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Ozzie Smith 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Ozzie Smith 2014 Topps Archives – Base

After ripping through my shipment of cards from the new Topps Archives release last night, I quickly scanned the card of Ken Griffey Jr. and showed it off on the blog.

Well, fast forward 20 or so hours and I have scanned the remaining cards from that bulk purchase and I will do my best to show them off to you in the coming weeks.

Here is the card of Ozzie Smith that I picked up.

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It’s always great to see Ozzie featured in modern baseball card sets, and I have never seen this image used before (though that does not mean it has not been used prior).

The picture of ‘The Wizard’ looks like one from the end of his career.  And while I know that I should not be too picky when reviewing and analyzing new baseball card releases, I do wish that Topps did a better job of finding images that work a bit better with the period of the design being used.  If that means a young image of Ozzie in his San Diego Padres uniform, I am OK with that!

Did You Know…

Three St. Louis Cardinals have stolen 400 or more bases while playing for the Redbirds – Lou Brock, Vince Coleman, and Ozzie Smith.

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1984 HEADLINE: Kirby Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Kirby Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

On this day in 1984, Kirby Puckett made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins.

And he got off to an incredible start to his professional career…

Going 4/4 on the day, Puckett electrified the faithful Minnesota Twins fans. Batting lead-off, Puckett went 4-for-5 while also scoring his first run and stealing his first base as well. Of the 4 hits, all of them were singles.

He left his debut game with an .800 batting average and Twins fans had an instant hero.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Puckett. Thanks for the memories!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Frank Viola turns 54 years old today.

Frank Viola didn’t take baseball by storm the way some other pitchers did during their first season in the majors. Drafted out of college in 1981, Viola debuted with the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the 1982 season and the next year and a half were a learning process for both him and the Twins team.

It was not until the 1984 season when Viola took off and began dominating hitters. After going 11-25 in his first two seasons, Viola sparkled in ’84 when he went 18-12 while pitching 250+ innings. In each season from 1984-1993, Viola had double-digit wins with the most being 24 wins during the 1988 season.

In 1987, Viola helped the Twins win the World Series and he earned the World Series MVP Award for his outstanding pitching performance. Viola started 3 games against the Cardinals and went 2-1. He displayed amazing control in a pressure filled series as he only allowed 3 walks in 19+ innings, while striking out 16.

The ’88 season was very special for Viola. Not only did he go 24-7, but he also had the lowest ERA of his career at 2.64. That year, Viola earned 27 of the 28 first place votes for the Cy Young Award.

After 8 seasons with the Twins, Viola spent the last 7 years of his career playing for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and lastly the Toronto Blue Jays.

With a career record of 176-150, Viola’s record does not stand out as an above average pitcher. But, when you examine the kinds of teams he played for and their success you begin to see how valuable his efforts were as most of these teams had losing records. With 4 Top 6 Cy Young award finishes, and 1 win of the award, Viola should go down as one of the most consistent pitchers of the 1980’s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Viola!!

Happy Birthday Bert Blyleven!!!

Happy Birthday Bert Blyleven!!!

Bert Blyleven turns 63 years old today!!

Bert Blyleven may be more popular among baseball fans and collectors today than he was during any time in his playing days.  His recent election into the Baseball Hall of Fame coupled with his success as the had coach for the Netherlands during the WBC in 2009 has brought renewed life into collecting all things Bert.

Mr. Blyleven has put together an amazing resume.  In 22 seasons, Mr. Blyleven recorded a win-loss record of 287-250.  He threw 242 complete games and 60 shutouts.  He has tallied 3,701 career strikeouts while finishing his career with a 3.31 ERA.  He also has 2 World Series rings from his days with the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1987 Minnesota Twins teams.

Happy Birthday Mr. Blyleven!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 60/660 – #382 – Don Baylor, Orioles

1975 Topps Set Card 60/660 – #382 – Don Baylor, Orioles

Progress: 60/660

Player Name:  Don Baylor

Card Number:  382

Team:  Baltimore Orioles

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1970-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:   The 1975 baseball season was Baylor’s final one in Baltimore.  He played in 145 game for the team while hitting .282 and connecting for 25 home runs.  Baylor scored 79 runs, drove in 76, and was hit by a league leading 13 pitches while at the plate.

Notes From Career:  Baylor played for six different teams during his 19-year career.  He collected 2,135 hits with 366 doubles and 338 home runs.  Baylor also stole 285 bases en route to scoring 1,236 runs in 2,292 games. He won the Silver Slugger Award three times, was an All-Star, and a league MVP in 1979.  Baylor was part of the 1987 World Series champion Minnesota Twins.

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How Nice Would It Be To Own A Kirby Puckett Signed Baseball???

How Nice Would It Be To Own A Kirby Puckett Signed Baseball???

There are very few autographed baseballs of players that I grew up watching that I would consider unobtainable.

But, of those select few, I believe that Kirby Puckett falls into that category.

Kirby supplied a fantastic looking autograph – it just comes with a very hefty price tag…

Ah, a man can dream, can’t he???