Card of the Day: Hank Greenberg 1935 Diamond Stars #54

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Who’s Going In The Hall Of Fame This Year? These Guys Are.

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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America may not have voted anyone into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, but on July 28th there will still be a ceremony.  In fact, the Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Committee will be inducting three very prominent individuals this year – Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert, and Deacon White.  No, these guys don’t sound as familiar as Bonds, Clemens, Sosa or McGwire, but they do have their place in history.

Hank O’Day

O’Day was a pitcher, umpire, and manager starting in the early days of Major League Baseball.  After playing for seven years, he went on to have one of the best careers an umpire could ever have that spanned thirty seasons.  In the end, he umpired a total of 3,986 games.  That includes umpiring 10 World Series.  O’Day is known for being part of the controversial field decision called Merkle’s Boner.  This call will go down as one of the most controversial field decisions is MLB history.

Key Cards:

  • 1887-89 Old Judge Cabinets N173 #66
  • 1887-90 Old Judge N172 #398
  • 1888-89 Sporting Times M117 #7
  • 1994 Conlon TSN #1201
  • 1994 Conlon TSN Burgundy #1201

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Jacob Ruppert

He purchased Babe Ruth and built the original Yankee Stadium.  Made is fortune in beer.  Enough said.

Key Cards:

  • 1962 Topps #136 Babe Ruth Special 2/Babe Joins Yanks/Pictured With Owner Jacob Ruppert
  • 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy – Collection Moments in Time Dual Cut Signature – Steinbrenner/Ruppert #’ed/1
  • 2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Legendary Cut Signatures #’ed/14
  • 2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Legendary Cut Signatures Dual – Frazee/Ruppert #’ed/1
  • 2011 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Legendary Black Signatures #’ed/1

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Deacon White

I guess you could say that Deacon White was there when the modern game of baseball started.  He played during the time when catchers didn’t even use gloves.  White’s baseball career ranged from 1868 to 1890 and is one of the game’s first major stars.  He constantly lead the league in batting average, RBIs, hits, and triples.  Lets not forget White was also a major player on five championship teams (1873-1877).  The guy was a powerhouse.

Key Cards:

  • 1887-90 Old Judge N172 #558
  • 1887 Buchner Gold Coin N284 #35
  • 1888 Scraps Tobacco Die Cuts #18
  • 1888 WG1 Card Game #27
  • 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions SP #182

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Card of the Day: Hank Aaron 1975 Hostess Twinkies #130

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Card of the Day: Hank Aaron 2003 Topps Heritage Red Ink Auto

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David Letterman’s New Diamond

Last night Hank Aaron appeared on David Letterman.  Being a spokesman for Topps, Aaron presented Dave with a special card serial numbered 1/1 which contained a diamond.  I think its great to see sports cards on television.  This really has been a great week for Topps.

Card of the Day: Hank Blalock 2001 Bowman Chrome Refractor

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There’s Just Something About Those Gold Collectibles Relics

Maybe I’m paranoid, but something just doesn’t sit right with me when I look at these “Game-Used Memorabilia” cards made by Gold Collectibles during the early 2000’s.  Lets face it, these gold cards don’t have a lot of demand in The Hobby and they barely sell for anything.  I saw a card like this at a show last November (sitting right next to an NSA card) and wondered how authentic these pieces could be.  A majority of the time you’ll find these cards graded, if you want to call it that, by PRO or WCG.  PRO and WCG don’t hold any credibility, and grade almost anything that comes through the door a 10.  Unlike NSA cards, these Gold Collectibles relics are on player checklists though.  There is just something about them I don’t trust.  I sure wouldn’t buy one if I was looking for an authentic relic.  I think we can all agree on one thing.  These things are UGLY!!!

What do you think?  Do they deserve to be in the same category as those NSA relics?

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Card of the Day #65

Hank Aaron 1954 Topps Rookie

Card of the Day #16

Hank Greenberg 2004 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Game Used Bat

 

Card of the Day #8

2003 Topps Tribute All-Star Hank Aaron Game Used Bat

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