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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Big Cards Need Love Too -- #'s 46-50

I guess I'm in the minority but I think these 3-1/2" x 5", 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars are nice.   Here they are in numerical order. (Click to enlarge particularly if you want to read the backs).

If the comments I've been getting on the first half of the set are any indication these cards do have some fans.  Anyone want to comment that doesn't like them?

Ok, this group has no Hall of Famers but it does have some fan favorites.

 Bob was an All-Star in 1982 and finished the season with 32 HR and 97 RBI.  Injuries shortened his career.

 Dave was the shortstop of the Big Red Machine of the 1970's.  Should he be in the Hall of Fame?

 As far as pitchers go Stieb is Mr. Blue Jays.  He was a 7 time All-Star.  His 175 wins are a team record.  Roy Halladay would have surpassed him had he not been traded but they did have virtually identical ERA's.

 Herbie played his entire career for the Twins and his #14 was retired in 1995.  He is a two time World Series Champ.

 Lance was an 8 time All-Star, 3 tiem Gold Glove winner, won 6 Silver Sluggers and was part of the 1984 Tigers World Champions.


  1. Should Concepcion be in the Hall of Fame? ABSOLUTELY. He perfected the bounce-throw to first base on Astroturf, and drove in 950 runs...AFTER Bench, Morgan, Foster, Griffey, Rose, and Perez had already cleared the bases! Definitely an overlooked immortal in my opinion.

    What about Stieb? Yes, he was Mr. Blue Jay. He was also one of the best (maybe THE best) pitcher of his era. Should he be honored with a spot in Cooperstown? I haven't decided on him yet.

  2. I've got a whole slew of these available for trade if anyone wants. Email me at QAPLAGCA at

  3. Concepcion should absolutely NOT be in the Hall. In the big 1975 season, Concepcion was all over the lineup, but had his most games as SECOND in the lineup, hardly after all the other players had driven in all the runs. Yet, he led the team in hitting into double plays and his season OPS+ of 87 was slightly below his rotten lifetime OPS+ of 88. And I'd hardly call bouncing the ball off of the rock-hard astroturf of the late 70s and early 80s a great achievement. It just showed he had a below-average strength arm in the first place. He was a all-star at SS when there were not a bunch of great NL SS, Larry Bowa or Bill Russell? Bill James ranked the best SS of all time and Concepcion was well down the list, behind Jim Fregosi. I'll go with that assessment and when Fregosi gets in, then we might consider Concepcion.

  4. Bob Horner was always a favorite of mine. He went to Apollo High School in my hometown of Glendale, AZ and then starred at Arizona State University. Bob went straight from ASU to the Braves without playing in the minors.


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