Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Gotta love me some Rickey!

And by the looks of his swing and his head positioning, it looks like he really got ‘good wood’ on this hit.

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1988 Topps ‘Mini League Leaders’ set.

I quickly looked at Rickey’s numbers from the 1988 baseball season.  And yes, he was certainly a league leader.

Can you guess which statistical category Rickey led the AL in?

Come on now, that could be one of the easiest questions ever asked at 30-YOC…

It was stolen bases, of course.  Henderson paced the AL with 93 steals at the conclusion of the 1988 season.

Rickey being Rickey.

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps Peak Performance

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps Peak Performance

When I hear the phrase ‘Peak Performance’ my mind tends to get sent into a bit of a whirlwind…

With current players, I go to Aroldis Chapman throwing the ball 106 miles per hour or Adam Jones covering 30 yards in the outfield while making a diving catch.

As for vintage players, I tend to go to Rickey Henderson swiping bases and Wade Boggs pounding another double off of the Green Monster.

As you can see, my mind takes me to very specific moments that I believe are the player’s ‘Peak Performance’ levels.

So, when I hear see that Reggie Jackson has a card in the 2010 Topps ‘Peak Performance’ checklist, I immediately get taken to his performance in the 1977  World Series, or maybe his MVP seasons, or when he connected for home run number 500.

I don’t go here:

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Topps, the style is flawless and the theme is superb.  The execution on this card of #44 is not what it should have been.

Maybe next time…

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

I scooped up a relatively small stack of cards from the newly released 2014 Donruss Series 2 set two weeks ago.

All modern players, you better believe that I snagged the card of the reigning NL MVP for my collection.

Here is the card of #22:

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I like the action on this one – it shows that powerful back-swing that we have grown used to seeing from McCutchen.

As for the cards itself, since it follows the exact design as the Series 1 issue, I still see way too much of a mix between 1984 Donruss, 1987 Donruss, and even 1978 Topps.

Very little originality.

1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

Progress: 296/660

Card Number:  390

Player Name:  Ron Cey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1971-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Cey played in 158 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He hit .283 with 160 hits for the team in 566 at-bats.  Of his 160 hits, Cey connected for 29 doubles and 25 home runs while scoring 72 times and driving in 101 runs.  Cey was selected as a National League All-Star in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Ron Cey is a career .261 hitter with 1,868 hits.  He has 328 doubles and 316 lifetime home runs.  He scored 977 runs during his 17 seasons in the majors, while also driving in 1,139.  Cey is a 6-time All-Star and was the MVP of the 1981 World Series.

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Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Ichiro turns 41 years old today!!

Easily one of the best hitters of the last 15 years, Ichiro Suzuki has proven to be an extremely talented contact hitter, maybe one of the best ever.

In 14 professional seasons in major league baseball, Ichiro has collected 2,844 hits.  In ten of fourteen years, he has accumulated 200 or more hits in those seasons.

For his birthday, I wish Ichiro perfect health.  And I want that health to hold until he gets into the 3,000 hits club.  Based on his average he will need just 2 more years to accomplish that task.  And while that means he will be 43 years old when that time comes, I do believe that he is conditioned to reach that mark with relative ease if he wants it.  He just needs to find a team that will use his talents and let him get the at-bats required to connect for another 156 hits.

I eagerly await the chase!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini Prizm ‘Superstar Spotlight’

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini Prizm ‘Superstar Spotlight’

Lots of shiny Chrome on this one…

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This is Giancarlo Stanton’s card from the 2013 Panini Prizm ‘Superstar Spotlight’ baseball card.

I have scanned this card into my surface area machine, and this card is covered by 38% Giancarlo, 60% Chrome, and 2% other.