1973 Topps Braves Team Card 521 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Hey dude!

You.

In the back.

On the right.

You’re other right genius.

What are you looking at?

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1978 Topps Jerry Royster 187 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

For a lot of collector’s, a gum stain on the back of a card means the card needs to be replaced by a “better” version at some point. Personally, I like a gum stain on the back of the card, especially if it doesn’t obscure the stats. They will always remind me of the cards I pulled from packs in my youth.

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2004 Topps Zach Miner 326 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I’m racking my brain trying to figure out why I couldn’t remember this guy, and it’s because he never made it to the big leagues for the Braves and wouldn’t make it to the big leagues for two more seasons. The Topps sets from this period we’re loaded with guys like this. It ruined the base set checklist. See, Topps has always done stupid shit.

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Here’s a card Hawks fans can get behind.

The only MLS card in my collection.

Braves pitchers and catchers are reporting for the start of Spring Training and I’d like to announce that I am most assuredly NOT in the best shape of my life. Technically, I’m in the worst.

A few relics I picked up in the same group breaks.

That Acuña relic is just awful. I really, really don’t like manufactured relics. On the other hand, collecting is a sickness and this is a card I don’t have of a player I love, so of course I’m keeping it.

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2019 Topps Series 1 Ronald Acuña Cards

I got these in a Crackin Wax group break. Well, 2 group breaks.

1958 Topps Braves’ Fence Busters - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I wonder how a card like this comes to exist. Did Topps purposely pick these four players for this photograph? Did they just find this photo in the pictures taken by their photographers? Anyone know?

The card features four of the Braves top five home run hitters from the World Championship 1957 season, with only Wes Covington and his 21 homers not represented.

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1972 Topps Ron Reed 787 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Not only did Ron Reed win a World Series ring with the Phillies in 1980.

Not only did he pitch parts of 10 season for the Braves.

He spent two seasons as a power forward for the Detroit Pistons in the 1960s. To this day it bothers me that I can’t get a basketball card of him. It’s just wrong.

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1954 Topps Bob Keely 176 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

This is a fascinating card. Kelly’s major league career consisted of a single inning in 1944 and two innings in 1945 with a single at-bat. In 1946, he came to the Braves as a coach and bullpen catcher where he would remain for years. I’m uncertain of why Topps gave him a card in the 1954 set, but I love it anyway.

Kelly is given a great deal of credit for being an excellent coach. He was selected twice to the All-Star coaching staff and one other year served as the NL bullpen catcher. He basically ran the Braves bullpen during his coaching run with the Braves and mentored every young catcher and pitcher that came up for the Braves.

One note of interest, he’s actually seven years older than the birthdate on the back of the card. When he made his MLB debut for the Cardinals, he was 34 years old and had been out of organized baseball 7 years. Remarkable.

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Every Atlanta Hawks fan hates this guy.

Well, almost all of them. I loved him.

I scooted upstairs on my butt today to grab some cards and had to show this again.

RIP Frank

1970 Topps Clete Boyer 206 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Ken Boyer was a legit superstar. Clete Boyer drank with Mickey Mantle.

I’ve summed up everything you need to know about Ken and Clete Boyer.

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2004 Topps Juan Bong 254 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Every single time I go to see the Braves play in person I see at least one person wearing a Bong jersey. Gee, why do you think that is?

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Braves chariman, and noted liar, Terry McGuirk in early 2018

There will be very few teams that have as much to spend in the marketplace next winter as the Atlanta Braves

Ha ha ha ha. Yeah, right.

Braves chairman, and noted liar, Terry McGurk, in 2014

as far out into the future as I can see, I see us raising payroll every year

Ha ha ha ha ha. Yeah, right.

1950 Bowman Warren Spahn 19 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

The great thing about this baseball card, as if there could be anything bad about a Warren Spahn baseball card, is that even if you couldn’t see his face, you’d know it’s him just from the leg kick.

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1987 Topps Boardwalk and Baseball Top Run Makers Page #4

  • 2 Hall of Famers
  • 2 Should Be Hall of Famers
  • The Villain of 1991

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1987 Topps Boardwalk and Baseball Top Run Makers Page #3

  • 2 Hall of Famers
  • 3 Should Be Hall of Famers

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1987 Topps Boardwalk and Baseball Top Run Makers Page #2

  • 5 Hall of Famers
  • 2 Should Be Hall of Famers
  • 1 Former MVP
  • Tony Armas

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1987 Topps Boardwalk and Baseball Top Run Makers Page #1

  • 5 Hall of Famers
  • 2 Should Be Hall of Famers
  • 1 Great Hitter

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1976 Topps Vic Correll 608 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Sure, the Phillies might have JT Realmuto, for now, but the Braves had Vic Correll for four years in the 1970s. How about that? Top that Philadelphia!

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In today’s mail …

When a major league baseball team is gifted a new stadium by taxpayers, it is not unreasonable for the fans of said team to expect a substantial increase in payroll.