Daily Archives: November 10, 2014

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Donruss Triple Play

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Donruss Triple Play

I’m not a huge fan of the Donruss Triple Play brand.  Personally, I did not find that the cards were very exciting.  And I also thought that the large, shifted frame that held the player’s picture took up too much space and limited the effectiveness of a nice, larger image.

But, this Cal Ripken card from the 1992 set escapes that criticism.  This card is sweet!

Have a look:

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I love the image that was used of Cal for this set.  Not only is the card action packed, but you get a good idea of what is happening.  It appears that Rickey Henderson (#24) was either picked off or an attempt to pick him off occurred.  Cal’s got the ball in his hand and based on the direction that Henderson slid, he looks like he is headed back to 2B.  Either that, or Cal snagged a liner off the hitter’s bat and tried to chase Rickey back to second…

A fine addition to my Cal Ripken Jr. player collection.

Eddie Murray 1994 Bazooka Baseball Card

Eddie Murray 1994 Bazooka Baseball Card

I never collected the Bazooka brand of baseball cards when they were first issued, but I am making up for that 20 years later.

These cards are pretty nice.

And they definitely do not have a lot of the gaudy and over-crowded design elements that many cards of the 1990’s featured.

Instead, this set is sharp and clean.  It features a border-less design and a nice nameplate that runs horizontally along the bottom of the card.

This is the Eddie Murray card from the 1994 set:

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Pretty nice, huh?

I really like the column of player positions that runs vertically down the right-side of the card.  The highlighted position of the player being featured is a very nice touch.  I’m going to try to do a quick web search for an NL player to see if his card was missing the ‘DH’ position…

1975 Topps Set Card 316/660 – #519 – Jim Todd, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 316/660 – #519 – Jim Todd, Cubs

Progress: 316/660

Card Number:  519

Player Name:  Jim Todd

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 6 seasons, 1974-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Todd pitched in 58 games for the Oakland Athletics in 1975.  By the end of the season, he sported a record of 8-13 with 12 saves.  Todd worked 122 innings in ’75, allowing 104 hits and 40 runs en route to an ERA of 2.29.  In that span, he struck out 50 batters while walking 33.

Notes From Career:  Jim Todd pitched for three different teams during his 6-year major league career.  Primarily used as a relief pitcher, Todd appeared in 270 games over that time.  He has a career record of 25-23 with 24 saves.  In 511 innings, Todd allowed 541 hits and 283 runs.

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1988 HEADLINE: Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser Wins Cy Young Award With Unanimous Vote

1988 HEADLINE: Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser Wins Cy Young Award With Unanimous Vote

On this date in 1988, Orel Hershiser captured the National League’s Cy Young award in a unanimous vote.

Taking all 24 first-place votes, this award capped an unbelievable season for the right-hander.

A close look at the numbers:

23-8 during the regular season with 15 complete games and 8 shutouts.  In 267 innings of work, Hershiser compiled a low ERA of just 2.25.  His dominant year led to another selection to the National League All-star team and his first Cy Young Award.  During the playoffs, Hershiser led the Dodgers to the World Series championship while winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in the process!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Hershiser!!!

Bob Gibson’s Magnificent 1959 Topps Rookie Card

Bob Gibson’s Magnificent 1959 Topps Rookie Card

No, I don’t have this card.  But I sure would like one…

While not the most thrilling baseball card to look at, I think that what I like most about rookie cards in general is that as a collector you never really know what you’re going to get out of a player when they are a rookie…

Some come into the league and dominate from the start.  And then there are the guys that barely make a roster yet have a 20-year career.

In Bob Gibson’s case, I bet there were very few that thought that the 23-year old pitcher from Nebraska that turned in a 3-5 seasons in 1959 was going to become a Hall of Famer.

But that is what is wonderful about this sport that we love.  You never know what you’re going to get…

And I wouldn’t mind getting one of these!!!

Bob Gibson & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1981

Bob Gibson & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1981

Bob Gibson was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1981.  He was awarded entry on his first ballot as he captured 337/401 votes cast.

His Hall of Fame plaque reads:

“Five-time 20-game winner.  His 3,117 strikeouts made him only second pitcher to reach 3,000.  First to fam 200 or more in a season nine times.  Set NL mark with 1.12 ERA in 1968, hurling 15 shutouts.  Twice World Series MVP, setting records for consecutive victories(7), consecutive complete games(8), and strikeouts in a game(17), and in a series(55).  Voted NL MVP in 1968 and Cy Young Award winner in 1968 and 1970.  Won nine Gold Glove awards.”