Posts Tagged Will Clark

Will Clark – 1986 Donruss Rookies

1986_donruss_the_rookies_32_will_clarkThe 1986 Donruss Rookies was Donruss’s first such set (1986-’92 and 2001-’03) focusing exclusively on players who made their Major League debut during the 1986 baseball season.  It was similar to the 1986 Donruss set except for the placement of “The Rookies” logo in the lower left hand corner of the card and a bluish green border instead of the blue.

During my childhood/teenage days of collecting cards the 1986 Donruss Rookies Will Clark (#32) was part of my collection.  Over the years it disappeared and I was on the lookout for another one.  The search wasn’t too hard once I clicked on eBay.  I found an auction for two of them, made a bid and they arrived today.

Other notable players in the set include Wally Joyner (#1), Andres Galarraga (#7), Barry Bonds (#11 – $12.00), Kevin Mitchell (#17), Jose Canseco (#22 – $4.00), Bobby Bonilla (#30), Bo Jackson (#38 – $5.00), John Kruk (#42 – $1.50), and Ruben Sierra (#52 – $1.50).  I think at one time or another I collected all these players!

Here is my current Will Clark Player Collection Checklist, which I am still building!

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Will Clark Player Collection

1988_donruss_21_will_clark_dkI have started to inventory my Will Clark collection.  Looking at the plethora of cards in my Will Clark box (soon to be my Will Clark binder) I thought I had a lot of them.  But after an inventory of 1986 and 1987 I realize I don’t have as many as thought and have some work to do.  Now I am pretty good on base set cards in his early years, it is the oddballs I am lacking.  That just means I am going to have some fun tracking them down right?  Like I mentioned I have just completed the inventory on 1986 and 1987, will work on more tonight.

Update (June 3, 2013) – Inventoried all the way up to 1992.

Will Clark Player Collection

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Will Clark 2013 Topps Museum Collection

Added a few cards to my Will Clark collection from the 2013 Topps Museum Collection.  The Topps Museum Collection, a 100-card set, was released on April 15, 2013.  The Will Clark cards I added were the Copper Parallel #76 and the Canvas Collection #CC-26.

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Will Clark – 2013 Topps Museum Collection Copper Parallel #76 (058/424)

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Will Clark – 2013 Topps Museum Collection Canvas Collection #CC-26

Realistically I should be able to add the Base Set Card #76, Green Parallel #76 and Blue Parallel #76 to my collection in the near future but the red parallel (one-of-one)/autographs/patches/relics may be out of reach!

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Dime Box Delivery

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!

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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.

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#85 Sean Doolittle

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#136 Tyler Clippard

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

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1987 Sportsflics #95

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1988 Donruss DK #21

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1990 Topps All-Star #397

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2012 Topps Archives #209

Although all the cards are great and much appreciated I want to highlight a few here.

Bobby Thomson – Golden Moments

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2001 Topps Golden Moments #379

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

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2012 Topps Gold Standard GS-9

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

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2007 Topps Trading Places – TP10

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!

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Look What Was In The Mailbox!

Received a package a few days ago from Jeff Wilk of www.2x3heroes.com with some of my missing 2013 Topps Series 1 set as well as a good sampling of various SF Giants cards for my collection.  This is my first package received from a fellow blogger so I was very excited to receive it!  Although all were great cards, here are some of the highlights for me –

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1993 Bowman Will Clark

Tucked away towards the back of the stack was this 1993 Bowman Will Clark.  It will be a nice addition to the collection.

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2004 Upper Deck Benito Santiago

Collected Santiago when I was younger when he was a Catcher with the San Diego Padres, where his best years were.  I can remember him on more then one occasion throwing out runners at second base without even getting up from the crouch.

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1996 Fleer Update Smooth Leather – Matt Williams

Matt Williams spent 10 seasons with the San Francisco Giants where he hit 247 homeruns.  Great defensive third baseman too!

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2003 Upper Deck Victory (Tier 3 Blue) J.T. Snow

Became a fan of J.T. Snow when he was a California Angel and bigger fan when he became a San Francisco Giant in 1996.  Plus you gotta like numbered cards right?

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2010 Topps Buster Posey (RC)

I was shocked to find a Posey RC in the mix but very appreciative.  Since I am just getting back into collecting I need to work on my Buster Posey collection and this was a great start.

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2012 Topps Archives Buster Posey

Another Buster Posey!  This is a very nice card design.  The 1980 Topps has always been on of my favorite designs of the past.

Some of the other players included were Giuseppe Chiaramonte (C), Rod Beck (P), Willie McGee (OF), Stan Javier (OF), Mark Portugal (P), Greg Litton (3B-2B), Jeff Leonard (OF), Aaron Rowand (OF), Jason Chmidt (P), Robby Thompson (2B), Shawn Estes (P), Livan Hernandez (P), San Francisco Giants Team Picture (2010 Topps Heritage), and Kenny Lofton (OF).

I can’t thank Jeff enough and am working on putting together some cards to send back!

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The Will Clark Project

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1986 Fleer Update Will Clark

I am taking a little break from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen box break!  So you may have read in a previous post that my all-time favorite player when I was younger was Will Clark.  I had a pretty good collection of Will Clark cards in my younger card collecting days.  When all my cards were packed away I assumed my Clark cards ended up in one of the boxes I used to store all my cards in.  When I dug those boxes out a few weeks ago I noticed my Clark collection was a little thin.  That needed to be fixed so I logged into eBay and started searching for some deals.  I found, bid, and won a few auctions.  In total I was able to secure 19 cards from the 1986-1987-1988 time period for around $6.00.  It comes out to about .30 cents a card when you do the math.  Well a few days after I won the eBay auctions and prior to the cards arriving in my mailbox I got a call from my mom.  She saw a post on Facebook about me purchasing some cards and said she found a binder full of cards in her closet a while back and asked if I wanted it.  Well of course I do!  I asked what were some of the names of the players in the binder.  Her reply was, “it’s full of a guy named Will Clark”.  I had to chuckle a little because the cards I just purchased are in the binder I am pretty sure!  So my Will Clark cards should be arriving in a few days and I will embark on what I am calling The Will Clark Project.  Just my fancy name for collecting as many cards as possible from my favorite player!  I will create a page just for TWCP so everyone can see how I am coming along.

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Will “The Thrill” Clark

1986_donruss_highlights_1_will_clarkGrowing up in Southern California I should have been a Los Angeles Dodgers fan or a California Angels fan and my favorite players should have come from those teams.  Now I can still remember watching alot of Dodgers games with my grandparents, players such as Steve Garvey, Steve Sax, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Mike Scioscia, Pedro Guerrero and Ken Landreaux just to name a few but as a young pre-teen I started to follow the San Francisco Giants and in particular a player named Will Clark.  So as a young card collector it was only natural I would try and collect as many cards of my favorite player as I could.  Somewhere from the time I stopped collecting and now, many of the cards I had back then are no longer in my collection, only a few remain.  Here comes the fun part, I get to acquire them all over again just like when I was kid!

One of his first cards was from the 1986 Donruss Highlights Set (#1) which highlighted his first at bat with the San Francisco Giants –

The San Francisco Giants had high expectations for Will Clark when the 1986 season began.  They had , after all, selected the strapping 6-1, 185-pound lefty-hitting first baseman No. 1 in the June ’85 free agent draft.  Clark, an All America selection at Mississippi St. where he hit .420 with 25 homers and 77 RBI in 65 games in ’85, spent just 65 games with the Giants’ Class A Fresno farm before convincing the brass he was ready for the big time.  After a productive training in which he hit .297 with 5 homers and 16 RBI in 20 games, Clark was in the Giants’ opening day lineup against the Houston Astros, April 8.  On his first at-bat against Houston’s legendary fireballer Nolan Ryan, Clark hit a home run and the Giants went on to win 8-3.  Clark thus became only the 53rd player in history to hit a homer in his first big league at bat.


So one of my goals for 2013 is to acquire as many Will Clark baseball cards as I can and build my collection up again.  If you have this card and are interested in selling or trading it please contact me at jlculley@gmail.com.  The checklist of what I have and what I need will be posted soon!

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