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Did You Know…

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Jensen paced the American League in RBI in both 1958 and 1959.  In 1958, Jensen amassed 122 RBI and in the following season 112.

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1975 Topps Set Card 39/660 – #121 – Bill North, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 39/660 – #121 – Bill North, A’s

Progress: 39/660

Player Name:  Bill North

Card Number:  121

Team:  Oakland A’s

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 years, 1971-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  After leading the AL in steals in 1974 with 54, Bill North added 30 more swipes in 1975.  This helped North to score 74 runs for the A’s over the course of the season.  North had a pretty keen batter’s eye and in 1975 he walked 81 times in 624 plate appearances, and he had an on-base percentage of .373.

Notes From Career:  North was a league leader in steals during the 1974 and 1976 baseball seasons.  He has 395 career steals and an on-base percentage of .365.  North played for four different teams during his major league career, but his greatest success came with Oakland when he became a League Leader and World Series Champion.


1975 Topps Set Card 26/660 – #309 – Stolen Base Leaders 1974

1975 Topps Set Card 26/660 – #309 – Stolen Base Leaders 1974

Progress: 26/660

Player Name:  Bill North, Lou Brock

Card Number: 309

Team:  Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How They Got There:

Lou Brock led all of major league baseball in 1974 with 118 stolen bases.  In the National League, he was trailed by Davey Lopes, Joe Morgan, and Cesar Cedeno.  Each of these National Leaguers had more steals the leader from the American League – Bill North.  North swiped 54 bases for the A’s as he paced the AL.


Did You Know…

Richie Ashburn led the major leagues in hits during the 1950’s.  Ashburn amassed 1,875 hits during the decade, and was the National League leader in hits during three different seasons.


Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Curtis Granderson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Curtis Granderson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

While tearing through the bargain bins at the card show, I tried to chip away at the missing cards from the new subsets that I am collecting.

I was only able to find one card from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’ set.

Thankfully, for me, it was one I needed – Curtis Granderson!!!


Harold Reynolds 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Harold Reynolds 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

The 1987 Topps design is a Fan Favorite at ’30-YOC’ so it is natural that I would like any re-prints that feature that great wood-grain design from ’87.

My latest addtion to my collection that honors that great set is this card from the 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set featuring Harold Reynolds.

Have a look:

Reynolds had a superb campaign in 1987 – his first season as a major league All-Star.  Hitting .275 for the Mariners, Reynolds was the best base stealer in the league.  His 60 successful stolen bases and 20 failures were each league leading stats.

Can Curtis Granderson Continue To Lead The League In Home Runs???

Can Curtis Granderson Continue To Lead The League In Home Runs???

I like lead-off guys.  And I really like lead-off guys that can deliver a little pop while at the plate.

But I have to admit that I am amazed that more than thirty games into the 2011 baseball season, Yankees’ outfielder Curtis Granderson is leading the league in home runs.

Granderson has pop – we all know that.  But the fact that his name rests atop the league’s leader board is unreal.  Hell, he should sit somewhere between 4th and 6th place on his own team…

My hat is off to you Curtis – Keep it up!!!

But how long can this really last???

1981 Topps Reggie Jackson – League Leader

This card commemorates the Home Run Kings for the 1980 baseball season. 

How honored do you think Ben Oglivie feels to be on the same baseball card as Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt???  I mean,  here are 2 of baseball’s greatest home run hitters of all time…

The best question is how many of these cards did Oglivie’s family scoop up when the card was issued by Topps in 1981??? 

Card Show Purchase #4

Card Show Purchase #4

Remember when I said that I wanted to collect every Rickey Henderson baseball card issued during the 1980’s?  Well, I was able to add 6 more new cards to this collection, and paid only $0.20 a piece for these.

The Billy Williams Collection grows to 16 cards

I have racked up 3 more cards of Billy Williams bringing my total up to 16.  Billy didn’t really get too much attention in the 60’s and 70’s the way other stars did, but his numbers are extremely impressive and 2 of these cards below illustrate that.

A 1973 Topps card showing the AL/NL League Leaders in batting average featuring Billy Williams and Rod Carew.

A 1974 Topps card highlighting the selection of Billy Williams and Reggie Jackson as 1973 Major League All-Stars.

And lastly a 1972 Topps ‘In-Action’ card featuring Billy Williams and his ‘Sweet Swing’.