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1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

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Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

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1975 Topps Set Card 175/660 – #17 – Dave Concepcion, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 175/660 – #17 – Dave Concepcion, Reds

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Player Name:  Dave Concepcion

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1970-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Dave Concepcion played in 140 games for the Reds in 1975.  He hit .274 on the year with 139 hits in 507 at-bats.  Concepcion stole 33 bases in 1975 en route to scoring 62 runs.  He was named as an All-Star in 1975 and also won a Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at shortstop.

Notes From Career:  A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.  A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

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Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Dave Concepcion turns 66 years old today.

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons. And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times. He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

Happy Birthday Mr. Concepcion!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Concepcion

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Concepcion

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Dave Concepcion card from the set:

Concepcion

 

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.  A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.  Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times. He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Concepcion was recently named as a finalist for Hall of Fame induction on the ‘Veteran’s Committee’ ballot.  Ultimately, I do not think that he will be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. But, I am happy to see him getting the respect and attention that he deserves.

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Dave Concepcion turns 65 years old today.

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons. And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times. He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

Happy Birthday Mr. Concepcion!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Luis Aparicio VS Pee Wee Reese VS Dave Concepcion

Hall Of Fame Debate: Luis Aparicio VS Pee Wee Reese VS Dave Concepcion

I am without a doubt a Miami Marlins fan.

But when it comes to the history of the game, the Marlins barely scratch the surface of what has occured in the history of this fine sport.

And when it comes to baseball history, my favorite dynasty is ‘The Big Red Machine’.  The offense that this team was able to deliver was superb and without a chink in their armor – from power to finese to speed and to luck, they had it all.

That team was front-loaded with mega-talent – Hall Of Famers at C, 1B, 2B, and 3B.  But, they also featured some extremely talented players around them – Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster, and Dave Concepcion.  These three guys all played major roles in the success of the Reds during the mid-1970’s; and it is possible that without them, the team would not have succeeded as they did.

For this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’, I would like to take a closer look at the career of the shortstop from this squad, Dave Concepion.

And I will compare him to a few Hall of Fame shortstops so we can see how he stacks up…

Sound good?  Great.  On to the numbers!!!

  Concepcion Aparicio Reese
Seasons 19 18 16
Games 2,488 2,599 2,166
Batting Average 0.267 0.262 0.269
On-Base 0.322 0.311 0.366
Hits 2,326 2,677 2,170
200-Hit Seasons 0 0 0
150-199 Hit Seasons 7 9 5
Doubles 389 394 330
Triples 48 92 80
Home Runs 101 83 126
Runs Scored 993 1,335 1,338
RBI 950 791 885
Stolen Bases 321 506 232
All-Star 9 10 10
ROY 1
MVP
Gold Glove 5 8 n/a
Silver Slugger 2 n/a n/a
Postseasons 5 2 7
WS Titles 2 1 1

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First, let me state that I know that these three players starred during different eras.  And yes, I also know that Reese missed out on a few seasons while serving in the army.

But, what I am trying to do with this post is shed some light on the career of Dave Concepcion and how he played a significant role for the Reds.  His numbers, or at least many of his numbers, are on par with other Hall Of Fame shortstops.

For me, the fact that Concepcion was able to amass these kinds of numbers while being the 5th or 6th best offensive player on the time is unheard of.  Reese was not a comlementary piece, he was a captain.  And the same goes for Aparicio – he was one of the top two talents on his famous Orioles and White Sox teams.

Reese.Aparicio.Concepcion

So, my question for this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debates’ is this – Does Dave Concepcion deserve to be mentioned in the same conversation as Luis Aparicio and Pee Wee Reese and if Dave Concepcion was the #1 or #2 guy on the same teams that these two players starred on, do you think that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.

And since I like to take part in the ‘HOF Debate’, I will cast my vote.

It goes like this:
*Dave Concepcion absolutely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as these two players.  He was not as dominant as Aparicio when it comes to how Luis was tagged as ‘the best bas stealer’ for a full decade, but when looking at their careers for both individual and team accomplishments, I think that the arguement is strong that he in on par.
* Yes, I feel that if Concepcion had been putting up these numbers on a team that did not boast 4 Hall Of Fame talents, his light would have shined brighter and he would have his bust in bronze at Cooperstown.

Now, it is your turn.  Give me your thoughts, and ‘Thanks’ for reading!!

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Dave Concepcion turns 64 years old today.

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons.  And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history.  For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits.  Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases.  Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times.  He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

Happy Birthday Mr. Concepcion!!!

1982 Fleer ‘Big Red Machine’ Starring Dan Driessen, Dave Concepcion, And George Foster

1982 Fleer ‘Big Red Machine’ Starring Dan Driessen, Dave Concepcion, And George Foster

While the three players featured in this baseball card issued as part of the 1982 Fleer baseball cards set do not conjure of images and thoughts of the true ‘Big Red Machine’, I am happy to see that Fleer made the effort.

Have a look:

 

But, back in 1982 Johnny Bench was with the team still too – I wonder why he was left out…

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Rookie Card Stocking Stuffers!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Rookie Card Stocking Stuffers!!!

OK gang, after a few weeks off, I am ready to jump back into the weekly ‘Top Ten Lists’ again.

So, since we are just a week away from Christmas, I thought I would offer up a holiday themed list this week.

This week, I will present you with my ‘Top Ten Stocking Stuffers’.  In my house, it has become a tradition that the family’s stocking are opened up on Christmas Eve – a little warm-up to the next day’s big event if you will…

The rules for our family stockings are simple – all combined gifts cannot exceed $20.  Other than that, anything goes…  In the past, my stocking has contained DVDs, CDs, candy, and of course, baseball cards!!

So, now you have the background, let’s get on to it.  Below are the ten rookie baseball cards that I would love to see in my Christmas stocking next weekend – and if shopped properly, each could be had for less than $20…

Honorable Mention – Dave Parker, Bert Blyleven, Vida Blue, and Willie Randolph.

10 – Steve Garvey

9 – Dave Concepcion

8 – George Foster

7 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage

6 – Kirk Gibson

5 – Jack Morris

4 – Luis Tiant

3 – Keith Hernandez

2 – Carlton Fisk

1 – Rollie Fingers

And there you have it.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find one or more of these beauties in my stocking next Saturday night.  If so, I will surely let you know..

If you could choose one rookie baseball card to find in your stocking, what would you like to see?  And stick to the rules – under $20!!!

New Page At 30-Year Old Cardboard: “Big Red Machine”

New Page At 30-Year Old Cardboard: “Big Red Machine”

Time to put my collection of Big Red Machine baseball cards and memorabilia up on display.

I have spent parts of the last two years putting this collection together and I am thrilled with the outcome to this point.  I will continue to work on it, and update this page through the process but I think that I am at a point right now where the set is worthy of being placed on display for you to enjoy.

So, click here to view my collection that celebrates my favorite baseball dynasty – “The Big Red Machine”.

Oh, and if you have any ideas as to what I should go after next to help bolster this collection, I am always accepting in new ideas.

Thanks for reading!!!