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!


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.


✅ 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!


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! 🐯⚾️

Monday, October 28, 2019

World Series Contest UPDATE!

Well, we're down to the last two games of the baseball season...maybe.

The Houston Astros went to Washington, D.C. over the weekend and battered the Nationals to take a 3-2 lead in the Best of 7 Series.

Here's the World Series Contest UPDATE.

6️⃣ If the Astros win Tuesday night we have two entries w/ the Astros in 6.

 πŸ‘‰ BRETT has Gerrit Cole as MVP.

πŸ‘‰ ALEC has Jose Altuve as MVP.

7️⃣ If we go to a Game 7 on Wednesday night we have THREE entries w/ the Nationals in 7. 

πŸ‘‰ MATT has SOTO as MVP.



🚨 There are two other entries.

πŸ‘‰ SCRIBBLED INK has the Astros in 5, w/ Altuve as MVP, and CAP KIRK 42 has the Nationals in 6, w/ RENDON as the MVP.

🎟 With all 5 Series games being won by the road teams, it's anyone's guess if the Astros will close it out tomorrow night, or if the Nationals win and we get to see a Game 7 matchup between Max Scherzer and Zach Greinke.

Good Luck! πŸ‘

Friday, October 25, 2019

Football Card Friday... 1969 Topps John Brodie

Football Card Friday! is gonna be a short post today, as I'm on Day #4 of a a bad cold and it's hard enough to post these when I'm my normal self.

My favorite QB when I first started to watch football in the early 1970s was San Francisco 49ers QB John Brodie. 

          1969 Topps #249 John Brodie 

🏈 Besides the great looking pose, this is a great card because of that awesome 49ers logo!

John Riley Brodie was born in San Francisco, played quarterback in college at Stanford and, and was drafted by his hometown San Francisco 49ers in 1957.

Brodie was All-Pro in 1970, which, along with having the best first name, is probably the reason that I liked watching him play so much.

Enjoy your weekend watching baseball and football, and thanks for reading my post today.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

My Mailbox... 1988 Topps USA Jim Abbott

There are few athletes in Michigan Athletics history as special as Jim Abbott. 

James Anthony Abbott  was born on September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan, played baseball at Michigan, pitched Team USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ  to a Gold Medal πŸ₯‡ at the 1988 Olympics, and spent 10 years in the big leagues.

I was so excited when this card of the former Wolverines pitcher arrived in my mailbox on Wednesday.

          1988 Topps Traded #1T  Jim Abbott 

This card was sent to me via another awesome giveaway on Twitter.

Many thanks to Blanco Banco/ @Jayinprovidence , who gave away some 1980s baseball rookie cards...just because we asked.

Twitter is easily my favorite social media platform, and it's been made that way in part, a HUGE part, by the many terrific hobby people that I follow.

πŸ‘‰ If you aren't on Twitter, hey, I get it, but being part of our great hobby is a good reason to get involved.

My Twitter is @freehan11  ...give me a follow if you get to, or already there!

Thanks again, for taking time out of your day and reading my blog.

Have a great day!