1951 Bowman Blix Donnelly 208 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Donnelly pitched just over 7 innings for the Braves from April 16 of 1951 through May 12, when the Braves released him. It must have been during this month that Bowman decided their checklist. This is, obviously, the only Braves Blix Donnelly baseball card ever made.

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Page 12 of Acuña cards including Mr. Albies!

A partial page 11 of Acuña cards.

Page 10 of Acuña cards.

Page 9 of Acuña cards.

Page 8 of Acuña cards.

Page 7 of Acuña cards.

Page 6 of Acuña cards.

Page 5 of Acuña cards.

Page 4 of Acuña cards.

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My office is a room over the garage, which is where I keep my card collection. With my broken foot, I haven’t really been able to get up there so I’ve kept my new cards downstairs. I thought I’d share a few pages of Acuña cards I’ve picked up the last few months as I clean up.

1978 Topps Barry Bonnell 242 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I had friends who collected baseball cards, but I never had a lot of friends who collected baseball cards. It is to my great regret that I never got to play the game on the back of 1978 Topps cards with friends.

And, the stats from his rookie year, are the best Barry Bonnell would have as a Brave. So enjoy that.

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A few recent adds to my collection from the last two years.

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2007 Topps Bobby Cox 256 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

The man in the picture deserves better.

This is not a great Topps baseball card design. The stupid little squares in the corners are just stupid. What’s the point? At least they match up with the Braves team colors. The biggest problem with the 2007 Topps set is the foil. Foil, used sparingly, doesn’t completely suck. When used for the name, and the team, and the Topps logo, you have a bad set. This is garbage card design.

How do you screw up a black bordered design?

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1977 Topps Carl Morton 24- Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Charlie Morton was stumbling along in his career until he made it to Houston. After working with the Astros organization to improve his spin rate, Morton became a truly productive pitcher.

Oops, wrong Morton.

Carl Morton won the Rookie of the Year award with the Expos in 1970. His career would be up and down in Montreal so they dealt him to the Braves where he would generate 15 wins in WAR, but the more traditional stats had him declining sharply after the first year. By the time this card was available, he had been dealt to the Rangers and would kick around the minors for a few years before retiring.

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

Hey dude!

You.

In the back.

On the right.

Your 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.