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Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 48 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.  On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.  Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Today, Will Clark is employed by the San Francisco Giants.  I sent a card of him to Spring Training hoping for an autograph – Wish me luck!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Will Clark

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Will Clark

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Will Clark card from the set:

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As a baseball fan that was completely immersed in the sport in the late 1980’s, Will Clark was very hard to ignore.  His personality drew your attention, and he sweet left-handed swing put you in a feeling of awe. 

Will’s nickname was ‘The Thrill’ and I will never forget the show that he put on in 1989 during the 5-game NLCS versus the Chicago Cubs – 13 hits in 20 at-bats good for a .650 average, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 runs scored, and 8 RBI.

The show was unreal.  A true ‘Thrill’ to behold!!!

Happy Birthday Will “The Thrill” Clark!!!

Happy Birthday Will “The Thrill” Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 48 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.  On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.  Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!

Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 47 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.  On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.  Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Today, Will Clark is employed by the San Francisco Giants.  I sent a card of him to Spring Training hoping for an autograph – Wish me luck!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!

3rd Spring Training 2010 Autograph TTM Success: Will Clark!!!

3rd Spring Training 2010 Autograph TTM Success: Will Clark!!!

This is the second time I have received Will Clark’s autograph through the mail.  The first time he signed for me was back in April, 2009 – you can read that story here.  I didn’t hold onto the card though; I passed it onto a newbie blogger and big Will Clark fan.  You may know him, here is a link to his blog.

I’m planning on holding onto this one a bit longer this time – after all I am 2/2 from Will ‘The Thrill’ and I have no idea how long my luck with him will last!!!   He returned this card back to me in just 27 days, and he even added his old jersey number, 22, to his signature this time around.

Thank you Mr. Clark!!

Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 46 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.  On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.  Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Today, Will Clark is employed by the San Francisco Giants.  I sent a card of him to Spring Training hoping for an autograph – Wish me luck!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #5

I bring you the fifth of eight packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Will Clark and Chris Sabo

Pick Of The Pack – Awesome action shot of Wally Joyner!

1989 Fleer Superstar Special Honoring Darryl Strawberry

1989 Fleer Superstar Special Honoring Darryl Strawberry

It could be argued that these two guys had the prettiest left-handed swings in baseball back in 1989.

Darryl Strawberry and Will ‘The Thrill’ Clark were both enormously talented players and it is fitting that Fleer created a card celebrating them in their 1989 set.

This ‘Superstar Special’ is titled ‘Home Runs Coast To Coast’ and that is certainly fitting.  During the 1988 baseball season, Strawberry connected for 39 round-trippers while Clark belted 29.

Straw 89F SS

1 more card for my Darryl Strawberry collection – NICE!!!!

He Was Called ‘Sweet Swingin’ Billy Williams’ For A Reason

Before the likes of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Will Clark and Mark Grace.  Even before Don Mattingly and Wade Boggs.  And even before George Brett and Rod Carew.

Billy Williams was tagged as having one of the sweetest left-handed strokes in all of the game well before this impressive list of talented lefties.

‘Sweet Swingin’ Billy Williams’ was tagged as such for his incredible talent at the plate.  A perfect swing with just a hint of upper-cut, Williams possessed a swing that was often tagged as ‘textbook’.  Perfect timing, excellent balance, and supreme control – ‘Sweet Swingin’ Billy Williams’ thrilled fans and players alike with his batting skills.

Williams was a master at the plate.  And the numbers back up just how solid of a hitter he was:

2,711 career hits.  434 Doubles.  88 Triples.  426 Home Runs.  .290 Career Batting Average.

Before there was ‘The Natural’ or ‘The Thrill’ or ‘Amazing Grace’, there was ‘Sweet Swingin’ Billy Williams’!!!! 

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‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #3 – ‘Class Of ’86’

This book is the 3rd book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Class of ’86’

Synopsis – Taking a in-depth look at the baseball rookie class of 1986. 

Jacket  Content – This book will look at the rookies that impacted the game during the 1986 baseball season.  We will dig in deep to review each player’s adjustment to the big leagues, their introduction to new managers and teammates, taking on life in a new city, their impact on the world of baseball card collecting, and will also provide a glimpse into their lives 23 years later.

‘The Class of ’86’ had some wild characters.  Here are their stories…

Chapters

1 – Fred McGriff – Toronto Blue Jays

2 – Andres Galarraga – Montreal Expos

3 – Paul O’Neil – Cincinnati Reds

4 – Jose Canseco – Oakland A’s

5 – Ozzie Guillen – Chicago White Sox

6 – Lenny Dykstra – New York Mets

7 – Harold Reynolds – Seattle Mariners

8 – Cecil Fielder – Toronto Blue Jays

9 – Barry Bonds – Pittsburgh Pirates

10 – Will Clark – San Francisco Giants

11 – Bo Jackson – Kansas City Royals

12 – John Kruk – San Diego Padres

13 – Ruben Sierra – Texas Rangers

14 – Benito Santiago – San Diego Padres

15 – Vince Coleman – St. Louis Cardinals

16 – Darren Daulton – Philadelphia Phillies

17 – Bobby Bonilla – Chicago White Sox

18 – Danny Tartabull – Seattle Mariners

Congratulations to ‘The Class Of 1986’!!!

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