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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Blue Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Blue Border Parallel


It’s another colored-border parallel from this years Series 2 Topps issue.

I’m starting to rack these cards of Jose Fernandez up but I still have a way to go to get to where I want to be with this part of my collection.

Have a look:




Just keeping track of them as I find them, but the ‘X’s on my list are starting to fill the open spots so that is very encouraging.

I’ve got to keep Truckin’ on if I want to get these done before the end of the season…

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

On this day in 2011, Jim Thome became just the eighth player in major league history to hit 600 or more home runs in his big league career.

The shot came against the Detroit Tigers in a game in which Thome also connected for #599.

In the seventh inning, and with two men on base, Thome launched a pitch from Daniel Schlereth over the outfield wall and made baseball history.  Three runs scored, and the Twins won the game.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Thome!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Ok, just one more Ginter card for the night, I promise!

This one has a nice twist though…  It is a relic card that features the reigning NL ROY, Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins.

Have a look:




Pretty neat, if I do say so.  I have not really invested too much time or money into buying Allen & Ginter relic cards, but I found this one for a great price, and with nobody competing to out-bid me, I won it for very little.

While the relic is nice, I think that one with color would work so much better with this card’s design – it would certainly add some much needed punch to the card!

Still, I am very happy to have been able to grab for this card for as little as I did.  It’s a great addition to my collection of Jose Fernandez baseball cards.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Red Foil Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Red Foil Parallel

I nailed another!  This time it is the ‘Red Foil’ version of Jose Fernandez’s All-Star Rookie card from the Topps 2014 Series 2 release.

Have a look:



This has been a tough going as I have not really found too many bargains out there for either this card above or the one that celebrates his winning of the 2013 NL ROY.

Still, I will fight on.  And I will bring more cards home.  I promise.

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Finally, I am ready to start showing off some of the first Allen & Ginter cards I have picked up from the 2014 set.

This is the base card of Bryce Harper:


While I like the horizontal layout of the card, I think that the image is on the smallish side.  It probably covers the same surface area as a card that is designed to be shown vertically, but I guess that with the dramatic background, it feels a bit out of place when compared to Ginter’s standard portrait style.

Still, I love it.  And I hope to be able to snag some of the minis as time goes on.

While Sorting & Organizing, I Found Some Pretty Neat Miguel Cabrera & Gary Sheffield Cards In My Marlins Box!

While Sorting & Organizing, I Found Some Pretty Neat Miguel Cabrera & Gary Sheffield Cards In My Marlins Box!

Last weekend I spent my evenings going through all of my cards.  I really dug in deep as I felt that my organized ways were starting to fray.

The end result is that my need for two more 3-row boxes would allow me to keep my cards in perfect order, so I went to the local card shop and picked up the boxes so I could complete my task.

One of the last tasks I did was sift through all of my Marlins cards.  I was not doing this with a certain goal or purpose, but I wanted to just get a better feel of what was in there.

And lo and behold, I found a handful of pretty nice-looking Miguel Cabrera cards.

Check them out:


I know it is just 8 cards, but I’d rather have 8 cards of the 2-time MVP than have no cards of him from his time with the Marlins…

I also found a healthy dose of Gary Sheffield cards from his days with the team too.

Here they are:

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Super cool stuff right there!

And while I do not have the desire at this time to focus a lot more attention to either of these players, I will keep my eyes peeled for cards of either of them in Marlins uniforms when I dig into the bargain bins at future card shows.

For now, I will sit back and enjoy a few more memories of these two great players and their times wearing Teal & Black!

Have a nice night.

Unclemoe Sends Over Two Sweet Bryce Harper Cards For The Collection!!

Unclemoe Sends Over Two Sweet Bryce Harper Cards For The Collection!!

’30-YOC’ readers are the best.  And they are extremely generous too.

I recently received a PWE in the mailbox and the inner contents were both unexpected and staggering all at the same time.

Two baseball cards were included, both of Bryce Harper.

Here they are:




On the left, you have Harper’s Red-bordered card from the 2014 Topps Heritage set.  And on the right, we have a Harper card from the 2014 Pinnacle subset ’20/20′.

Both cards make excellent additions to my collection, and each are very appreciated.

The sender?  One of my old-school buddies, Unclemoe.  We have been trading cards back and forth for years now and we always try to take care of each other.  He did great by me with this trade package and I am already seeking a way to re-pay the favor.

Thanks again, Moe.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 1989 Topps Die Cut Mini

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 1989 Topps Die Cut Mini

At the same time that I landed the Giancarlo Stanton ’89 Die-Cut mini from this year’s Series 2 set, I also brought home the card of Jose Fernandez.

It’s a nice one, but I am ready to move on.

So, here is a quick peek at the card:




And now, it is time to chase a few rainbows!  Fernandez has two cards in the Series 2 checklist and now that I have the base cards and inserts out of the way, it is time to see how many of the colored parallels I can track down of each.  There are a lot of cards to try to find, but I am eager and ready to start the hunt.

Wish me luck.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Green Border

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Green Border

With today being Jose Fernandez’s birthday, I had to find another card of the reigning NL ROY to show off on the blog.

And I have found a pretty nice one.

The card comes from the 2014 Bowman baseball card set, and it is the Green colored parallel to the base card.  Each Green parallel is serial numbered to just 150 copies.  My card of Fernandez is stamped as 128/150.

Have a look:



Simply awesome!

Happy Birthday Jose!

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!

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