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Jeff Bagwell

Jeff Bagwell spent his entire 15-year playing career with the Houston Astros. Originally a Boston Red Sox, he was traded to the Astros in 1990 for relief pitcher Larry Andersen in what is regarded as one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history. Bagwell won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1991, and the NL MVP Award in 1994. He was a four-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger winner, and a Gold Glove recipient. He and Craig Biggio were known as the "Killer B's."
Bagwell collection - First sheet, top row 1991 Fleer update card (no major league experience); 1992 Fleer (is this his "rookie" card?); and a 1992 Topps.

Second row: 1993 Hostess; 1993 Topps with "Rockies 1993 Inauguration Year" emblem; and 1993 Upper Deck.

Bottom row: 1993 Upper Deck shiny; space to grow; and a 1993 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Astros checklist.
Second sheet, top row: 1994 Donruss and Donruss "Special 85 Edition" (whatever that means); and a 1994 Donruss…
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Negro League Postcards

In keeping with Black History Month, I thought I'd show a sampling of my Negro League postcard collection.

According to Baseball Reference, Sherwood Brewer played four different positions in four East-West Games in the dying days of the Negro Leagues.
Fields was reportedly considered one of the most consistent, reliable, and versatile two-way players in the Negro League and also in Canada and several Latin American leagues. In most leagues he was a pitcher, but played at third base or outfield in games when he was not scheduled to pitch.
Dials played from 1925 to 1936 with several teams. After his playing career, he became a scout for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

I just found a new source of Negro League information called Negro Leagues Baseball Museum ( There's a lot of interesting info on Dixon there. No sense in me reiterating it here, so if you've made it this far in the blog I sugg…

Negro Leagues

I saw this Fritsch set in a Cooperstown card shop (a mecca for collectors) many years ago and bought it because it had several Negro League players that were in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (HoF), which is my main collection. Such cards were, and many still are, quite hard to find. After removing the HoFer cards from the set I decided to use the remaining cards to start an album of the non-HoF Negro League players. The cards below are a sampling of different manufacturers of such cards. I commend Larry Fritsch Cards for creating this 119 card set dedicated to Negro League players.  From what I understand, Monarch Corona made 200 of the 104-card sets of these mini litho-printed cards.

Bob Lemke's blog was the first I ever ran across, and I followed it for several years until his passing. He created many custom art cards over the years, and this was one of Charlie Pride I could not pass up. According to the card back, Pride played in the Negro Leagues for many years, and he s…

Barrier Breakers

In my Unique Cards album, I have a "Barrier Breaker" page for players (and others) that were instrumental in breaking a barrier or being known/credited/etc. for something really notable. I start with Moses Fleetwood Walker, who as noted in my first Syracuse Baseball post, is credited with being one of the first African-Americans to play MLB, and last, until Jackie Robinson in 1947. Walker was a catcher with Toledo Blue Stockings in the American Association in 1884.
Along with her husband, Effa Manley co-owned the Newark Eagles baseball franchise in the Negro leagues from 1935 to 1946 and was sole owner after his death. Throughout that time, she served as the team's business manager and fulfilled many of her husband's duties as treasurer of the Negro National League. She was the first woman inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a reflection of her commitment to baseball and civil rights, serving as a tribute to her leadership, vision and her dedication to…


This is my first thank you post, especially to Greg from night owl cards and Bob from the best bubble for helping me fill in gaps in my collections! Greg saw that I had 8 Alston cards in a 9 pocket sheet and well it just didn't look right. So he sent me the above 2002 Topps Super Teams '55 and the 2003 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Alston card below to fill the void. Both are sweet additions to my Alston Collection. But this creates a new (and welcome) dilemma where I now have a second sheet, and it only has 1 card in a 9 pocket sheet! Eight more to go!?!?

The same week I received two cards from Bob that will fit in nicely into my Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame collection. The Hugh Critz and Fred Lucas cards below are Galasso reprints of 1933 Goudy Gum Co., Big League Chewing Gum. I normally only collect cards of Reds HoFers while they played for the Reds, but I make exceptions for players from the really early years. There just aren't many cards of these players out there. …

MLB's First All-Black Lineup

On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first MLB team to field an all-black starting lineup. Twenty-four years after Branch Rickey signed African-American Jackie Robinson, with the support of Commissioner Happy Chandler, Pirates Manager Danny Murtaugh penned the first all-black lineup. And man, it was a good one!

I'm never quite sure if I should collect and display cards of players from the year of the significant achievement/occurrence/event, or if I should collect cards from the year after, which may or may not recognize the achievement (i.e., all-black lineup, triple crown season, perfect game, etc.). In this case, I chose the former.

Top row: All 1971 Topps. Left fielder HoFer Willie Stargell; center fielder Gene Clines; and right fielder HoFer Roberto Clemente.

Middle row: 1971 O-Pee-Chee short stop Jackie Hernandez in a Royals uniform; 1971 O-Pee-Chee card of pitcher Dock Ellis; and a 1972 Topps Rennie Stennett at second base. I don't think Topps made a…

3 Brothers - and More!

The Jan 23 post by Night Owl Cards night owl cards inspired me to show some of my collection of baseball brothers and families. Starting above with the Delehanty Brothers: Hall of Famer Ed, Frank, and Jim. There were two other Delahanty brothers that also played briefly in MLB (Joe and Tom), but I haven't seen any cards of them.

The DiMaggio brothers are shown below on Gum Inc. Playball Reprints.

The Boyer brothers are shown below on 1969 Topps (Clete and Ken), and 1976 JDM/JMC of a 1955 Rodeo Meat Commemorative Set (Cloyd).

The Alou brothers actually played together on the same team in the same game in 1963 as shown on the box score below. Felipe and Matty are shown on 1963 Topps, and Jesus on a 1964 Topps.

Felipe's son Moises is shown below on a 2006 Topps Opening Day. BTW, his brother is new Mets manager Luis Rojas, but he never played in the Majors.

The Cruz brothers all played for the Cardinals at one point, I think in the same season, but I don't think they all play…