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1996 HEADLINE: Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

1996 HEADLINE:  Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person. This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’. And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me. That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter. And Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person. This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’. And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me. That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter. And Happy Anniversary!!!

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

I Have Completed The 1968 Topps Game Set – YES!!!!

Yes, 33 weeks after debuting my first card from this legendary set, I have completed the entire set.

It was a lot of fun to focus my attention on this set, and at times I thought that my goal of completing the set was unattainable. 

Before I get into a few notes about this set and what it took for me to put it together, let me show you the whole thing.

Here are the cards:

Pretty sweet, huh?  Yeah, this one easily ranks as the best set of cards I have built since getting back into the hobby more than four years ago.  The set is packed with baseball history, and is a very solid representation of ‘true vintage’.

While going through the process of putting this set together, I found out quite a bit about the players that were included.  And while I could never find the details as to why  Topps chose these 33 players, some are very obvious due to their career achievements and others due to their fantastic 1967 baseball seasons.

A few more random notes about the set:

  • the full set cost me just under $50 to put together
  • the most expensive card for me to obtain was the Mickey Mantle card, followed by Roberto Clemente and then Brooks Robinson
  • there are notable ommissions from the set – Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Maury Wills, Phil Niekro, Fergie Jenkins, and Luis Tiant.
  • Amazingly, many of the cards from this set can still be had for just $1.00
  • The cards seem to take on a yellow hue, most likely due to age and how they were handled.  I tried my best to limit my intake of these yellowed versions as much as possible

This set was a blast to put together – and I am very happy that I challenged myself to do so.

I have a few things in mind for the next subset that I want to build, but I am not certain that any set can live up to the joy that this 1968 Topps Game set brought me.

🙂

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person.  This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’.  And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me.  That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter.  And Happy Anniversary!!!

My Al Leiter Collection Commemorating His ‘No-Hitter’ Is Now Complete!!!

My Al Leiter Collection Commemorating His ‘No-Hitter’ Is Now Complete!!!

I have stated it many times on this blog – the best sporting event I have ever been to was the game in which I saw Al Leiter throw a no-hitter!!  I have been to World Series games, NBA conference Finals, and some extremely exciting events during my time, but no game captured the ‘edge of your seat’ feeling like watching a no-hitter going down right in front of your eyes.

A few years ago I sent my ticket stub to Mr. Leiter along with a few cards in hope of nabbing a few autographs.

And then just last week, I got my baseball back from a signing he was doing in conjunction with the Major League Alumni Marketing team.

And now, my collection is complete – and it looks G-R-E-A-T!!!

Have a look:

Thank you for the memories, Mr. Leiter!!!

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

Frank Howard was known as ‘The Capital Punisher’ due to his impact on the Washington Senator teams of the mid-to-late 1960s.  His power and run production was unmatched, both by his teammates and the league.  A 2-time home run champ, Howard connected for 248 home runs in eight seasons with the squad.

Howard was a Rookie of the Year winner in 1960 and a 4-time All-Star.  He was part of the 1963 World Series championship team in Los Angeles.


Progress – 3/33

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

1968 Topps Game – Hall of Famers, Ron Santo & Frank Robinson

These two guys are the guys that inspired me to go out and collect the full set of baseball cards tagged as 1968 Topps Game.

I picked up both of these near-mint beauties at a baseball card show last November, and ever since then I have thought about completing the set.  So, as part of my ‘Collecting Goals of 2012’, I will attempt to do just that – complete the full 33-card set.

My checklist is built.

And now I happily add cards one and two into the set:

Progress – 2/33

1968 Topps Game Checklist

1968 Topps Game Checklist

Well, one of my 2012 collecting goals is to put together the 1968 Topps Game set of trading cards.  The set features 33 cards in total and runs the gammot of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, semi-stars, and scrubs.

I think that this will be a very fun challenge to undertake, and I look forward to learning a little more about the 33 guys that are part of this set.

And if it all works out, I will pick up my very first cards of Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente as I put this set together.

So, what is the first step in getting this new quest going?  The checklist, of course.

By now you all should know that I am an uber-organized collector, and my checklist will help lead me to the finished line.

So, here it is:

Card # Player
1 Mateo Alou
2 Mickey Mantle
3 Carl Yastrzemski
4 Hank Aaron
5 Harmon Killebrew
6 Roberto Clemente
7 Frank Robinson
8 Willie Mays
9 Brooks Robinson
10 Tommy Davis
11 Bill Freehan
12 Claude Osteen
13 Gary Peters
14 Jim Lonborg
15 Steve Hargan
16 Dean Chance
17 Mike McCormick
18 Tim McCarver
19 Ron Santo
20 Tony Gonzalez
21 Frank Howard
22 George Scott
23 Rich Allen
24 Jim Wynn
25 Gene Alley
26 Rick Monday
27 Al Kaline
28 Rusty Staub
29 Rod Carew
30 Pete Rose
31 Joe Torre
32 Orlando Cepeda
33 Jim Fregosi

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Now let’s collect!!!

Today’s Marlins/Brewers Game Will Be A Family Affair!!!

Today’s Marlins/Brewers Game Will Be A Family Affair!!!

This afternoon I’m taking the whole family to the ballpark for an afternoon with the Florida Marlins.

This will be my 2-year old’s first game, while my older boy, almost 5 now, has been to 4-5 games with me.  And my wife has accompanied me to probably 5-6.  But as a whole group, this is game #1.  And this is something that I have dreamed of for quite some time.

Since the Marlins are moving even further South after the season is over, I wanted to get in a game with the 4 of us this year.  The Marlins games are extremely affordable now so I have very little to lose by trying my luck with a very hyper and silly 2-year old.  Next year, there is a lot more money and mileage at stake…

So, today will be full of popcorn and baseball.  LoMo will probably get a hit and my older son will probably want some cotton candy.

I do know that I have waited for this moment for a long time.  And no matter the outcome of the game, or how long we actually stay, today is a very special day for me!!!

GO FISH!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

Happy Anniversary Al Leiter!!!

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person.  This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’.  And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me.  That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter.  And Happy Anniversary!!!