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Is This A Robin Yount Baseball Card OR A George Brett Baseball Card???

Is This A Robin Yount Baseball Card OR A George Brett Baseball Card???

A very simple question – or so you thought…

I picked up this card a few weeks ago and am having a little trouble deciding how to organize it into my collection.  I am not a ‘collector’ of either of these Hall of Famers at the present moment, so as it relates to my collection, I have no preference.

Let me show you the conundrum that I am in.

Issued by Upper Deck in 1992, the card pays tribute to both players collecting the 3,o00th hits of their major league careers.

Designed with a very attractive background, the front of the card looks like this:

And, now here is the back:

See the pickle that I am in???

What would you do???

Robin Yount & Dave Winfield 2002 Fleer Greats ‘Dueling Duos’

Robin Yount & Dave Winfield 2002 Fleer Greats ‘Dueling Duos’

The thought is awesome.

The idea works.

The execution – not so much….

When I hear of ‘Dueling Duos’ I picture some of the great battles between hitter and pitcher.  Give me Eckersley & Gibson.  How about Clemens & Mattingly?

Dave Winfield & Robin Yount?  Not so much…  Sure they have some things in common – HOFers, All-Stars, World Series’ – but Duels?  I cannot ever recall a Duel between the two…

FAIL!!

 

Robin Yount 2011 Topps ’60 Years Of Topps’

Robin Yount 2011 Topps ’60 Years Of Topps’

Wow, would you look at those curly, curly locks on the top of Yount’s head.  If it entertains me, I have to wonder what the Hall of Famer thinks when he sees pictures of his hair from his early playing days…

Just 1 of the many reason that I love these reprint cards – Memories!!

Ozzie Smith 2010 Topps Vintage Legends!!

Ozzie Smith 2010 Topps Vintage Legends!!

This cards screams ‘OLD-SCHOOL’!!!

Taking a crack at the 1970 Topps base card design, this card was issued of Ozzie Smith as part of Topps’ Vintage Legends set.

And man, does this card bring back memories of a more free time in baseball.

Just look at Ozzie and his uniform….  The afro, the San Diego Padres cap, and check out his pants!

Thank you Topps.  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!   You have once again brought a collector back to his childhood.  And for me, that is one of the main reasons I collect today – to honor the stars from when I was a kid!

A+

Robin Yount 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Robin Yount 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Man, I am love, love, loving this set of cards!!!

And while my preference would be to own the original, I will settle for the reprint issued 35 years after its debut.

I like Robin Yount as a player –  his numbers are strong from start to finish.  I have to wonder how much bigger of a star Yount would have been had he not called Milwaukee his baseball ‘home’ for the duration of his career.

Oh well, at some point Robin Yount will be added to the ’30-YOC’ roster.  And then I will go after getting the 1975 version.  But for now, this will work!

Enjoy!!

2010 Topps ‘History Of The World Series’ Subset = EPIC FAIL!!!

2010 Topps ‘History Of The World Series’ Subset = EPIC FAIL!!!

A subset like this is built for collectors just like me.  With a love for the history of the game, I am a sucker for any and all subsets that get released that remind us about the sport’s greatest moments.

For me, it was a no-brainer to purchase this set of 25 cards.  Going in blind, I had no idea what the contents were, but I know enough about the history of the World Series to know that it would be exciting.

Eagerly, I waited for the set to arrive…

And when it did – sheer and utter disappointment!!

It’s not that I don’t like the cards – I do.  It’s just that there are so many moments in World Series history missing from this set – moments that absolutely deserve to be included.

And while there are cards in the set that I did not expect, like two featuring the Florida Marlins, the glaring omissions are just too much for me.

For starters, there is no card celebrating Don Larsen’s perfect game(but there is one of Yogi catching it?).  There is not a single mention of ‘The Big Red Machine”.  No Mookie Wilson or Bill Buckner.  No Kirk Gibson or San Francisco earthquake either.  Oh, and no Joe Carter!  But even bigger of an omission is that of Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson – WOW!!!

So, I will not be showing off this subset to you one card at a time.  NOPE – consider this my one and only post for this set.

Enjoy the cards…

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Johnny Bench – February 10, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Johnny Bench – February 10, 2011

Broken Sound Country Club
Boca Raton, Fla.
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 10

I had to meet the gf in Stuart at 5:30 so I had about an hour or so to kill. Would’ve most likely gone back to the course Friday or Saturday to get the few guys I still needed but I received a text from a friend as soon as I got out of school saying that Johnny Bench was playing in the Pro-Am. I have multiple IP experiences with him so I knew he was going to be difficult. But I thought I might be able to get at least one for free. Arrived at about 3:30 p.m. and all the golfers I needed were on the course so I simply waited for Bench to finish No. 9 (he had teed off on the back). Place was a ghost town (no fans or security anywhere). Two locals were the first to approach him, asking him if he would do a private signing (100 items) with them later. “We’ll pay you for your time,” was what they had said. Of course, Bench was all for that. I couldn’t get his attention and he drove away. I caught him at the next hole and thought he might do one for free I was nice. I said something about being a teacher and that I wouldn’t be able to hang around for the private thing that he was going to do. He turned me down almost immediately. I really wanted to get the Perez-Steele done so I told him that I could pay him. I opened the wallet and asked him how much it would take. $20 without HOF and $30 with…..Of course, I had no change so it was either going to be $22 or $40 and Bench would not take $22 nor would he be giving me change. I gave him the $40, then got caught in a downpour.

Johnny Bench: 1/1 (Perez-Steele) …. I asked him why he signed for free a few minutes earlier. “Yeah, but you’re a collector.” I don’t think he understands what it means to be a collector. I would’ve gotten a picwith had I not been in such a sour mood.

Johnny Bench 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Johnny Bench 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Any player wearing the color Red that is featured in this 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set looks fantastic.

For some reason, maybe the clean and White space that occupies most of the card, the Red jumps off of the cardboard.

The picture of Johnny Bench used on this card looks very nice as well.  And I like the shadow-effect that Fleer used – it gives the card depth.

Here it is:

And now that I have this card in my collection, I am very curious to see the original photo.  I wonder if it is as interesting as the edited version used here…  Hmmm.

Ernie Banks 2010 Topps ‘Tales Of The Game’ – “Let’s Play Two!!!”

Ernie Banks 2010 Topps ‘Tales Of The Game’ – “Let’s Play Two!!!”

From the back of the card – Banks expressed his dep passion for the game with three little words: “Let’s Play Two!”  Often uttered on sunny days as a genial request for a doubleheader, the phrase became as synonymous with the Cubs slugger as his 512 career home runs, outstanding defense, and two NL MVP awards.  Ernie’s cheerful disposition and eager playing style made him one of the most popular figures in Chicago Sports history.

Johnny Bench 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ – 1970 Topps

Johnny Bench 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ – 1970 Topps

Cards of catchers are fantastic because they often offer you an image that you would not see another position player captured in.

And that is exactly what you get with this replica of Johnny Bench’s 1970 Topps baseball card.

See for yourself:

Pretty nice, huh?

Topps has really done a perfect job of keeping this collector interested in modern-era issues. 

Mission accomplished!!!