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Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Archives – Topps Got This One 100% Right!!!

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Archives

Now this is what I am talking about.

If you read my post the other night about the new Archives card of Frank Robinson, you recall that since the card design that was used for Robinson’s card was issued during his playing days, I thought that the image should be linked more closely to the time.  But, it was not.

So, I suggested that the card would either be better had it featured an era-appropriate image or shift Robinson to a design that was issued after his playing days were done so there were ‘No Rules’.

Well, when Topps designed the Roberto Clemente card for the set, they nailed it.

Have a look:



The card design for the card is from the 1980 Topps set.  Obviously, this set was released well after Clemente’s playing days so using any image works.


And it is a ‘Batting Cage Card’ too!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

On this day in 1968, Hank Aaron belted the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career. This milestone came at home and in Atlanta against the San Francisco Giants. In the bottom of the third inning, Aaron crushed a 3-run home run off of Giants’ pitcher Mike McCormick giving the Braves a 3-0 lead and giving baseball another member in the historic ’500 HR Club’.

For the day, Aaron went 2-for-4 with the home run and a single. He drove in three runs on the day while scoring another.

This game also featured another future member of the ’500 HR Club’ – Hall of Famer, Willie McCovey.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Aaron!!!

Andy Pettitte 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Andy Pettitte 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Andy Pettitte:



Andy Pettitte closed his career at the end of the 2013 baseball season.

His resume includes a 256-153 record, good for a win percentage of 62.6.  Pettitte worked 3,316 innings during his career while tallying 2,448 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.85.

Pettitte was selected as an All-Star three times and finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award on five different occasions.  He made it to the postseason in 14 of his 18 years as a major league pitcher.  Pettitte played in 8 World Series match-ups and won 5 times.

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

I’m always eager to see what images fill the Gypsy Queen set when it comes to the legends selected to be in the set.

And more often than not, I am pleased.

This is one of those cases!  I love this card:



Roberto Clemente, and all vintage Pirates, looks good in the GQ set.  The colors work well together and the lettering of the ‘P’ on a Pirates cap or helmet along with the wording on the jersey s a great match to the fonts that Topps uses for the GQ design.

I also like the image selection of Clemente.  Very relaxed at the plate, single batting glove, pork-chop sideburns…  Very 1970′s baseball!!

1989 HEADLINE: Jim Abbott Makes Major League Debut!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Jim Abbott Makes Major League Debut!!!

On this day in 1989 Jim Abbott made his major league debut with the California Angels.

Prior to this day, Abbott had already conquered Little League, High School baseball, Collegiate Baseball, and even The Olympics.  Yet this day stands alone.  On this day he stood toe to toe with the best baseball players in the world and was their peer.  Disability or not, he made it to the major leagues defying odds and hurdling obstacle after obstacle that was thrown his way.

On the day, and in front of more than 46,000 fans in attendance, Abbott got hit pretty hard by the Mariners.  Going just 4 2/3 innings, he allowed 6 hits and 6 runs.  He took a loss and the team lost the game 7-0.

Mr. Jim Abbott – A true baseball hero and icon!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron Is Baseball’s New Home Run King!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron Is Baseball’s New Home Run King!!!

On this day in 1974, and less than a week into the new baseball season, Hank Aaron became ball’s new home run king.  What a long offseason it must have been…

At home, and in front of 53,775 Braves fans, Hank Aaron crushed the 715th home run of his career passing Babe Ruth.  Coming to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, Arron faced Al Downing and sent his offering into the left field bleachers!!

And as they say, ‘The Crowd Went Wild’!!

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement Mr. Aaron!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Roberto Clemente

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Roberto Clemente

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Roberto Clemente from the set:



One of the most dynamic Latin baseball players of all-time, Roberto Clemente was a pioneer for putting Latino players on par with the rest of the baseball world.

And Clemente was the star of the show!!

A 12-time All-star boasting enviable offensive and defensive skills, there was nothing that Clemente could not do on a baseball diamond.  The owner of 3,000 career hits, 240 home runs, and 11 Gold Glove trophies, Clemente was one of the brightest stars in the National League for the better part of 18 years.

Clemente competed in two World Series championships, winning titles in both 1960 and 1971.  In ’71 he was the World Series MVP largely due to his .414 batting average, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI.

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1954 you made your debut as a professional baseball player.  Happy Anniversary!

At the time who would have thought that you would be the player to surpass the great Babe Ruth’s all-time home run mark?  Who would have thought that you would have been 1 of just a few players in the history of the game to eclipse the 500 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus?  Who would have thought you would have been a 21-time All-star?  A 3-time Gold Glove winner?  A Most Valuable Player?  A World Series winner?

Thank you for dreaming Mr. Aaron.  Thank you for reaching for the stars!!!


I Told You I Would Finish That 1997 Topps Gold Roberto Clemente Set…

I Told You I Would Finish That 1997 Topps Gold Roberto Clemente Set…

I told you, I told you…

At the baseball card show that I attended back in January, I was able to grab 4 of 5 cards from a 1997 Topps Gold tribute set that celebrated the career of Roberto Clemente.  At the time, I did not know that the set was just 5 cards deep, but I thought that being able to purchase cards 1-4 was a pretty solid start.

When I returned home from the show, I did a little homework and learned that the card was indeed just 5 cards deep.

And then I made it a collecting mission of mine to nab.

And I was able to grab RC5, the fifth card, two weeks ago and I posted about it here.

Now, the set is complete.  And it looks great!!

Check it out:



I have to say that the set was very easy to piece together and I am especially proud to honor the career of Mr. Clemente in this way.

I wish that there were more of these kinds of sets out there – they are right up this collector’s alley!

Did You Know…

The record for the most singles hit in a single major league baseball season is held by Ichiro Suzuki.  In 2004, Ichiro connected for 225 singles.