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Did You Know…

At the age of 47, Julio Franco became the oldest player in major league history to hit a home run on April 20, 2006.  Franco blasted a 2-run, pinch-hit homer against the Padres. 

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Did You Know…

Entering the final game of the 2004 season, 46-year old Julio Franco had 97 hits and was trying to become the oldest player to get 100 hits in a season.  Franco singled in each of his first two at-bats and walked in the sixth against Chicago’s Greg Maddux before he struck out looking in the eighth against Jon Leicester to end the year at 99 hits.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Three Random(But Awesome) 1980’s Rookies!!!

As I surfed through a few 3200 count boxes labeled $0.25 on the outside, I became a little nostalgic.

While not letting my emotions take control of my wallet, I did manage to pull these three rookie cards from the 1980’s of guys that left a lasting impression on me during my youth.

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Dave Stewart – One of the most intimidating guys I have ever seen on the mound.  His look of concentration, mixed with intimidation, left me shaking in my Nikes when I was watching him pitch for the A’s.

Bret Saberhagen – Saberhagen won the Cy Young award in both 1985 and 1989.  I distinctly remember him winning the award in 1985 and when he did it again in ’89, I was surprised and a little shocked that he was that good.  This of course was before Maddux, Clemens, and Randy Johnson became elite pitchers and set a new standard…

Julio Franco – That batting stance stood out like a sore thumb in the mid-80’s and I can still picture it vividly today.  Before Jerome Walton and Junior Felix and Chris Sabo, it was Julio Franco that I was impersonating in the street when the neighborhood kids got together to play ball.

Did You Know…

The oldest player to ever hit a Grand Slam was Julio Franco, who, on June 27, 2005, accomplished this feat at the age of 46 years and 10 months.

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**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

1989 Topps – Pack #2

 Here is what I pulled from pack #2 of the 6 that I will be opening today: 

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Pack 2B

Notable:  Full of stars – Julio Franco, Danny Tartabull, Jimmy Key, and another Terry Steinbach

Pick of the pack:  It doesn’t get much better than a Hall of Famer, and George Brett fits the bill!!

1989 Topps – Pack #4

Here is what I pulled from pack #4 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

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Notable:  This pack had a nice selection of semi-stars and HOF’ers.  Julio Franco and Darren Daulton fall into the semi-star category.  And it’s always nice to grab any Wade Boggs card that I can.

Pick of the Pack:   The Tom Glavine card reminds us of an up-and-coming player that was on the verge of doing some amazing things with the Atlanta Braves.  Back in ’89, who would have thought Glavine would become one of the game’s best pitchers for the next 20 years…

Breaking Into A Pack Of 1988 Donruss

I received 1 pack of 1988 Donruss in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from the pack:

Wade Boggs, Matt Nokes, Wayne Tolleson, Mariano Duncan, Julio Franco, Charlie Leibrandt, Felix Fermin, Kelly Downs, Shawon Dunston, Scott Bradley, Dave Steib, Frank Viola, Alan Trammell(DK), Terry Kennedy, and Bill Wegman

What a great group of stars from the 80’s – Boggs, Franco, Dunston(a personal favorite), Viola, & Trammell.

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