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Card of the Day: 1973 Topps All-Time Home Run Leaders Ruth, Aaron, Mays

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1973ToppsNo1RuthMaysAaronTalk about a classic card.  I’ve not spent a lot of time lately working on my personal collection. Mainly I’ve been a slave to anything that interests me, and that isn’t exactly a good thing. But when I came across this card on eBay last week, I knew I had to have it for my Topps Number Ones collection.

I feel like I’ve owned this card before, which could have been the case. Nonetheless, I didn’t own this time last week so I had to purchase it for the mere $1.85 the seller was asking. The book on this is $40.

This card is awesome. It’s a real vintage card featuring three of the game’s greatest players highlighted for their home run achievements. What makes this card even cooler is the back, which displays how many home runs each player hit during each season. I love that after four season,s Babe Ruth had a whopping nine home runs for his entire career.

Remarkably, this card is in pretty good shape for being No.1 in the set. By the time the early 1970’s rolled around I guess kids were learning a thing or two about how to care for their cards. This one might be off-center, or miscut, whichever term you prefer, but the corners are decent, and there are no creases or evidence of rubber bands. Gotta love that.


Card of the Day: 1986 Topps Bill Buckner

Posted in Newspaperman, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1986ToppsBillBucknerThis card is beyond words. There’s no action shown here, but the expression on Bill Buckner’s face speaks a thousands words. It almost like the baseball gods are talking to him, saying that he will have 2,700 career hits and bat nearly .300, but he will forever be remembered for a defensive play that will take place in the very near future. The result of this discussion: This look on Bill’s face, followed by an uncertain muttering of “Wha- What- What?”

Card of the Day: 2008 Topps Gold Border Red Sox Classic Combos (Manny & Youkilis)

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008toppsgoldredsoxclassiccombosLast week I wrote a post about discount blasters at Target. Early last week I picked up a Series 1 2008 Topps Blaster (5 packs) for $5. On Friday, I decided to see if they had any more, and surely they had one left. I bought it and in the first pack I pulled this dandy of a card, 2008 Topps Gold Border, serial numbered /2008.

I knew I needed the card for my Sox collection, but it made me stop and think about the 2008 season, particularly about Manny and Youk. As you can see here, they are pictured slapping high fives, probably after a Manny bomb. But the only slapping these two were involved in on June 5, 2008, was during their fight debate in the dugout. ( article, note the term “debate” in the headline.) Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1989 Topps Kirk Gibson All-Star

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1989toppskirkgibsonasGot a quick-hitter for you. I’m preparing a small package for a fellow blogger and came across this gem. This card has been out cotdfor TWENTY YEARS but it was not until today that I realized that Topps lists Kirk Gibson as an All-Star PINCH HITTER rather than outfielder on his 1989 Topps All-Star card. Check out the back it’s even better. Flippin’ awesome. Just don’t tell Dennis Eckersley I said that.

Card of the Day: 2009 Upper Deck Jonathan Papelbon

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009udpapelbonListen, I love Jonathan Papelbon. As a Red Sox fan, it’s a treat to see him close out games. When he enters the game, you know the thing is over. This must be how Yankees fans have been feeling for the last decade or so with Mariano.

But if there is one thing that really irks me about Papelbon, it’s all this theatrical crap he does on the mound — specifically the cotddamn glare. I suppose it would not bother me as much if the television cameras weren’t always on him, but they are.

No matter what network is showing the Red Sox game, you can damn-well guarantee that if Pap enters the game, the camera will be zooming in on his face right before each pitch. And along the way the commentators will be talking some bullshit about how intense Papelbon is. And sometimes I understand why they do it … especially in the playoffs. I don’t condone it, but I get it; it gets people talking and it adds drama to a sport that many see as bland. Continue reading