jose Fernandez’s All-Star Rookie card from the Topps 2014 Series 2 release.

Have a look:

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This has been a tough going as I have not really found too many bargains out there for either this card above or the one that celebrates his winning of the 2013 NL ROY.

Still, I will fight on.  And I will bring more cards home.  I promise.