With all of the recent talk about Mariano Rivera and his 500th career save over the last few weeks, my heart went back to another guy who deserves a lot more credit than he ever gets – Mr. Lee Smith!!
Before the flash of K-Rod. Or the emotion of Jonathan Papelbon. There was Lee Smith. Smith currently ranks in 3rd place on the All-time save list with 478 career closes. His resume includes being a 7-time All-star boasting a 3.03 ERA with 1,251 strikeouts and 486 walks.
Had it not been for the fact that most of Smith’s career was played for non-playoff teams in smaller markets, no-one knows what kind of superstar he could have become…
I grabbed these 2 Lee Smith rookie cards for $1.00 and am very proud to add them to my collection of ‘Favorite Cubbies’. While neither card is worthy of an award due to beauty and design, they have earned a great spot in my collection. Now I need to find that ’82 Topps card to finish off this little rookie trifecta!!!
Posted in Chicago Cubs, Lee Smith Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1982 donruss, 1982 fleer, baseball, baseball cards, baseball records, Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, closer, Cubs, lee smith, pitcher, relief pithcer, reliever, st. louis cardinals
I love these old combo cards. Any card featuring 2 of the Yankee’s biggest sluggers during the 1980’s is going to be a hit with me!!!
We all know that Dave Winfield is a big guy. But even Reggie looks small standing next to him – and Reggie was no slouch at 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.
I cannot imagine what went through a pitcher’s head when one of these guys was at the plate and the other was in the on-deck circle….
Posted in Dave Winfield Collection, Reggie Jackson - Mr. October, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1982 donruss, all-star, baseball cards, bronx bombers, collecting, collection, dave winfield, Dave Winfield Collection, donruss, Hall Of Fame, hobbies, hobby, HOF, mr. october, new york yankees, reggie jackson, yankees
Fergie Jenkins 1982 Donruss
This is one of the cards I picked up in my first purchase with www.checkoutmycards.com.
Fergie looks like a cool-cat in this photo. His Texas Rangers hat is holding back what appears to be a monstrous afro – perfect for an early 1980’s portrait.
Posted in Chicago Cubs, Fergie Jenkins Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1982 donruss, all-star, baseball cards, Chicago Cubs, collecting, collection, Cubs, cy young, cy young award, donruss, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins Collection, Hall Of Fame, hobby, HOF, rangers, texas rangers
1982 Donruss Dave Winfield – Diamond Kings
As a kid I always enjoyed Donruss’ Diamond Kings cards. I found them to be a nice break from a boring set that lacked creativity. They were always an added bonus when one of your favorite players was featured in this small sub-set.
But, this Winfield card is very disturbing to me… Yes, I know it’s Winfield and I recognized him right away. I just cannot stop staring at this card as it’s really bothering me. I don’t know if it’s his eyes or maybe his grin or maybe his teeth or maybe the position of his head in this portrait but I find this to be a terrible looking card!!!
I guess you can’t get them all right, huh????