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Happy Anniversary ‘Hard Hittin, Mark Whiten’!!!

Happy Anniversary ‘Hard Hittin, Mark Whiten’!!!

On this day back in 1993, Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals smashed 4 home runs in 1 game!!!

On the road versus the Cincinnati Reds, Whiten had the game of his life as his Cardinals squeaked out a 14-13 victory in front of 31,000+ fans at Riverfront Stadium.

For the game, Whiten went 4-for-5 with 4 homers and collected 12 RBI.  The 12 RBI tied a major league record for the number of runs driven in by a single player during a 9-inning game.

Whiten played for 9 teams during his 11 years professional baseball career.  And in that time, he played in front of the sport’s largest crowds and it’s smallest too.  But when it comes to selecting the finest game of his career, there is not one other game that comes close.  Whiten’s performance on September 7, 1993 will go down as one of the greatest displays of power hitting in a single game that the baseball world has ever seen.

Happy Anniversary to ‘Hard Hitten, Mark Whiten’!!!

Whiten

FINALLY!!!! My 1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

FINALLY!!!!  My 1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set Is Complete!!!

After close to eight months, I am proud to announce that I have finally pieced together the full 1976 Topps team set of the Cincinnati Reds.

It took a bit longer than I expected, and I paid a little more for some cards than what I would have liked, but I am very happy to have completed this tribute to the 1976 team.

The set, consisting of 32 cards, looks great and is a perfect partner for the 1975 team set that I put together last year.

Here is a peek at the complete set:

Enjoy!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #104 – Team Card w/Sparky Anderson

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #104 – Team Card w/Sparky Anderson

Man, I just love these old team cards from the 70s – they make me smile.

And while it is kind of hard to make out some of the players due to the size of them in the card’s photo, there is no mistaking my favorite baseball manager in the lower-right corner.

Hi Sparky.  Rest in peace, my friend!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #462 – 1975 World Series Champions!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #462 – 1975 World Series Champions!

Simple and Clear!

This card from the 1976 Topps baseball card set celebrates the Cincinnati Reds 1975 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox.  One of the most talked about championship match-ups of all-time, the Series featured some of the most dramatic and memorable scenes from the Fall Classic.

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #461 – NL & AL Championships

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #461 – NL & AL Championships

This cards celebrates the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The series win gave the Reds a chance to compete for the World Series championship.

The card’s picture has captured Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, and Tony Perez after another win!!

Great Stuff!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Barry Larkin 1987 Fleer ROOKIE CARD!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Barry Larkin 1987 Fleer ROOKIE CARD!!!

Of all of the players that are eligible to be members of the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2012, I expect that Barry Larkin will get the highest number of votes.

And with no true contender for the ‘first ballott’ title eligible in 2012, Larkin may be the headliner as well…

I like Larkin, I always have.  You have to respect a player of his abilities that stayed loyal to a single franchise throughout a very lengthy career – a career that saw salaries and free agency boom.

I am very happy to have found this card.  And, hey, is that Wrigley Field in the background??

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

‘My First Time’ – Jeff Bagwell – April 8, 1991

‘My First Time’ – Jeff Bagwell – April 8, 1991

The setting:  Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio.

From Bagwell – “The hairs were standing up on my arms and neck when Lee Greenwood came out there and sang the song about ‘proud to be an American’.  I was proud to be in the major leagues, but it was so much more than that, that day.  I went out there and went 0-for-3, but one of the out was a line-drive to short with the bases loaded off Rob Dibble.  Barry Larkin was standing right behind the bag at second and caught it – I couldn’t believe he had been positioned there.’

The box score – Reds 6, Astros 2.  0-for-3, 1 walk.

Signing Results: Ken Griffey

Signing Results:  Ken Griffey

I have had ‘The Big Red Machine’ on my brain for most of 2010.  And while doing so, I have learned quite a bit about the squad while also picking up some great cards and autographs of the team.

This time around, I was able to participate in a signing in which Ken Griffey was going to be attending.  One of the members of the autograph website that I am a member of was kind enough to offer his help as he was going to be at the show.  I quickly reacted to that invitation, and now I have one more great autograph for my collection.

Here it is, baseball number 43 of the ’30-YOC’ collection:

Pretty nice huh??  I was a bit hesitant when it came to chosing an inscription for Mr. Griffey.  While wildly successful as a major league player, he didn’t quite get the individual notoriety that his peers obtained.  Nonetheless, I am thrilled with how the ball turned out!

And I scored a pretty nice inscription too, huh…

The Checklist Is Built. Let’s Do It!!!

The Checklist Is Built.  Let’s Do It!!!

Yessir, I am ready. 

It took very little time to build and now I am ready to move on to my favorite phase – collecting.

I am going to go after the full 1976 Topps team set of the Cincinnati Reds.  And while this team set has substantially fewer cards than the ’75 set, the challenge to complete it while not spending a ton of money remains.

The Reds’ roster was loaded with offensive superstars, and there are several cards in this set that will be heavily over-priced.  Lucky for me, I am a disciplined shopper…

I cannot wait to get this going.

Here is the checklist I will be looking to conquer:

Card # Player
24 Geronimo, Cesar
48 Concepcion, Dave
77 Borbon, Pedro
104 Anderson, Sparky
128 Griffey, Ken
155 Billingham, Jack
179 Foster, George
211 Carroll, Clay
240 Rose, Pete
259 Chaney, Darrel
283 Rettenmund, Merv
300 Bench, Johnny
325 Perez, Tony
362 McEnaney, Will
390 Gullett, Don
420 Morgan, Joe
444 Nolan, Gary
461 Bench, Johnny
462 Rose, Perez, Morgan
469 Eastwick, Rawley
491 Crowley, Terry
514 Driessen, Dan
518 Flynn, Doug
538 Darcy, Pat
561 Carroll, Tom
579 Kirby, Clay
599 Zachry, Pat
609 Norman, Fred
627 Plummer, Bill
652 Armbrister, Ed
208T Lum, Mike
338T Bailey, Bob

 

Don’t worry, I’ll post each and every card from this set as I obtain them.

Wish me luck!!!