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1975 Topps Set Card 60/660 – #382 – Don Baylor, Orioles

1975 Topps Set Card 60/660 – #382 – Don Baylor, Orioles

Progress: 60/660

Player Name:  Don Baylor

Card Number:  382

Team:  Baltimore Orioles

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

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

Notes From His 1975 Season:   The 1975 baseball season was Baylor’s final one in Baltimore.  He played in 145 game for the team while hitting .282 and connecting for 25 home runs.  Baylor scored 79 runs, drove in 76, and was hit by a league leading 13 pitches while at the plate.

Notes From Career:  Baylor played for six different teams during his 19-year career.  He collected 2,135 hits with 366 doubles and 338 home runs.  Baylor also stole 285 bases en route to scoring 1,236 runs in 2,292 games. He won the Silver Slugger Award three times, was an All-Star, and a league MVP in 1979.  Baylor was part of the 1987 World Series champion Minnesota Twins.


‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #21

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #21

1972 Topps – Card #474 – AKA – ‘The Don Baylor Rookie Card’

Don Baylor – The leagues MVP in 1979 had a wonderful 19-year major league baseball career.  Baylor was a power hitter as he connected for 338 home runs during his playing days.  And amazingly, Baylor also stole 285 bases!  In 10 of his 19 seasons Baylor reached double figures in both home runs and stolen bases; 4 of which were 20/20.  Baylor won a World Series championship as a member of the Twins in 1987.

Roric Harrison – A 5-season veteran, Harrison played for 4 different teams in that short time.  With a career record of 30-35, Harrison also tallied 10 career saves.  Harrison was never able to solidify a spot as a starter or relief pitcher and by 1978 his professional career was complete.

Johnny Oates – The 10th pick in the 1967 draft, Oates enjoyed a 11-year career in the big leagues.  A career .250 hitter, Oates amassed just 410 hits.  Of his offensive stats, the most impressive would be his 149 strikeouts in 1,820 plate appearances!

1989 Topps – Pack #3

Here is what I pulled from pack #3 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 3a

pack 3b

Notable:  Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson and power slugger Don Baylor.

Pick of the Pack: The Kirk Gibson All-star card was a hit in 1989.  Gibby was riding a huge wave of popularity after possibly the greatest home run in baseball history during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Did You Know…

The only player to appear in three consecutive World Series with three different teams was Don Baylor, with the Boston Red Sox in 1986, the Minnesota Twins in 1987, and the Oakland A’s in 1988. 


He’s smiling for good reason!!!

‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #2 – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence’

This book is the 2nd book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence ‘

Synopsis – The most heated rivalry in all of professional sports – The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox.  Dating back to the early 1900’s the games and rivalry established between these two franchises is legendary.  And with the rivalry comes stories of laughter mixed with tears as well as the thrill of victory and the heartbreak of defeat.

Jacket  Content – In the rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox, there is a bold line separating the two teams.  The fans from ‘Beantown’ are as loyal as they come even though their overall team success is not on par with their counterparts.  And the Yankees team, armed with 26 World Championships, are the more decorated team and act as such.

This book will share the stories of the players that called both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium home during their careers.  We will dig in deep to dissect the sport’s oldest and strongest rivalry by listening to the stories of the men that played for both teams.  In this book you will hear funny recounts of fan interaction, horror stories of players that have left one team to join their biggest enemy, and tales of the ultimate satisfaction – beating their arch nemesis(and former teams). 

207 players have done this.  Here are the stories of the most accomplished and famous men of that group.


1 – Don Baylor : Yankees(1983-85) Red Sox(1986-87)

2 – Wade Boggs : Yankees(1993-97) Red Sox(1982-92)

3 – Jose Canseco : Yankees(2000) Red Sox(1995-96)

4 – Roger Clemens : Yankees(1999-07) Red Sox(1984-96)

5 – David Cone : Yankees(1995-00) Red Sox(2001)

6 – Johnny Damon : Yankees(2006-present) Red Sox(2002-05)

7 – Rickey Henderson : Yankees(1985-89) Red Sox(2002)

8 – Mike Lowell : Yankees(1998) Red Sox(2006-present)

9 – Sparky Lyle : Yankees(1972-78) Red Sox(1967-71)

10 –  John Olerud : Yankees(2004) Red Sox (2005)

11 – Jeff Reardon : Yankeed(1994) Red Sox (1990-92)

12 – George Herman ‘ Babe’ Ruth : Yankees(1920-34) Red Sox(1914-19)

13 – Lee Smith : Yankees(1993) Red Sox(1988-90)

14 – JT Snow : Yankees(1992) Red Sox(2006)

15 – Luis Tiant : Yankees(1979-80) Red Sox(1971-18)

16 – David Wells : Yankees(1997-03) Red Sox(2005-06)


The 11th Commandment – NO MORE PENNY SLEEVES!!!

Strike 1.  Strike 2.  And strike 3.  You’re out!!!

I’m done sending penny sleeves with my TTM requests.  I have received some great signed cards, but too many in my opinion have become wasted due to smearing in a plastic sleeve.  Take a look below. 

Strike 1, 2, and 3.

Strike 1, 2, and 3.

To Bruce Jenner, Don Baylor, and Rick Reuschel – I want to ‘Thank You’ all for taking time out of your lives to make this fan happy.  These signed cards mean quite a bit to me and will remain in my collection as is. 

Don Baylor Autpgraph TTM Success

Just like during his playing days, Don Baylor delivered!!!  In just 8 days Baylor returned these cards to me.  It looks like he put them back in their penny sleeves a little too quickly though as the ink ran badly on the 1983 Donruss card.  But I certainly appreciate his prompt response to my request for an autograph.

2,135 hits, 338 home runs, 1,276 RBI, 1 MVP award(1979), and 1 extremely happy fan!!!

Thank you Mr. Baylor!!! 


14 More Autograph TTM Requests Are In The Mail!!!

Another round of letters are going into the mail tomorrow.  I just sealed these up and am ready to get them into the postal stream. 

My mailbox has been quite active lately and I am hoping my luck continues as I try a few of my older, sentimental players as well as a few more current guys.

Here are the guys I am sending to now:  Jim Lonborg, Bernie Williams, Al Downing, Don Baylor, Claudell Washington, Charlie Hough, Rick Reuschel, Glenn Beckert, Mike Mussina, Brett Butler, Marquis Grissom, Mike Cameron, Eric Davis, and Ozzie Guillen.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated as, good or bad, as these start to make their way back home to me.

Wish me luck… 



“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #24

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #24

Don Baylor – 1971 Topps – #709

Don Baylor defines what a power hitter is.  Known for driving the ball out of the ballpark farther than most of his teammates or competitors, Baylor was a big draw in the game during the 1970’s and 80’s.  As a major league player for 19 seasons, Baylor finished his career with a .260 batting average while hitting 338 home runs and driving in 1,276 runs.  Like most power hitters, Baylor struck out quite a bit, and ended his career with 1,069 strikeouts.  Baylor’s best season came in 1979 when he won the Most Valuable Player award.  In the ’79 season, Baylor hit .296 while belting 36 homers and driving in 139 runs.  Baylor played in 3 consecutive World Series match-ups in the late 80’s for 3 different teams.  In 1986 he played as a member of the Red Sox, ’87 with the Twins, and ’88 with the A’s – ultimately he won just one title with the Oakland A’s in 1988.