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Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Nomar Garciaparra turns 41 years old today!!

I have been racking my brain for the last few days trying to remember a rookie that has impressed me as much as Nomar Garciaparra did during his rookie campaign in 1997. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for Jerome Walton’s amazing year in 1989 and Mike Trout’s debut in 2012, I would say that Nomar’s rookie year is the most impressive one I have ever been witness to.

In the ’97 season, Nomar took the baseball world by storm. He collected 209 hits while ending the year with a .306 average. He belted 30 home runs, collected 98 RBI, and scored 122 times. He was also able to amass 44 doubles, steal 22 bases, and amazingly show enough patience as a hot-hitting rookie to strike out just 92 times. That season was certainly Nomar’s most highly decorated one too. He was an American League All-star and he won the Silver Slugger award, finished in 8th place for the MVP, and was the league’s Rookie Of The Year award winner.

The sky was the limit for Nomar and over the next 6 seaons, he finished in the Top 7 for the MVP award five times.

Happy Birthday Nomar!!!

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Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Don Drysdale had a very stellar 14-year baseball career that ultimately landed him among the greatest pitchers from his era.

Starting 465 games during that span, Drysdale earned a record of 209-166, while throwing 167 complete games including 49 shutouts.

His dominance continued into the post-season as he helped lead the Dodgers into 5 World Series championship match-ups, and 3 titles.

Drysdale was a 8-time All-Star and winner of the 1962 National League Cy Young Award. He is a member of the 1984 Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday Mr. Drysdale, they don’t make them like you anymore!!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – Cubby Blue!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – Cubby Blue!!

Last week I showed you the first card I bought of Andre Dawson from the 2014 Topps Tier 1 set.

That card featured a White piece of jersey material with a sweet Royal Blue pinstripe accent running vertically through it.

Tonight, I take it a step further as I have another one to show off.

This time around, there is no pinstripe.  Sorry.

But, there is this…

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That’s right – an All-Blue jersey swatch.  And it’s not just any shade of Blue, it is ‘Cubby Blue’.  And it looks fantastic.

The card is serial numbered as 133/399 and it is a great complementary piece to the card I featured last week.

It’s been a while since I picked up two relic cards from the same release of Andre.  It’s nice to have been able to affordably grab these for my collection as I have seen Tier 1 relics sell for quite a bit more in the past…

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Series 2 – Highlights: Youngest With 2 Opening Day HR’s – Red Foil

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Series 2 – Highlights: Youngest With 2 Opening Day HR’s – Red Foil

Last week I showed you the base card, so now I can move on and show you another version…

This time around, it is the ‘Red Foil’ card that I have to offer up.

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As you can see, the Red Foil design is a little more than just a border color change.  The entire card’s surface gets the foil treatment with the exception of the player’s image and the team logo.

I like it – it has a nice 3-D effect.

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars

I did a thorough shopping trip on Sportlots.com and found one seller that had a handful of Joe Morgan baseball cards that I ‘did not’ have in my collection.

You see that I said, ‘did not’.  That is because I scooped them up.  All of them!

The majority of the cards are from the very early 2000′s – and each of them was purchased ‘blind’.

I’ll unveil the cards over the next few weeks.  This is card #1:

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This card comes from the 2000 Topps ‘Topps Stars’ set.  It is done primarily in Sepia tones and has a double-image look.

Certainly not the best looking card of Joe Morgan that I have scored as of late, but another card for the collection none-the-less.

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

Progress: 199/660

Player Name:  Dave Kingman

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1971-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Dave Kingman’s first with the New York Mets.  He played in 134 games for the club, hitting .231 with 116 hits in 502 at-bats.  Of his 116, Kingman connected for doubles, 1 triple, and 36 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 88 runs for the team while also scoring 65 times.

Notes From Career:  Dave Kingman played for 6 different teams during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a career .236 hitter with 1,575 hits, which includes 240 doubles and 442 home runs.  Dave Kingman was selected as an All-Star three times during his career.  He led the league in home runs hit twice and RBI three times.  Kingman received votes for MVP in five different seasons.

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Did You Know…

During their first season in the major leagues in 1998, Jay Bell played in the most games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He appeared in 155 games.

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198 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 30% Complete!!!

198 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 30% Complete!!!

Yeah buddy, another collecting milestone has been achieved.  With the 198th card obtained for my 1975 Topps set build, I have reached the 30% milestone.

It has been a lot of fun, and I have a very nicely sized stack in my possession that ensures that the build will continue.  And I have also been watching a few of the high-end cards from the set too – maybe I will be able to bring one of two of them home soon as well.

Three cheers for Card #198.  Three cheers for hitting 30%!!!

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Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Series 2 – 1989 Die Cut Mini

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Series 2 – 1989 Die Cut Mini

It’s getting harder and harder to stay on top of my modern player collections.  Between the releases of Panini Przim, Topps Series 2, Topps Archives, and now Allen & Ginter, I am falling behind.

And it is a quick decent.

Still, I fight on.  Trying to grab singles as I can while still sticking to a budget and opting for only the best deals that I can find.

I picked up this card of Giancarlo Stanton for just $0.99 with FREE shipping – mission accomplished!

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The card is from the 2014 Topps Series 2 release, and is part of the 1989 mini die-cut set.

I like the Orange border of the card and the Orange & Blue team and player name area works well with the image of Stanton that Topps chose for the card.

A very cool addition to my Stanton PC.

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 198/660

Player Name:  Denny McLain, Bob Gibson

Card Number:  206

Team:  Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Denny McLain was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the American League in 1968.  McLain started 41 games, going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA.  He pitched 336 innings that season while allowing 241 hits and 86 runs.  McLain struck out 280 batters in ’68 while walking just 63.

Bob Gibson was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the National League in 1968.  He was also a Gold Glove winner.  Gibson started 34 games for the Cardinals in 1968, going 22-9 with 28 complete games and 13 shutouts.  He had an ERA of just 1.12 during the season while working in 304 innings.  Gibson struck out 268 batters while walking 62.

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