Archive for Card of the Day

Card of the Day: 1987 Fleer Barry Bonds rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

uu87fleerbondsbgs85So yesterday as I awoke from an early evening nap, I happened upon a golden nugget from Yahoo Sports — a story about Barry Bonds and the legality of HGH, and the classifications of the Cream and the Clear as NOT being steroids at the time they apparently were used by Bonds.

I could not do the story justice if I were to recap its substance in just a few words here. And honestly, you’re better off reading the real reporter’s story — he’s the guy who put in the hard work; I’m just a guy with a blog.

But what I’m wondering is if this story could change the way people thing about the All-Time Home Run King, and what this could mean for Bonds in our hobby. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1992 Upper Deck `Bloodlines’ Gary Sheffield and Dwight Gooden

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

dwightgaryGary & Dwight. Dwight & Gary. The two were inseparable. Gary Sheffield and Dwight Gooden, uncle and nephew, lived together in Florida for much of their youth. And their relationship was well-documented in the early ’90s when both were forces to be reckoned with in Major League Baseball. But aside from the game, the men also shared an insatiable appetite for fashion. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1993 Upper Deck “On Deck With …” Albert Belle

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

albertfrontLast week I learned something new about Hall of Famer George Brett, a fact that apparently has been common knowledge for nearly three decades. I’m embarrassed for not having known the info. But then again, should I be? I mean we’re talking about hemorrhoids.

Well, while flipping through my Albert Belle collection, I came across a 1993 Upper Deck insert card from the same set I learned about Brett’s pain in the ass. You know this one will be enjoyable.

Up front, I’ll say this: Albert’s card is not that controversial, but it is interesting. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1998 Score Rookie / Traded Barry Bonds

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

bonds98Man, times were much simpler in 1997, weren’t they?

Roger Maris still held the single-season home run record, and Hank Aaron was the all-time Major League Baseball home run champion.

Collecting baseball cards was about baseball cards and not what was embedded within or what was literally written on them.

And for Barry Bonds, he still was considered one of the greatest players the game had ever seen … and there was no suspicion of him using performance enhancing drugs. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1992 Topps Gold Brien Taylor autograph /12000

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

brien1Happy New Year to you all. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

If you’re a proud iPod owner, thank your lucky stars that you don’t own a Zune mp3 player. Poor bastards. And if you do own a Zune that was affected by the calendar roll-over, things could be much worse. You could be the guy whom Kathy Griffin pointed her crude remarks toward last night as she and Anderson Cooper brought in the New Year in style

Anyway, all joking aside, I wanted to start the new year off in golden fashion by discussing a card that for many remains one of the most interesting baseball cards of this generation: the 1992 Topps Gold Brien Taylor certified autograph. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1991 Leaf “Gold Leaf Rookies” Jeff Bagwell

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bagwellgold1In my mind, this is the card that started the insert craze. Chase cards have been around since the 1980s — see all of the Fleer and Topps All Star cards — but until the early 90s, they were nothing more than an afterthought, a bonus when buying a retail cello or jumbo pack.

But in 1991, Leaf hit the market with a bang, offering the “Gold Leaf Rookies,” some of the slickest looking cards in the world. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2003 Topps Dusty Baker autograph*

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

baker03tToday’s “Card of the Day” is brought to you straight from my mail box. On the day after Christmas, I received a PWE that initially pissed me off. At first I thought I’d been defrauded by another eBayer (it would have been the third this week to use an less-than-expected method of shipping). But instead it turned out that the envelope was one I had sent out way back in March to the Reds’ spring training facility. Continue reading