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1975 Topps Set Card 218/660 – #379 – Gary Matthews, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 218/660 – #379 – Gary Matthews, Giants

Progress: 218/660

Player Name:  Gary Matthews

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Gary Matthews played in 116 games for the Giants in 1975.  He hit .280 with 119 hits on the year.  Of his 119 hits, Matthews connected for 22 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 home runs.  He also scored 67 runs for the team while driving in 58.

Notes From Career:  Gary Matthews was the NL ROY in 1973 and went on to be an All-Star and MVP candidate on multiple occasions.  Matthews has a career batting average of .281 with 2,011 hits.  Fast on his feet and blessed with good power, Matthews stole 183 bases during his career while also connecting for 234 home runs.

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Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Gary Matthews, Sr. – Game Used Bat Card!!!

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Gary Matthews, Sr. – Game Used Bat Card!!!

What a sweet looking card!!!   I love the design and the Ivy leaves added behind the Cubs logo makes me think about good old Wrigley Field.

To the average fan, Gary Matthews probably doesn’t rank too high on their list of the greatest Cubs to play the game.  But to the loyal fans cheering for the team on the ‘North Side’, Matthews starred on our team for 3 1/2 seasons between 1984-87.  His best season as a Cubbie was in 1984 when he finished 5th for the league MVP award as he hit .291/14/82.

And check out that hunk of wood next to Matthews’ photo – SWEET!!!

2006 Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game Game-Used Bat Card – Gary Matthews, Sr.

2006 Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game Game-Used Bat Card – Gary Matthews, Sr.

I finished the base set of this ‘Cubs’ tribute a while back.  And once done, I always thought it would be a nice challenge to go after the game-used bat and jersey cards from the same series.  I have shopped for these a few different times and that dream may be tough to conquer.  But that doesn’t mean that I cannot take baby steps towards coming close to that goal.

What a sweet looking card!!!   I love the design and the Ivy leaves added behind the Cubs logo makes me think about good old Wrigley Field. 

 To the average fan, Gary Matthews probably doesn’t rank too high on their list of the greatest Cubs to play the game.  But to the loyal fans cheering for the team on the ‘North Side’, Matthews starred on our team for 3 1/2 seasons between 1984-87.  His best season as a Cubbie was in 1984 when he finished 5th for the league MVP award as he hit .291/14/82.

When I saw this card on Ebay for just $1.00, I scooped it up with nobody else making a bid.  I am very excited to add this card to my collection!!

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Andre Dawson

What can I say, I LOVE THIS CARD!!!!

 You can’t go wrong with a card showing ‘The Hawk’ taking a mean cut during batting practice!  The design of this card and the Chicago Cubs’ color scheme work perfectly.

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Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Ernie Banks

 If you’re going to have a set of cards called ‘Greats of the Game’ and feature the Chicago Cubs, then of course Ernie Banks is going to be present.  Like peanut butter and jelly, Ernie Banks and the Chicago Cubs go hand in hand.  And even with Banks’ retirement more than 30+ years in the past he is still without question the most popular and most highly decorated Cub of all-time.

Any questions as to why I had the desire to add this card to my collection???  I doubt it! 

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Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Gary Matthews, Sr.

What a sweet looking card!!!   I love the design and the Ivy leaves added behind the Cubs logo makes me think about good old Wrigley Field. 

 To the average fan, Gary Matthews probably doesn’t rank too high on their list of the greatest Cubs to play the game.  But to the loyal fans cheering for the team on the ‘North Side’, Matthews starred on our team for 3 1/2 seasons between 1984-87.  His best season as a Cubbie was in 1984 when he finished 5th for the league MVP award as he hit .291/14/82.

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Dave Winfield 1988 Score

Dave Winfield 1988 Score

I was a huge fan of the Score product when it hit the shelves in 1988.  I cannot say that it was my favorite card issue of the year, but I certainly had more of these than any other brand.  The design is very simple, and it works well.  The imagery used by Score in their very first release is commendable and I wish that their product lasted longer in the marketplace as I always enjoyed ripping open packs of their cards.

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Dave Winfield 1989 Topps

Dave Winfield 1989 Topps

The 1989 Topps design has quickly become one of my favorites from the 1980’s.  I like the style, I like the incorporation of the team’s colors, and I like the photography.  Well, most of the time I like the photos that they used.  This base card does nothing for me…  Who wants to see ‘Big Dave Winfield’ sitting on the bench?   Come on, show him making a pay in the outfield or hitting a ball over the fence or running the base paths.  Don’t show me a Hall Of Fame player riding the pine…  give me a break!!!

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The 1989 Topps Design Is Really Starting To Grow On Me…

I’ve always liked the look of this card, but as I search through Ebay for player lots or cards to add to my player collections, the 1989 Topps issue looks better and better to me each time I pass one by.

As a kid, I probably had 2 or 3 complete sets of these.  And I probably had countless other rookie and star cards from the set in my albums.

But the impact of the overall design has not hit me until very recently.  I believe that the 1989 Topps set could pass as a vintage set from 20-30 before it’s release date.

Check out how well Topps incorporated the team colors of the player’s team with the trim and team logos on the card.

 

Now, here is an example of a close-up shot we would have expected to see back in the 60’s or 70’s.  A nice close-up shot of a player getting ready to take a practice swing.  Although the photo does not appear to be staged, it reminds me of the many images from the 60’s and 70’s of players mimicking what they do in a game.

Here is a great shot of the player at bat anticipating the pitch.  Although it is not an action shot since he is not swinging the bat, it reminds me of so many attempts Topps made in the 1970’s as they tried to provide real action shots when there was nothing really happening.

Lastly, the All-Star card.  This would have looked great as an issue from the 1960’s.  Imagine this card with a close-up of Frank Robinson or Hank Aaron.  This card’s design can withstand the test of time.

Is it just me, or does anyone else reading this have similar feelings about the 1989 Topps product?  As a player collector with no real interest in set building, I think that if I were to attempt a set it would be this one.  I love the look of the cards and being that this set is over 19 years old it could be considered vintage.  Hell, the look kind of gives it that feel too…

Let me know your thoughts?  Am I alone on this or do you agree as well??

We Have A Winner: Best Baseball Card Design From The 1970’s

The 1971 Topps card design was chosen as the best design from the 1970’s.  I have to agree with the readers on this one.  I am a big fan of the 1978 set, but the 1971 issue stands heads and shoulders above the other cards issued in the 1970’s.

 And now for the reasons that the 1971 product is King!!

#1 – The Black border was a new concept.  Although the color(or lack of) makes the card look darker, it really highlights the team name, player name, and position graphics.  Also, they used a lot of photography of the players using a lower angle so the background contains a vivid Blue sky, which is a very nice contrast to the Black border.

#2 – The baseball poses actually work.  Most of the baseball poses that are used on cards are cheesy.  For the 1971 Topps set, many of the poses are actually believable and may be seen during live action.

#3 – In order to get a mint conditon card out of this set, the Black design needed to be impecable.  I have been searching this specific issue for a few cards and finding one with perfect gloss, crisp corners, 50/50 centering, and no pits or dents on the Black border has been rough.  I think that as collectors, we choose to be picky on certain things.  And finding a mint card from the 1971 Topps set is something that is not easy to do, but once it is obtained it feels like a small accomplishment has been made.