Daily Archives: September 23, 2014

Wade Boggs 1988 Glossy All-Star

Wade Boggs 1988 Glossy All-Star

Many of the ‘new’ cards that I have picked up for my vintage player collections are the additional cards issued by the card companies of the time that were not base set essentials.

While not limited in production or distribution, most were also not simply just found in their flagship set packs.

Like this 1989 Topps Glossy All-Star card of Red Sox legend, Wade Boggs.

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The only way to but this card of Mr. Boggs was to find it sitting in the first window of a 1989 Topps baseball card rack pack.

As a kid, I had many of these cards, if not the whole set.  Now, I am actively seeking out the ones of my favorites from that era.

Boggs = DONE!

1975 Topps Set Card 268/660 – #604 – Oscar Zamora, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 268/660 – #604 – Oscar Zamora, Cubs

Progress: 268/660

Card Number:  604

Player Name:  Oscar Zamora

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1974-76, 1978

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Zamora appeared in 52 games for the Cubs in 1975.  He compiled a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 5.07 in those games.  Zamora worked in 71 innings, allowing 84 hits and 42 runs while striking out 28 and walking 15.

Notes From Career:  Zamora ended his major league career with a 13-14 record over 158 games played.  He worked in 224 total innings, allowing 256 hits and 121 runs en route to a career ERA of 4.53.  In those 224 innings, Zamora gave up 256 hits and 121 runs.

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1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

On this day in 1988, Jose Canseco elevated his game to a place that no other player had been prior.

With 2 stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers, Canseco collected his 39th and 40th steals of the season and became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Canseco won the Most Valuable Player award during this season.  And it can be argued that this was the most impressive offensive season ever had by a player.  To date, only 4 players have gained entry into the ’40/40 Club’, with Canseco being the first.  And had it not been for Jose’s incredible year, it’s very possible that this baseball milestone never existed.

Congratulations to Jose Canseco – A Very Elite Player!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #200

1985 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #200

On this day in 1985, Andre Dawson hit the 200th home run of his major league career.

With the Montreal Expos on the road in Chicago, Dawson and his teammates were facing his eventual employer – the Chicago Cubs.

Dawson entered the game with 199 career home runs, and in the top of the fifth inning, against Cubs pitcher Steve Trout, Dawson delivered a solo home run that gave the Expos a 2-1 lead.  Dawson would end up going 1-for-5 in the game with 1 hit, 1 home run, and 1 RBI.  The Expos won the game 10-7.

Congrats on #200 Hawk!!!

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1983 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Captures 300th Win!!!

1983 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Captures 300th Win!!!

On this day in 1983 Steve Carlton recorded the 300th win of his amazing baseball career.

‘Lefty’ and his Phillies teammates were on the road in St. Louis as they prepared to battle the Cardinals.  Ironically, it was the Cardinals that Carlton broke into the major leagues with…  In the game, Carlton was dominant.  He pitched 8 solid innings while allowing 7 hits and 2 runs.  And since he is one of the game’s greatest strikeout artists, he also added 12 more K’s to his resume while also collecting a hit as well.

Congratulations on #300!!!!

Tony Gwynn 1996 Topps ‘Star Power’

Tony Gwynn 1996 Topps ‘Star Power’

Without a doubt, Tony Gwynn brought the ‘Star Power’ to the sport of baseball during his playing days.

Gwynn was a low-key superstar, playing for a team in a small market.  He did not get a lot of national coverage, sponsors, or commercial endorsements.

What he did get was respect from each and every player he played with and against.  Gwynn was a consummate professional and he would not be out-worked.  His ability to focus on the situation and study the scenario put him in place for the discussion of ‘Best Hitter Of All-Time’.

This is a card from the 1996 Topps baseball card set.  The card is from a subset tagged as ‘Star Power’.

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I’m going to have to seek out the full checklist for this set.  For me, it could have been a 1-card set that solely featured #19, but I am certain that is not the case.

Still, could be a fun one to review and check out as the graphics are pretty neat.