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1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

Progress: 206/660

Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.


Happy Birthday George “Sparky” Anderson!!!

Happy Birthday George “Sparky” Anderson!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday and life of Hall of Famer and legendary manager of the ‘Big Red Machine’, Mr. George ‘Sparky’ Anderson.  Always a fan favorite, Anderson provided some great quotes during the course of his coaching career.

Here is a small sampling:

“If I ever find a pitcher who has heat, a good curve, and a slider, I might seriously consider marrying him, or at least proposing.”

“I understand people who boo us. It’s like going to Broadway show, you pay for your tickets and expect to be entertained. When you’re not, you have a right to complain.”

“The day I got a hit off (Sandy) Koufax was when he knew it was all over.”

A true character and a legendary personality in the sport, Sparky Anderson is 1-of-a-kind!!!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Anderson!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Ozzie Guillen turns 50 years old today.

The former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins manager finds himself unemployed right now. He’s still cashing in on a large contract that he signed with the Miami Marlins prior to the start of the 2012 baseball season, but for now he is not working.

Personally, I would like to see Ozzie get back into baseball at some capacity. And I would prefer that it be in a coaching or managing role versus as a commentator or on-air personality. After stripping down all of the loud personality that stands out like a sore thumb, Ozzie is a ‘baseball guy’ and I really like his approach to managing and working with young talent. It’s just to bad that he did not get the chance to really show off his skills in Miami…

Happy Birthday Mr. Guillen!!! Enjoy your extended vacation, but please come back soon!!



And while you’re sitting back and enjoying life, please do not drink too much coconut water…


Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 83 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career. And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators. And while nobody would count Zimmer as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager. And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!! Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida. Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’. And now, more than 25 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!! Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Sparky Anderson 2013 Panini Golden Age

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Sparky Anderson 2013 Panini Golden Age

While at the show, I found a seller that had a decent sized stack of cards from this year’s Panini Golden Age set.  I’d seen the cards on the web, but not in person so I was eager to check them out.

Ultimately, the set is not for me.  Some of the cards are nice, but there is not enough baseball-related material in the set for me to get excited about it.  Between the other sports, celebrities, and historical figures – I will pass.

But, I was able to grab this card of Sparky Anderson.  I like the look of the card, but I know it would look better if there was a White ‘C’ on Sparky’s cap!


Sparky Anderson 1985 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1985 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

For as much as I like the 1985 Topps baseball card set, I know that not every card in the set can be a ‘winner’.

So, while I think of all of the 1985 Topps baseball cards that I have scooped up since getting back into the hobby a few years ago, I would say that this card of Tigers skipper, Sparky Anderson, is one that is not a ‘stand-out’ card.

Have a look:


For me, it is just way too zoomed-in.  And if you’re going to have a card that features a manager, why not show him either in the dugout or on the mound talking to his club?

I can honestly say that I have no clue what the photographer of this shot was trying to capture…

1985 Fleer Super Star Special Featuring Sparky Anderson – ‘Giving The Signs’

1985 Fleer Super Star Special Featuring Sparky Anderson – ‘Giving The Signs’

I have to imagine that watching a manager like Sparky Anderson go through the process of managing a baseball game from the dugout would be an enjoyable experience.

Between the signals, the chatter, the complaining, and the use of multiple pitchers, I would guess that watching him would at times be more entertaining than the game itself.

Luckily, in 1985, Fleer gave us a small glimpse of what that would be like.

Have a look:


In today’s sport, we get a lot more activity: pre-game interviews, mid-game interviews, and post-game interviews.

I wonder how a manager like Sparky Anderson would feel about stuff like this??  My guess is that it is not something he would be agreeable to…

Sparky Anderson 1981 Fleer Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1981 Fleer Detroit Tigers Manager Card

For a debut baseball card, I am very impressed with what Fleer gave us with this card of Sparky Anderson.

I am a sucker for cards of players that feature the player waiting in the on-deck circle and when it comes to cards that feature a manager, this one conjures up the same emotion.

Take a look:


When it comes to Anderson’s management style, he was called ‘Captain Hook’ for a reason.  He pulled pitchers from what he would call ‘unfavorable’ situations all of the time.  He was known as not being very kind to the emotions of a relief pitcher and he had a knack for yanking poor-performing pitchers in the middle of facing a batter – regardless of the count.

In this image, I imagine that he was getting ready to spring up and make another call to the ‘pen.

Gotta love it!!

Sparky Anderson 1992 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

Sparky Anderson 1992 Topps Detroit Tigers Manager Card

This card of Tigers’ manager Sparky Anders on is way too zoomed in for my liking.  And while I cannot imagine that Sparky was the most accommodating person when it came to taking direction from the photographers, I do think that the person that snapped this shot could have positioned themselves better…

Here is the card:


As for the 1992 baseball season, the Tigers did not fare too well with Sparky at the helm.  The team finished in last place in the division with a record of 75-87.  It was a far cry of their 2nd place finish in 1991.

1993 Topps Manager’s Card With Detroit’s Sparky Anderson & Houston’s Art Howe

1993 Topps Manager’s Card With Detroit’s Sparky Anderson & Houston’s Art Howe

Of all of the multi-player cards issued over the years, it is the manager’s card that I care for the least.

Actually – let me say that differently, I REALLY DON’T LIKE THESE MULTI-MANAGER CARDS!!!!

The reason?

The team set!

Imagine yourself as a team collector, a team set builder.

And let’s say that you are working on the 1993 Topps Detroit Tigers team set.

And this is your manager card for the set: