Category Archives: Rod Carew Collection

Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Rod Carew turns 67 years old today.

I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.

Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer.  And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star.  And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.

But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition.  In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average.  He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.

The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is that he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!

Rod Carew 1974 Topps – Batting Cage Card!!!

Rod Carew 1974 Topps

Sweet, a baseball card of one of my favorite hitters in the history of the sport.  And he’s standing in front of a batting cage.

It doesn’t get much better than this:

Rod Carew 1978 Topps – 1977 Batting League Leaders

Rod Carew 1978 Topps – 1977 Batting League Leaders

Rod Carew captured his seventh and final batting crown at the end of the 1978 baseball season.  This card from the 1979 Topps baseball card set honors that achievement.

While winning seven batting titles, Carew was also the league leader in on-base percentage four times.

In 1978, Carew led the American League in batting average with his .333 clip, and in on-base percentage with a very respectable .411.

Atta Boy, Rod!!!

Rod Carew 2012 Topps Archives – 1968 Topps Design w/All-Star Rookie Trophy!!!

Rod Carew 2012 Topps Archives – 1968 Topps Design w/All-Star Rookie Trophy!!!

I had picked up one of these 2012 Archives of Rod Carew in a pack of Archives when the product was released a few months ago.  I quickly sent it to a loyal Twins fan and reader of ’30-YOC’ but I knew that I was going to want one for my collection as well.

So, during a recent shopping spree on, I scooped up one for myself.  And I paid just eighteen cents too!

Here is the card:

I really like Carew, and I am in the process of putting together a collection of cards that feature him that were issued during his playing days.

But every once in a while, I feel the urge to grab a modern card of him too.  And this time out, I think I struck gold!!  The card is gorgeous, and I have always been a fan of the Topps All-Star Rookie trophy.


Rod Carew 1979 Topps – 1978 Batting League Leaders

Rod Carew 1979 Topps – 1978 Batting League Leaders

Rod Carew dominated American League pitching in the mid-to-late 1970’s.

Carew won seven batting titles during his playing days; 6 of which came during the 70’s.

This card from the 1979 Topps baseball card set pays homage to the batting champions from the 1978 baseball season.

Rod Carew and Dave Parker were the batting champs in 1978.  Carew hit .333 and Parker edged him out by 1/1000 by hitting .334.

Rod Carew 2003 Topps Gallery

Rod Carew 2003 Topps Gallery

One of the many reasons that I like to collect baseball cards that feature Rod Carew is that I really like the Twins and Angels uniforms of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The colors of these uniforms is very representative of the sport from those decades, and Rod wore them well.

This card is just one example of how nice those old, vintage Twins uniforms looked.

Come see:

Rod Carew 1982 Donruss

Rod Carew 1982 Donruss

1982 was Donruss’ second year in the baseball card making business.

And while their 1982 issue was certainly not their best, it is a great improvement from their debut set issued one year earlier in 1981.

The design flows well.  The colors are vivid.  And the graphics have a fitting baseball theme.

But, they still had some issues with photo selection.  And cropping too…

One of those examples is the Rod Carew card.

Have a look:

If this card featured the same image but not nearly as zoomed in, it would be a HOME RUN!!!!

Instead, I will give it a double…  🙂

Rod Carew 1977 Topps

Rod Carew 1977 Topps

I’m not certain that I will ever be able to complete this collection of cards that honors Rod Carew’s historic career – his rookie card is very pricey.

But, over the last few weeks, I have been able to score a handful of cards of Carew from the 1970’s.  So, I am getting closer to my goal of nabbing every major-brand card from his playing days.

This one comes from the 1977 Topps issue.

Check it out:

As for the 1977 baseball season, it may have been Carew’s best.  He was the league MVP and led the league in eight offense categories.


Yes, eight.

They are:

  1. runs – 128
  2. hits – 239
  3. triples – 16
  4. batting average – .388
  5. on-base percentage – .449
  6. ops – 1.019
  7. ops+ – 178
  8. intentional walks – 15

Pretty valuable indeed!!

Rod Carew 1986 Fleer – Meh…

Rod Carew 1986 Fleer

Rodney Carew retired at the end of the 1985 baseball season.

It was not uncommon for baseball card companies to issue ‘one more’ card of a retired player in the following season’s releases.  And as a player collector, it was always a bonus to have ‘one more’ card to hunt down.

But why couldn’t Fleer give us one more effort that fell into the ‘priceless’ category?  Something to truly honor Mr. Carew?

Instead we got this:


Rod Carew 1991 Bowman – Special Edition – Card #3

Rod Carew 1991 Bowman – Special Edition – Card #3

In 1991, Bowman put out a five-card set of baseball cards that honored the magnificent career of Rod Carew.

1991 was the year of Carew’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, so putting together a set of cards to honor his career was a good move by Bowman.  And I am sure that the timeliness of the set was appreciated by Carew’s fans and collectors.

The 5-card set features Rod during various phases of his playing days.

And this card, #3 of the set, depicts him right in the middle of his career – while winning numerous batting titles as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

Have a peek:

I’m not certain that the scan does the card justice.  That #29 logo in the upper-right is awesome!!!

And yes, I will be actively going after cards 1,2,4, and 5!