McFarlane Toys released images for the latest in its popular Cooperstown Collection line of SportsPicks action figures and there are a few inclusions that are worthy of Hall of Fame plaques.
Nolan Ryan‘s third figure in the Cooperstown series shows Ryan bleeding from the mouth after being hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Bo Jackson. (It’s awesome — but I may hold out for the Ryan-Robin Ventura two-pack.)
Perhaps the most unique and endearing figure in the lineup shows a member of the New York Yankees. While the Ryan figure is rugged, the Lou Gehrig figure shows him bowing his head at the microphone during his famous “luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech in 1939.
Even if you consider yourself one of the biggest Yankee haters on the face of the earth, you know how significant this figure is. (Click on the image for a closer look.)
You can’t have a Cooperstown release without a Babe Ruth – but this time the Sultan of Swat is seen pitching for both the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. More than a few rugged Bostonians will want one of these figures at their desks — that’s for sure.
Another unique sculpt in this release is the figure for Oakland A’s reliever Rollie Fingers, which undoubtedly took plenty of time — just to get the moustache right. If that’s not right, nothing’s right. Click on the image for a closer look.
Rounding out the release are a pair of Kansas City Royals legends — Bo Jackson (though his Cooperstown cred is lacking — he’s the only non-Hall of Famer here) and George Brett. I’ll take the Brett — there aren’t that many figures rocking the powder-blue uniforms.
Look for these figures in stores beginning in February. For more images of these figures, click here.
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.