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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!!

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Andre Dawson

What can I say, I LOVE THIS CARD!!!!

 You can’t go wrong with a card showing ‘The Hawk’ taking a mean cut during batting practice!  The design of this card and the Chicago Cubs’ color scheme work perfectly.

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Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Ernie Banks

 If you’re going to have a set of cards called ‘Greats of the Game’ and feature the Chicago Cubs, then of course Ernie Banks is going to be present.  Like peanut butter and jelly, Ernie Banks and the Chicago Cubs go hand in hand.  And even with Banks’ retirement more than 30+ years in the past he is still without question the most popular and most highly decorated Cub of all-time.

Any questions as to why I had the desire to add this card to my collection???  I doubt it! 

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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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1983 Topps Rickey Henderson

1983 Topps Rickey Henderson

This card is easily in my Top 5 of all-time Rickey Henderson cards.  I mean, what’s not to like about this card?

1.  It’s from the 1983 Topps set – arguably the best card design issued during the 1980’s.

2. The color scheme of this design work extremely well.  And for a baseball card to offer pink highlights, they don’t detract from the overall look.

3.  2 picture of Rickey : 1 in action as he takes a swing and launches a ball into the outfield and possibly over the fence.  The other photo is a close-up cameo shot with a menacing Henderson staring you down.

I am proud to have finally found one of these for a geat price – just 50 cents – and now it joins my other Henderson cards in my player collection. 

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1983 Topps Oakland A’s Team Leader w/Rickey Henderson

1983 Topps Oakland A’s Team Leader w/Rickey Henderson

I know I’ve got some work cut out for me as I try to get closer to the end of this collection of cards.  With the announcement that Rickey will be enshrined at Cooperstown this summer, his cards have seen a spike in demand and prices and I still have several cards to try to grab.  I am going to try to get the older stuff first as I know that the cards issued in the late 1980’s are still easy to find in great shape.

Wish me luck as I continue on this journey… 

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