Sunday, February 27, 2011

Some New Endeavors, Can You Help?

So I was going through some 3200 count boxes and the only good it did was making my want lists longer!  I have decided to pursue some new inset sets.  Here are the sets and what I need, let me know if you have any of them.

2004 Greats of the Game Glory of Their Time
1 Harmon Killebrew
3 George Brett
4 Tony Gwynn
6 Don Mattingly
8 Carlton Fisk
9 Cal Ripken
18 Babe Ruth
19 Nolan Ryan
21 Al Kaline
25 Jose Canseco
26 Rocky Colavito
31 Kirby Puckett 

2004 Greats of the Game Announcing Greats
1 Kalas/Schmidt
2 Scully/Garvey
3 Carey/Sandberg
4 Martin/Fisk
7 Rizzuto/Mattingly
8 Allen/Berra
10 Brennaman/Bench

2004 Greats of the Game Battery Mates
4 Ford/Berra
6 Ryan/Torborg

2003 Fleer Fall Classics
Postseason Glory
1 Fisk/Yaz
2 Slaughter/Musial
3 Jackson/Munson
4 Plank/Mathewson
5 Young/Sebring
6 Berra/Ford
7 Lolich/Trammell
8 Mathews/Schoendienst
9 Campanella/Reese
10 Carter/Mazeroski
11 Robinson/Robinson
12 Seaver/Hodges
13 Yount/Molitor
14 Parker/Stargell
15 Ripken/Palmer
16 Ruth/Ford
17 ?????????????
18 Brock/Gibson
19 Schmidt/Robinson
20 Bench/Munson
21 Ryan/Johnson
22 Drysdale/Snider
23 Carter/Molitor
24 Jennings/Cobb
25 Ripken/Murray
26 Schmidt/Carlton
27 Clemente/Stargell
28 Palmer/Ryan
29 Morgan/Bench
30 Gehrig/Ruth
2003 Fleer Fall Classics
Pennant Aggression
1 Ty Cobb
2 Honus Wagner
3 Walter Johnson
4 Jimmie Foxx
5 Frankie Frisch
6 Pee Wee Reese
7 Yogi Berra
8 Roy Campanella
10 Frank Robinson
11 Carl Yastrzemski
12 Brooks Robinson
13 Johnny Bench
14 Reggie Jackson
15 Catfish Hunter
18 Willie Stargell
19 Mike Schmidt
20 George Brett

2000 Greats of the Game Retrospection
R1 Rod Carew
R2 Stan Musial
R3 Nolan Ryan
R6 Al Kaline
R7 Mike Schmidt
R8 Thurman Munson
R9 Steve Carlton
R10 Roger Maris
R11 Duke Snider
R13 Carl Yazstremski
R15 Johnny Bench

2001 Greats of the Game Retrospection
1Babe Ruth
2 Stan Musial
3 Jimmye Foxx
4 Roberto Clemente
5 Ted williams
6 Mike Schmidt
7 Cy Young
8 Satchel Paige
9 Hank Greenberg
10 Jim Bunning

The Pennant Aggression cards are die cut,  I usually don't collect die cut cards, but it is a nice checklist.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Markakis: Some Numbers...And Maybe Some New Trades?

As we near the beginning of what could be a serious run for a pennant and possibly a World Series appearance for my Orioles here (humor me), I can't help but get excited once again for the new season of Orioles baseball!  The Orioles have made a lot of changes in the last several  months, none as big as bring in Buck to manage.  After all, he did lead the O's to the best record in the AL East from the time he arrived to the end of the season.  In my opinion though, the big moves the Orioles have made in bringing in Reynolds, Lee, and Vlad, will finally put a batting lineup around the man they used their 7th overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft on...Nicholas William Markakis!

After 3 brief seasons in the minors, he came up to the show and debuted at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Opening Day, Thursday April 3, 2006.  In a 9-6 win over the D-Rays, Markakis was a defensive replacement and had a put out and no plate appearances.  The following day Nick helped the O's cap off a 16-6 win over the Devil Rays with an eighth inning home run off of Dan Miceli.  After hitting a home run as his first major league hit, Baltimore knew it was in love with him! Oh yeah, he also drew 3 walks that game.

Nick went on to finish 6th in the ROY voting.  Here are just a few more of nick's notable numbers:

-In each of the last three seasons, Nick has ranked 3rd in the MLB in total plate appearances (710, 711, and 709 Respectively)
-In each of the last four seasons, Nick has ranked no lower than 10th in the MLB in total hits (2007 191 hits/7th, 2008 182 hits/10th, 2009 188 hits/7th, 2010 187 hits/5th)
-In each of the last four seasons, Nick has ranked no lower than 6th in the MLB in doubles (2007 43 2B/6th, 2008 48 2B/3th, 2009 45 2B/6th, 2010 45 2B/4th)
-In 2010 he ranked 9th in the MLB with 127 singles
-In 2009 Nick lead all of the majors with 10 sacrifice flies
-Nick has 1500 putouts as a right fielder and has finished each of his major league seasons ranked no lower than 3rd.  He is ranked 65th all time.
-Even more impressive, Nick has led the bigs in assists by a right fielder twice and has never been ranked lower than 4th in this category in his career.  He currently ranks 61st all time. 

If you guessed that Nick Markakis is my favorite baseball player, well, you guessed right!

I am interested in trading for anything Markakis that I do not have.  If you have something that you might to trade to me, let me know and we can try to work out a trade!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This Is Just A Great Commercial!

Things like this commercial are what makes baseball so great.  Thank you MLB Network!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

You Complete Me!

These two guys have been on the stove for a while now, but they are finally complete.  The first of the 2003 Flair Greats that I bought was a blaster box from Target, I got a Johnny Bench Relic.  I really liked the cards so I made the set and decided to make two of the inset sets.  Below are the complete sets for the 2003 Flair Greats Classic Numbers and Ballpark Heroes. 
That is just tape on the case of the Ripken card.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Contest Coming Soon..But More Importantly...We will Miss Ernie

Today is a sad day for Baltimore baseball.  Baltimore's "other" iron man, Ernie Tyler, passed away last night at the age of 86.  Ernie was Baltimore's Umpire Attendant since 1960, and has worked for the Orioles since their first season in  1954.  Ernie worked 3,819 consecutive home games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards.  He only broke his streak at Cal Ripken's request that he come to Cal's HOF induction. 

Please read the short article about Ernie's Days with the O's.

On a happier note, a contest is coming soon..."WHY NOT"

RIP Ernie, Baltimore will miss you.