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1975 Topps Set Card 285/660 – #165 – Doug Rader, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 285/660 – #165 – Doug Rader, Astros

Progress: 285/660

Card Number: 165

Player Name: Doug Rader

Team:  Houston Astros

Position: 3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 16 seasons, 1966, 1968-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Doug Rader played in 129 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  He connected for 100 hits in 448 at-bats during the year earning him a .223 batting average.  Rader drove in 48 runs over the course of the season while scoring 41 times.

Notes From Career:  Doug Rader is a career .251 hitter that played for three different teams during his 11-year career.  He has 1,302 career hits to his credit including 245 doubles and 155 home runs.  Rader won five consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1970-74 for his excellent defensive play at 3rd base.


1975 Topps Set Card 281/660 – #365 – Bob Bailey, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 281/660 – #365 – Bob Bailey, Expos

Progress: 281/660

Card Number: 365

Player Name: Bob Bailey

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position: 3B, Outfield

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1962-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bob Bailey played in 106 games for the Montreal Expos during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .273 with 62 hits in 227 at-bats for the team.  Of his 62 hits, Bailey connected for 5 doubles and 5 home runs while also stealing 4 bases.  He drove in 30 runs in 1975, and also scored 23 times.

Notes From Career:  Bob Bailey is a career .257 hitter that played for five different major league clubs during his 17-season career.  Bailey has 1,564 career hits that includes 234 doubles and 189 home runs.  He stole 85 bases during his playing days while scoring 772 runs and driving in 773.


1990 HEADLINE: George Brett Becomes First Player To Win Batting Titles In Three Straight Decades

1990 HEADLINE: George Brett Becomes First Player To Win Batting Titles In Three Straight Decades

On this day in 1990, George Brett became the first player in major league baseball history to collect batting titles in three different decades.

A true testament to his dedication to the game and excellence as a hitter, George Brett separated himself from some of the game’s greatest hitters with this accomplishment.  To be able to remain at such a high standard for more than 20 seasons and in between three decades shows just how truly great Brett was at the plate.  Let’s not forget that the game changed, and the pitchers Brett faced during that time also changed.

A quick glance at the numbers shows this:

Year Batting Average
1976 0.333
1980 0.390
1990 0.329

Now how awesome is that?

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement Mr. Brett!!!

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

1955 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson To Make His Debut For The Orioles

On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson made his big-league debut.

At the age of 18, Robinson and his Baltimore Orioles teammates hosted the Washington Senators.  And in front of a crowd that barely crossed 5,000 spectators, Robinson performed like a veteran.

On the day, Brooks went 2-for-4, collecting two singles and an RBI.  His efforts helped lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Robinson.  Happy Anniversary!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of (3) 2014 Topps Chrome Cards – McCutchen, Machado, Fernandez

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of (3) 2014 Topps Chrome Cards – McCutchen, Machado, Fernandez

My modern card dealer at the show usually breaks a few boxes of each new product right when it is released.  He will typically pull the major hits from the box and sell the balance off for just a quarter each.

I’ve been able to grab a lot of great cards from him this way, and at the show I grabbed three cards from the 2014 Topps Chrome set for my modern player collections.

From left to right, you have the Chrome cards of Manny Machado, Jose Fernandez, and Andrew McCutchen.



Not a bad score for just seventy-five cents, huh?!?!

Time to go find the Stanton, Harper, and Pedroia cards…

Manny Machado 2014 Bowman Platinum

Manny Machado 2014 Bowman Platinum

I picked up this card of Manny Machado for just $0.18 on Sportlots two weeks ago when shopping for modern cards from the new 2014 Bowman Platinum release.

The set is really starting to grow on me and may take the crown as the ‘Best Looking Baseball Card Product of 2014’.

I picked up a decent stack of cards from the set for my PC’s and Marlins team set, and all look just as good as this!




1975 Topps Set Card 215/660 – #479 – Ken Boswell, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 215/660 – #479 – Ken Boswell, Astros

Progress: 215/660

Player Name:  Ken Boswell

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:   2nd Base, 3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1967-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Boswell played in 86 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  He hit .242 with 43 hits in 178 at-bats.  Among his 43 hits were 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 33 home runs.  Boswell drove in 21 runs for the Astros in 1975 while also scoring 16 times.

Notes From Career:  Ken Boswell is a career .248 hitter with 625 lifetime hits.  During his 11-season big league career, Boswell split time between the New York Mets and the Houston Astros.  He was a good defender and found himself playing both second and third base at times for both clubs.  Boswell won a World Series championship with the Mets in 1969.


Brooks Robinson 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Brooks Robinson 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Now this is one sweet-looking baseball card!!!



We’ve all seen brilliant images of Brooks Robinson playing masterful defense at third base for the Baltimore Orioles.  Not only was Brooks the best, but photographers knew that if they focused on him, they would get something beautiful – it was just a matter of time.

Many pictures of Mr. Robinson deserve to be framed – after all, they are art.  And what he did on the field was art.

Well, Topps helped us with that.  Their 2013 Triple Threads brand offers great images in a design that is reminiscent of a frame.

Take a look again above.  That’s how it is done!

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

No, I am not trying to turn myself into a ‘Machado Super-Collector’.  At least not yet…

But, when I saw this card, I had to grab one for my collection.

As you see below, the colors and the Topps 1986 design are simply a perfect match.

Have a look:



First off, you have the three main colors of the card – Black, Orange, and White.  It all just works well toegther – from the lettering on the top of the card to the bill on Machado’s helmet and everything in between.

And the image selection is sweet too.  Not only did Topps give us an image that works, but they centered it perfectly.  We’ve all seen #13 make this sign after connecting for a home run, and Topps captured it perfectly.

Nicely done, Topps.  Nicely done.

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Terry Pendleton turns 54 years old today.

Pendleton was the National League’s MVP during the 1991 season. And he was also the runner-up for the award in 1992 as well. Raising his game to new heights during those 2 seasons, Pendleton hit .319 and .311 respectively. In those 2 campaigns, he collected 386 hits, including 73 doubles, 9 triples, and 43 home runs. He was also a scoring machine as he scored 192 times while also stealing 12 bases.

Pendleton played in 5 World Series match-ups for the Cardinals and Braves. His teams lost all 5 series’.

Happy Birthday Mr. Pendleton!!!