Category Archives: Carlton Fisk Collection

Happy Birthday Carlton Fisk!!!

Happy Birthday Carlton Fisk!!!

Carlton Fisk turns 66 years old today.

Carlton Fisk was an 11-time all star catcher that held together some of baseball’s most diverse pitching staffs for 24 major league seasons.  A 7-time candidate for baseball’s MVP award, Fisk was the centerpiece for both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox for a quarter century.

With 376 career home runs and 1,330 RBI, Fisk was a solid contirbutor to his team’s offense.  Throughout his entire career, Fisk was used as a DH, infieleder, and outfielder just to kepe his potent bat in the line-up.

Happy Birthday Mr. Fisk!!!

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Carlton Fisk 1982 Topps ‘In Action’

Carlton Fisk 1982 Topps ‘In Action’

If your buddy here at ’30-YOC’ could offer up awards for best image used on a baseball card, one of the nominees in that category would certainly be this card.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the 1982 Topps ‘In Action’ baseball card of Carlton Fisk:

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WINNER!!!!

Carlton Fisk 1990 Donruss “Baseball’s Best”

Carlton Fisk 1990 Donruss “Baseball’s Best”

It’s always fun to get a baseball card that shows a player doing something that you may not think of when you recall the player from his time in the big leagues.

This card of Carlton Fisk from the 1990 Donruss ‘Baseball’s Best’ set is one of those cards.

The reason???   Well, just have a look:

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Yep, that is Fisk sprinting around the base paths in his home White Sox uniform.  And while we don’t know if he is stealing a base or going from first to third on a single, he is definitely chugging along at a good rate.

And I have to say, he looks really slim and trim in this picture as well.

Go Get ‘Em Fiskie!!!

Carlton Fisk 1990 Donruss MVP – Bonus Card!

Carlton Fisk 1990 Donruss MVP – Bonus Card!

For as much as I like the thought of a baseball card subset that names and celebrates the MVP of each team, the execution of the product needs to be able to support the theme.

In the late 1980’s, Donruss started issuing these in-set subsets in the packs for their base set.  The design of the card was the same as the base design, but the background of the cards was changed and updated with an MVP printed graphic.

The end result?  Fair.  Some looked great, some looked fine, and some looked poor.

This is the Carlton Fisk card from the 1990 set.

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For me, I like the cards and I love the theme.  I just wish that the card showed action images instead of posed portraits – show me one characteristic of what made this player the choice as the team’s MVP.

Carlton Fisk 1988 Score

Carlton Fisk 1988 Score

Without a doubt, the 1988 Score baseball card set is one of my favorite issues from the 1980’s.  The set boasts great color and great action.  And for a debut set, Score’s first release was a huge improvement over the 1981 Fleer and Donruss releases from earlier in the decade.

The set’s main graphic elements was the brightly colored borders and the Yellow stars that appear to the left of the player’s name.  That’s it – pretty plain and pretty simple.

But, sometimes, that is all you need.  And in the case of the 1988 Score baseball card set, it works!!

Here is the Carlton Fisk card from the set:

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I like it.  The Gold border color coupled with the Yellow and White text and graphics look nice together.

Maybe I wish that Score chose a better image of Fisk for the card, but I am OK with this one.  But, I would like to be able to identify the park he was playing in.  The Grey road uniform tells me that he is on the road, but that’s as far as I am getting with this one…

Carlton Fisk 1990 Bowman

Carlton Fisk 1990 Bowman

Man, I am really having a ‘tough go’ with my Carlton Fisk collection as of late.

As I continue to chip away at my checklist in an effort to complete this set, I keep bringing in awful looking baseball cards.

Between the 1981 Donruss and 1982 Topps cards, I have had enough and am ready for a change.  I’m ready for a card to excite me.

Sadly, with the 1990 Bowman card, that is just not going to happen…

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Carlton Fisk 1982 Topps – YUCK!!!

Carlton Fisk 1982 Topps

I’ll get through this one as quickly as I can.

Not only is the photographer that shot this picture way to close to the player, but he/she is either 4 feet tall or sitting on a chair.

What a horrible angle…

You’ve been warned!!!

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