Cal Ripken Jr. 1990 Donruss MVP Bonus Card
Donruss’ relatively short-lived ‘Bonus MVP’ subset allowed for collectors like me the opportunity to build insert sets and also pick up extra cards of the players we valued the most.
Typically featuring the team’s best and most popular players, the MVP set kind of felt like an All-Star set, with MVP graphics.
This is Cal Ripken’s card from the 1990 set.
I love the idea, and I actually don’t mind the loud background that Donruss employed with this 1990 version of the set. I just wish that the photo selection was better – show me why this player was chosen to be tagged with the MVP title for his team.
Other than that, I like it!
Posted in Cal Ripken, Jr. Collection
Tagged 1983 world series, 3000 hits, 400 home runs, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, baseball milestones, baseball records, cal ripken jr., gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, orioles, ripken, Rookie of the Year, ROY, shortstop, silver slugger, world series
1983 Fleer SuperStar Special ‘Home Run Threats’ With Ben Ogilvie & Reggie Jackson
Some of my favorite subsets from the 1980’s are Fleer’s ‘SuperStar Specials’ cards. These cards often paired two or more All-Star level players that shared something in common. The commonality could be anything – from name, to position played, to similar achievements.
Reggie Jackson was featured twice in the 1983 Fleer SuperStar Specials subset. One card was actually a 2-piece card that he shared with teammate Rickey Henderson.
And the other card is one that he is on with Brewer’s player, Ben Ogilvie.
Here it is:
Tagged as ‘Home Run Threats’, this card features two players that could mash home runs. In 1980, Oglivie connected for a career high 41 home runs. Reggie’s career high came in 1969 when he blasted 47.
Posted in Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR, 500 HR club, 500 hrs, A's, all-star, angels, Athletics, baseball cards, california angels, collection, facial hair, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mustache, new york yankees, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, reggie jackson, Reggie Jackson - Mr. October, world series, world series MVP, yankees
1975 Topps Set Card 299/660 – #271 – Jerry Moses, Tigers
Card Number: 271
Player Name: Jerry Moses
Team: Detroit Tigers
Image Style: Posed Hitting
Years In The Major Leagues: 9 seasons, 1965, 1968-75
Notes From His 1975 Season: Jerry Moses appeared in just 15 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Padres and White Sox. In 15 games, Moses went 4-for-20 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.
Notes From Career: Moses played for seven teams during his nine-year career in major league baseball. He is a lifetime .251 hitter with 269 career hits. Of his 269 hits, Moses connected for 48 doubles, 8 triples, and 25 home runs. He also drove in 109 runs while scoring 89 times. Jerry Moses was chosen as an American League All-Star in 1970.
Posted in 1975 Topps Baseball Card Set
Tagged 1975 baseball, 1975 topps, 1975 topps set build, baseball, baseball cards, catcher, chicago white sox, detroit tigers, jerry moses, padres, san diego padres, tigers, topps, topps basbeall, white sox
Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!
On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history. Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Errors occur all of the time in baseball. But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified. Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.
I remember watching this game as an 11-year old. I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title. What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.
This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 1986, 1986 world series, bill buckner, boston red sox, error, game 6, Mets, mookie wilson, New york mets, red sox, shea stadium, wade boggs, world series
1978 HEADLINE: Gaylord Perry Becomes First Pitcher To Win The Cy Young Award in AL & NL
On this day in 1978 Gaylord Perry was awarded with the National League Cy Young Award. Winning this individual award marked the first time in major league history in which a pitcher earned that honor in both leagues.
Here is a quick peek at Perry’s two Cy Young Winning seasons:
1972 – AL – 24-16, 1.92 ERA, 29 complete games, 5 shutouts, 234 strikeouts
1978 – NL – 21-6, 2.73 ERA, 5 complete games, 2 shutouts, 154 strikeouts
Congratulations Mr. Perry!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged 300 wins, 300 wins club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, galord perry, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mariners, pitcher, seattle mariners, starting pitcher
1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers
On this date in 1973, Fergie Jenkins was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers, of the American League.
The trade was a 2-for-1 deal with Jenkins going to the Rangers in exchange for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris. At this point, the Cubs were in a major re-building phase as Ernie Banks was retired and their core of Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jenkins were all considered as being ‘too old’.
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Fergie Jenkins Collection
Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, bob gibson, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, cy young, cy young award, donruss, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins Collection, fleer, Hall Of Fame, HOF, philadelphia phillies, phillies, pitcher, rangers, rookie, rookie card, texas rangers, tom seaver, topps
Florida Marlins 2002 Fleer Ultra Team Set
The Fleer Ultra baseball card product has always been a favorite of mine. The card style features minimal graphics and larger, in-action pictures. Each card kind of feels like a small photograph due to the border-less style that Ultra has employed since debuting in the early 1990’s.
I recently picked up the 2002 Ultra team set of the Florida Marlins, and like all Ultra products, the cards are sweet.
Have a look:
Just 6 cards deep, this set offers up a ton of various baseball scenes – all packed with action.
Of the six, my favorite is the Mike Lowell card that shows him scooping up a high-hopping ball as he prepares to make a play from third base.
Posted in Marlins Team Sets
Tagged 2002 florida marlins, 2002 marlins, baseball, baseball card collecting, baseball cards, florida marlins, hobby, Marlins, marlins team set, marlins team sets, miami marlins, team collector, team set, team set builder, team set collecting