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1975 Topps Set Card 298/660 – #291 – Bill Sudakis, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 298/660 – #291 – Bill Sudakis, Yankees

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Card Number:  291

Player Name:  Bill Sudakis

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Designated Hitter, 1st Base

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues: 8 seasons, 1968-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bill Sudakis played in 50 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Angels and Indians.  Combined, Sudakis had 16 hits in 104 at-bats en route to a .154 batting average.  He had 2 doubles and 2 home runs while scoring 8 runs and driving in 9.

Notes From Career:  Bill Sudakis played for six different teams during his 8-year big league career.  He is a lifetime .234 hitter with 362 hits to his credit.  Sudakis has 56 career RBI and 50 home runs to go along with 177 runs scored and 214 RBI.

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1975 Topps Set Card 178/660 – #655 – Rico Carty

1975 Topps Set Card 178/660 – #655 – Rico Carty

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Player Name:  Rico Carty

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1963-67, 1969-70, 1972-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Rico Carty played in 118 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1975.  he hit .308 for the team with 118 hits in 383 at-bats.  Of his 118 hits, Carty connected for 19 doubles and 18 home runs.  He was also responsible for driving in 64 runs while scoring 57 times.

Notes From Career:  Carty played for six different teams during his 15-season major league career.  He has a lifetime batting average of .299 with 1,677 career hits.  Carty won a batting title in 1970 with his .366 batting average.  He was also named as an All-Star in 1970.

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1975 Topps Set Card 138/660 – #213 – Oscar Gamble, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 138/660 – #213 – Oscar Gamble, Indians

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Player Name:  Oscar Gamble

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Outfield, Designated Hitter

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1969-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Oscar Gamble played in 121 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1975.  He hit .261 for the club with 91 hits in 348 at-bats.  Gamble connected for 16 doubles and 15 home runs along with stealing 11 bases for ‘The Tribe’.  He scored 60 runs for the team while driving in 45.

Notes From Career:   Oscar Gamble suited up for 7 different teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues.  He is a career .265 hitter with 188 doubles and 200 home runs on his resume.  Gamble made it to the postseason during three campaigns, and the World Series twice – but he lost in both appearances.

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Happy Birthday Frank Thomas!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Thomas!!!

‘The Big Hurt’ turns 46 years old today.

Frank Thomas was a rare player and his offensive abilities were limitless. Had it not been for injuries that effected his daily performance and prematurely ended his career, Thomas would certainly have gone down as one of the greatest ‘Big Men’ in the sport.

His resume is impressive – a 2-time MVP, 521 home runs, .301 lifetime batting average, 1,704 RBI, 2,468 career hits.

Next up for ‘The Big Hurt’? Cooperstown!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Thomas!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Harold Baines turns 54 years old today.

22 magnificent seasons, most of which were not held under the microscope of the big lights in a big city.

While Harold Baines played in some of the largest cities in the baseball world, he managed to escape national attention while still putting on consistent performances.

Baines’ numbers are extremely noteworthy, and his ability to deliver season after season is very evident by his impressive offensive stats.

Baines has a lifetime batting average of .289 alongside 2,866 hits.  He also has scored 1,299 runs, hit 384 home runs, and drove in 1,628 runs.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star and a 1-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Baines!!!

Million Dollar Question – What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card?

Million Dollar Question – What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card?

As one would expect, after the announcement of Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux’s Hall Of Fame election, there was a solid spike in the number of new listings featuring these players on Ebay.  Surely, this was a move by the non-collector to take advantage and strike while Maddux’s, Thomas’, and Glavine’s names were once again highly relevant in the hobby.

As you would expect, cards, autographs, and memorabilia of these three guys began to sell again at a pretty good pace. And the prices went from fair to overpriced to outrageous.

Just like with last week’s Greg Maddux question, this got me to thinking ‘What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card’?

So, that is tonight’s Million Dollar Question.

While there are not a ton of choices, there is a small handful to choose from.

Here they are:

1990 Topps:

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps

1990 Fleer:

Frank Thomas 1990 Fleer

1990 Bowman:

Frank Thomas 1990 Bowman

1990 Leaf:

Frank Thomas 1990 Leaf

1990 Score:

Frank Thomas 1990 Score

That’s a pretty solid crop of rookie baseball cards.

But, which one is the ‘Ultimate One’?

Hmmm….  Decisions, decisions….

I like the Topps card because it takes me back to 1990 when I was living in Chicago and I first saw Frank Thomas play.  This card was hot back then – and highly sought after by kids in the Chicago-area.  I also really like the action that the Leaf card brings.  And the Score card is very nice as well – how is such a big guy framed perfectly in this image?

My pick is the Topps card – it transports me right back to 1990.  And that is what this hobby is all about for me.  Frank Thomas was a potential star back then, and I am happy to be able to say that I watched a lot of his games when he first broke into the majors.  This Topps card features him in his old Auburn college uniform, and I have strong memories of pulling cards from the 1989 and 1990 Topps set that showed the game’s high draft picks in their college gear.

It is 1990 Topps for me!!!

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps

And now it is your turn – What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card?

 

 

 

 

1975 Topps Set Card 18/660 – #68 – Ron Bloomberg, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 18/660 – #68 – Ron Bloomberg, Yankees

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Player Name:  Ron Bloomberg

Card Number: 68

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1969, 1971-76, 1978

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bloomberg played in just 34 games in 1975.  He hit .255 on the season with 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs.  He drove in 17 runs and scored 18 runs for the Yankees.

Notes From Career:  Bloomberg was the #1 draft pick in 1967.  He is noted as the first DH in New York Yankees’ history.  Bloomberg has a career batting average of .293 with an on-base percentage of .360.  He has 391 career hits including 67 doubles, 8 triples, and 52 home runs.  Bloomberg missed the 1970 and 1977 seasons due to injury.

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