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Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 56 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Vince Coleman turns 53 years old today.

Vince Coleman had one of the most impressive rookie seasons I witnessed during my youth.

In 1985, as a rookie of the St. Louis Cardinals, Coleman debuted with a bang and the entire sport took notice.  Notching 170 hits, while scoring 107 runs, Coleman was the ideal lead-off hitter for the Cards’ star-studded line-up.  Oh yeah, he also stole 110 bases in his rookie year too – simply amazing.  Coleman’s season was impressive enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!!!

While Coleman continued to have amazing success during his days with the Cardinals, he was never able to replicate that excitement he brought to the base paths once he moved on to other teams.  Still a threat, he still collected between 20-50 swipes per season after he left ‘The Arch’.

Happy Birthday to Vince Coleman!!!


SIGNING RESULTS: 1985 National League Most Valuable Player, Willie McGee!!

SIGNING RESULTS:  1985 National League Most Valuable Player, Willie McGee!!

Thanks to the generosity of loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Gerad (aka McGee-Fan51), I was able to take part in a signing with the 1985 NL MVP, Willie McGee two weeks ago in St. Louis.

I’ve wanted to add McGee to my collection for some time and a signed ball by him is another great MVP-themed ball for my collection.

Gerad hooked me up by working with the promoter of the event as he had  a few things to get signed as well.  And when he asked if  I was interested as well, I jumped right in!

I put a ball and payment in the mail the very next day.  And now, I am the proud owner of this new ball.

Have a look:


I love it.  Signed right on the sweetspot in Blue ink, this ball and autograph look sharp and clean.  And while Mr. McGee may not have the best looking signature around, I am thrilled to finally have one in my collection, especially when the cost was a fraction of what a signed ball would cost me on Ebay.

Thank you again, Gerad!  Another great piece has been added to my signed baseball collection.


Did You Know…

Three St. Louis Cardinals have stolen 400 or more bases while playing for the Redbirds – Lou Brock, Vince Coleman, and Ozzie Smith.

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Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1988 Score

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1988 Score

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1988 Score



I could have gone with either his base or Highlights card for my #1 spot in my ‘Vince Coleman Fab Five’ but ultimately, I like the Purple color and the action is perfectly centered on this shot.

Based on the camera angle of this image, I am guessing that the photographer that snapped this shot was somewhere close to where the catcher sits.  And that positioning allows us a chance to see what the catcher sees when Coleman takes that large lead and prepares to blast off from first to second base!

Go Get ‘Em Vince!!!

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1990 Score

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1990 Score

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1990 Score



It should be pretty clear why this one stands out among the many cards of Vince Coleman that were eligible for this elite list of five.

It’s the Red & Yellow – a perfect blend of color for Coleman and his Cardinals team colors.

It simply could not get any better!!!

On a side note, when I was a kid, we used to think that this card was perfectly colored for Hulk Hogan too…  🙂

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1991 Score

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1991 Score

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #3 – 1991 Score



While not known as an elite defender during his major league career, you would have to think that Vince Coleman had an advantage in chasing down fly balls simply due to his speed, right?

He was far from a horrible defender – in 13 seasons, he had a 97.4% fielding percentage and committed just 68 errors in 1,311 games.

This card from the 1991 Score set captures that speed on the outfield grass very well!

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1988 Fleer

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1988 Fleer

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #4 – 1988 Fleer



Because all games played at Wrigley Field prior to 1988 were played during the day, the ballpark was a hot-spot for sports photographers.

The reason?

Natural light!

No messing with flashes.  No worries about images coming out too dark.  Natural lighting serves as the best way to capture the action.

And that is why Wrigley Field, and the famous brick half-wall behind the batter is seen in a lot of cards that were issued in the 1980’s.


Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1986 Fleer ‘Cardinals Ignitors’ w/Willie McGee

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #5 – 1986 Fleer ‘Cardinals Ignitors’ w/Willie McGee

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #5 – 1986 Fleer ‘Cardinals Ignitors’ w/Willie McGee



I like how quickly baseball card companies attached themselves to Vince Coleman after he emerged on the scene with the Cardinals.  After a successful rookie campaign, both Fleer and Donruss founds ways to add additional cards to their base sets so Coleman could be featured twice.

Vince Coleman and Willie McGee were both huge spark-plugs for the Cardinals’ offense – each of them scoring 100+ runs in 1985, Coleman with 107 and McGee with 114.

The Donruss card fails, but the Fleer is sweet!


Yessir, My Vince Coleman Player Collection Is Now Complete!!!

Yessir, My Vince Coleman Player Collection Is Now Complete!!!

Friends, I am very happy to announce that after months and months of collecting, I have put all of the pieces together on another player collection.

This time around it is the collection of Cardinals’ legend – Vince Coleman!!

The collection took me a few months to put together, but it allowed for me to once again enjoy baseball cards of the 1980’s while also re-introducing some great images to me again.

Here is a picture of the full collection:

Coleman PC


And as you know, a complete collection means another ‘Fab 5′ is headed to ’30-YOC’.  Starting on Monday, I will showcase my favorite five cards from this newly completed PC.

Get ready for the show and ‘Thanks For Reading’.