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Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’

While he has not been the ‘poster boy’ for defense in 2014, Bryce Harper still had a fantastic season in the field, it was just interrupted by injuries.

Harper had a career low in errors in 2014 with just 4 over the span of the full season.  His fielding percentage of .976 is solid, and he is still learning about how to play all of the different fields around the National League.

I fully expect Harper to get even better.  I am just a little concerned with how the rotation of outfielders shakes out in Washington as it is going to be crowded if Ryan Zimmerman makes that transition a permanent one in 2015.

Still, Harper is a superb athlete.  And with his speed and arm strength, I think he could contend for a Gold Glove Award if he consistently plays in the same spot throughout the course of the year.

I love how he is depicted on this card from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball card set:

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I hope he makes the cut in 2015 again!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Gold Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Gold Border Parallel

Would you believe that I am still actively seeking cards from this year’s Series 2 release by Topps?

Well, I am.  And there is no shame in my game.  I’m taking this one nice and slow as the journey is going to be a long one, and one that requires patience and planning.

The below card is the Gold border parallel of Jose’s All-Star Rookie card.  It is my fifth version of this card of Jose from the set, and it is limited to just 2014 copies.  Mine is stamped as 928/2014.

Wish me luck as I push forward with the hope of landing a few more from this release.

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Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Opening Day ‘Breaking Out’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Opening Day ‘Breaking Out’

Here is another neat card of Bryce Harper from this year’s Topps Opening Day baseball card set.

The card has a neat, comic-book appeal and it reminds me of some of the cards I have seen issued by Topps during the 1990’s.

The header of the card reads ‘Breaking Out’ and the added graphic elements work with the theme very well.

Have a look:

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I would like to see what the full set looks like all at one time.  I bet it is pretty neat.  And I would also like to see the complete checklist – if any of the others that I collect are in the set, I am going to have to go after them.

Enjoy.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border Parallel

I have no shame in the fact that I am still working on bringing cards into my collection that were released both months and years ago.  Part of being a steady player collector is knowing when and how to go after things, and I prefer a more methodical and disciplined approach with most of the stuff that I go after.

After not doing any searches on Ebay for Jose Fernandez cards from the 2014 Topps Heritage set for more than two months, I decided to see what was out there that was still categorized as a ‘Need’ on my list.

And surprisingly, I found this sweet, Black bordered card:

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I’m digging it!  The Black perfectly complements the shadow under the Marlins flag on the card along with the trim of his undershirt.

I’m very excited to add this card to my collection of 2014 Heritage cards.

As long as they are out there, I will keep chipping away!!

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Sticker

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Sticker

Both of my sons are collecting the 2014 Topps Sticker set.  This has been a long and tedious journey.  But, they are really enjoying themselves, and have even become good trade partners during the process.

In total, we have probably ripped through 70-80 packs.  I use them as rewards for lots of things – good behavior, good work at school, good test scores, and performance on the baseball field.

As we have gotten deeper and deeper into these set builds, more and more doubles have popped up.  Actually, triples.

So, the deal is this – if we get a sticker that both boys have already in their books, dad gets it.  I then sell of large lots on Ebay of the stickers with the goal of capturing more money for more packs.

But, every once in a while I find one I want to keep for myself.

Like this one of Nats superstar, and ’30-YOC’ favorite, Bryce Harper!

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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Finally, another 2014 Allen & Ginter baseball card that I like!!!

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This is Jose Fernandez’s base card from the A&G issue, and it features great action.  And while I know that this is not typical for the Ginter brand I certainly approve of them moving more in this direction as the posed portraits of the same players year-after-year are quite exhaustive…

Keep it up Topps – give us more of this in 2015 and I will be back on board with this brand.

Thanks.

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Opening Day ‘Fired Up’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Opening Day ‘Fired Up’

There is no doubt that Bryce Harper has a fiery personality on the baseball field.  His desire to win and help his team excel is obvious with his outward displays of emotion both at the plate, on the base paths, and in the outfield.

This set tagged as ‘Fired Up’ from the 2014 Topps Opening Day set is a perfect fit for a guy like Harper.  Have a look at his card:

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I’m eager to see what other players were chosen by Topps for this subset.  I can think of a few more guys I would add, and I want to see if I am close to what they chose…