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Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – 1982 Topps Nolan Ryan & Pete Rose

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – 1982 Topps Nolan Ryan & Pete Rose

I love vintage – and while I am not quite certain that a baseball card issued in 1982 would qualify, the uniforms that these two baseball superstars are wearing definitely fit the bill…

And I am a sucker for those old Astros’ uniforms.  Just check out Nolan’s uni!!!

And look at how well the complimentary colors that Topps used on these cards works with both the Astros and Phillies team colors.

Good stuff!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #55

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #55

1982 Topps – Card #766 – AKA – ‘The Kent Hrbek Rookie Card’

Lenny Faedo – Played played just 5 seasons in major league baseball – all with the Twins.  A shortstop, he was the primary back-up, and appeared in 174 games.  Faedo had a solid 96.1% fielding percentage for the Twins, while his offensive output was below par.  A lifetime .251 hitter, Faedo collected 133 hits in the big leagues, that included 17 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 home runs. 

Kent Hrbek – Hrbek was the anchor of the Twins’ infield during the 1980’s.  A big guy, Hrbek blended contact and power hitting well and had a 14-year big league career as a result.  Able to hit the long ball with ease, Hrbek hit double-digit home runs in each season from 1982-1994.  He tallied 293 career home runs, including 6 seasons of at least 25.  Hrbek was a 1-time All-star and finished in second place for the 1982 ROY and 1984 MVP awards.  He was a member of both Twins World Series winners in 1987 and 1991. 

Tim Laudner – Launder played 9 years with the Twins, appearing in 734 games.  A catcher, that spent some time at both DH and first base, he was a solid contributor to the team’s winning ways.  While his offense was sub-par, including a .225 career batting average, his work with the pitching staff was magnificent.  Catching close to 5,000 innings, Laudner has a career fielding percentage of 98.1%.  During the 1987 World Series, which his team won, Laudner appeared in all 7 games and hit .318 with 1 homer, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – 1982 Topps Lee Smith Rookie Card

1982 Topps Lee Smith Rookie Card


I have been wanting one of these for quite some time.  And while I could scoop one up on Ebay or any other online commerce site, I wanted to grab one in person.

I don’t know…  I mean, the card is not the most appealing one out there.  And the ’82 design is not going to garner and prizes either.

I have seen the Topps Archive version of this card so many times at these shows that I guess that I just liked the chase…  maybe that is it!?!

What I do know is that I am happy to finally add this card to my collection.

Hmmmm….  What will I chase next??

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #1

Same Card, Different Paths – Card #1

1982 Topps – Card #21 – AKA – ‘The Cal Ripken Rookie Card’


Bob Bonner – With a career that lasted 4 seasons, Bonner finihsed his career with a .194 batting average and collected just 21 hits while playing in 61 games.  Bonner had a knack for striking out and sadly never felt the joy of hitting a home run in the major leagues.

Cal Ripken Jr. – A true superstar, Ripken will go down as one the game’s most beloved players.  A consumate professional that never excelled in just 1 area of the game, Ripken has an envyable resume.  With a list of individual accomplishments that is a mile long, Ripken also enjoyed team success as his Orioles team won the 1983 World Series.

Jeff Schneider – Schneider pitched a total of 24 innings in his professional career.  In 11 appearances, he allowed 27 hits and 15 runs while striking out 17 batters and walking 13.  Schneider has a career ERA of 4.88.

Why not start this series off with one of the greatest rookie cards of the last thirty years?  It would be very hard for any player to compete against or measure up to Ripken and what he has done in the game of baseball.  Cal Ripken will go down as one of the most professional player to have ever played the game, and that reputation is one that has been very well earned.

My Rickey Henderson ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3

Now that my Rickey Henderson player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #3 – 1982 Topps

Ah, good old ’82 Topps. 

I am a big fan of this card.  The picture that Topps used for this issue is a perfect way to show off Rickey.  He’s seen here in a familiar stance as he prepares to launch for second base as soon as the pitcher throws towards home plate.  And the odds are very good that his attempt to steal second base were very good!!

The ’82 design is fair, but what I like about the card is that the picture is large and is the complete focus on the design.  Yes, we have had tons of other cards with large images, but most contain other random graphic elements that draw your eye away from the image.  This one does the exact opposite and pulls you in…

And I have to say that even though Pink is not a color that is affiliated with any baseball team’s color scheme, it works very well on this card.  Is that wrong???  I think that the tubing Topps used that starts on the top left corner and wraps around the side and bottom of the card’s design looks great.  It also helps that the A’s uniform Rickey proudly wears is covered in tubing as well.

Fab 3

1982 Topps Rickey Henderson

1982 Topps Rickey Henderson

This card could be an award winner.  The 1982 is not a favorite of mine, but this card does stand out to me more than the other cards from this set.

It’s amazing what a great photo can do…  Here we see Rickey getting ready to blast off.  Or maybe he’s just toying with the pitcher, catcher, and second baseman he’s playing against.  Either way, this photo captures Rickey doing what he did better than anyone else in the game – disrupting his opposition!!

And while Pink and Green may not be the best color pairing ever used on a baseball card, for this one it works very well.  The Green is a perfect compliment to Rickey’s Oakland A’s uniform.  And the Pink goes well with the Green.  While Pink may not be your standard accent color on a card, for this specific issue Topps made a great choice!!

82T RH

Just 1 more Rickey Henderson card to go and my player collection will be complete!!!

1982 Topps Traded Fergie Jenkins

1982 Topps Traded Fergie Jenkins


I now have every Fergie Jenkins card issued during the 1980’s.  I know it’s the last decade in which he pitched, but with all of the new brands to debut in the 80’s there were quite a few cards to gather up to get these done.

I like the card design for this one, and I am not a huge fan of the 1982 set.  I think it’s the colors that does it for me on this one.


1982 Topps All-Star Andre Dawson

1982 Topps All-Star Andre Dawson

Nice!!!  I just added this All-Star card to my Andre Dawson collection and now have all of his cards from 1982.  The colors in the design of this card perfectly match Dawson’s uniform.  And although this card is from 1982 this card screams 70’s to me – maybe it’s the afro, or those great old-school Expos uniforms!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2

 1982 Topps Dave Stewart – Rookie Card

I’ve been looking for one of these ever since I scored this lot on Ebay a month ago.  I was only able to find 1 of these and hope to add a few more at some point in the future.  Of all 3 Dave Stewart rookie cards from 1982, I think that the Topps version is by far the most superior design.

1982 Topps Reggie Jackson

 1982 Topps Reggie Jackson

What can I say about this card?  It is certainly not the most flattering picture I have ever seen of Reggie Jackson.  Whenever I see a card like this, I always wonder how this was the shot that the baseball card company thought was the best one to use for their product.  Of the hundreds if not thousands of pictures that had been taken of Reggie in a New York Yankees uniform, this was their choice??

Oh, and nice glasses Reggie…