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2006 Fleer Florida Marlins Team Set

2006 Fleer Florida Marlins Team Set

This team set of the Florida Marlins is chock-full of rookie cards that feature players that truly shaped the franchise during the following years.

Starting at the top of the list you have Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez, and Dan Uggla.  These three guys would end up in 1st, 3rd, and 4th place for the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2006.  And they became the core of a very young team that showed a lot of promise.

I have a lot of fond memories of this squad.  We still had Miguel Cabrera on the team back then and he was starting to stake his claim as one of the best hitters in the NL.  And Dontrelle Willis was here too – and he was coming off of a runner-up season for the Cy Young award.

Still, with all of the talent that the team had, they were very young and inexperienced.  The team ended up finishing in 4th place in the NL East with a 78-84 record.

The cards look great though!!!

Ernie Banks 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Ernie Banks 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

I completed this Cubs themed set of cards over a year ago.  But, I still have the search saved in ‘My Ebay’ account so I get notified of new listings when they are posted.

So, I have picked up a few relic cards from the same set – Andre Dawson, Mark Grace, Fergie Jenkins, and now the one and only, Ernie Banks!

And the card features a great swatch of that old Grey, wool uniform that Ernie proudly wore!

Take a look:


2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

Billy Williams 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Billy Williams 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ Game-Used Jersey Card

There is no doubt that Billy Williams belongs in this set.  One of the most famous Chicago Cubs of all-time, Williams was a fan favorite at Wrigley Field for 16 magnificent seasons.

Williams’ impressive resume displays the following – Rookie of the Year(1961), 2-time runner up for the MVP(’70 & ’72), 6-time All-star, Batting Title(’72), 2,711 career hits, 426 home runs, 1,410 runs scored, 1,475 RBI, and a career batting average of .290.

And the fact that this card features a Grey swatch from one of Williams’ Cubs jerseys is simply icing on the cake!!!


Signing Results: Ken Griffey

Signing Results:  Ken Griffey

I have had ‘The Big Red Machine’ on my brain for most of 2010.  And while doing so, I have learned quite a bit about the squad while also picking up some great cards and autographs of the team.

This time around, I was able to participate in a signing in which Ken Griffey was going to be attending.  One of the members of the autograph website that I am a member of was kind enough to offer his help as he was going to be at the show.  I quickly reacted to that invitation, and now I have one more great autograph for my collection.

Here it is, baseball number 43 of the ’30-YOC’ collection:

Pretty nice huh??  I was a bit hesitant when it came to chosing an inscription for Mr. Griffey.  While wildly successful as a major league player, he didn’t quite get the individual notoriety that his peers obtained.  Nonetheless, I am thrilled with how the ball turned out!

And I scored a pretty nice inscription too, huh…

Ken Griffey 1978 Topps

Ken Griffey 1978 Topps

There’s the man!!  And look at that million-dollar smile!!!!

This card, and Ken Griffey’s style screams 1970’s.  From the afro hiding under his Reds cap to those wonderful pork-chop sideburns…

Griffey was a stud.  And in 1978, he was quite a source of offense for the Reds.  Collecting 177 hits including 33 doubles, 8 triples, and 10 home runs, Griffey had the talent to provide a solid on-base percentage coupled with the knack for hitting the ball very hard.  During that ’78 season, he also drove in 63 runs while scoring 90.  And for good measure, Griffey also stole 23 bases.

A truly undervalued player – Griffey provided quite a spark to the Reds’ offensive machine!!!

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – SET COMPLETE!!!!

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – SET COMPLETE!!!!

What can I say?  Collecting this set was a great trip down memory lane for me.

Putting this 10-card set together really invigorated and motivated me to continue my pursuit of paying tribute to one of baseball’s greatest dynasties – ‘The Big Red Machine’.

It started with collecting the 1975 Topps Reds team set.  And from there I went after this subset from the 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set.  I am very excited to see where this journey may take me next!!!

Here is the set.  And while there is one glaring and obvious omission from this group of Reds legends – I LOVE IT!!!


2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Frank Robinson

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Frank Robinson

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.

2 of the more notable feats are his 2,943 career hits and 586 home runs.

In baseball, the measurement of an excellent hitter is the 3,000s hit plateau.  Robinson fell just 57 hits short of that mark.  And the measure of a supreme power hitter is the 500 HR threshold.  Robinson crushed 586 and fell just 14 dingers short of the rare 600 HR club.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tony Perez

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tony Perez

Perez enjoyed a long, 23-year career in the big leagues.  A solid player that put up impressive numbers annually, Perez was a strong contributor and was one of the reasons that his teams played in 5 World Series match-ups.  Perez is a winner – and the teams he played for benefited from his talents.  From 1970-76, Tony’s team played for the World Series title 4 times.  And although they only captured 2 titles in those 4 chances, Tony Perez and ‘The Big Red Machine’ are still talked about today as one of the greatest dynasties in baseball history. 

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tom Seaver

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Tom Seaver

Seaver was a Rookie of the Year winner, a 3-time Cy Young award winner, and a member of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets. 

His Hall of Fame resume includes 311 wins, a career 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and being a 12-time All-star. 

Seaver was one of the most dominant pitchers in the 1970’s – and he deservedly earned the nickname ‘Tom Terrific’!