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Mike Sweeney 2017 Royals Spring Training custom card   Leave a comment

Mike Sweeney 2017 Royals Spring Training custom card

Mike Sweeney 2016 Spring Training Kansas City Royals custom card   Leave a comment

Mike Sweeney 2016 Spring Training Kansas City Royals custom card

2015 Kansas City Royals Spring Training Set – Mike Sweeney   Leave a comment

Mike Sweeney 2015 Kansas City Royals spring training custom card

Complete List of Kansas City Royals Bobbleheads   Leave a comment

I have compiled a list of all of the Kansas City Royals bobblehead stadium giveaways. I have listed them from the first one given away. I have looked and can’t find good documentation of a list and dates anywhere on the internet so I have compiled one. As of the end of the 2012 season there have been 23 Kansas City Royals bobbleheads and 6 statues. If you have any changes or additions please let me know.

  • Carlos Beltran   5/11/02
  • Sluggerrr   6/30/02
  • Mike Sweeney   4/5/03
  • Denny Matthews   8/7/04
  • Bret Saberhagen statue   8/13/05
  • Frank White   6/24/06
  • Mark Gubicza statue   7/21/06
  • Dick Howser   7/22/06
  • George Brett   8/19/06
  • Paul Splittorff   5/26/07
  • Dennis Leonard   6/9/07
  • Steve Busby   7/28/07
  • Cookie Rojas   8/11/07
  • Fred Patek   9/8/07
  • John Mayberry   5/31/08
  • Alex Gordon   6/21/08
  • Dan Quisenberry 7/26/08
  • Larry Gura   8/9/08
  • Tony Pena Jr.   9/6/08
  • Stadium replica statue  5/16/09
  • Dick Howser statue   7/18/09
  • Frank White statue   8/8/09
  • George Brett statue   9/26/09
  • Zack Greinke   4/24/10
  • Bret Saberhagen   6/5/10
  • Willie Wilson   6/4/11
  • Joakim Soria   9/3/11
  • Buck O’Neil   7/21/12
  • Eric Hosmer   8/18/12


Kansas City Star Royals All-Time Team   Leave a comment

Kansas City Star All-Time Royals team card set

Kansas City Star All-Time Royals team card set

Here is a nice little Royals collectable; it is a card set of the all-time Royals team presented by the Kansas City Star. This was compiled in 1993 on the 25th anniversary of the team. I don’t know where this was available but I’m guessing it was given away in the paper.

If you can’t tell here is the rollcall for the card set starting in the top left: Dick Howser, Hal McRae, Darrell Porter, Dan Quisenberry, Dennis Leonard, Bret Saberhagen, Paul Splittorff, Steve Busby, John Mayberry, Frank White, Fred Patek, George Brett, Amos Otis, Willie Wilson and Al Cowens.

The Royals have logged another 19 years since this time but I don’t think many of the slots would change. I know Whitey Herzog should be the manager instead of Dick Howser but that hasn’t changed in the last 19 years. I would say the most likely change would be Mike Sweeney edging out Big John Mayberry at first but I’m not sure. Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran could make a run at pushing out Al Cowens as well.

This is a nice Royals item and is worth picking up if you can ever find one… they aren’t very common, plus it looks nice as an uncut sheet matted with powder blue in a picture frame on the wall.




36 Greatest Royals of All-Time: Mike Sweeney   Leave a comment

Royals Greats Mike Sweeney custom cardMike Sweeney is a very beloved guy in Royals history. He was one of the “nice guys” in the game and the Kansas City fans embraced him during his years in Kansas City. His career is really one of those “What could’ve been…” stories however. Injuries plagued much of his career keeping him from becoming the superstar he was capable of being.

Sweeney put up what you could argue was the greatest season ever by a Royal at the plate. He batted .333 with 29 home runs and an amazing 144 RBI. He was one of the few players in recent history to were a “C” on his jersey every game representing “Captain.”

He bounced around a couple places after the Royals but never had any more great seasons for anyone else. One of his many injuries relegated him to strictly being a DH, determinately diminishing his value. In spring of 2011 he came back to the Royals to retire in a very cool act. He will always be a rare bright spot in a very dark era for the Kansas City Royals.