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1975 Topps Set Card 292/660 – #184 – Jorge Orta, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 292/660 – #184 – Jorge Orta, White Sox

Progress: 292/660

Card Number:  184

Player Name: Jorge Orta

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position: 2nd Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jorge Orta was an All-Star for the Chicago White Sox in 1975.  Orta hit .305 over the course of the season, connecting for 165 hits in 542 at-bats.  Of his 165 hits, Orta had 26 doubles, 10 triples, and 11 home runs.  He also stole 16 bases during the season while scoring 64 runs and driving in 83.

Notes From Career:  Jorge Orta was a 2-time All-Star during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a lifetime .278 hitter with 1,619 hits on his resume.  Orta connected for 267 doubles, 63 triples, and 130 home runs.  He scored 733 runs over 16 years while also driving in 745.  Orta is a member of the 1985 World Series Championship winning Kansas City Royals.



Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Pastime’s Pastime

I was very happy to find Joe Morgan’s name on the subset checklist from the A&G ‘Pastime’s Pastime’ issue.

I kind of feel like Morgan is one of the forgotten HOFers as he does not tend to get into as many sets as some of the other stars of the 1970’s.

So, when I saw his name on this checklist, I immediately sought out an image of the card.  And then a place to buy.

The card is far from spectacular as I don’t care for another recycled image of him, but I will take what I can get.

Here is the card:



The 1975 & 1976 Most Valuable Player deserves better!

Joe Morgan 2010 Topps Triple Threads – Sepia

Joe Morgan 2010 Topps Triple Threads – Sepia

Any time that I can find modern cards of Joe Morgan that feature his sporting his Houston Colt .45s or Houston Astros uniform, I gravitate towards them.

And more often than not, I try to add them to my collection if the price is agreeable.

Well, I have found another one.  And it is a true beauty!

Have a look:




This card of Joe is from the 2010 Topps Triple Threads baseball card set.  And as you can see, the card features a very young Morgan wearing his old Astros uniform while fielding at second base.

I love it!  The colors are great, and that old uniform is a superb throwback to the mid-1960’s.

This card is the Sepia version of the base card.  Each Sepia card from this issue was limited to just 99 copies.  Mine is stamped as #42/99.

I’m very excited to have picked this one up for my collection!  A great addition, for sure!

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars ‘Spotlights’ = YUCK!

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars ‘Spotlights’

I don’t know what it is about the Topps product that was issued in 2000, but for me, it is certainly not worthy of the Topps stamp.

Sure, there may be a few nice cards scattered throughout their releases that are copy written as produced in 2000, but when compared to cards issued the following year, 2000 is a stinker.

This card of Joe Morgan from the 2000 Topps Stars set is just one of many examples.

Have a look:



It is so hard to identify what the theme of this card really is.  I get the ‘Spotlight’ theme and the shadow cast behind Morgan as it there was a spotlight being shined on him.

But, what is with all of the thin vertical lines that run throughout the card’s background?  What is the purpose of them?

If Topps had shifted the Spotlight design to a top-corner of the card and shined down on the player with a bright light while having faint and muted light around the main focus, that could have worked better and made more sense.

But this one just plain stinks.

Joe Morgan’s 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card Is A Thing Of Vintage Beauty!!!

Joe Morgan’s 1965 Topps Rookie Baseball Card  Is A Thing Of Vintage Beauty!!!

Joe Morgan’s debut in the baseball card collecting world came in 1965 via a multi-player rookie card.  He and his teammate at the time, Sonny Jackson, share the card and both men were rookies for the Houston Colt .45s.

The 1965 set features a classic design, and a very popular team banner that proudly waves with the team’s name.

The coloring of this card works very well too.  The Grey frame that surrounds the images of both players looks great with the Navy and Orange caps that both players are wearing.

And that Yellow flag is a great exclamation point to the card!!!


I’m so happy to have one of these in my collection.  A true gem!!!

Joe Morgan Offers Up A Pretty Nice & Clean Autograph

Joe Morgan Offers Up A Pretty Nice & Clean Autograph

Joe Morgan offers up a pretty nice autograph; pretty clean too.

Far from artsy and built with a lot of flare, Morgan’s signature is easy to read, and it can be made out without much strain on the eyes.

I have a signed Joe Morgan baseball in my collection, and it is one of my favorite signed balls.  I keep it with my other Reds signed balls from the ‘Big Red Machine’ era – and it sits proudly on top of that set!



Joe Morgan And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1990

Joe Morgan And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1990

Joe Morgan was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during his first year of eligibility in 1990.  Morgan captured 363 of 444 votes cast for election, an 81.7% vote.

Morgan was elected with another first-time candidate, Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles.

Morgan’s Hall of Fame plaque reads:

“Impact player who lifted Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’ to higher level with his multi-faceted skills.  Trademark was flapping left arm as he awaited pitch.  Packed unusual power into extraordinarily quick 150-lb frame.  Played 22 seasons and also holds home run and games played record for 2B.  NL MVP, 1975-76.”