Friday, September 30, 2022
OPC VARIATION SPOTLIGHT: 1977 DEL UNSER
Thursday, September 29, 2022
DEDICATED ROOKIE: 1971 KEN FORSCH
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
THEN & NOW: 1979 DON KESSINGER
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
SPOTLIGHT: UNISSUED 1977 GARY MATTHEWS PROOF CARD
On the blog today, we take a closer look at an unissued 1977 proof card for former outfielder Gary Matthews, who signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves after starting his career with the San Francisco Giants:
By the time he left the game as an active player, he racked up a lifetime .281 average, with 2011 hits and 234 home runs to go with his 1083 runs scored and 978 RBI’s.
He’d also put in some excellent postseason performances, as he’d hit .323 over 19 games with seven home runs and 15 RBIs, including an MVP performance in the NL Championship series while with the Phillies when he hit three homers and drove in eight runs in only four games against the Dodgers, helping the “Wheez Kids” make it to the World Series.
Monday, September 26, 2022
1970 "IN-GAME ACTION": BILL FREEHAN
On the blog today, we spotlight by 1970 "In-Game Action" Bill Freehan card from my Series 1 set released a few months back:
1964, his first full year in the Majors, was arguably his finest season, as he hit .300 for the only time in his career along with 18 homers and 80 R.B.I.'s.
But for the rest of his career Freehan put up solid numbers year after year, while taking care of a Detroit pitching staff that featured guys like McLain, Mickey Lolich and Earl Wilson.
He really was ahead of the rest of the pack as far as A.L. catchers during the decade.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
EXPANDED LEAGUE LEADERS- 1977 A.L. WINS
Saturday, September 24, 2022
NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE ALL-TIME LEGENDS- VIC HARRIS
On the blog this fine day, we add the great Negro Leaguer Vic Harris to my long-running "Negro Baseball Leagues All-Time Greats" thread:
Friday, September 23, 2022
DEDICATED ROOKIE: 1977 JACK CLARK
On the blog today, we give former slugger Jack Clack a 1977 "dedicated rookie", replacing his original multi-player card appearance in the Topps set:
Thursday, September 22, 2022
REVISITING A BLOG POST FROM SEPTEMBER, 2014: JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER NICKNAME CARD
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
NICKNAMES OF THE 1970's: "SMOKEY" WALT ALSTON
Thought it'd be fun to create a "nickname" card for former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walt "Smokey" Alston, so here goes:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
1970 "IN-GAME ACTION": DON SUTTON
On the blog today, we spotlight my Don Sutton entry to my two-series custom 1970 "In-Game Action" set released a few months back:
The man was a machine, and while some people think incredible steadiness like this doesn’t warrant a Hall of Fame selection, I do! There is something to celebrate when a player performs year after year over a long period of time (think Eddie Murray) without having a “mega-season” along the way.
By the time Sutton left the game after the 1988 season, he finished with 324 wins, a 3.26 earned run average, 58 shutouts and 3574 strikeouts in 774 appearances, 756 of them starts.
Needless to say, in 1998, on his fifth try, he made it into Cooperstown, joining former teammates Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, with 81.6% of the vote.
Monday, September 19, 2022
1977 ALL-STAR GAME: 1978
Sunday, September 18, 2022
EXPANDED LEAGUE-LEADERS: 1977 N.L. VICTORIES
Saturday, September 17, 2022
1976 ALL-STAR GAME CARD: 1977
Friday, September 16, 2022
SPECIAL REQUEST: "FIXED" 1981 J.R. RICHARD CARD WITH ALL-STAR BANNER
By special request, today's blog post has a 1981 corrected card for former Houston Astros great J.R. Richard, who was ripped off an All-Star banner given that he was the N.L.'s starting pitcher for the 1980 Midsummer Classic:
Thursday, September 15, 2022
MINOR LEAGUE DAYS: LOU PINIELLA
Good day all!
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
TRADED: 1973 ALEX JOHNSON
For fun today, thought I'd whip up a 1973 "traded" variation card for former batting champ Alex Johnson, who found himself off to the Texas Rangers after one season with the Cleveland Indians:
By the time he retired, he finished with a very nice .288 batting average, with 1331 hits over 4623 at-bats in 1322 games, but sadly never again able to reach that level of play that made him one of the more promising young talents in 1970.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
1970 "IN-GAME ACTION": PHIL NIEKRO
On the blog today, we spotlight the great Phil Niekro's card in my custom 1970 "In-Game Action" two-series set released a few months back:
I always thought it amazing that at the age of 44 in 1983, he took home the last of his five Gold Gloves, ALL of which were garnered beginning his age 39 season in 1978.
Monday, September 12, 2022
GIMMIE A DO-OVER: FIXING THE 1976 OAKLAND A'S TEAM CARD
Up on the blog today, thought it'd be fun to go a finally "fix" the 1976 Oakland A's team card, adding the manager inset photograph that Topps left off because of a managerial change during the off-season:
Sunday, September 11, 2022
EXPANDED LEAGUE LEADERS: 1977 A.L. ERA
Saturday, September 10, 2022
TURN BACK THE CLOCK: 1978- 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF WEST COAST MAJOR LEAGUE BALL
Friday, September 9, 2022
NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE ALL-TIME LEGENDS- GEORGE SCALES
On the blog today, we add the great Negro league player George Scales to my long-running 1972 "Negro Leagues All-Time Greats" thread, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the Major Leagues:
Thursday, September 8, 2022
DEDICATED ROOKIE: 1971 BOBBY VALENTINE
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
REVISITING AN OLD BLOG POST FROM JANUARY, 2016: 1973 WARREN SPAHN COACH CARD
On the blog today, we revisit as post from over six years ago, my 1973 coach card for one of the greatest to ever take a Major League mound, Warren Spahn, who was lending his expertise to the Indians by the early-70's:
I’ve always been a huge Spahn fan, so any chance to create cards for him is something I’ll jump at!
I mean, all the guy did was win 363 games, pitch 63 shutouts and post 13 20-win seasons, among other things!
And remember he didn’t win his first game until he was 25 years of age, as he served in the military from 1943 to 1945.
Just an incredible talent!
Look for some other “fantasy cards” of mine in the near future, like Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax...
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
SPOTLIGHT: UNISSUED 1977 STEVE STONE PROOF CARD
On the blog today, thought it'd be fun to take a closer look at another unissued 1977 proof card, this of future Cy Young winning pitcher Steve Stone, who found himself "across town" before the season, going from the Chicago Cubs to the White Sox:
Monday, September 5, 2022
1970 "IN-GAME ACTION": RON SANTO
The next card from my two-sertes custom set released over the past few months is Hall of Fame third baseman Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs:
Post-playing career, Santo moved on to broadcasting, where he was a beloved color commentator over the years, working with guys like Harry Caray, Thom Brennaman and Steve Stone.
But it was mainly his working relationship with Pat Hughes on the radio that were enthusiastically known as the “Pat and Ron Show”.
Sadly, Santo would die from bladder cancer and complications from diabetes in December, 2010, and would not live to see himself selected for the Hall of Fame, as that would come almost a year later when he was the only player selected by the Golden Era Committee.
Just a crying shame if you ask me.
Sunday, September 4, 2022
EXPANDED LEAGUE-LEADERS: 1977 N.L. E.R.A.
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