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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.

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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.

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

Enjoy.

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

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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!

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage w/Giancarlo Stanton & Miguel Cabrera

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage w/Giancarlo Stanton & Miguel Cabrera

While the history of the Florida/Miami Marlins franchise is a relatively short one considering the history of this great sport, I love that Topps included the team in a very cool subset like ‘Legendary Lineage’.

And because the team does not have a long line of legends or greats that made their mark during different decades and eras, Topps was able to grab Miguel Cabrera for the card and put him up with current Marlin, Giancarlo Stanton.

The result is priceless!

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How is that for a tag-team??  Pretty sweet if you ask me.

With how both players have progressed since the 2010 baseball season when this card was released, I think that it is very safe to say that if these two were an active 3-4 combo in any offense, they would be elite.

Excuse me while I drool at that prospect…

WOW!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Blue Border

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Blue Border

After nabbing both the base and ‘State’ cards of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Bowman release, I have set my sights on trying to nab as many of the colored border parallel cards.

And while this journey is not one that is going to be as easy as hauling the base and state cards in, I look forward to seeing how many new and different cards I can score.

So far, it has been just one – The Blue Version!

The Blue cards are serial numbered to just 500 copies.  Mine is #23/500.

Have a look:

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I have to say, the Blue works very well with the Marlins color scheme – it is a shame that Bowman opted for a Black team logo, versus the full-color version.

Still, a great addition to my Jose Fernandez PC.

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps All-Star Stitches Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps All-Star Stitches Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

While I am certainly not pleased that Jose Fernandez is rehabilitating an injury that will keep him away from Marlins Park until at least the start of the 2015 baseball season, I have seen a slight dip in how quickly his ‘But It Now’ cards are selling on Ebay.

And I was hoping that I would be able to grab a few.

And that hope turned into reality when I scored this sweet card.

Have  look:

 

 

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From the 2013 Topps set, this card celebrates Fernandez making the All-Star team during his rookie campaign.  The swatch is a bright Orange, which represented the National League and it is from his practice jersey from the event.

I am thrilled to have this Game-Used relic card to my collection.

Hopefully a few more will land my way too.

Fingers crossed.

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

The thumb is getting better…

He is shagging fly balls…

He is swinging a bat…

He is hitting off the tee…

I’m getting ready!!  And so is Bryce…

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