Daily Archives: November 6, 2014

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Man, I really like these two guys…

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Both of these guys, in different ways, have cemented themselves in my baseball memory and built images in my head that will last for my lifetime.

Joe Carter hit the home run that all kids dream of as a kid.  World Series drama, walk-off game winner, series clincher – You name it!  With one swing, Joe Carter cemented himself as a baseball legend who shined the brightest when all eyes were on him.

Cal Ripken built such an incredible baseball resume, and he did it the right way.  A consummate professional, Ripken played the game the right way and he did it for the pure love of the sport.  A tremendously skilled all-around player, Cal has no weakness on the field, and he took that to his off-the-field persona once he retired from the sport.

Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

I’m always digging the cards of Wade Boggs from his early Red Sox years that feature him playing defense.

And this one from the 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In set is a beauty!

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While Boggs was known for his hitting prowess, he was a sharp defender of the ‘hot corner’.  He has a lifetime fielding percentage of .962 at third base, and while that is not a record-setting number, it is fantastic for a player that is solely known for his offensive punch.

Gotta love #26!

1975 Topps Set Card 312/660 – #324 – Ed Kranepool, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 312/660 – #324 – Ed Kranepool, Mets

Progress: 312/660

Card Number:  324

Player Name:  Ed Kranepool

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  First Base, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 18 seasons, 1962-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ed Kranepool played in 105 games for the New York Mets in 1975.  He hit .323 on the season with 105 hits in 325 st-bats.  Of his 105 hits, Kranepool connected for 16 doubles and 4 home runs with 42 runs scored and 43 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Ed Kranepool played his entire big league career with the Mets.  He was selected to the 1965 NL All-Star team and is a member of the 1969 World Series winning team.  Kranepool is a lifetime .261 hitter with 1,418 hits.  He has 235 career doubles and hit 118 home runs.

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1975 Topps Set Card 311/660 – #333 – Dick Drago, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 311/660 – #333 – Dick Drago, Red Sox

Progress: 311/660

Card Number:  333

Player Name:  Dick Drago

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1969-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Drago appeared in 40 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1975.  He went 2-2 during the year with 15 saves.  In 72 innings of work, Drago gave up 69 hits and 31 runs en route to an ERA of 3.84.  He also struck out 43 batters while walking 31.

Notes From Career:  Dick Drago has a career record of 108-117 with 58 saves.  In 13 seasons of play, he pitched for five different clubs both as a starter and relief pitcher.  He has a lifetime ERA of 3.62 as he allowed 1,901 hits and 827 runs in 1,875 innings of work.

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Did You Know…

Only two pitchers in all of the Colorado Rockies franchise history have pitched in more than 400 games as a member of the franchise.  They are: Steve Reed (461 games) and Brian Fuentes (428 games).

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Tony Gwynn 1987 Fleer Baseball All-Stars

Tony Gwynn 1987 Fleer Baseball All-Stars

While not part of their standard base product, Fleer did make an All-Star set in 1987.

The set was sold in a box-set format, and was tagged as ‘Baseball All-stars’.

And while normally, I demand that my All-Star cards feature an image that shows you one of their All-Star traits, I will let this one of Tony Gwynn pass because Tony’s smile brightens up the whole card.

Have a look:

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Come to think of it, maybe Tony Gwynn’s smile back then was an All-Star trait…