Dustin Pedroia 2008 Bowman

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Bowman

Lately, I have been bringing home a lot of newly released cards of Dustin Pedroia.

So, I decided to mix things up a bit and show of the oldest card in my stack of cards that I have yet to feature.

And that card is from the 2008 Bowman baseball card set.  Yep, we’re going all of the way back to 2008!!

Have a look:

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Pedroia was the king of the American League in 2008 – an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a Silver Slugger winner, and the league MVP.  He did it all.

I’d love to see him return to this form again.  If he can, the Red Sox will only get better as he is the gasoline for that offense.

Gotta love ‘The Laser Show’.

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Gotta love seeing Yogi Berra included in modern baseball card sets – I know that I do.

And he made the checklist for the newly released 2014 Topps Archives set this year.

His card was in the ’1989 Topps’ portion of the set, and the card looks great.

Have a look:

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Of all of the players that Topps recycles that starred during the 1950′s, Berra could very well be my favorite.  The images used of him all look great, and I really enjoy checking out those old, wool Yankees uniforms.

Another great modern card of Yogi Berra for my collection – YES!

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

Progress: 197/660

Player Name:  Dick Lange

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Lange made 30 appearances for the Angels during the 1975 baseball season, including 8 starts.  He compiled a record of 4-6 with 1 save.  In 102 innings of work, Lange surrendered 119 hits and 70 runs en route to an ERA of 5.21.  He also struck out 45 batters during that time while walking 53.

Notes From Career:  Dick Lange pitched in 70 games for the Angels between 1972 and 1975. He amassed a record of 9-15 in that time with 1 save to his credit.  Lange worked in a total of 276 innings.  In that span of work, Lange allowed 298 hits and 167 runs while striking out 137 batters and giving up 123 walks.

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Happy Birthday Charles Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Charles Johnson!!!

Charles Johnson turns 43 years old today.

Charles Johnson means a lot to Florida Marlins fans, and the people of Miami.

Johnson is a local product, having played his college baseball at the University of Miami. He was drafted by the Marlins during the first round of the 1992 draft. And a few years later, he was the starting catcher for the team – his team.

Johnson played in the big leagues for 12 seasons; 7 of which were in Miami. He helped lead the team to the 1997 World Series with his stellar defense. In total, Johnson collected four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive excellence at catcher.

Johnson is a 2-time All-Star and collected 940 hits during his career including 211 doubles and 167 home runs.

Happy Birthday CJ!!!

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

No, I am not trying to turn myself into a ‘Machado Super-Collector’.  At least not yet…

But, when I saw this card, I had to grab one for my collection.

As you see below, the colors and the Topps 1986 design are simply a perfect match.

Have a look:

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First off, you have the three main colors of the card – Black, Orange, and White.  It all just works well toegther – from the lettering on the top of the card to the bill on Machado’s helmet and everything in between.

And the image selection is sweet too.  Not only did Topps give us an image that works, but they centered it perfectly.  We’ve all seen #13 make this sign after connecting for a home run, and Topps captured it perfectly.

Nicely done, Topps.  Nicely done.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Base

I am just now digging into the Topps Series 2 release.

And my boy, Mr. NL ROY, has two cards in the base set.  That translates to a lot of singles for this collector to chase down.  I MEAN A LOT!!!

So, I started with the easiest – the base card.

As I mentioned, Jose has two in the set.  This is the one that celebrates his winning of the 2013 NL Rookie Of the Year Award.

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I’ll show off the ‘other’ base card next time around.

Enjoy.

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Heritage

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Heritage

I like the Topps Heritage brand of baseball cards because of the homage it pays to the cards that paved the way for the hobby.

But, I don’t dig too deep into the set.  I grab my Marlins team set and cards for my modern player collections and then I am out.

I just grabbed this card from the 2012 Heritage set of Andrew McCutchen.

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I like the card.  The colors are nice.  And I really like the inset image in the bottom, right corner.  I just wish that ‘Cutch’ was giving us a little more personality in the main image.

For a guy whose smile lights up a ballpark, you would never know it when holding this piece of cardboard…