Daily Archives: September 6, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Chrome

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Chrome

I have yet to dive into the 2014 Topps Chrome product, but I did rescue this 2012 Chrome card of Giancarlo Stanton while shopping on Sportlots.com a few weeks ago.

The card is really nice, and very ‘chromed out’.

Have a look:

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While back in 2012 Giancarlo was working on his defense, it is this season, in 2014, in which he has become a top-tier right fielder in the National League.  I even think he has an outside shot at a Gold Glove Award…

Time will tell.  And now, it is time for me to see if I can grab a few of his Chrome cards from the 2014 set!

1975 Topps Set Card 253/660 – #238 – Dave Duncan, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 253/660 – #238 – Dave Duncan, Indians

Progress: 253/660

Card Number:  238

Player Name:  Dave Duncan

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1964, 1967-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dave Duncan played in 96 games for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1975 baseball season.  He made 326 plate appearances in those games, connecting for 63 hits en route to a .205 batting average.  Duncan drove in 17 runs for the Orioles in ’74 while also scoring 20 runs.

Notes From Career:  Dave Duncan played for three different major league clubs during his 11-year career.  He is a lifetime .214 hitter with 617 hits in 929 games played.  Of his 617 hits, Duncan connected for 79 doubles and 109 home runs.  He was a member of the 1972 World Series championship winning Oakland Athletics.

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1996 HEADLINE – Eddie Murray Joins The 3,000/500 Club!!!

1996 HEADLINE – Eddie Murray Joins The 3,000/5oo Club!!!

On this day in 1996, Eddie Murray became the 3rd member of the 3,000 hits/500 home run club!!!

Of all of the offensive stats that are recognized in the baseball world, I find the combination of the 3,000 hits and 500 home runs stats to be the perfect combination resulting in a complete offensive threat.

So on this day, Eddie Murray joined Willie Mays and Hank Aaron in the most elite and exclusive club in baseball.  His entry into this club helps stake his claim as one of the greatest offensive players to ever play the game of baseball.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

1995 HEADLINE – Cal Ripken Jr. Sets MLB’s Consecutive Game Streak At 2,131 Games!!!

1995 HEADLINE – Cal Ripken Jr. Sets MLB’s Consecutive Game Streak At 2,131 Games!!!

On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken broke the all-time Major League Baseball record for consecutive games played.  Lou Gehrig’s record stood for an amazing 56 years, but on this day Cal eclipsed his 2,130th consecutive games played streak.

Amazingly he did not miss a single game in 13+ years!!!  We honor you Cal for this amazing baseball record.

1982 HEADLINE: Pirates Set To Retire Willie Stargell’s Jersey!

1982 HEADLINE: Pirates Set To Retire Willie Stargell’s Jersey!

In an honor reserved for the greatest players in a franchise’s history, the Pittsburgh Pirates retired Willie Stargell’s #8 jersey on September 6, 1982.

Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.  Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.

An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense.  He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits.  His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles.  He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.

Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39.  Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.

Baseball Card Show Tomorrow Saturday Morning!!

Baseball Card Show Tomorrow Saturday Morning!!

I have not been to a ‘Saturday’ baseball card show in close to two years.  The Friday night shows have been working so well with my schedule, up until now that is…

Tonight, my 8-year old son had a baseball game with his Winter League team, the Phillies.  I am an assistant coach for the team, and we did not stop playing until 7:20.  By the time we left the field, got home, took showers, and got ready for bed it was 8:30 and way to late for me to haul 30 minutes away from my house to attend a card show that ends at 10:00PM.

So, I am going to go tomorrow morning – EARLY.

Why early?

Because my 6-year old son has a Winter League baseball game with his team, the Yankees at 11:30.  We practice 30 minutes prior to the start of the game, and yes I am also an assistant coach for his team.

So, I will be leaving the house around 8:15 to arrive at the show in time for the doors to open at 9:00.  I will have 75 minutes to shop and hit he door so I can meet the rest of my family at the ballpark in time for the start of the practice at 11:00.  If I am lucky, I may be able to chomp a granola bar along the way…

As for the show, I am limiting my ‘wants’ since I know my time is very limited.

I am hoping to grab some more cards for my 1975 Topps set build at the show – this is priority #1.  From there, I am hoping that some of the modern dealers have cards from Topps Mini, Topps Chrome, Panini Prizm, and Donruss Series 2 for me to look through and grab cards from for my modern and vintage PC’s as well as my Marlins collection.

Wish me luck – 75 minutes is gonna fly by!!

And don’t worry, on Monday I will recap mu full experience.  Have a nice weekend.

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