Daily Archives: October 14, 2014

Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 Fleer Skybox Dugout Access – I Have An Idea To Make This Card Better…

Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 Fleer Skybox Dugout Access

The theme of ‘Dugout Access’ is a very neat one and a great one for a baseball card set.

I just wish that the theme extended beyond the name and logo.  I wish it was carried forward to the image being used on the card as well…

This is Cal Ripken, Jr’s card from the 1998 Fleer Skybox ‘Dugout Access’ set:



Like I said, the name of the set is really cool.  And the logo designed around the name also works pretty well.

Now, just imagine if the image used of Cal for this set looked more like this:

Or like this:

Now that is true ‘Dugout Access’.

Lot Of 2 Reggie Jackson 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy Cards

Lot Of 2 Reggie Jackson 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy Cards

I know that there are a bunch of cards in this set that feature #44, and in time I will look to keep adding more and more of them to my collection.

I was able to score two of them recently, and each acknowledges Reggie during a different decade in which he played for the Yankees.

On the right, the card celebrates his time between 1970-1980, and the card on the left honors Reggie’s time in pinstripes between 1980-1990.

Have a look:



As a whole, Reggie Jackson spent 5 seasons of his career with the Bronx Bombers, from 1977-1981.

Luckily, for Upper Deck and for collectors like me, Reggie gets love in this set from both decades!

Rickey Henderson 2002 Topps Heritage

Rickey Henderson 2002 Topps Heritage

It’s always interesting to me to see cards of Rickey Henderson suited up in a non-Yankees or non-Athletics uniform.

Rickey played for nine different clubs during his 25-season career.  His third longest tenure with any single team came with the San Diego Padres as he played with them for three seasons, from 1996 and part of 1997 and then again in 2001.

This is Rickey’s card from the 2002 Topps Heritage baseball card set:



He still looks in incredible physical condition, doesn’t he.  Not bad for a 42-year old legend.

1975 Topps Set Card 289/660 – #422 – Brian Downing, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 289/660 – #422 – Brian Downing, White Sox

Progress: 289/660

Card Number:  422

Player Name: Brian Downing

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position: Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 20 seasons, 1973-92

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Brian Downing played in 138 games for the White Sox in 1975.  He hit .240 in those contests as he connected for 101 hits in 420 at-bats.  Downing drove in 41 runs during the season while also scoring 58 times.

Notes From Career:  Brian Downing played for three different clubs during his 20-season career.  Downing is a 1-time All-Star catcher, and has 2,099 hits in 2,344 games played.  He has a lifetime .267 batting average with 275 home runs, 1,073 career RBI, and 1,188 runs scored.


Did You Know…

Bill Buckner was the first left-handed Chicago Cubs hitter to lead the league in doubles at the conclusion of a baseball season.  In 1981, Buckner led the NL with 35 doubles.

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Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Museum Collection – Bronze

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Museum Collection – Bronze

This set has been a tough one for me to tackle as not too many singles have hit Ebay since it launched months ago.

Thus far, I have the base card and the Blue card.

And now, I have the ‘Bronze’.

Have a look:



The bronze looks nice, the way that the color is used adds to the framing of the image of ‘Hawk’ and I think that the Bronze coloring allows for the Blue of Andre’s uniform to really pop.

Hopefully I can land a few more cards from this set as they appear in the secondary market.  I’ve seen the Green version, but that is it…

Wish me luck.