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Andy Pettitte 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Andy Pettitte 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 Andy Pettitte:

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Andy Pettitte closed his career at the end of the 2013 baseball season.

His resume includes a 256-153 record, good for a win percentage of 62.6.  Pettitte worked 3,316 innings during his career while tallying 2,448 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.85.

Pettitte was selected as an All-Star three times and finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award on five different occasions.  He made it to the postseason in 14 of his 18 years as a major league pitcher.  Pettitte played in 8 World Series match-ups and won 5 times.

1996 HEADLINE: Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

1996 HEADLINE:  Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person. This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’. And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me. That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter. And Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of former major leaguer, Mr. Rogers Hornsby.

Hornsby’s major league career began in 1915 at the tender age of nineteen. A staple in the St. Louis Cardinals’ line-up for more than a decade, Hornsby had offense down to a science as he quickly became the best hitter in the sport. He From 1920 to 1925, his average never dipped below .370 while peaking at .424 – while racking up six batting titles in the process.

After his tenure in St.Louis, Hornsby moved on to New York, Boston, Chicago, and eventually back to St. Louis. And during that journey, the hits kept coming…

By the end of his 23 seasons, Hornsby had amassed 2,930 career hits. His lifetime batting average of .358 ranks as the second highest in major league history behind Ty Cobb. In total, he collected seven batting titles and two MVP awards as well.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hornsby. Your impact on the game is not forgotten!!!

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Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

I watch a lot of baseball.  And while most of it is focused on my local team, I make sure to keep up to date as best that I can with what is going on around the league.

In addition to watching the players that I collect, I have a few milestones that I will be watching for as well.

These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and I plan on giving each of them a ‘Standing Ovation’ as they reach these baseball landmarks:

Adrian Beltre – 2,500 Hits.  As he enters his 17th big league season, Beltre has 2,426 career hits.

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Alfonso Soriano – 400/300 Club.  Soriano already has eclipsed the 400-HR mark.  He is currently set at 288 steals.

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Albert Pujols – 500 Home Runs.  Pujols enters his 14th major league season needing just 8 home runs to reach the magical number of 500.

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Miguel Cabrera – 400 Home Runs.  As Miguel Cabrera enters his ‘Age 31′ season, he is poised to reach the 400-home run mark. He is currently at 365.

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David Ortiz – 1,500 RBI.  David Ortiz enters the 2014 baseball season with 1,429 career RBI.  A solid season should easily net his 1,500th.

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The season will be full of great moments, and each of these above players should be a big part of that.

Are there are milestones that you are paying special attention to as the season approaches?  If so, let me know what they are.

I am ready for the season to get going!!!

Did You Know…

The last player to hit over .400 during a complete major league baseball season and not win the batting title was Ty Cobb.  In 1922, Cobb hit .401 but he finished in second place for the batting crown to George Sisler’s mark of .420.

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Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Fleer Tradition – 1981 Fleer Design

Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Fleer Tradition – 1981 Fleer Design

Of all of the players that I ‘should’ collect, Cal Ripken is the guy whose name stands out the most.  In my opinion, Cal is the face of baseball for my generation.  And if I had to do it all over when I created this blog, I think that he would have been part of my original ‘Player Collection Roster’.

So, while I have never truly put focus into collecting his baseball cards, if I run across one I will give it some thought as it relates to adding it to my collection.

And that is exactly what I did when I recently ran into the card being featured below.  While shopping on Ebay with a seller that offered FREE combined shipping, I found this card of Cal and the unique and original look drew me in.

Check it out:

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Featuring the same look as the 1981 Fleer baseball card, this shot of Ripken getting ready to take the field is superb.  I was immediately drawn to the card because of the vintage design that brings me back to my youth and it was the great image that made me add the card to my cart.

NICE!

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Mickey Mantle card from the set:

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The back of the card features ’9 Prime’ facts about Mickey Mantle.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Taught to switch-hit by father at age five
  • Turned down football scholarship at Oklahoma
  • Began pro career as a shortstop
  • Triple Crown winner in 1956
  • 3-time AL MVP
  • 12 World Series appearances with 7 Titles won
  • All-time leader in HR for switch-hitter with 536

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Cal Ripken, Jr.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Cal Ripken, Jr.

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Cal Ripken, Jr. from the set:

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Cal Ripken is a timeless player.  Of the many players that starred and excelled during the 1980′s, I feel like Ripken is one of the few that could have performed at the same level in other eras.  Ripken was a solid contact hitter, with the ability to deliver with power when needed.  His defense, for a big guy, was superb, and he had decent range while not being known as a speedy player.

Ripken is also known to be a fantastic teammate – and that trait is ageless!!

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1982, Cal Ripken was awarded with the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

He collected 24/28 first place votes outdistanced Kent Hrbek of the Twins by a great margin.

His numbers from that impressive debut campaign include – 158 hits, .264 batting average, 32 doubles, 5 triples, 28 home runs, 90 runs scored, 93 RBI, and the start of an amazing hitting streak!!!

Happy Anniversary Cal!!!

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth hit his first National League home run, and 709th overall, off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell on April 16, 1935.

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