Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Donruss Triple Play
I’m not a huge fan of the Donruss Triple Play brand. Personally, I did not find that the cards were very exciting. And I also thought that the large, shifted frame that held the player’s picture took up too much space and limited the effectiveness of a nice, larger image.
But, this Cal Ripken card from the 1992 set escapes that criticism. This card is sweet!
Have a look:
I love the image that was used of Cal for this set. Not only is the card action packed, but you get a good idea of what is happening. It appears that Rickey Henderson (#24) was either picked off or an attempt to pick him off occurred. Cal’s got the ball in his hand and based on the direction that Henderson slid, he looks like he is headed back to 2B. Either that, or Cal snagged a liner off the hitter’s bat and tried to chase Rickey back to second…
A fine addition to my Cal Ripken Jr. player collection.
Posted in Cal Ripken, Jr. Collection
Tagged 1983 world series, 3000 hits, 400 home runs, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, baseball milestones, baseball records, cal ripken jr., gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, orioles, ripken, Rookie of the Year, ROY, shortstop, silver slugger, world series
Eddie Murray 1994 Bazooka Baseball Card
I never collected the Bazooka brand of baseball cards when they were first issued, but I am making up for that 20 years later.
These cards are pretty nice.
And they definitely do not have a lot of the gaudy and over-crowded design elements that many cards of the 1990’s featured.
Instead, this set is sharp and clean. It features a border-less design and a nice nameplate that runs horizontally along the bottom of the card.
This is the Eddie Murray card from the 1994 set:
Pretty nice, huh?
I really like the column of player positions that runs vertically down the right-side of the card. The highlighted position of the player being featured is a very nice touch. I’m going to try to do a quick web search for an NL player to see if his card was missing the ‘DH’ position…
Posted in Eddie Murray Collection
Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 500 hrs, all-star, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, baseball milestones, eddie murray, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mickey mantle, orioles, RBI leader, switch hitter
1975 Topps Set Card 316/660 – #519 – Jim Todd, Cubs
Card Number: 519
Player Name: Jim Todd
Team: Chicago Cubs
Image Style: Posed Pitching
Years In The Major Leagues: 6 seasons, 1974-79
Notes From His 1975 Season: Jim Todd pitched in 58 games for the Oakland Athletics in 1975. By the end of the season, he sported a record of 8-13 with 12 saves. Todd worked 122 innings in ’75, allowing 104 hits and 40 runs en route to an ERA of 2.29. In that span, he struck out 50 batters while walking 33.
Notes From Career: Jim Todd pitched for three different teams during his 6-year major league career. Primarily used as a relief pitcher, Todd appeared in 270 games over that time. He has a career record of 25-23 with 24 saves. In 511 innings, Todd allowed 541 hits and 283 runs.
Posted in 1975 Topps Baseball Card Set
Tagged 1975 baseball, 1975 topps, A's, Athletics, baseball, baseball cards, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, jim todd, mariners, Oakland Athletics, pitcher, relief pitcher, seattle mariners, topps set, toppse set build
1988 HEADLINE: Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser Wins Cy Young Award With Unanimous Vote
On this date in 1988, Orel Hershiser captured the National League’s Cy Young award in a unanimous vote.
Taking all 24 first-place votes, this award capped an unbelievable season for the right-hander.
A close look at the numbers:
23-8 during the regular season with 15 complete games and 8 shutouts. In 267 innings of work, Hershiser compiled a low ERA of just 2.25. His dominant year led to another selection to the National League All-star team and his first Cy Young Award. During the playoffs, Hershiser led the Dodgers to the World Series championship while winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in the process!!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Hershiser!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Orel Hershiser Collection
Tagged 1988 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, cy young, cy young award, dodgers, gold glove, los angeles dodgers, orel hershiser, pitcher, shutouts, world series, world series MVP
1976 Headline: Williams Released By The Oakland A’s, Opts For Retirement
On this day in 1976, Billy Williams was released by the Oakland Athletics, ending his 18-season major league career.
During his 18 years in the big leagues, Williams spent 16 with the Cubs, and his final two with the A’s. Most known for his incredible left-handed swing, Williams collected 2,711 hits, alongside 434 doubles and 426 home runs. He was a catalyst to the Cubs’ offense, and finished in 2nd place for the MVP award on two occasions.
Williams was a 6-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year winner, batting champion, and member of the 1987 Hall of Fame class.
Congratulations to Billy Williams on a fantastic career!!!
Posted in Billy Williams Collection, Birthdays & Anniversaries, Chicago Cubs
Tagged all-star, Athletics, baseball, baseball cards, Billy Williams, Billy Williams Collection, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Hall Of Fame, HOF, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, playoffs, Rookie of the Year, ROY
Reggie Jackson 1976 SSPC Baseball Card
I don’t have a lot of cards from these SSPC baseball card sets, but the ones that I have been able to grab are pretty neat. And perfect for my most favorite player collections, too.
This card of Reggie Jackson comes courtesy of the 1976 SSPC set.
Take a look:
These cards are very basic in nature offering no graphic elements on the front while also missing team names, player names, player positions, and brand logo. Instead, the card showcases a large image.
These cards remind of a the more current Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In cards. But since those did not debut until the mid-80’s, I will say that this is one of the earlier ‘blank’ front cards that I know of…
Posted in Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR, 500 HR club, 500 hrs, A's, all-star, angels, Athletics, baseball cards, california angels, collection, facial hair, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mustache, new york yankees, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, reggie jackson, Reggie Jackson - Mr. October, world series, world series MVP, yankees
Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Mini – Base
While the scan does not show it, this is the Jose Fernandez base card from the 2014 Topps Mini card set.
Maybe next time when I scan cards that I score from this set, I will take the extra step and show it off next to the standard-sized base card so you can see just how ‘mini’ the card is.
Maybe next time..
For now, enjoy this card of the 2013 NL ROY!
Posted in Jose Fernandez Collection
Tagged 2013 all-star, 2013 ROY, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball news, florida marlins news, Florida/Miami Marlins, jose fernandez, jose fernandez relic, jose fernandez relic card, Marlins, marlins baseball, miami marlins, pitcher, rookie, Rookie of the Year, rookie phenom, ROY, starting pitcher