Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1, 1961

Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record on October 1, 1961. Hard to believe that only 23,154 fans were at Yankee Stadium to witness the feat.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1952 Bowman Gil McDougald RC

Two weeks ago I went to my LCS for their Wednesday night auction.I picked up this 1952 Bowman Gil McDougald RC for $4.50. It's not in great shape, but I love it.

I've always wanted to get the RC of every player to win the Rookie of the Year Award. McDougald won the 1951 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.

McDougald was a 5 time All-Star during his 10 seasons with the New York Yankees and was on 5 World Championship teams.

He retired after the 1960 World Series because he thought the Yankees wouldn't protect him from the expansion draft and didn't want to end up on the Angels or Senators. He was just 32 years old.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2013

Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on the last day of the 2013 season. The Marlins had failed to score during the first 8 innings, so it wasn't until the bottom of the 9th when, with Alvarez in the on-deck circle, Giancarlo Stanton raced home on a wild pitch by Luke Putkonen.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thunder from Down Under

I hope no one gets the wrong idea from the title of the post. This post is strictly baseball/baseball card related. Come on people!

This 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado card came in a package recently from Jeroen, The Dutch Card Guy.

I was planning on having it be a part of my Commenting on cards from The Dutch Card Guy (Part #5) post, but after a little research I knew it needed its own post.

I saw the "a.k.a THUNDER" on the back and wondered how Dave Nilsson got a nickname like Thunder. Then I realized that he's from Australia, so you see, Dave Nilsson is literally Thunder from Down Under.

The only thing that would make this better is if it listed his birthplace on the back of the card.

Commenting on cards from The Dutch Card Guy (Part #5)

The Dutch Card Guy recently sent me a package from overseas and I'm going to finish up my commentary on it.

There were a couple of Goldschmidt cards, which are always appreciated! I saw that Goldschmidt took batting practice yesterday for the first time since braking his hand. He should be good to go by Spring Training.

There were also a couple of Brandon Webb cards for my player collection. 

Next up are a couple of Miguel Montero RC's. Montero is one of my favorite current D-Backs. 

Here's a Gerardo Parra card that I had never seen before. Hard to even tell that it's Parra from the picture. 

The only non D-Backs cards in the package from The Dutch Card Guy were two 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado cards. These cards are awesome and I'm glad they found their way into the package!

The head shot on the front of the card is textured. 

Check out the back. The stats include First Baseman Averages from 1970, 1985, and 1995 for comparison against the actual player. Not sure why they went with 1970 rather than 1975, but still a great concept! Then you get the nickname!

Commenting on cards from Cervin' Up Cards (Part #5)

I'm going to finish up my commentary on the cards that I got recently from Cervin' Up Cards

This Wade Miley card cracks me up. Just the look on his face is hilarious. 

This Brandon Allen card has an awesome looking photo! I'm imagining that he just hit a home run.

There were several 1st Bowman cards of guys who haven't made it to the big leagues yet; including these Daniel Palka cards. 

There were also several RC's of current D-Backs; including Didi Gregorious and A.J. Pollock

This 2002 Ultimate Collection Randy Johnson card is my favorite card from the package. It's numbered to 799. I think I only have one other Ultimate Collection card in my collection and it's a Randy Johnson jersey card. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Commenting on cards from The Dutch Card Guy (Part #4)

The Dutch Card Guy sent me a package of cards recently that included these 2009 Bowman and Bowman Chrome cards of Josh Collmenter.

Collmenter has had a pretty good season and I'll never forget his 3 hit shutout against the Reds this season where he faced the minimum of 27 batters. 

Collmenter has a unique delivery which can be seen here.