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2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Jackie Robinson

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Jackie Robinson

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Jackie Robinson card from the set:

Prime Robinson

 

The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Robinson.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Starred at UCLA in basketball, football, track, and baseball
  • Won a batting title in lone minor league season
  • Innaugural Rookie Of The Year Award Winner
  • Led NL in steals in two of first three seasons
  • First ever Black MLB analyst
  • Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 1984

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

I enjoy the tradition of the Dodgers, but I wouldn’t really classify myself as a fan of the franchise.  I do however, enjoy learning about their history, especially the time that they called Brooklyn home.

The fact that the three greatest franchises from the 1950’s all called New York home amazes me.  At the same time, I understand why expansion across the country was a good thing.

Neat the center of the greatness that was the Brooklyn Dodgers was Campanella.  A 10-year Brooklyn Dodger, Campanella held down the catcher role for the team while scooping up three MVP awards and eight All-Star roster selections.

His career numbers are very good, and as a catcher they are solid – 1,161 hits, .276 lifetime batting average, 242 home runs, 846 RBI, 627 runs scored, and just 501 strikeouts in 4,205 at-bats!!!

Happy Birthday Campy!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 2 1975 Topps MVP Commemorative Cards w/Berra, Campanella, Robinson, Maris

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 2 1975 Topps MVP Commemorative Cards w/Berra, Campanella, Robinson, Maris

While not seeking out a specific vintage baseball card at the show, I did keep my eyes peeled looking for something to catch my eye.

And I found it, a sign that read – ‘1/2 OFF ALL CARDS FROM 1970’s’.

A sign like that will draw me in like a moth to a flame, and I walked out with two beauties from the 1975 Topps set.

Have a look:

SHOW 7

 

In the 1975 set, Topps commemorated the MVP Award winners from prior seasons by combining them onto one card and showing off their Topps cards from their MVP-winning campaigns.

I like the look of these, always have.  And when I was able to grab each of these for just $1.50 each, I dove right in!  Both cards are in EX condition and they feature some of the most talented players from the 1960’s.

A great find!!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #19 – Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #19 – Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #19 – Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

CAREER DAY 19

The Career Day – April 23, 1954.  On this day during the 1954 baseball season, Jackie Robinson stole the show with his bat and legs.  Robinson went 3-for-5 for the Dodgers while hitting a double and two singles and scoring a run.  He also stole three bases in the contest – all three coming in the same inning!!  His final hit of the afternoon was a game-winning double in the 13th inning.

Progress – 19/25

2010 Topps CYMTO – 1975 Topps Reprint – 1951 Most Valuable Players

2010 Topps CYMTO – 1975 Topps Reprint – 1951 Most Valuable Players

I love these old MVP cards from the 1975 Topps baseball set.

What Topps did in 1975 was pretty neat – they honored all of thea league MVPs from 1951-1975.  The 1975 Topps set marked the 25th Anniversary of Topps’ debut in the baseball card world, and this in-set subset did a very nice job of celebrating the great talents of the prior 25 years.

This card celebrates the MVPs of the 1951 baseball season – Yogi Berra & Roy Campanella.

VINTAGE BERRA.CAMPANELLAFor many years, and still to this day, these two legends are named when talking about the greatest catchers of all-time.  Both men were superstars and anchors of their team.

And being that they played their home games relatively close to each other, they were both very cognizant of what the other was doing.

Gotta love it!!

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

I enjoy the tradition of the Dodgers, but I wouldn’t really classify myself as a fan of the franchise.  I do however, enjoy learning about their history, especially the time that they called Brooklyn home.

The fact that the three greatest franchises from the 1950’s all called New York home amazes me.  At the same time, I understand why expansion across the country was a good thing.

Neat the center of the greatness that was the Brooklyn Dodgers was Campanella.  A 10-year Brooklyn Dodger, Campanella held down the catcher role for the team while scooping up three MVP awards and eight All-Star roster selections.

His career numbers are solid, and as a catcher they are solid – 1,161 hits, .276 lifetime batting average, 242 home runs, 846 RBI, 627 runs scored, and just 501 strikeouts in 4,205 at-bats!!!

Happy Birthday Campy!!!

Come Watch The Trailer For The Upcoming Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

Come Watch The Trailer For The Upcoming Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

I will definitely be going to the theaters to see this one!!!