Category Archives: Dave Parker Collection

Dave Parker 1974 Topps ROOKIE Card

Dave Parker 1974 Topps ROOKIE Card

A rookie baseball card and a batting cage card, all in one!  This collector is drooling!!

Of all of the batting cage cards that I have acquired over the years, I believe that this one of Dave Parker is the first rookie card of the bunch. 

Have a look:

 

This is certainly not the greatest batting cage card in my collection, but it is a nice one.  It’s just too bad that the photographer couldn’t capture Parker in a little bit different pose…

As for the card, Topps really did a great job.  The Black and Yellow of the Pittsburgh Pirates color scheme is displayed very well.  And the reverse coloring of the lettering of Parker’s jersey adds a nice contrast to the team banner that Topps built.

Gotta Love The Rookie Cards!!!

Dave Parker 1978 Topps – An Almost Batting Cage Card

Dave Parker 1978 Topps

It’s like you know it is there, but you just cannot see it. 

Have a look:

As you can see, Dave Parker is resting on the outer shell of the batting cage that he and his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates are using for batting practice.  But the cage is not really seen in the shot.  Still, I will classify this as a batting cage card and we will move on from there…

This card comes from the 1978 Topps baseball card set.  I like the script-font that was used for the team name found on the bottom.  And I really like that ‘NL All-Star’ badge that is displayed in the upper-left hand corner.

Nice work Topps!  And a fantastic addition to my Dave Parker player collection.

Dave Parker 1975 Topps Baseball Card

Dave Parker 1975 Topps Baseball Card

Gotta love the 75’s!!!

The two-toned borders of the 1975 Topps baseball card design are uber-famous amongst vintage collectors.  And while the duo of colors may not have always been a perfect match for the team or player that was being featured, they were certainly reminiscent of the time period.

This card of Dave Parker from the 1975 Topps set features a Dark-Green, Light-Green border, and while not necessarily a perfect match for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it does go very well with the turf stationed behind Parker in the photo.

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Dave Parker 1982 Topps – Batting Cage Card!!

Dave Parker 1982 Topps – Batting Cage Card!!

Another batting cage card.  And another hitting superstar getting ready to go to work!!

Dave Parker does not get the credit he deserves for being one of the best hitters of his generation.  He may not have been on par with the guys that debuted at the same time as him like George Brett and Robin Yount.  But, he was not that far behind either…

Parker retired from the sport with a .290 batting average.  He averaged .305 during his 11-season tenure with the Pirates.  He hit .300 or better in six seasons and won back-to-back batting titles in 1977 & 1978.

1984 Topps NL Active Career Batting Leaders With Pete Rose, Bill Madlock, and Dave Parker

1984 Topps NL Active Career Batting Leaders With Pete Rose, Bill Madlock, and Dave Parker

That is some pretty solid company that Parker is with, huh?

And to think that he is known today as more of a power hitter than a contact hitter.

I bet that his lifetime batting average of .290 would have something to say about that!!

Go Get ‘Em Cobra!

Dave Parker 1977 Topps – Donut Time!!!

Dave Parker 1977 Topps – Donut Time!!!

I’ve always liked the 1977 Topps baseball card set.  Not only does it feature the rookie card of my favorite player of all-time, but I have always been a sucker for cards that feature pennant-styled graphics.  That is probably why I like the 1965 Topps so much as well (can’t wait for 2013 Heritage!!).

The newest addition to my Dave Parker player collection is his card from the 1977 Topps set.  Not only does the card’s Yellow and Black team and player name work very well with the colors that Parker is sporting in the photo, but he also has a very visible batting donut on his bat too!!!

Have a look:

 

To summarize:  I love the 1977 Topps set.  I like all sports cards that feature a pennant in their graphics package.  Any card that shows a player utilizing a batting donut while warming up makes me giddy!!!

A fantastic addition to my Dave Parker collection – YES!

Dave Parker 1983 Donruss

Dave Parker 1983 Donruss

The 1983 baseball season would mark the 11th and final season that Parker would spend with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  During the offseason between the ’83 and ’84 seasons, Parker would sign with the Cincinnati Reds.

Parker’s final campaign with the Pirates was still a solid one!

Some of the more impressive numbers include:  154 hits, 29 doubles, 12 stolen bases, 69 RBI, and 227 total bases.

1979 Topps – 1978 MLB Batting Leaders With Dave Parker & Rod Carew

1979 Topps – 1978 MLB Batting Leaders With Dave Parker & Rod Carew

Nothing wrong with taking a little stroll down memory lane on this fine Sunday morning…

This time, we will go back to 1979, when music was groovy, style was fresh, and Rod Carew and Dave Parker were leading the league in batting average.

This card is from the 1979 Topps set, and it pays homage to the batting champions from the NL and AL from the 1978 baseball season.

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The card officially goes into my Dave Parker collection since I already have it in my Rod Carew PC.

As for the hitting, Rod Carew paced the American League with a .333 average in 1978.  Parker was 1/1000 better as he led the NL with a .334 batting average!

Dave Parker 1979 Topps

Dave Parker 1979 Topps

Dave Parker entered the 1979 baseball season coming off an MVP performance during the prior year.

And while it would be hard to replicate the amazing season that Parker had in ’78, he had a very productive season in 1979 as well.

The numbers: 193 hits, .310 batting average, .390 on base percentage, 45 doubles, 7 triples, 25 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 94 RBI, and 109 runs scored.  Parker was named to the All-Star team in 1979 and he also captured his third and final Gold Glove Award.

Dave Parker 1976 Topps Baseball Card

Dave Parker 1976 Topps Baseball Card

The 1976 baseball season was Dave Parker’s fourth in his career.  And he was starting to show flashes of the brilliant hitter that he would become!

The numbers:  168 hits, .313 batting average, 28 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs, 82 runs scored, 90 RBI, and 19 stolen babes.  And all of this was accomplished in just 138 games!!

Dave Parker is an imposing figure – 6′ 5″ tall and 230 pounds.  The fact that he hit 10 triples and stole 19 bases in 1976 shows just how athletic this ‘big guy’ was!

Atta Boy Parker!!!