I came home from work the other day to find a few packages in the mailbox. One package contained a 2013 Topps Manufactured Commemorative Patch (#CP19) Will Clark I had won on eBay. I bought three boxes of Topps Series 1 hoping to pull this card, ended up pulling a Mike Trout Commemorative Patch and (2) Yu Darvish Commemorative Rookie Patch so it was off to eBay to get it. I paid $1.75 for the card plus $2.50 for shipping which I think is worth it!
The second one was from Nick at Dime Boxes — The Low-End Baseball Collector’s Journey. Here are some of the cards he sent for my 2013 Topps Series 1 base set.
There were a few more he sent but from the time I had give him my missing cards list to receiving them in the mail I had acquired a few. Hopefully I can pass on the doubles to another collector who needs them! As of this writing I am just 5 cards short of the base set.
Now onto the other cards, a mixture of San Francisco Giants! Of course I was hoping to find some Will Clarks, and Nick didn’t disappoint.
The Will Clark Project
Although all the cards are great and much appreciated I want to highlight a few here.
Bobby Thomson – Golden Moments
Baseball’s most celebrated comeback was capped by what may be the game’s most famous home run. The Giants were 13 1/2 games behind the Dodgers on August 12, 1951, before going 39-8 down the stretch to finish in a tie. Forced into a three-game playoff, the teams split the first two. The Dodgers were up 4-1 in the ninth inning of Game 3 when the Giants rallied. New York cut the lead by a run and had two men on when Thomson hit a home run to left field for the “shot heard ’round the world.” (Information from back of card.)
Willie McCovey – 500 Home Runs
Four years after Hank Aaron broke the career home run record at the same venue, McCovey arrived at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1978 on teh brink of his own longball milestone. He got it on the final day of June, in the opener of a four-game series. Willie led off the second inning with the blast, becoming the 12th man to reach 500 rountrippers. (Information from back of card.)
Since Willie McCovey became the 12th player to hit 500 home runs there have been 13 more players to join him – Reggie Jackson (September 17, 1984), Mike Schmidt (April 18, 1987), Eddie Murray (September 6, 1996), Mark McGwire (August 5, 1999), Barry Bonds (April 17, 2001), Sammy Sosa (April 4, 2003), Rafael Palmeiro (May 11, 2003), Ken Griffey Jr. (June 20, 2004), Frank Thomas (June 28, 2007), Alex Rodriguez (August 4, 2007), Jim Thome (September 16, 2007), Manny Ramirez (May 31, 2008), and Gary Sheffield (April 7, 2009).
There are a few players that will have a shot at 500 homeruns in the next few years if they can remain healthy and play – Albert Pujols (477/Age: 33), Jason Giambi (431/Age: 42), Paul Konerko (425/Age: 37), Adam Dunn (409/Age: 33), and David Ortiz (401/Age: 37).
Barry Zito Comes To San Francisco
After coming to the Giants in 2008 it seemed Barry Zito was never going to his performance levels his Oakland Athletics days, including a season where he went 23-5. Up until 2012 he had not won more then 11 games in a Giant uniform and never finished with more wins then losses. In 2012, Zito returned to form going 15-8 for the World Series Champions. This season he has started strong once again, going 3-1 in 4 starts with a 3.42 ERA.
So there are a few highlights of the cards sent by Nick with some information and history to go along with them. Thanks Nick!