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Man Crush, Alexander Hamilton.

Written by Nick, author of the blog For Cards Sake.  Nick is also hosting a ‘Rookie Card Challenge’ that everyone should enjoy joining – Check it out here. 

Man Crush, Alexander Hamilton. 

Is it wrong to have a man crush on a historical figure?  I mean, there are very good reasons why I love this guy.  He was arguably the most important man in American history.  His economic philosophies would be touchstones of the modern American capitalistic economy.  His articles and essays in the Federalist Papers would serve as the blueprint for the country’s government.  His duel with the dastardly Aaron Burr would become legendary.  If you haven’t guessed who it is already, then perhaps you should stop reading.  I have a man crush on Alexander Hamilton.  Yes, I said it.  I will scream it off of my rooftop till my face turns blue.  I love Alexander Hamilton!   

Yes, I do have a problem.   

That should not hinder the fact that Hamilton was an essential component to the foundation of America.  To be frank, the man was a genius.  His financial plan is still praised by modern economists and his key work in the U.S. Constitution cannot be ignored.  But when people discuss the Founding Fathers, Hamilton’s name is usually a second thought.  People like to talk about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as the big Founding Fathers.  Heck, some people consider Sam Adams and Paul Revere more important Founding Fathers.  Hamilton deserves some respect.  So here it is, Mr. Hamilton, your credit where credit is due.  My Alexander Hamilton baseball card collection.   

2009 SP Legendary Cuts #182 (Numbered to 500)   


This sweet card is the best looking out of my collection.  And it feels so divine.  Yes, I do have a problem.   

2009 Topps American Heritage #32    

A very simplistic card.  It does, however, give Hamilton some credit in his role with the Revolutionary War.   



2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes #40   



Does this design look familiar?  It was used for 1986 Topps.  The back sums up his career, and character, quite nicely.      

2006 Topps United States Constitution #AH     


2006 Topps United States Constitution its brother insert, Declaration of Independence, both had the same gimmick.  There was no back.  Instead, a section of the Constitution was printed full bleed on the back in hopes that collectors will puzzle the pieces all together to form the complete document.   

2006 Topps Chrome United States Constitution #AH   


A lot shinier than the last card.  Also a lot darker, but that’s due to the scanner having a difficult time picking up chrome cards.   


2006 Topps Chrome United States Constitution Refractors #AH      

A lot, lot shinier than the last card!  This refractor rounds out the complete Alexander Hamilton Constitution set issued by Topps in 2006.   

Well that’s it so far.  I’m hoping to obtain many more in the near future.  If you have any Hamilton cards, you know where to send them.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #56

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #56

1975 Topps – Card #622 – AKA – ‘The Fred Lynn Rookie Card’

Ed Armbrister – a 5-year veteran, Armbrister suited up for the ‘Big Red Machine’ from 1973-1977.  Winning 2 World Series championship rings in the process, Armbrister played all three outfield positions for the team.  A career .245 hitter, he collected 65 hits in 265 at-bats.  Other notable offensive stats include his 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. 

Fred Lynn – Lynn played for 5 teams over the course of his 17-year major league career.  A 9-time All-star and winner of three Gold Glove awards, Lynn sported an all-around game that was to be envied.  His best season in the majors was his rookie year – 1975.  During that season Lynn hit .331 while collecting 175 hits that included 47 doubles, 7 triples, and 21 home runs.  He also scored 103 runs while driving in another 105.  Lynn’s performance was so dominant that he won the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in that year. 

Tom Poquette – Poquette was used as a utility outfielder during his 7-year big league career.  During that time, he played for 3 different teams and managed 3 post-season appearances(all losses in the ALCS).  Poquette has a lifetime batting average of .268 that includes 329 career hits.  He also amassed 127 runs scored, 10 home runs, 136 RBI, and he struck out just 82 times in 1,350 plate appearances.

Terry Whitfield – Whitfield played for 3 of the most historic franchises in major league baseball during his 10-year career – the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers.  In that time, he managed just one trip to the post-season.  Using mostly as a defensive replacement, Whitfield appeared in 730 games.  He has a career batting average of .281 and he scored 233 runs, drove in 179, and collected 537 hits.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

1969 Topps – Card #99 – AKA – ‘The Graig Nettles Rookie Card’

Danny Morris – A 2-year veteran that appeared in just 6 games, Morris had a very brief stint as a major league baseball player.  Used in both starting and relief roles, Morris compiled an 0-2 record with a 2.81 career ERA.  In 16 total innings of work, he struck out 7, walked 8, and allowed 16 hits and 9 runs.

Graig Nettles – Nettles played in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  A veteran of 6 different clubs, his greatest success came as a New York Yankee during the mid-70’s.  Nettles was a 6-time All-star, with 5 of those appearances coming while wearing pinstripes.  His career numbers are impressive – 2,225 hits, 328 doubles, 390 home runs, 1,314 RBI, and 1,193 runs scored.  Nettles played in 5 World Series contests – winning 2 titles in 1977 and 1978 with the Yankees.

Al Downing Autograph TTM Success!!!

Al Downing signed this card for me in just 9 days!!!

Al Downing had a pretty strange career.  He pitched for 17 years in the big leagues and he reached some great heights while also hitting some pretty low, lows…

Downing debuted with the New York Yankees and quickly became a solid component in their pitching rotation.  From 1963-67, he recorded double-digit wins in each season striking out 150+ a year and maintaining an ERA in the 3.50 range.  After his Yankee career was over in 1969 he bounced around in 1970 and then landed with the Dodgers for the remainder of his playing days.  In 7 seasons in LA, he only had 1 strong season – but it was awesome!!  In 1970 Al Downing finished in 3rd place for the Cy Young Award.  He had a record of 20-9 while throwing 12 complete games which included 5 shutouts.  He also racked up 136 K’s and had an ERA of just 2.68.  After than he fizzled out and never regained his winning ways from the first half of his career.

Thank you for the great autograph Mr. Downing!!! 


Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – $1 Bargain Bin Card #1

 1981 Topps – Harold Baines rookie card

I’ve wanted to add a Harold Baines rookie card to my collection for some time now.  I always admired his approach to the game and most fans will say that Baines is the guy who defined the designated hitter role perfectly.  Although I do not think that Baines is a Hall of fame player, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to grab this card for one dollar!!!


Crossing My Fingers For A Lee Smith Autograph Through The Mail

To me, Lee Smith and Dennis Eckersley go hand in hand.  My favorite closers from the National League and American League during the 1980’s.

It was natural for me to try to get Smith’s signature so off another card goes with hopes of coming home with an autograph!!  Cross your fingers for me!! 


Picking That 1 Card Design You’d Love To See Brought Back To The Hobby

We all have that 1 card that seems to always catch our eye.  It can be in the most inconspicuous of places, but it happens each and every time.  Whether you’re just browsing on Ebay, shopping at a local card shop, or going from table to table at a card show it seems to stand out amongst the rest.

For me, it’s the 1956 Jackie Robinson card.  Obviously I have never seen Jackie Robinson play but his legend speaks volumes for several reasons.  But this specific card from the 1956 set always stands out to me.  I love the design.  I love the action photo in the background with the large portrait super-imposed on top of it.  The colors that are used for a time period of primarily dull and dark cards really makes this issue stand out.  This is the first card that I ever called ‘art’ and to this day I feel that it is the best looking card I have ever seen.

So that got me to thinking…  If I could choose any 1 card design of the past to have Topps or another major baseball card company reissue with today’s players which one would it be?

For me, it is the 1956 Topps card.  And You???