Friday, September 9, 2022

Football Card Friday- Kicking Things Off

The other day on Twitter someone wanted to see us post cards of our favorite kickers as the new NFL season was upon us.

🏈 Being that is was way go late at night, I couldn't share anything at that time, but, as I was going through some boxes today I came across the perfect card to post.

                   1982 Topps #344
                      Eddie Murray 

🦢 Kicking off Football Card Friday! on ye Olde Blog this year, is this 1981 In Action card of Eddie Murray, , my favorite Detroit Lions kicker of All-Time. 

🦁🏈 Eddie Murray was the BEST kicker in the NFL as a rookie! 

🏈 Murray, drafted by the Lions in the 7th round (#166 overall) out of Tulane University, was the Detroit kicker for  
12 years, making 75.1% of his field goals for the Honolulu Blue & Silver.

🏈 In 1992, the Lions drafted kicker 
Jason Hanson, out of Washington State, and Eddie moved on to kick for Tampa & Kansas City, then kicked for the 1993 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys.

🏈 Hanson would kick in Motown for 21 years...that's 33 years with only two place kickers...we Detroit fans were certainly blessed with that position.

πŸˆπŸ€” Do you have a favorite kicker from your team?

2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣ This is my 53rd years following the Detroit Lions, and having such terrific kickers has certainly been one of the few things that us fans have been able to cheer for.

😊 Thanks, as always, for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it.

Have an awesome weekend of watching football, and, of course,'s a great time of the year, for sure.

Let's kick off the season with a resounding  Play BALL! 🏈🏈🏈

Friday, September 2, 2022

Football Card Friday, 2022, Week 1

It's finally here, the return of college football, with my beloved Michigan Wolverines playing host to Colorado State University at The Big House tomorrow afternoon, in Ann Arbor.

πŸš— My wife Tracy has a 4 day weekend, so, she drove me the two hours to meet up with fellow Michigan fan, and card blogger, Dennis, at the Taylor Card Show.

Dennis had a package for me, which is another reason we drove to see him, so he wouldn't have to mail it, but that's for another post. 

I went to the card show looking for Matthew Boyd cards, and found a couple, but, that's for another Tigers Card Tuesday post.

Now, to the first edition of Football Card Friday of 2022.

          Chad Henne, Upper Deck 2008             SPx RM-CH,  EVENT-WORN                        NFL Memorabilia Card.

7️⃣  After a bit of negotiating, I got this beautiful card, #171/199, for just $4.00

🏈 Chad Henne has played 12 years in the NFL, starting in 2008, when he was the Miami Dolphins 2nd round seat pick out of the University of Michigan. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tigers Card Tuesday- 2022 Topps NOW- Garret Hill MLB Debut

On July 4th πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ of this year we ventured  the 2+ hours from South Portage to Downtown Detroit to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Guardians.

πŸ…⚾️ The 1pm game was the first of a split Doubleheader, and our first ever big league game on July 4th.

2️⃣4️⃣ Yes, that's the great Miguel Cabrera batting...we had awesome seats! 

πŸ“žThe Tigers called up young right hander Garrett Hill , a 26 year old out of Petaluma, California and San Diego State University to pitch Game One.

⚾️  Topps NOW cards aren't for everyone, but when it's a card that's of significance in Tigers history, especially when it's a game that I was in attendance, then I get the card, if possible. 

πŸ…⚾️ Hill was brilliant in his big league debut, holding the Guardians, a team that Detroit has struggled mightily against, to just 2 hits.

As the back of Hill's card states, the young man made Tigers franchise history, and we were there to see it. 

πŸ€” Have you been to a big league game on July 4th, or on Memorial Day?

Do you get any of the Topps NOW cards?

😊 Thanks for taking part of your day tonstop by and read my post today, it's much appreciated. 

Play BALL! ⚾️ 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Vin Scully, 1927-2022

Tonight on Twitter the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the passing, at the age of 94, of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.

      From the Los Angeles Dodgers.                            Twitter page.

πŸ’™ I'd like to send out my condolences to the Scully family, the team, and all the great fans of Dodgers baseball.

Rest in Peace, Vin Scully. 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Blogger National Bat- Around

Every morning I have a routine that I go through when I open my phone, and that includes reading your awesome blogs.

Not sure how, but I managed to miss the blog bat-around that Cards over Coffee got started earlier this week. 

πŸ‘ Thanks to Fugi for posting on his blog today so that I didn't miss out.

πŸ“Œ You can call it a pick up instead of going all the way to Atlantic City, I'm certainly happy I found out about this card.

➡️ Going through my Matthew Boyd cards this weekend, I found a card that I hadn't yet entered into my Trading Card Database page.

πŸ’› This Topps Yellow 2019 Topps card has been in the Boyd Binder for quite a while, but, just missed's not the last one that I'll find.

1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ Entering that overlooked card had allowed me to hit a milestone, of sorts, on TCDB, 150 different Matthew Boyd baseball cards entered onto my page.

⚾️ I've actually been to one National, back in the mid 1990s in Atlanta....and, hey, being that The National is back in Chicago next year might just give me a reason to go back. 

πŸ‘Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my blog, it's much appreciated. 

😎 Hope your Sunday was a good one, and, as always, Play BALL! ⚾️

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tigers Card Tuesday- 2022 Topps All-Star Card

Tonight is the 92nd MLB All-Star Game, and will be played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. 

The famed ballpark at Chavez Ravine, it's been the Dodgers home since 1962. 

It will be the first All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium since 1980.

It's very fitting that the game is at the Dodgers ballpark, as it's the teams 60th Anniversary playing there, as well as 2022 being the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game in 1947, and... it's the 100th Happy Baseball Birthday! of the beautiful Mrs. Robinson, Rachel, born on this day in 1922! 

πŸ…⚾️ This year the Detroit Tigers have two All-Stars, Gregory Soto, and, Miguel Cabrera. 

For Cabrera, this is his 12th time coming to the Mid- Summer Classic, and, his first selection since the 2016 season.

Yesterday my amazing wife, Tracy, brought me this card home.

         2022 Topps All-Star Baseball
                Miguel Cabrera 

She also got me a HUGE bag of Cracker Jacks, as well as a couple of old wax packs to open up.

⭐️⭐️I'm all set for tonight's game.⭐️⭐️

Have a great night, enjoy the game, and, as always, Play BALL! ⭐️⚾️⭐️⚾️

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Hitting 500K!

Seeing this surprised me when I checked in on the blog today.

Last I knew I was somewhere in the mid 400k area, and, because I've slowed down on the posts as of late, I didn't think 500,000 page views was gonna happen anytime soon.

It's been a little over 12 years since I started this blog, and I'm so grateful for all the people who've taken time out of their very busy lives to give it a read.

My health has really taken its toll on my ability to blog like I did just a few years ago, but I try as best I can, especially on events and milestones like Riley Greene making his big league debut, a cool Blog Batt Around, or, when it's a good Happy Baseball Birthday! 

Hey, it's former Tigers 1st Baseman Sean Casey's Happy Baseball Birthday! today! 

                πŸ…  48th, Mr. Casey! πŸ…

Many thanks, again, to one, and all, I'm truly a blessed man.

Have a great 4th weekend! 

Play BALL! ⚾️

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tigers Card Tuesday- More Topps NOW Tigers

My last post for Tigers Card Tuesday was for the first big league hit for Tigers rookie Kody Clemens.

Since then we've been treated to more Tigers cards from the Topps NOW brand, including young Clemens first big league home run last Saturday night in Detroit's 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

The Tigers had an off day on Monday, and are starting a 2 game series in San Francisco tonight...maybe a splash down HR from a lefty batter like Clemens,  maybe Hittin' Harold Castro, or, heck, Riley Greene.

Have a terrific week, appreciate you stopping by to read the blog.

Play BALL! πŸ…⚾️

Monday, June 27, 2022

Blog Bat Around- National Sunglasses Day

Today is National Sunglasses, Day.

πŸ•Ά I don't remember this being a thing, but Marvel reminded me this morning when I opened up the card app.

πŸ•Ά Our friend Collecting Cutch posted about it as well, showing off some cool cards of his main PC guy, Andrew McCutchen, and suggesting this would be a cool Blog Bat Around idea, and, if course, I had to get a post up.

πŸ•Ά Cutch also asked if we had any cool baseball cards featuring players wearing shades, and, of course, my mind went straight to my main PC pitcher, Matthew Boyd.

           2019 Topps Living Set #129,                             Matthew Boyd

πŸ•Ά I've certainly worn my share of cool sunglasses in my day, but these days all I have are the kind that clip on to my every day glasses.

πŸ•Ά It's just 3 months and 3 days until October 1st, when Cutch hosts his annual Save Second Base Blog event to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer. πŸŽ€ 

Let's see those sunglasses baseball cards, and, as always, remember to Play BALL! ⚾️

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Happy Farher's Day, 2022.

Just a quick post to wish all the Dad's out there a Happy Father's Day! 

Have a terrific day with all of your loved ones today, and, as always, remember to Play BALL! ⚾️

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tigers Card Tuesday- 2022 Topps NOW Kody Clemens

This card isn't in my collection yey, because it's only been out for a few hours.

Kody Clemens, the Detroit Tigers 3rd round pick in 2018 out of the University of Texas, collected his first big league hit last night against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. 

Kody added another base knock and a walk, scoring two runs,in the Tigers loss to the ChiSox. 

It took the kid from Houston, Texas 10 games and 17 at bats before collecting his first career base knock, but Tigers fans were certainly cheering for him in every plate appearance, and those in attendance last night can say they saw history. 

Kody's "Call Up" ToppsNOW card is available until 24 hours after its release this afternoon, and you can purchase the card on 

⚾️ Or, you can save a few dollars by hitting up eBay, (my choice) it'll just take about a month to get to yall.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by to read my blog, it's much appreciated. 

It's also available on the Topps BUNT App.

Congratulations, Kody, and, keep swinging and playing hard in that Olde English D. 

Play BALL! 🐯⚾️ 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ray Liotta, 1954-2022

Well, darn.

Ray Liotta, the brilliant actor who played "Shoeless Joe" Jackson in the movie Field  of Dreams, has passed away at the age of 67.

My favorite Ray Liotta movies-


Cop Land

Field of Dreams



⚾️ Haven't seen many of his movies, but the ones I've seen were terrific, including him playing the great ChiSox star Joe Jackson...even if he batted right handed.

What are your favorite Ray Liotta movies?

πŸ˜₯ When I see a passing of a man of 67 years, or so, it really gets to me, being that I'm 62. 

Condolences to Ray's family and friends on their loss.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Happy Baseball Birthday- Brandon Belt

Today we give a Happy Baseball Birthday! ⚾️πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ₯³ shout out to my favorite San Francisco Giants player, Brandon Belt.

⚾️Brandon Kyle Belt was born on April 20, 1988, in Nacogdoches, Texas, played baseball at San Jancinto Jr College and at the University of Texas.

Brandon has been one of my favorite ballplayers since his first full season with the Giants in 2012 (including winning a World Series Ring against my beloved Detroit Tigers in 2012).

3️⃣0️⃣8️⃣ On the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Brandon played in all 7 WS games, collecting 8 base hits, batting .308. 

My favorite Brandon Belt baseball card in my collection is his his 2022 Topps Living Set card, #484.

✌Here's to you, Brandon, hope you have a great game tonight against the NY Mets.

Play BALL! ⚾️ 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tigers Card Tuesday- Welcome to Detroit, Spencer Torkelson

22 year old Spencer Torkelson, the Detroit Tigers #1 prospect, will make his big league debut on Friday afternoon at Comerica Park vs the Chicago White Sox. 

I absolutely love this baseball card.

🐯 I don't currently own the card, mostly because I just now came across it on TCDB. 

πŸ‘€ I was looking for this card.

😎 Torkelson has so many cool looking cards, and he hasn't even taken his first official at bat as a big leaguer.

1️⃣ The Tigers #1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Player Draft, the former Arizona State All-American was told of the promotion last Saturday morning...and, then... the young power hitting First Baseman was told he'd be the every day first sacker by his Hall of Fame predecessor, Miguel Cabrera.

😊 This is gonna be a fun year of baseball in the Motor City. 

Hope ya'll are having a terrific day as we inch closer and closer to Opening Day 2022.

Play BALL! 🐯 ⚾️ 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Cool Catchers Card Addition, Cooler Giveaway from Sports Card Collectors

This week I received a terrific addition to both my collection of Tigers cards, and the ever growing Catchers Card Binder.

πŸ‘‰ First, begore I get to that, please go to Sports Card Collector's and check out this awesome giveaway. 

πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Yeah, that's a autographed Casey Mize know I'm already entered. 

🐯⚾️ I'm a day late posting this cool 1958 Topps card of Tim Thompson for Tigers Card Tuesday! , but it's to good looking of a card to wait for next week.


Saw this card on a Twitter post, immediately searched for it, as I knew it was a much needed addition. 

🐯Charles Lemoine Thompson played briefly for the Detroit Tigers in 1958, appearing in just 4 games, collecting just one base hit in 9 plate appearances. 

πŸ€” I'm wondering how Thompson got a card in the 1958 set as a Tigers player, when card #57 is early in the set, and he previously hadn't played in Detroit. 

πŸ‘‰ Thompson was 30 years old when he debuted with the old Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, appearing in 10 games.

Thompson played for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956 and 1957 before finishing up his big league career in the Motor City.

🟨 There's two different versions of this addition, as was accustomed back then with Topps.

I'm not gonna chase the yellow card, but if I come across it, fine.

We send out our condolences to his family and friends. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Card Corner- 2022 Series 1 Matthew Boyd

Today is the official release of 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards, and, for the 8th consecutive year, my favorite big league pitcher, Tigers LHP Matthew Boyd, has a base card in the set.

πŸ‘‰ Thanks to Kellys Cards 1768 on Twitter for the first picture of the 2022 Topps Matthew Boyd.

🀳 I sent out a few tweets over the past few days, hoping someone came across an image of the card, as well as constantly searching eBay.

πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ Finally, late this afternoon, a listing for Matthew's card was posted.

πŸ‘‰ Of course, the usual rainbow 🌈 of parallel cards will have to be collected as well. 

As I said, Matthew has had a base card in every Topps set since he made it to Detroit, beginning with 2015 Topps Update.

🏠 Matthew is once again in his home Olde English D uniform in 2022 Topps, as he has been in six  (2015/18/19/2020/21/22) of the eight sets.

πŸ‘‰ His two cards wearing a road Tigers uniforms are 2016 & 2017 Topps.

πŸ€” Have you opened Topps Series 1 today? 

What player(s) are you looking to collect from Series 1 Topps? 

Hope ya'll have a great rest of the week, and, as always, I appreciated you stopping by to read my blog. 

Play BALL!  ⚾️