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Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!

Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!

The Miami Marlins phenom turns 22-years old today.

He stormed into the league early in the 2013 baseball season and he quickly became a name getting national attention.  Jose Fernandez has the ‘IT’ factor.

During his rookie campaign, Fernandez made 28 starts, going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA.  In 172 innings of work, Jose stuck out 187 batters while walking just 58.  He averaged 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched and also had a WHIP of .979.

Best of all, the city of Miami embraced him.  Surely part was due to his Cuban heritage.  But, he also displays an obvious love for the game as the smile he sports both on the mound and in the dugout were captured quite often on television.  Often the first player out of the dugout to celebrate wins and start walk-off celebrations, Fernandez’s joy of the sport spread through the team’s clubhouse as the Marlins had some of the most exciting end-of-game celebrations led by #16.

As he prepares to battle back from Tommy John surgery so he can reclaim his spot as the team’s ‘Ace’ during the 2015 baseball season, ’30-YOC’ wants to wish Jose Fernandez a speedy recovery and of course, a Happy Birthday!

Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

Did You Know…

The only hitter in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to walk more than 100 times in a single season is Prince Fielder.  And he had accomplished that feat three times:  110 walks in 2009, 114 in 2010, and 107 in 2011.

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Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Prizm

Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Prizm

He’s starting to get his goove back!

Line drives…

Multi-hit games…

Home runs…

I knew that it may take a while for him to find it, but Bryce Harper is starting to get it going again.  And in a tight race at the top of the NL East with the Braves, Harper’s efforts will only help the Nationals stay competitive and near the top of the division.

I cannot wait to sit back and watch as it looks like his thumb is not bothering him.  And he also appears to be mentally engaged again – which will only help the Nationals climb to the top.



Go Get ‘Em Kid!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Base

Last week I showed off the ‘other’ card of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Topps Series 2 release.  That first card was the one that celebrates his winning of the NL ROY Award in 2013.

This one is his true base card, accented brilliantly by his Topps All-Rookie Team trophy.

Check it out:



We’ve seen the card before, from Topps’ Opening Day set that was issued a few months back.  But, this is his first card in the 2014 Flagship set.

And now, with both base cards out of the way, it is time for me to chase down some, if not many, of the colored parallels.

Wish me luck!

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.



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.

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.



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


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

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

I was finally able to grab the Bryce Harper base card from the 2014 Topps Series 2 set.

And I am liking what I have scored.

The card is actually a checklist, and it highlights Harper being the youngest player in major league history to connect for 2 home runs on Opening Day.

Have a peek:



The event occurred on Opening Day in 2013.  And I remember it all to well, as it happened against my Marlins.  As excited as I wast to listen to the event unfold on the radio, I wish it did not happen against ‘my team’.

I love it when a card conjures up memories – the good ones and the not-so-good…

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1986 Topps Design

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1986 Topps Design

I was so excited when my shipment of loose singles arrived the other day because my ‘pool’ of Jose Fernandez cards had dried up.

But, I now have a decent little stack of new additions to my collection – and stuff to show off on the blog.

This is the base card of Jose from the 2014 Topps Archives set:



Obviously, this card features the 1986 Topps baseball card design.  And the use of Orange with an image that features the reigning NL ROY in his Orange jersey works perfectly.

I’ve always liked the ’86 Topps card design – I have affectionately tagged it as the ‘stencil set’.

Hopefully I can haul in both the Silver & Gold versions of this card soon too.

As an aside, Jose was born six years after this set was released – WHOA!!!

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Bryce is back.  And that means that it is time for me to re-focus my collecting dedication to him and the cards that feature his image.

So, I started hauling in the ones from recent product releases that have eluded me thus far.

The first one I landed was his base card from this year’s Archives set.

Have a look:



I love it 0 a great action image!

And Bryce has a ton of cards in the new Archives set so I should be able to bulk up on my collection of his stuff pretty easily.

If my count is correct, he has a minimum of 6 cards in the set.  Time for me to get shopping!


Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Alternate Image

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Alternate Image

Here is another sweet addition to my Jose Fernandez player collection.

The card comes from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen set, and it features an ‘Alternate’ image.  Rather than using the same image of #16 that the Gypsy Queen set features on his base card, we have a new image to enjoy.

Here it is:



And for comparison, here is the image that is on the base card:

jose fernandez 2014 gypsy queen

I like how Topps does this, but I hope that they do not get too carried away with how many of their sets offer these kind of option.

If kept simple and basic, I am for it.  If it begins to cloud sets and get used to much, I will have to pass on them in the future.

Nonetheless, a great addition to my growing collection of the reigning NL ROY!