Archive for Sandy Koufax

Card of the Day: 1964 Topps Giant Sandy Koufax

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

You thought those 1989 Bowman cards were hard to store? Try protecting these badboys. These vintage 1964 Topps Giant cards measure a whopping 3 1/8 by 5 1/4, and to my knowledge, there still is no great way to store them. I think you need to have a postcard-size toploader, but even then there is some wiggle room.

But the reason I chose this card to write about today is not because of it’s abnormal size, although the topic of card storage is something I’ll probably discuss at some point. The reason for this post is to discuss how I obtained this card (at a flea market), and to share a quick story from Saturday. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2004 Topps Postseason Highlights Aaron Boone

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’m going to cheat a bit here and double dip. I wrote the following piece for my other blog and felt it was worth sharing here as well. Enjoy.

I can’t help it. Every time I see Tim Wakefield, I think of 2003. I think of Aaron Boone. I think of a floating knuckle ball that never hits the catcher’s mitt. I think of lost dreams and heartbreak. And I know I can’t be the only one. Boston fans have had much to cheer about since 2004, but you can’t tell me that all is well in your in mind when you see Terry Francona send Wakefield to the hill every fifth day. You can’t tell me that disaster is not the first thing on your mind. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2001 Topps Combos Don Drysdale / Kevin Brown / Sandy Koufax

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

When I pulled this card to write about it, my initial reaction was that Kevin Brown had no place among Hall of Famers like Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. My focus was to be about why I think it is ridiculous to pair today’s stars with hall of famers, particularly ones as good as Drysdale and Koufax. But something clicked when I started looking at the players’ statistics: All three of these players were good, damn good. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2005 Topps All-Time Favorites Jim Beckett

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

When you think of some of baseball’s all-time favorites, there is a litany of people who come to mind. Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Babe Ruth, Brooks Robinson and so on. But how about Jim Beckett? Who you ask? Beckett, as in the founder of Beckett price guide magazines. One time only, Topps produced a baseball card for the hobby’s father of price guides, and while it follows the same design as the real 2005 Topps All-Time favorite cards, these Beckett cards were only inserted into magazines. Continue reading

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