1959 Fleer Life of Ted Williams: As Splendid As The Splinter

When Fleer entered the baseball card business in 1959, the rookie sports card manufacturer turned to the greatest hitter who ever lived.Ted Williams not only established new slugging standards, he also changed the way the sports collectibles hobby was marketed. During this era, Topps was the exclusive baseball card manufacturer, so Fleer — the only other … Continue reading 1959 Fleer Life of Ted Williams: As Splendid As The Splinter

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Looking at 1975 World Series Through Red Sox and Reds 1975 Topps Set

The 1975 Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds team sets are absolute musts for 1970s baseball card collectors.  Not only did the two teams engage in one of the most memorable World Series to date, but the sets include some of the top players from the ‘70s, including Hall of Famers, the all-time hits leader, … Continue reading Looking at 1975 World Series Through Red Sox and Reds 1975 Topps Set

Vladimir Guerrero Takes His Rightful Place in Baseball Hall of Fame

Vladimir Guerrero’s approach to the plate was simple: See the ball, hit the ball.  The nine-time All-Star for the Expos, Angels, and Rangers (he also played for the Orioles) rarely saw a pitch that he didn’t like.  With an aim toward mashing the ball every time he stepped to the plate, Guerrero swung freely and … Continue reading Vladimir Guerrero Takes His Rightful Place in Baseball Hall of Fame

Mookie Betts: MVP Candidate, Red Sox Great

Five years into his career, Mookie Betts has emerged as an annual MVP candidate and is on track to become one of the best players in Red Sox history.  As a result, the 25-year-old face of the Red Sox is the talk of the sports collectibles hobby. Although his rookie cards are extremely popular today, … Continue reading Mookie Betts: MVP Candidate, Red Sox Great

J.D. Martinez: Exactly What The Red Sox Need

J.D. Martinez is exactly the player the Red Sox need to separate themselves from the AL wild-card contenders, while keeping pace with the power-driven Yankees offense.  The Red Sox are banking on Martinez to fill the void created by the retirement of David Ortiz. If Martinez produces as expected, the Red Sox will be championship … Continue reading J.D. Martinez: Exactly What The Red Sox Need

Red Sox Playing Smart with JD Martinez; Yanks Team To Beat, but Sox Will Contend

Random thoughts as the Red Sox settle into spring training … Kudos to the Red Sox for not bidding against themselves to sign J.D. Martinez.  With the Red Sox being the only viable bidder, Martinez seems to need the Red Sox more than the Red Sox need Martinez, whose opposite-field swing may not play well … Continue reading Red Sox Playing Smart with JD Martinez; Yanks Team To Beat, but Sox Will Contend

Dwight Evans Belongs in Hall of Fame Alongside Roberto Clemente

Baseball’s greatest right fielders have the most powerful and accurate arms.  They play shallow and charge the ball with aggression, preventing runners from taking an extra base.  A great right fielder is an intimidator, able to change the complexion of a game with aggressive play.  Offensively, the great ones typically anchor a lineup with power … Continue reading Dwight Evans Belongs in Hall of Fame Alongside Roberto Clemente

Shohei Ohtani Signs with Angels; Aims To Become Next Babe Ruth

Any comparisons to Babe Ruth are subject to hyperbole, but the exploits of 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani give us reason to believe the Japanese -- and soon-to-be Los Angeles Angels --  star could be the next great two-way ball player. The 2016 Most Valuable Player of the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball was the first … Continue reading Shohei Ohtani Signs with Angels; Aims To Become Next Babe Ruth

Happy Birthday Joe DiMaggio

During the summer of 1941, Joe DiMaggio established the benchmark for hitting streaks when he achieved the most treasured – and, arguably, unreachable – record in baseball history.  The same year that Ted Williams hit .406 for the Red Sox, DiMaggio compiled a 56-game hitting streak for the Yankees, shattering Wee Willie Keeler’s record of … Continue reading Happy Birthday Joe DiMaggio