Thursday, December 12, 2019

Football Card Friday... 1963 Topps Dick "Night Train" Lane

Last week former Detroit Lions defensive back Dick "Night Train" Lane was honored as one of the top 100 players in the NFL.

Looking for today's card didn't take long after I opened up my Lions binder, as Night Train's 1963 Topps card immediately called my name!



   πŸˆ My 1963 Topps #32 DICK LANE 🏈

It looks like Night Train is ready to rip your head off! 

If you don't know Night Train Lane, just head over to YouTube, his highlights are easily found there.




Richard Lane was born on April 16, 1928, in Austin, Texas, played college football at West Nebraska CC.

πŸ’― In 1952 as rookie playing with the Los Angeles Rams, Lane set a NFL record with 14 interceptions... a record that still stands!


Lane played for the Rams, the Cardinals... the Chicago Cardinals and my Detroit Lions.

Now, I didn't see Lane play football, unless one of my Uncle's had me sitting with me watching the Lions play when I was a little tyke.




Have a great weekend...one football game remains, the Army/ Navy Game.

Go Navy! ⚓🏈 Beat Army! 




Play Ball! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Topps Living Set Wednesday/ World Series Contest Winner(s)

It's Wednesday, hump day for you working citizens as you look forward to the weekend.

To me Wednesday means it's another Topps Living Set release by Topps.

This week's cards are:



Roy Halladay is a must have for TLS HOF collection. ✅

πŸͺ Hump Day is the day I get to see what new cards have been added to the TLS, and, of course, to see if I correctly guessed either of the two players in the weekly contest run by Topps Living Stats over on Twitter.

❎ I did NOT correctly predict either Halladay or Keller.


πŸ‘‰ Back in October I had a World Series contest, with the winner receiving two TLS cards, one of the Nationals Juan Soto, and one of the Astros George Springer.





I'd like to apologize for the delay...It's totally my fault that I'm terribly bad at technology and tried, futilely, to figure out Tweetdraw.

I actually had to stop for a couple of weeks as well because of my health...I'm not using these as excuses, it's just how bad my November was.

Two entries had the Washington Nationals winning the World Series in 7 games, and after all this time, well, it's only fair that both entries are winners!





Matt and Derek both had the Nats in 7, but neither had the MVP of the Series (Stephen Strasburg), so, Im declaring a tie and will get both cards out to them.

In addition, CapKirk42 and The Lost Collector both had the Nationals as winners, and I'm going to send them their choice, Soto, or Springer.





Winners- If you're on Twitter, message me your addresses, or, email me.

πŸ“§ johnsharp1960@gmail.com. 


Again, I sincerely apologize the delay, and hope you'll all have a very, very, Mery Christmas and Happy New Year!

PLAY BALL! ⚾️πŸŽπŸŽ…πŸŒ²

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tigers Card Tuesday... 2014 Topps #500 Miguel Cabrera

Today's Tigers Card Tuesday is my 2014 Topps #500, Miguel Cabrera BLACK Variation.





You know you've made it when Topps gives you Card #500!






🎁 What makes this card special to me is that it was my first Twitter card trade.


The transaction put me in touch with one of my now favorite baseball card collectors, Jenny, from Jenny's Card Collecting.


Jenny sent me that Miggy card after I posted on Twitter and wrote a blog about this card from 2018 Topps.




πŸ‘«⚾️ So, after my tweet, Jenny, who I didn't know, or follow on Twitter, reached out to me to see if I wanted to trade the card, as she was a HUGE fan of Miguel Sano.


Since that simple transaction I've followed Jenny on Twitter, on her blog, and, on the Topps BUNT App, a terrific place to celebrate baseball cards in this digital age.



πŸ‘‰ Jenny wrote a great blog post about the BUNT app.


Jenny is as good as it gets, even though she cheers on the Twins. Ha Ha! πŸ˜‚


🐯⚾️ As I tweeted out, there's only one Miggy, and as long as Miguel Cabrera continues to play baseball, that simply won't change.

Make sure to follow Jenny's blog, and, if you're on Twitter, make sure you do the same.


Until next time, PLAY BALL! ⚾️



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tigers Card Tuesday...1976 Topps Sporting News Ty Cobb

For the past month, or so, I've gotten back into playing baseball quizzes/trivia games on SPORCLE.


My favorite is the Hall of Fame quiz.


I start every HOF quiz by typing in all the Detroit Tigers players in the HOF, starting with the very first player elected into the HOF, Tyrus Raymond Cobb. 


My favorite card of Tyrus growing up collecting cards was the 1976 Topps #346 Sporting News All-Time ALL STARS.




The Cobb card is, easily, (in my opinion), the best of all the cards in this 10 card group of All-Time greats...look at that picture of The Georgia Peach!

🐯⚾️πŸ‘


The Sporting News was the go to paper for all things baseball when I was growing up, and the cards came out during the American Bicentennial, and 1976 was also the 100th Anniversary of the National League.



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✅ After I type in all the Tigers HOFers in the Sporcle quiz I go to the 1800s, w/ Wee Willie Keeler, Ed Delahanty, Old Hoss Radbourn, and BIG Dan Brouthers.

Next, I go through all the HOF ballplayers elected through the 1940s, as well as any players that pop into my head, like Tinkers to Evers to Chance.

After I get through those HOFers, I go to the most recent, Roy Hallady, Mariano Rivera, etc.

I also go through all the Negro Leagues HOF players, starting w/ Detroit Stars great Turkey Stearnes.



The Sporcle quizzes are a ton of fun, especially those on the American League and National League MVP, World Series winners, all the players w/ 3,000 base hits, 500 HRs, and 300 big league victories.

Head over and play the games, and let me know how you do on the HOF quiz.

I've gotten up into the 220s (out of 260) on the HOF quiz, probably about 5 years ago, and now I'm around the 200 mark, and trying to improve.




Enjoy the baseball quizzes, and, as always, PLAY BALL! ⚾️

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!.

A very Happy Thanksgiving! to all of you out there in blogger land!

I hope you and yours had a awesome day filled with family, friends, food, and football.

These cool Pumpkin Pie cards are in the Topps HUDDLE App today... and, as usual, are better than the game at Ford Field today.



My Lions lost again, 24-20, to the Bears, a game they should've won.


The Lions have led in every game this season, but are now just 3-8-1.


Detroit was down to their 3rd string quarterback, David Blough, who made not only his first start in a NFL game, he played in his first game.



 Now I'll have to look for Blough's 2019 PRIZM Dract Picks cards. 


Thanks to each and every one of you who take time to read my posts, I'm a very blessed guy.



Have a great night of TV and leftovers!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Football Card Friday... Tyrone Wheatley

My Michigan Wolverines are off on a bye this weekend, but that doesn't mean that we stop thinking about our famed Maize and Blue!




When I began to watch Michigan play football in 1976, running the ball was always the #1 priority for the Wolverines.

Starting w/ Bo Schembechler in the 1970s, then onto Gary Moeller, and Lloyd Carr, running backs, great ones, took turns in the backfield, smashing their way through Big Ten defensive squads, and none was better than the great Tyrone Wheatley. 




                   1996 Upper Deck SPx
                   #30 Tyrone Wheatley 

(Special thanks go out to Michigan Card Blogger EXPERT Dennis of TOO MANY VERLANDERS for helping identify the card!)

                            🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈

πŸ‘‰ These Upper Deck SPx Football Cards  were all the rage in the mid 1990s, and this card of the 1993 Rose Bowl ⚘ MVP is probably my favorite card that I have of the former NY Giants running back.

〽️ The technology of the SPx cards were so cool, moving the card back and forth...WOW!  that image of Wheatley winking at you! 

Amazing, how cool is that! 


Wheatley is, in my opinion, the most powerful Michigan back in my lifetime as a fan, and that means something when your talking about guys like Rob Lytle, Butch Woolfolk, Jarrod Bunch, Anthony Thomas, and Chrois Perry.

Wheatley could run, and once he broke loose, he probably wasn't going to be caught.

πŸ“£ The 1992 Big Ten Player of the Year, Tyrone is now the Head Football Coach at Morgan State University, where he has teamed up w/ fellow Michigan Men, Derek Alexander and Will Carr, to restore the program at the Historical Black University. 




Check out this awesome article on Wheatley and his Wolverine family by Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.


Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my posts, it's greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the football this weekend!

Play Ball! 🏈 


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

It's #WCW and oh, Secret Santa is Back!

I've always wanted to do a Women's Crush Wednesday (#WCW) post on Twitter, but always seem to forget...until today.

It's the beautiful Emma Stone's Happy Birthday Day, and that's a terrific way to start my #WCW on Twitter as well as here on the blog.


Emma's Birthday also happens to come a day after National Redheads Day!




Honoring a beautiful woman like Emma Stone on your first #WCW post, well, it's like opening a great gift on Christmas Day.

I haven't seen The Amazing Spiderman (2012), but now that I have Netflix on my TV, I'll definitely be looking to watch it.




πŸŽ… Speaking of Christmas, and the upcoming Holiday Season, it's also time again for the annual bloggers Secret Santa, run by our friend Jon over at A Penny Sleeves For Your Thoughts. 




I'll be honored to once again be involved, because, hey, isn't it great to send out some baseball cards to make someone's day?



If you'd like to get involved, make sure to hit the link to get involved, and believe me, it's worth it to get involved with all these amazing bloggers we have in the community.


Happy Birthday Emma! πŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸŽ…
Play Ball!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Happy National Readhead Day!

                   πŸ“£ UPDATE! πŸ“£

On Wednesday afternoon Topps released their weekly Topps Living Set cards, and whaddya know, another Ginger made it into the set!

Sean Doolittle ( Card #257l, is the second Washington Nationals player in the past three weeks to get into the set (Ryan Zimmerman/ Card #254), and he fits perfectly into Tuesday's post (below).


πŸ‘‰ Special thanks go out to TOPPS LIVING STATS over on Twitter for recognizing that Mr. DOOLITTLE was worthy of inclusion!

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Because it's National Redhead Day here's a reminder that tomorrow is Topps Living Set release day.



Play Ball! ⚾️

Tigers Card Tuesday...Sweet Lou Whitaker

Today's Tigers Card Tuesday! is all about former second baseball Sweet Lou Whitaker! 

On Monday it was announced that Whitaker was officially on the 2020 Modern ERA Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Tigers fans are ready to help get him there.

On Twitter I asked that fans use the hashtag #SweetLouHOF in their posts, in support of Whitaker, and I've also seen #LouHOF2020 and #WhitakerHOF.



                  1985 Topps #480 Lou Whitaker 

1️⃣ Yes, "Sweet Lou" signed this card for me at a Spring Training game back in the 1980s.

The cool thing about the 1985 Topps cards is the TIGERS team banner and players name are all in the clubs colors.

🐯 How awesome is this baseball card as we see Lou turning one of his 1,527 double plays as a Tigers second baseman, just above that great Detroit Tigers logo!


The Modern Committee definitely has plenty of great ballplayers to choose from, including Dale Murphy, Tommy John, and Ted Simmons, with a player needing  75% of the 16 votes cast to be elected.


If you had a vote, what player, or players, would you elect from the Modern Ballot?

Here's to Sweet Lou joining 1984 teammates Alan Trammell and Jack Morris in Cooperstown!


Have a great week.


Play Ball! 🐯⚾️1️⃣

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tigers Card Tuesday... 1976 Topps #3 *'75 Record Breakers* Mickey Lolich

The retirement of New York Yankees lefty pitcher C.C. Sabathia after the playoffs leads me to today's Tigers Card Tuesday post.



⭐ On September 19, 2017, Sabathia struck out Chris Gimenez of the Minnesota Twins, the 2,833th K of his big league career.

The whiff sent Sabathia past legendary Detroit Tigers left hander Mickey Lolich on the All-Time left handers career strike ou list, and C.C is now 3rd All-Time in MLB career punch outs by a lefty (3,093), behind Hall of Fame greats Steve Carlton (4.136), and Randy Johnson (4,875).


Lolich, 40 years after he last pitched, is still 20th All-Time in career K's, and is the best left hander to pitch for the Tigers in my lifetime.


πŸ”₯ On June 6, 1975, Lolich struck out four Oakland Athletics batters to become the All-Time left handed leader, with 2,679 K's, passing HOFer Warren Spahn.




            1976 Topps #3 '75 Record Breakers 
                           Mickey Lolich 

πŸ‘‰ I always liked this card.

When your favorite big league pitcher breaks a record and it gets on a baseball card, well, heck, that's pretty special.

Look at all those great southpaw pitchers Mickey passed!




Lolich was a strike out machine for the Tigers back in the 1960s and 70s.

The portly lefty K'd 200+ batters seven times, and in 1971 he led the American League with 308 punch outs, on his way to 25 wins, which also led the league.


Sabathia's retirement leaves Chicago Cubs lefty Cole Hamels as the current lefty K King, with 2,558.


Have a fantastic day, and PLAY BALL! 🐯⚾️