Category Archives: Marlins Team Sets

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Opening Day Team Set – BLUE FOIL VERSION!!!

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Opening Day Team Set – BLUE FOIL VERSION!!!

After securing the 2014 Topps Opening Day team set of the Miami Marlins at the baseball card show last Friday, I immediately set out on bringing home the Blue Foil version of the set as well.

Each Blue Foil card from the OD set is serial numbered to just 2014 copies, just like the Gold cards from the Series 1 release.

At first, I tried to buy the cards as singles, but I was unable to find a seller offering multiples of the Marlins I was seeking with the hopes of getting a reduced shipping price due to volume.

Instead, I just bought the complete set.  Much quicker, and much cleaner!

Here is the full set:

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The Blue Foil is sharp – and very clean looking too!

It’s nice to see four players represented by the team in this issue.  And while Jake Marisnick is not with the big league club right now, I am very happy with the player mix.

And now, all I have to do is focus on that ‘Billy The Marlin’ card and I am done with the Opening Day issue.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Opening Day Team Set & Extras For My PC’s

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Opening Day Team Set & Extras For My PC’s

I was so happy to have found this dealer with so many cards from the 2014 Topps Opening Day set.  When I was talking to him, I asked how many boxes he ripped to get this many cards and he told me ‘three hobby boxes’.

So, while I was digging through the remains of his three boxes, I was focused on pulling cards for my player collections and Marlins team set.

And wouldn’t you know it, he had cards of all four Marlins in the set – Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Jake Marisnick.

And now, my Marlins team set build is complete!!!

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The only card of a Marlin that I am still missing from this set is the mascot card of ‘Billy The Marlin’. I am now actively seeking three of these – one for my older son, one for my younger son, and one for my team set.

But this journey through more than 400 singles from the OD set does not end just yet…

I was able to pull extra singles of both Stanton and Fernandez for my PC’s.

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Not only did I start and finish my team set with this one stop during my shopping spree, but I was also able to grab the needed singles for my modern player collections too.

YES!!

Come Watch Giancarlo Stanton’s Monster 484-Foot Home Run

Come Watch Giancarlo Stanton’s Monster 484-Foot Home Run

Trust me when I tell you, this shot was a bomb – the longest hit in the short history of Marlins Park.

And Fox Sports has the video.  Check it out here.

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Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Series 1 Team Set – Blue Border Version

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Series 1 Team Set – Blue Border Version

First, I completed the base team set.

And then, I put together the Red Foil version.

And now, I have also completed the 9-card Blue-bordered version of the 2014 Topps Series 1 Miami Marlins team set.

Have a look:

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Between ripping through a few blasters of this new product, and securing a few extra cards via trades, I had 6 of the 9 cards needed for the Blue team set.

So, I did a little shopping and it did not take too long for me to find the remaining three cards from the Blue checklist that I needed to call this one ‘Done’.

I quickly scooped them up, in two different transactions, and now the full 9-card beauty is complete!!

The Blue is an excellent complement to the Miami Marlins color scheme and the full set looks great in a 9-pocket page in my Marlins binder.,

Will I go after another colored team set from this release?  The odds are pretty good that I will…  Stay tuned.  And thanks for reading!!!

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Heritage Team Set

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Heritage Team Set

When the 2014 Topps Heritage set was released, I had already made up my mind as to how I was going to attack it.  I may be in the minority with this issue, but my plan was a ‘Hit & Run’ approach.  I would quickly grab what I wanted and then get out.

Do I like the cards?  Yes.  Are there cards in the set that I want for my player collections?  Yes.

But, I will not be opening any packs or rack packs or blasters.

So, as soon as I found the full Marlins team set with the League Leaders card and the Jose Fernandez SP, I bought it.  I don’t have to worry about trying to work trades for missing pieces.  I don’t have to worry about having a stack of cards from the set that I have no need for.  And best of all, I have money saved for what I truly want in my collection.

Here is the full Marlins team set:

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I like it!  And for the price, I think I did rather well too.  I paid a little more for mine than what you can find on Ebay, but I was able to grab the full 10-card set versus the 8-card set that most are offering that is missing the League Leaders card and Jose Fernandez SP.

Another Marlins team set is in the books.  And now I can move on to finding the remaining Heritage singles that I want to buy for my modern-player PC’s.

And then it is on to the next release…

 

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Team Set – Red Foil Version

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Team Set – Red Foil Version

Yeah baby, another completed Marlins team set for my collection.  This time around, it is the ‘Red Foil’ version of the set from the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

After completing the base set a few weeks ago, it made sense for me to tackle this one next as I had three or four cards from the set from all of the packs I ripped through.

And after finding a few good deals on the web, I was able to snag the remainder of them and now this 9-card set is complete.

Have a look:

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That’s another one for the books.

Up next will be either the Blue-border or Gold-border set.  Let’s Go!!!

Florida Marlins 2007 Topps Heritage Team Set

Florida Marlins 2007 Topps Heritage Team Set

With the releases of the 2014 Topps Heritage set this week, I got to thinking about all of the Heritage team sets of the Marlins that I have in my collection.

So far I have a nice lot of them.

But there was one that I have yet to show off – until now.

This is the 2007 Topps Heritage team set of the Florida Marlins:

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Sorry for the different sized scans, I am still fumbling around with our new scanner…

The set features the 1958 Topps baseball card design and I like  it.  The solid color backgrounds are reminiscent of a time when baseball cards did not offer many graphic design elements.  But, they look neat and clean – kind of like the players were standing in front of a green-screen used in film and television production.

What I will say about the Heritage brand is that I like that they offer larger sized team sets.  This team set from the 2007 release features a solid mixture of 13 different Marlins players.

My favorite card?  Easy – Dontrelle Willis!!

 

Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Mike Lowell turns 40 years old today.

My favorite Florida Marlin of all-time, Mike Lowell displayed the tools I enjoy seeing in a baseball player.  Dedication, leadership, desire to win, etc…  are all attributes that Lowell applies to his sport and the results are certainly deserved – I would have just loved to have seen them ALL be reached while wearing the Marlins uniform.

Lowell spent seven seasons with the Marlins, and became an All-star while wearing Teal & Black.  In those seven seasons, Lowell amassed a batting average of .272 while collecting 965 hits.  His knack for run production led to his 143 home runs, 578 RBI, and 477 runs scored.

Lowell was an All-star 4 times, 3 with the Marlins and once with the Boston Red Sox.  He won the Silver Slugger award in 2003, a Gold Glove in 2005, and finished in 11th place for the league MVP Award in 2003.

Mike Lowell is a 2-time World Series champion, winning one title with the Marlins in 2003, and his second in 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.

Happy Birthday Mike!!

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Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Team Set – Base

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Team Set – Base

I have to say that I am very happy and impressed with the number of Marlins players included in the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

And while I did not pull as many cards of them from the blasters that I ripped open, I am happy to have been able to put this team set together as quickly as I have.

The base set consists of 7 player cards, 1 Highlight card, and 1 League Leader card.

The selected players for the 7 base cards is a solid mix of pitchers and position players.  And the images selected are pretty nice and action-packed!  My lone complaint about the team set is that it includes Justin Ruggiano.  While I like him as a player, and I will cheer for him while playing in Chicago, I think Topps had enough time since his trade on December 12 to select another Marlin to take his spot on the checklist.

You can’t win them all and overall, I am very excited with how the set looks and how quickly I was able to piece it together.

Here is a look at the full set:

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And now, with the base set out of the way, it is time for me to focus on some of the colored parallel versions of the Marlins cards.

Hopefully, I can add a few more to my Marlins team set collection.  Wish me luck!

2006 Fleer Tradition Florida Marlins Team Set

2006 Fleer Tradition Florida Marlins Team Set

While the design is far from bright and flashy, the 2006 Fleer Tradition set offers up nice color and oversized images.

This is the Marlins team set:

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The images used for this set are very nice and are packed with action.  I especially like the cards of Willis, Willingham, and Uggla from this set.

And while some of the colors used in the graphics are not great complements to the old Florida Marlins color scheme, they are actually nice accents to the card.

I wish this set gave us the full team – I’d like to see a nice 25-card team set with this design as long as Fleer could continue to give us the unique image selection that they did with the final 8-card set.

A great addition to my ‘Marlins Team Set’ project!