Baseball card blog focusing on 1971 Topps, cards of catchers and the Colorado Rockies, sometimes drifting of into other areas or sports.
Friday, 30 December 2011
Thursday, 29 December 2011
1971 Topps Variations: Jim Northrup #265
Jim Northrup spent 12 season in the Majors from 1964-1975, playing in 1,392 games, 1,279 of those with the Tigers. Hit for a .267 career average with 153 home runs and 610 RBI. His best seasons came in 1968 and 1969, driving in a career high 90 runs in 1968 finishing 13th in MVP voting.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
RLC Custom Card Project: Octavio Dotel
Looking to make one last post before leaving for the Holidays, and inspired by Night Owl's Dotel post, here is a quick custom of Octavio with the Rockies. Once Dotel suits up for the Tigers in 2012 he will hold the record for most different teams in one career. Dotel only pitched in 5 1/3 innings over 8 games with the Rockies, was not featured on a card with the team, and this is the only photo I have ever seen of him in a Rox uniform. Dotel has had a very interesting career, he became the first National Leaguer to start at least 15 games and save at least 15 games in one season in 2000. He shared a no-hitter with 5 other pitchers in 2003. He was traded to the Rockies from the Dodgers while the Rockies were in L.A. playing a series against the Dodgers. From starter to closer to reliever to basically a ROOGY to World Series Champion, and at 38 he still has chance to add to that.
Note: edited of 3/25/2022 to be including in the RLC Project
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Custom Card: 1985 Topps Football Sal Fasano
Monday, 19 December 2011
Preview: 2012 Topps Archives
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Friday, 16 December 2011
Mailday: 2011 Bowman Draft Rockies team set
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Custom Card: 1992 Pinnacle Matt Herges
Card back after the jump
Monday, 12 December 2011
1971 Topps Variations: Ron Cook #583
|Eyes Up (above)|
Eyes Down (below)
This is Ron Cook's rookie card, with his only other card being in the 1972 set. His first season the the majors (1970) had mild success, going 4-4 with a 3.72 ERA over 41 games, including 7 games started. However his second and final season would not be as successful, going 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA over five games, this time starting four.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
CotD: 1969 Topps Larry Haney #209
Haney's 1968 card, only the 68 is not reversed. I have no idea why they would reverse the photo instead of just moving the circle with the name and position to the other side of the card. Other than that this is a pretty cool card, I like how he's geared up instead of the classic crouch with just a glove card pose, and it's a Seattle Pilots card, how cool is that (even though he's pictured as an Oriole). The nice shot of the old-school catchers gear and the weird photo mirror makes this a pretty cool card for catcher collectors (if they even exist other than me).
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Mailday: 2011 Topps Marquee Ubaldo Jimenez #MCA-UJ
Monday, 5 December 2011
CotD: 1971 Ron Santo #220
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
CotD: 2011 Topps #560 Chris Iannetta
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
1971 Topps Variations: Buddy Bradford #552
Friday, 25 November 2011
CotD: 2006 Heritage Sean Taylor #80
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Custom Card: 1987 Topps Joe Beimel
There is something I love about the 1987 Topps design, one of the first sets I collected, although in Canada we got the O-Pee-Chee version, I still love those tacky wood borders. The hardest thing about making customs of this year is the weird font Topps used for the player name, and the fact that no real Colorado Rockies cards exist before 1993, I think I got fairly close here after a some trial and error. This Joe Beimel fills a hole in my 2009 Rockies playoff roster team set, as I could not stand looking at the placeholder of him with the Dodgers. I printed it off on photo paper and it looks good in a binder, but the final product was a little flimsy. Back of card after the jump.
Monday, 21 November 2011
1971 Topps Variations: Boots Day #42
|"No Stadium Light (above)"|
Continuing with the 1971 Topps variation series, card #42 featuring Boots Day. Two versions exist, one with a light tower behind his right ear, and a later version with the tower airbrushed out, but still slightly visible. The graded cards I have seen mention "No Stadium Light" on the variation with no mention on the version with the light. The "No Light" version is the harder to find version and seems to have a price premium over the card with the light. All the OPC versions I have seen have the light tower, but the sample size is fairly small on this.
Friday, 18 November 2011
1971 Topps Variations: Jack Hiatt #371
Thursday, 17 November 2011
1971 Toppps Variations: Carl Morton #515
|No Black Line|
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Card of the Day, 1971 Thurman Munson
Here it is in all it glory. The 1971 Topps #5 Thurman Munson. Not his rookie card, but his first solo card and what a beauty. This is probably my favorite card of all time, 1971 is my favorite set of all time, frustrating to collect (inspiring the name of this blog) but also rewarding when you find a well centered, sharp cornered diamond in the rough. Open up binder with a 1971 set and first page, right in the center is this card, impossible not to notice. Also as a huge fan of action shots featuring catchers all geared up, this card is brilliant. And who doesn't love the Topps All-Star rookie cup trophy in the corner. The weird thing about loving this card is that I usually hate horizontal cards, but with the awesome photography this one works. The card was reprinted in 2010 as part of the "Cards Your Mom Threw Out" insert set, giving collectors a cheaper option to add this classic card to their collection. Random fact: The Oakland A's player sliding head first has been found to be Chuck Dobson, a pitcher. Just think, if the AL had the DH in 1970, this work of cardboard art would have never happened. Another reason to dislike the DH in baseball.
Another Baseball Card blog to get lost among the masses, if someone reads this, fine, if not, at the worst it will help me to keep some stuff organized, so here it goes.
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