Category Archives: Frank Robinson Collection

Frank Robinson’s Lone Gold Glove Winning Season…

Frank Robinson’s Lone Gold Glove Winning Season…

I am not sure how the voting for the Gold Glove Award was handled back during Robinson’s era, but for today’s game, there seems to be quiet a bit of political play occurring.

For the most part, today the award is hardly given to the league’s best defenders.  Instead, it seems like the award is used to keep stars in the spotlight.

Frank Robinson won his only Gold Glove Award in 1958.  In 138 games that year, Robinson spent time in left field, center field, and even third base.  In total, he committed just five errors while amassing a fielding percentage of .991.

The other two National League winners from the outfield in 1958?  Hank Aaron & Willie Mays.  Solid company right there!!!

Frank Robinson Is A 12-Time All-Star

Frank Robinson Is A 12-Time All-Star

When you consider that Frank Robinson played during an era that featured some of the greatest outfielders in the history of the game, it is an amazing feat that he made the All-Star team twelve times.

It’s a true compliment too!!

During those All-Star Games, Robinson shared space in the outfield with Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Carl Yastrezemski, Willie Stargell, Al Kaline, and Roberto Clemente.

Frank Robinson & The 1956 Rookie Of The Year Award

Frank Robinson & The 1956 Rookie Of The Year Award

I enjoy celebrating the Rookie of the Year Award because I like to see a young guy play and act like a veteran on the field.  Typically reserved for the more well-rounded player, the award does not always lead to an award filled career, but it does indicate that for a young player, the stats compiled are well above the competition.

And in 1956, Frank Robinson did not disappoint.

Winning the award unanimously by capturing all 24 votes, Robinson put up some very solid numbers during the 1956 baseball season.  Robinson collected 166 hits en route to a .290 batting average.  Of his 166 hits, 27 were doubles, 8 were triples, and 38 were home runs.  He also contributed 83 RBI while scoring 122 runs.

A heck of a way to start a career in the major leagues if you ask me…

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Robinson!!!

Frank Robinson turns 77 years old today.

Still one of the most underrated players of all-time, Frank Robinson compiled a career of accomplishments that are on par with the game’s greatest offensive players of all-time.

And what better way to celebrate one of your favorite baseball legend’s birthday than to honor him with a full day of posts to help celebrate his fantastic career and birthday.

So, all day long, this day is for Hall of Famer, Mr. Frank Robinson.

Happy Birthday!!!

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Archives

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Archives

For me, the best thing about the Topps Archives brand is getting the ability to obtain new cards of my favorite legends, with a modern twist.

Between the new image opportunities, new design elements, and possibility to find new card designs that feature players that were not active when the designs were originally released, and I am hooked!

And sometimes, you get to simply add one more card of a favorite to your collection…

And that is what makes this card of Frank Robinson so sweet!

Have a look:

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I LOVE IT!!!

Yes, Robinson was part of the original 1973 Topps set.  But, his card in that set is a far cry from what Archives offers.  Archives gives us a very young #20 while he was starring for the Reds.  The image is a new one, and I like the vintage feel his old-school Reds uniform brings to the card.  But, it is just a bit off.

My issue with this specific card is that by the time Robinson reached the 1973 season, he was an aged veteran playing in the final stages of his career.  Personally, I would have liked to have found him with the 1986 or 1980 Topps design – better than a re-do that does not jive with his history…

Still, I am happy to have a new Frank Robinson card in my collection.

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base – FAIL!!!

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

I feel like I have seen this image before – and often!  That is my lone complaint about the Gypsy Queen release, the re-use of same images.

Here is the Frank Robinson card from the 2014 issue:

 

 

And while not exact, here is the pretty similar looking 2013 card:

And here is the 2011:

While not an exact duplicate of the 2011 and 2013 Gypsy Queen cards, I am a little disappointed in the 2014 issue.  After all, Mr. Robinson is one of the most accomplished hitters of all-time, yet in 3 of 4 releases, we are using posed action shots.

Come on Topps, let’s get it right in 2015.  Frank Robinson deserves better.  And so do the collectors that enjoy collecting him.

 

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first home run of his major league baseball career.

Just 20 years old, and playing in his first full season in the majors, Robinson didn’t waste too much time in making an impact with the Cincinnati Reds. At home and in front of a terribly small crowd of just over 4,000 spectators, Robinson went 2-for-4 collecting 2 RBI. 1 hit was a double, and the other was a 2-run home run off of Cubs’ pitcher Paul Minner.

And as they say, the rest was history!! Home run #1 was officially in the books – and one of the game’s greatest sluggers was born.

Robinson ended his amazing career with 586 homers. He currently ranks in 7th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

Come on now, how sweet is this card???

I LOVE IT!!!

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Picking up this card from the 2001 Topps Archives set, I am immediately takes to the ‘Bird Belters’ card from the 1968 Topps set that stars the Robinsons of Baltimore.

I have that ’68 card in both the original form, and the re-print.  It was on my ‘Want List’ for a very long time and I can honestly say that it is one of my ‘Top 10’ cards in my collection.

Maybe, I will go after the original of this one from the 1967 Topps set next…

Frank Robinson 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘ Timeless Teams’ – 1970 Baltimore Orioles

Frank Robinson 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘ Timeless Teams’ – 1970 Baltimore Orioles

The 1970 Baltimore Orioles were a fantastic team, winning the grand prize of a World Series trophy at the conclusion of the season.

The team was loaded with stars on offense and elite starting pitching.  The end result was a 108-54 record and 1st place in the American League East.

Among the offensive superstars on the team was Frank Robinson.  During that ’70 campaign, Robinson hit 25 home runs while driving in 78 and scoring 88 times.  He hit .306 and had an on-base percentage of .398.

It is nice to see him honored with this card from the ‘Timeless Teams’ subset, I just wish that Upper Deck selected a better image for the card…

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Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield

These ‘Generations’ cards are pretty cool.  I have a few of them in my collection, and while shopping for some stuff on Sportlots.com, I grabbed this one for my Frank Robinson player collection.

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Let me tell you that, YES I already own this card in my Andre Dawson player collection.  But, since the card also features legendary player Frank Robinson, I pounced on the opportunity to add it to another PC that I am building.

As a part of the 2o05 Donruss Throwback Threads set, this card features three players from three different eras that played very similarly to one another.  I like the pairing idea, and I especially like to see who the card companies match up on cards like these.

The combination of Robinson, Dawson, and Gary Sheffield is a very solid one.