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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!!

My Chicago Cubs ‘Greats Of The Game’ Set Is Complete!!!

It took me 4 1/2 months  to collect this 10-card set, but I am happy to finally announce that I have completed my first subset since getting back into the hobby last fall.

While 4 1/2 months may seem like a hell of  a long time to buy 10 cards, I really wanted to take my time with this set.  I was in no rush, obviously, to finish it but now that it’s complete I am proud to bring you this.

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My opinion of the final product is both positive and negative.

First the negatives – I don’t understand why Fleer would use both color and Black & White photography with this set.  By looking at the 10 cards above, it’s very clear to me that the color pictures look much better and work best with this set’s design.  While I am a big fan of the modern-day card that features an old-school look, I think that color photo was the way to go with this set.  Another complaint would be the image selection used.  A few examples – Mark Grace in front of empty stands?  Ryno with his head down while swinging the bat?  Bruce Sutter looking stunned for his portrait?  There are hundreds of pictures of these players in their Cubs’ uniforms that Fleer could have used – they should have spent a few more minutes working on their ‘image quality’.  Lastly, this should have been an 11-card set – Lee Smith deserves a seat alongside these ‘Cubs Greats of the Game’.

And now the positives – The concept of this set is perfect for a team collector.  And the artist or group of artists that put this design together should be commended for their excellent work.  The use of the Cubs’ Red, White, and Blue color scheme makes these cards come alive.  And the addition of the Ivy from Wrigley Field’s outfield wall is genius!!!

I really enjoyed putting this set together, and even now that it’s completed, I still enjoy looking at it.  I think that is what is ultimately important when it comes to building things for your collection.  The building process is fun – but enjoying the completed work feels even better!

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game Update

8 down and just 2 to go.  Ryne Sandberg & Ron Santo – You’ve been warned.  I’m coming after you!!!! 

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Working On The Chicago Cugs Greats Of The Game Team Set

 Can anyone help me with this?  I have these 5 cards now but I want to get all of the Cubbies from this set.  I have seen Ryno and Grace before and I have to imagine that there is a Billy Williams available too but I have never seen it.

If anyone can get me the complete checklist for this set of Cubs cards I would be greatly appreciative!!

On to the cards…  Doesn’t this set of cards look like it was designed specifically for the Chicago Cubs?  I cannot think of another team whose colors would look as nice as the Cubs’ with this design.  And of course, any subset featuring the greatest Chicago Cubs baseball players of all-time is going to find a special place in my heart and my collection.

 Here is where I am at so far with this set.  5 down, how many more to go???  I just don’t know for sure. At least 2-3 minimum…

Man I wish that Fergie card was in color like the rest of these…

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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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Cards From Phungo!!

I got these extremely ‘Phun’ cards from Paul at Phungo last week.  He has a knack for creating his own custom cards and the pack he sent me appears to have been loaded by the supplier as many of them are of players that are near and dear to my heart!!!

Check out the stuff: 

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I mean where else am I going to pull a card of one of my Favorite Florida Marlins pitchers – Anibal Sanchez???  Anibal is on his way back from rehabilitation and I hope that he has a breakout year for the Marlins’ pitching staff this season.  He would be a great #2,#3, or #4 starter for ‘The Fish’ this season.

And the Cubs I got in this pack are sending me back to a day when the Cubs were packed with superstars:  A dual combo card of Gary Matthews, Sr. and Gary Maddox.  A sweet card or Mr, Cub, Ernie Banks, as he coaches from the 3rd base side.  Former Cub and current Phillie Jamie Moyer in his wind-up.  Greg Maddux in action as he attempts to overpower Ryan Howard.  And lastly, Alfonso Soriano is what must be a home run shot.

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The above 2 inserts accompanied my custom cards.  You can never go wrong with Ron Santo(hopefully the HOF understands that some day)!!!!  And a pretty sweet looking card of Carlos Zambrano.  This is my first card of ‘Z’ and I am happy to add it to my collection.

Great Custom Cards!!!  Thanks Paul!!  That was a lot of ‘Phun’!!!