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Miami Marlins 2014 Bowman Platinum Team Set

Miami Marlins 2014 Bowman Platinum Team Set

You wanna see a really nicely put together baseball card set?

Look no further than 2014 Bowman Platinum!!!

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This set is sharp, and it features great color and action-packed images.  I really like how the players are centered perfectly on each card and the muted background gives the impression of a 3-D effect.

As for the player mix, it is fair – 1 active superstar in Stanton and 1 inactive superstar in Fernandez.  The other 4: Heaney has been demoted to AAA after a unsucessful debut, Marisnick and Moran were traded to Houston in late July, and Nicolino is a high-rated prospect.  The mix is fine, but I am tired of Jake Marisnick cards at this point – he has been in a lot of MLB sets in 2014, too many for my liking, but he is now playing for the Astros.

I need to go back and review my official Marlins checklist to see what other Bowman Platinum team sets I can put together.  If they are anywhere near as nice as these, it will be a worthwhile journey…

 

 

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Reggie Jackson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

It’s only fitting that I feature a Reggie Jackson baseball card after showing off one of Thurman Munson, right??

Well, if you know the Yankees history and you know of these two players and their fiery personalities, than you know that they were not the best of friends, not by a long shot.

Each guy had their temperaments, and each one wanted to win.  They just approached it differently, which is what led to multiple blow-ups between the two.

But, they succeeded – winning back to back championships at the conclusion of the 1977 and 1978 World Series’.

2 guys with 2 very different personalities, but they did find a way to win together!

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And that is one way to write a blog post that has nothing to do with the card you are featuring.  And I am OK with that since this A&G product is a major yawn…

1975 Topps Set Card 235/660 – #20 – Thurman Munson, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 235/660 – #20 – Thurman Munson, Yankees

Progress: 235/660

Player Name:  Thurman Munson

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1969-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Thurman Munson played in 157 games for the Yankees in 1975.  He was chosen as an All-Star, won a Gold Glove, and was an MVP candidate due to his solid performance during the year.  Munson hit .318 on the year with 190 hits including 24 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 home runs.  Munson drove in 102 runs in ’75 while also scoring 83 times.

Notes From Career:  Thurman Munson spent his full 11-season career with the New York Yankees.  He was a Rookie Of The Year winner, an AL MVP, a 7-time All-Star, and the winner of 3 Gold Gloves for defensive excellence at catcher.  Munson is a career .292 hitter with 1,558 career hits on his resume.  Munson is a member of the 1977 and 1978 World Series championship winning Yankees teams.

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1989 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan Becomes 1st Pitcher To 5,000 Strikeouts!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Nolan Ryan Becomes 1st Pitcher To 5,000 Strikeouts!!!

On this day in 1989 Nolan Ryan recorded the 5,000th strikeout of his professional baseball career.

During a game in Arlington Stadium in front of 42,000+ fans, Nolan Ryan became the first player to ever eclipse the 5,000 strikeout mark.  And to do this in front of his home fans in the state he grew up in was especially monumental!!

In the top of the 5th inning with his team trailing 1-0, Ryan struck out All-star Rickey Henderson to capture #5,000!

Amazingly Ryan struck out 13 batters in this game.  And although his team lost 2-0, this was Ryan’s night.  Oh, and he was 42 years old at the time and still dominant as ever!!

Happy Anniversary Nolan Ryan!!!

Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

‘Yaz’ turns 75 years old today!!

Best known as ‘Yaz’, Carl Yastrzemski personified what being a consistent leader was all about.  ‘Yaz’ spent every minute of his 23-season long career in a Boston Red Sox jersey.

Along with the droves of fans he established during his career, ‘Yaz’ put up some amazing numbers too.

The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Happy Birthday ‘Yaz’!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Glory Days’ Red Border Game-Used Patch Card!

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Glory Days’ Red Border Game-Used Patch Card!

I’ve got a small stack of cards featuring Andre Dawson from the 2005 Upper Deck SP set tagged as ‘Glory Days’.

I’ve always been a fan of the card design and colors – I’ve got the base card, some serial number cards, a relic card, and even a certified autograph card.

Well, now I have a card that features a sweet patch too.  The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies, with mine being #40/50.  It’s a Red-border parallel and the Red is a perfect complement to the patch that is featured on the card.

Have a look:

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I’m really digging this one.  The card is so nice, and it all looks very good put together as UD did in 2005.

I really like how the Red from Dawson’s jersey and helmet pop as they are a much lighter shade of Red than the jersey patch and Glory Days border.

A fantastic addition to my Andre Dawson relic collection, indeed!

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Yes, I understand that Allen & Ginter is not supposed to give us baseball cards featuring explosive action or packed with dramatic imagery.

But, the recycling of the same images that have been used of players for years is making this brand quite stale, in my opinion.

I’ve seen this image of Joe Morgan used way too many times, and now A&G blesses us with it again.  Does the image meet the normal A&G criteria?  Yes.  But for a collector that has over 300 unique Joe Morgan baseball cards in his collection, it bores the hell out of me.  Surely there are more than 4-5 posed portraits of Morgan that exist that Topps can use, right?

Is the image a decent one?  Sure.  But after being used so many times, it is getting to the point where collecting ‘Action Only’ cards may be the wave of my future.

Here is the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter card of Mr. Morgan:

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Again, it is a nice card, but it is a tired image.  If I had any desire to go through my Morgan PC and pull each on that featured this specific shot, I may be able to grab more than a half-dozen.  But, I don’t have that kind of energy right now…

1975 Topps Set Card 234/660 – #51 – Bob Forsch, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 234/660 – #51 – Bob Forsch, Cardinals

Progress: 234/660

Player Name:  Bob Forsch

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1974-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bob Forsch made 35 starts for the Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  He went 15-10 on the year and finished the season with 7 complete games, 4 shutouts, and an ERA of 2.86.  Forsch worked 230 innings in ’75 allowing 213 hits and 89 runs while striking out 76 and giving up 71 walks.

Notes From Career:  Bob Forsch is a 16-year MLB veteran with 498 appearances and 2,794 innings of work on his resume.  Forsch has a career record of 168-136 alongside 67 complete games, 19 shutouts, and 3 saves.  Forsch won two Silver Slugger Awards during his career crowning him as the best-hitting pitcher in the National League.  He is a member of the 1982 World Series winning St. Louis Cardinals.

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1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Counsell!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Counsell!!!

Amazingly, Craig Counsell celebrates his 44th birthday today.

For all of us Florida Marlins fans, we celebrate Craig today and take a minute to remember and enjoy the memory of the game winning run that he scored in extra innings in Game 7 giving us our first World Series title in 1997.

That hit by Edgar Rentaria and run by Craig Counsell are undoubtedly the most important and meaningful moments in Marlins history!!!

Happy Birthday Craig!!!

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