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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star


These cards from the 2014 Topps Archives set take me right back to when I was buying and ripping rack packs of Topps baseball cards as a kid in South Florida during the mid-1980’s.



The card style is an exact match to the ‘bonus’ card that each rack pack offered and I am very excited to see that Topps gave one of these cards this year to Jose Fernandez.

As you can see right above the ‘All-Star’ banner, it says 2013.  That was the first All-Star Game selection for Jose Fernandez and Topps has done a nice job of commemorating each of these players’ first ASG selection with this set by tagging their first time right on the top of the card.

A great addition to my Jose Fernandez collection!  Thank you, Topps!

Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Elite Series 2

Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Elite Series 2

The release of this set of cards must have escaped me as I had no idea this set was released.  It was a shopping venture on Sportlots.com that provided me with the news – and that means that the release was made of the set at least a few weeks prior to my purchase.

Anyway, I grabbed a small stack of cards from this 2014 Panini Elite Series 2 set.  All of the cards feature my modern PC guys.

And the first card I am ready to show off to you is of Nationals superstar, and 30-YOC favorite, Bryce Harper.

Check it out:



The style of the card is nice.  It has a very royal feel to it.  I like the ‘Elite’ logo and I really like how they used the same ‘E’ from ‘Elite’ in the background of the card, yet still allow for the player’s image to be the main feature.

You like?

I’ll show you some more of my buys from this issue over the next few weeks.  I think, like this card of Harper, that you will like them too.

Stay tuned.


Happy Birthday Bryce Harper!!

Happy Birthday Bryce Harper!!

Bryce Harper turns 22 years old today.

Coming off of a power-filled playoff series, Bryce Harper showed us against the Giants just how dangerous he can be with his bat.

And launching 450-ft home runs out of ballparks, is just one of his many talents.  Harper is a super-athlete that can disturb a team in many ways.  A clean line drive hitter with dynamite speed and an aggressive attitude, Harper can be the fuel for the Nationals offense for many years to come.

He is one of the most energetic and exciting young stars in the game and as his full arsenal of baseball skills continues to grow and take shape, I believe that #34 will be the kind of player that draws visiting team fans out to the ballpark.

I am hoping for a breakout season for Harper in 2015.  And I am also hoping that Matt Williams puts him in one spot in the batting order, like #2, and leaves him there so he can become more comfortable and confident with his role on the team.

Happy Birthday Bryce!

Bryce Harper


Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Foil Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Foil Parallel

Yes, I am still hauling in parallel cards of Jose Fernandez that were issued earlier this year.  And yes, I still need more.

This one here is the Red Foil card from Series 2 of the 2014 set.



Time to really hunker down and try to knock these rainbows out.  Before I know it, 2015 cards will be here…

Bryce Harper 2014 Bowman Platinum

Bryce Harper 2014 Bowman Platinum

There is that left-handed power swing that I love to watch!  Bowman made an excellent pick of imagery for this card of Bryce Harper for their 2014 Bowman Platinum set.

Check it out:


He may have only connected for 13 home runs in just under 100 games played in 2014, but do not discount Harper’s ability to drive the ball into the stands.

Harper has an incredibly fast and compact swing.  And as a mighty lefty, he can put the ball into the center field stands in a matter of seconds.

In three seasons, Harper has 55 career home runs. And at age 21, he will surely crank up that number in the coming years.

Go Get ‘Em Bryce!!



Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini A&G Back

I’ve got quite a way to go with my Jose Fernandez collection strictly based on the number of times he has appeared in 2014 products.

I am up for the challenge, and I prefer to take my ‘slow and easy’ approach so I do not spend more than I need to as I hunt down cards that are tougher to come by than base issues.

I have yet to score Jose’s base mini card from this year’s Allen & Ginter release, but I did pick up his ‘A&G’ card from the set.

Here is the front of the card:


And here is the back:



And now, I will try to track down the base mini.  It should be easier to find, affordably, than this one..

Wish me luck!

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:



I hope he makes the cut in 2015 again!