In Honor of the WBC… 2015 Stars and Stripes

The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway!


That got me thinking about the most recent Team USA set, 2015 Stars and Stripes from Panini.  The 100 card base set is absolutely loaded!  Players like Alex Bregman, Blake Swihart, Cory Seager, Dansby Swanson, Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Michael Conforto, and Trea Turner are just some of the names in here.  Like all Panini sets, there are also a ton of autos, relics, and auto relics to collect for those that are interested.  For me though, the base set was enough.









Minor League Monday: 1985 Utica Blue Sox

The Utica Blue Sox were an independent team playing in the New York-Penn League back in 1985.  They won 35 games and lost 41 for a .461 winning percentage.  Good enough for 2nd place in the standings.  The Blue Sox were managed by Ken Brett, George’s brother. He had played for 10 different teams over 14 seasons in the majors. The 1985 team had three players who eventually made it to the major leagues: Esteban Beltre, Sergio Valdez, and one of my favorites, Larry Walker.

Larry Walker made his MLB debut in 1989 and ended up playing 17 seasons in the majors (Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals).  He won the 1997 MVP while with the Rockies by batting .366 with 49 HRS and 130 RBI’s.  He slugged an outrageous .720 that season, had a .452 OBP and a massive OPS of 1.172.  For his career, he ended up winning 3 batting titles, 7 Gold Gloves, and played in 5 All-Star games.

The 1985 Utica Blue Sox set is where you will find his 1st card…




Oddball Set of the Month: 1986 Fleer Baseball’s Best

The 1986 Fleer Baseball’s Best set was one of many mini boxed sets that came out in the mid to late 1980’s.  Topps may have started the fad with their infamous K-Mart set in 1982, but Fleer soon became the unofficial “King of the Boxed Sets”.  They pumped out a bunch of very forgettable sets in a span of only -a couple of years.  The 1986 Baseball’s Best set stands out for a couple of reasons.  One reason is it actually has a nice design.  The other reason is the list of rookie cards in the set.

The 1986 Baseball’s Best set is composed of 22 Hitters and 22 Pitchers.  Of the 44 total cards, 17 are now Hall of Famers.  The set also includes rookie cards of Wally Joyner, Jose Canseco, Will Clark, and Bobby Witt.  Overall, it’s a fun little set that holds plenty of nostalgia for guys like me.  For the price though, I think everyone should have a set.

Take a look and judge for yourself…