Archive for Home Run Record

New Additions Part VII: Back to the Future

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

napt762marisIt’s been more than three weeks since I showcased some of my new additions. Since that last post, a few new envelopes have shown up, the majority of which have come from eBay sellers. There is a constant theme running through these recent envelopes: The contents within are at least 10 years old, and in some cases the cardboard is older than I am.

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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: 2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars Barry Bonds

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I got a little behind this weekend, so here’s a double-shot Monday to make up for the day off yesterday.  

Kudos to DLP (Donruss/Leaf/Playoff) for making an effort to keep the infograph on the back of this 2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars Barry Bonds card relevant. While most companies could have had a boilerplate paragraph about Bonds’ bloodlines to the game, his numerous MVP awards or his drive for 500 career homers, DLP decided to document Bonds’ record pace during the 2001 season. And it took me eight years to appreciate this card.   Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1974 Topps Hank Aaron All-Time Home Run King

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

From the time most of us “young” (younger than 35) collectors were kids, Hank Aaron was the home run king. He was the baseball player depicted in school text books, named as the guy who took down the record set by the game’s biggest legend, Babe Ruth.

One look at this card to the left pretty much says it all: All-Time Home Run King. But what I find interesting about this particular card though is that when it was produced, Hank Aaron was not the king. If anything, he had just arrived in the royal castle and the king, Babe Ruth, was sharing his throne. Continue reading