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Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

As I sit here and shop for cards from the 2014 release to finish picking up the cards I ‘need’ from this set for my player collections, I wanted to see if I had any from the 2013 set that I have yet to show off.

And I did.  And it is a solid insert too.

Have a look:

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This is the Bryce Harper card from the 2013 Topps Heritage insert set tagged as ‘New Age Performers’.

Harper also has a card in this subset in the 2014 set.  There goes my hunch that Topps found a neat way to introduce us to some new talent with their ‘New Age’ theme…

I’ll have to grab the 2014 Harper version now too.

2014 Topps NL ERA League Leaders Card w/Fernandez, Kershaw, and Harvey – GOLD Border Version

2014 Topps NL ERA League Leaders Card w/Fernandez, Kershaw, and Harvey – GOLD Border Version

Yes, it is another parallel of the 2013 NL ERA League Leaders for my Jose Fernandez collection.

This time around it is the Gold version of the card.  The Gold versions are serial numbered to just 2,104 copies and mine is 1525/2014.

Have a look:

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I don’t know about you, but something tells me that Jose Fernandez will be sporting some Gold very soon.

It’s nice to see him set next to Clayton Kershaw on this card as Kershaw will more than likely be his competition for the ERA and Strikeout titles in 2014 and beyond.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

I scooped up the short print of Jose Fernandez from the 2014 Topps Heritage release the other day and once that purchase was finalized, I immediately sought out the other cards of him from the set.

And some of them carry a pretty hefty price tag.

So, while I may not be adding the Bazooka mini anytime soon, I was able to grab this ‘New Age Performers’ card for less than a buck.

Have a look:

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Up next, Chromes and Colored Parallels.  I hope!

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – Home Run Derby Card – Blue Border

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – Home Run Derby Card – Blue Border

Yep, I am going back to 2013.  But not for too long as I still have a good amount of cards from 2014 issues that I want to go after still.

While shopping for 2013′s, I found this card of Bryce Harper from the 2013 Topps Update set so I had to scoop it up.

I still have a few holes in my 2013′s Harper collection as it relates to the numerous parallels that he was featured on, but at least I can scratch off the ‘Blue’ Home Run Derby card off my list!

Enjoy.

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Million Dollar Question – What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??

Million Dollar Question – What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??

The first week of the baseball season always brings a lot of afternoon games to the schedule.  And that allows me the chance to listen to games on my MLB app during the day while doubling-up and watching games on TV at night.

When choosing a game to listen to, I either look for a stellar pitching match-up or for a game that features a dynamic player that can affect the game at the plate, on the base paths, or while playing defense.

One of those players in Bryce Harper, a ’30-YOC’ favorite!

And what Matt Williams and the Nationals are doing with Harper is driving me nuts.  The constant back and forth, and up and down, of his position in the batting order is doing nothing for his ability to get consistent looks.  Pitchers pitch differently to the guy batting 1st or 2nd versus the guy hitting 5th or 6th.  And as a result, Harper is not hitting the ball the way that he can.  He is being too aggressive and swinging at bad pitches.

Here is where Bryce has hit in the first four games of the season:

Game 1 – 5th, 1-for-4
Game 2 – 6th, 0-for-4
Game 3 – 2nd, 1-for-5
Game 4 – 6th, 1-for-4

Seriously, how would anybody do well in this situation?  It reminds me of how the Marlins treated Cameron Maybin during his first year with the team (yes, I know is not as skilled as Harper).  These young players need consistency.  They need confidence builders.  They need help from their managers.  They need to be put into the best possible position to succeed and help their teams win.  This constant shuffling is not the proper way to get a player infused into a team’s offense – if his role is changing on a daily basis, no consistency can be formed.

And I do not believe that this is the right approach.  Not at all.

So that leads up to tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ - What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??

You know my stance.  Now tell me what you think.

Go!

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Bryce Harper 2013 Bowman Platinum – Blue!!!

Bryce Harper 2013 Bowman Platinum – Blue!!!

SHA-BING!!!

Another sweet parallel card for my Bryce Harper collection.  This is the ‘Blue’ version from the 2013 Bowman Platinum set.

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This is the third card of Bryce that I have nabbed from this set – I already owned the base and the Gold versions.  And since neither of them is serial numbered I really don’t know if any of them are more rare than the next.

What I do know is that there are at least two more versions out there – Blue Sapphire and Red Ruby.

In time, I hope to be able to grab both!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 3-Card Lot Of 2014 Topps Opening Day With Harper, Pedroia, McCutchen

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 3-Card Lot Of 2014 Topps Opening Day With Harper, Pedroia, McCutchen

Since the last card show that I attended, two major releases have hit the shelves courtesy of Topps – Heritage & Opening Day.

I found one seller that had cards from each set on display and ready to sell.

Best of all, each card was priced at just $0.25 each.

So, I nabbed a few cards from the Opening Day set for my modern player collections.

Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and Dustin Pedroia – all for just seventy-five cents!!

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All Day, Brother!

Miguel Cabrera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Miguel Cabrera 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 Miguel Cabrera:

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The 2014 baseball season will be Cabrera’s 12th in the big leagues. At the age of just 30, he has already accomplished so much. Yet, his future still remains unbelievably bright.

Entering the season, Cabrera has a lifetime batting average of .321 with three batting titles to his credit.  He has 1,995 career hits with 365 home runs.  Cabrera also has driven in 1,260 runs during his playing days while scoring 1,064 runs.

It will be very interesting to see what the reigning 2-time AL MVP has in store for us as the 2014 baseball season unfolds.

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Finest – Refractor!!!

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Finest – Refractor!!!

After picking up the base card of Bryce Harper from the 2013 Topps Finest set, I set my sights on some more cards of Harper from the set including parallels to the base card and inserts.

This set is littered with both  - and they all look great!

Thus far, I have not been able to grab any of the inserts as they are selling for more than what I am wanting to pay at the moment.

But, I was able to grab the refractor parallel of Harper’s base card for a decent price.

The scan may not show it that well, but this one is all refractor-ish…

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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage All-Star Rookie Short Print

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage All-Star Rookie Short Print

After grabbing the complete Miami Marlins team set from this year’s Heritage release, I made the quick decision to simply go after base cards of the modern players that I collect – Stanton, Harper, McCutchen, Pedroia, and Jose Fernandez.

Of the bunch, all are base cards with the exception of the reigning NL ROY.  His card is a short print – and a little more costly.

But, they are out there and I was able to grab one.  So, now I have one in my team set and one for my PC.

Have a look:

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When I first encountered the card, I did not like it.  I wanted action – but then I remembered that this was Topps Heritage and that was not likely.  Instead I got Jose and all 32 of his teeth.  The card has started to grow on me and I now find myself seeking some of the parallels that are out there of it.  So, I will stick to my budget and aggressively watch and wait for what I am hunting and then I will strike.  And hopefully a few more of these cards will come my way…

Wish me luck!