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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

1975 Topps #336: Rennie Stennett, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2B

     Before Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants received his 7th hit during the 14th inning against the Miami Marlins late last night, Rennie Stennett did it during a 9-inning game against the Cubs on September 16th, 1975.  Only 3 other players have achieved the feat since 1913, before Stennett's and Crawford's all-time league leading 7-hit games,



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Top Collecting Priorities and Recent Blog Changes

     I'm sure most of us have heard the saying that it's not work if you're enjoying what you're doing.  Well, quite the opposite is true as well.  At one point, I expanded my number of blog to 4 different.  I had one for 21st Century, two for 20th Century, and one for 19th Century.  It was becoming too much, so I consolidated 3 into 1, will now use this blog to discuss everything prior to 1990's baseball.
     Since I haven't posted on this blog in a while, I'll kick it off again by describing my top collecting priorities at the moment.  I am so close to completing four different sets with the acquisition of 5 different cards.  The first set is 1950 Bowman.  Before the movie "42" came out, I could find Jackie Robinson cards from the '50 Bowman set for $75-$100.  I wasn't ready to buy one then--but as the only card missing from my set--I am now.  The only problem is that these cards are now going for twice the price.  This card remains my #5 priority.  


My #4 Priority is Nolan Ryan's rookie card.  As only one of two missing cards from my 1968 Topps set, I'd like to find one of these for $60-$80.  I've already missed a few opportunities this year due to timing.


The '68T #490 card is my number 3 priority because it's an easier acquisition to bring me within one card of completing the 1968 Topps set.  I haven't seen one of these for under $15 since the start of the season.  In fact, anything Mickey Mantle seems to have bottomed out well above the 10% BV mark since the start of the season.  I'll be patient on this one.


My #2 priority is all that stands between completion of the 1969 Topps set.  I'd be happy to find one for $25.


My top priority right now is this 1973 Topps Yankees Team Checklist insert card.  Although my 1973 Topps set was completed some years ago, I didn't collect insert cards at the time.  I now start off my 1973-1974 team set with these team checklists in my set binders.  This has become my top priority because I'm trying to get out of the '70s and start moving into the mid-to-late '60s.  I haven't seen one of these for below $10 lately, and I'm looking for pay only $4.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1964 Topps #230: Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, 3B

     Brooks Robinson is currently one of the owners of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (an independent league team) through Opening Day Partners (ODP).  I've had the opportunity to attend a few of their games from one of the fantastic box suites available at Regency Furniture Stadium.  It's too bad that I didn't get to meet the man himself while I was out there.  This would have been a great card to have autographed.




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

1939 Play Ball #9: Jim Tobin, Pittsburgh Pirates, P

     Jim Tobin was nearing the end of his tenure with the Pirates in 1939, having come off an active year with 241.1 Innings Pitched in 40 Games the previous season.  Although, Tobin led the league in Fielding % as a Pitcher in 1938, his best years were still ahead of him.  He was traded to the Boston Bees/Braves after the 1939 season, and was purchased by the Tigers in 1945.  Tobin appeared in the 1944 All-Star Game and won a ring in the 1945 World Series against the Cubs.  He continued playing professional ball through 1950 with the White Sox AA-affiliate Memphis Chickasaws--a career that began with the class-D Bisbee Bees in 1932. 



1964 Topps #300: Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves, OF

     My 1964 Topps set has grown significantly over the past year, going from only a couple of pages worth, to just over 50% of the complete set now.  My set is rapidly becoming a respectable one too, with stars like Hank Aaron to include in my collection.  The 1964 Topps set was probably the last of the '60s sets that I started collecting, along with the 1961 Topps set.  I think I've finally reached just over 75% completion for the decade now--or pretty close (73% the last I checked).



Friday, June 10, 2016

1939 Play Ball #83: Gus Suhr, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1B

     Gus Suhr started his 10th MLB season with the Pirates in 1939 before being traded to the Phillies after the All-Star break.  Suhr was a reliable 1st Baseman, often leading the league in Games Played each year.  He batted .303 between the Pirates and Phillies in 1939, ranking 2nd in Fielding % at 1B.  Suhr made his only All-Star appearance in 1936.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

1988 Topps Gallery of Champions Aluminum Set: Mark Langston, Seattle Mariners, P

     Mark Langston earned a spot on one of the 12 engraved metal cards from the 1988 Topps Gallery of Champions set after leading the American League in 1987 with 262 Strikeouts.  The 19-game winner also made his first All-Star team, in addition to winning his first of two consecutive Gold Glove awards in 1987.  Langston pitched a total of 6 seasons for the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the Expos for Hall of Famer Randy Johnson in 1989.