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Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206′

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206′

I picked up this card ‘On The Blind’ during a recent shopping trip on sportlots.com.  The seller I was working with had just one card of McCutchen available, so I grabbed it.

When I saw that the card was from 2010, I was excited to bring an ‘early’ card of #22 into my collection since so many of my recent purchases have focused on his 2013 & 2014 releases.

Here is the card.  It is from the Topps T-206 set:

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Overall, the card is fair at best.  No fault of McCutchen’s, but it just does not bring much to the collector by the way of creativity or action.  And while this may be the theme of the T-206 design since it is a throwback set, I cannot help but want to have action-packed images filling my McCutchen cards.

Still, a nice, older card of the reigning MVP for my collection.  I’m pleased with the purchase, but I will make sure that the next few that I show off on the blog offer a lot more color and excitement.

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Archives – Base

I was pretty excited when I saw Joe Morgan’s name on the 2014 Topps Archives checklist when it came out a few months ago.  I knew that this would be a god chance for me to grab a few more cards of Morgan for my collection, and hopefully that would lead to me getting on a streak of hauling in some more cards of my favorite second baseman of all-time.

Morgan is featured in the 1980 Topps part of the Archives set.  The 1980 design is a ’30-YOC’ favorite, and I am happy to see that he was thrown into this section of the set.

Here is the card:

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I like it, but I wish that it offered us more action.  During his prime, Joe Morgan was one of the most talented players in the sport – there was nothing that he could not do either in the field, at the plate, or on the base paths.  It would have been nice if Topps had chosen an image for this card that featured in-game action versus a posed portrait.

Maybe next time…

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

Progress: 206/660

Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

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Did You Know…

The only hitter in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to walk more than 100 times in a single season is Prince Fielder.  And he had accomplished that feat three times:  110 walks in 2009, 114 in 2010, and 107 in 2011.

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Derek Jeter Leaps Past Carl Yastrzemski With Hit #3,420 And Into 7th Place On The All-Time Hits List!!

Derek Jeter Leaps Past Carl Yastrzemski With Hit #3,420 And Into 7th Place On The All-Time Hits List!

From ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas — New York Yankess shortstop Derek Jeter moved ahead of Carl Yastrzemski and into seventh place on baseball’s all-time hits list with three hits off Yu Darvish in the first seven innings of Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was. But yeah, any time you talk about a list of all-time great players its pretty special.”

The Yankees’ 40-year-old captain accomplished the feat with a quintessential Jeter single: a drive into right field off an inside-out swing with two outs and a runner on first base in the seventh inning. The hit was the 3,420th of Jeter’s 20-year major league career, which puts him 10 hits behind No. 6 on the list, Honus Wagner. That will likely be the last hurdle Jeter can clear before his retirement at the end of this season; the player in fifth place, Tris Speaker, is 94 hits ahead, with 3,514.

Earlier in the game, Jeter had tied Yastrzemski with a ground-rule double, a line drive that bounced into the stands in distant right-center field in the third inning.

“It’s been neat to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s passed a lot of people; you think about the doubles, he broke that last week, and then you move up on the all-time hit list. He’s been amazing.”

Asked before the game to recall his favorite memories in the ballpark now called Global Life Park, Jeter said, “We’ve had some battles here in the postseason. Early in my career, on the way to the World Series, we had to go through some tough Texas teams. That’s what stands out the most.”

Now Jeter has a regular-season moment in Texas to remember as well.

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Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Prizm

Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Prizm

He’s starting to get his goove back!

Line drives…

Multi-hit games…

Home runs…

I knew that it may take a while for him to find it, but Bryce Harper is starting to get it going again.  And in a tight race at the top of the NL East with the Braves, Harper’s efforts will only help the Nationals stay competitive and near the top of the division.

I cannot wait to sit back and watch as it looks like his thumb is not bothering him.  And he also appears to be mentally engaged again – which will only help the Nationals climb to the top.

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Go Get ‘Em Kid!!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Bowman – California State Variation

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Bowman – California State Variation

While he may not have long blond hair or wear flip-flops on a daily basis, Dustin Pedroia is a ‘California Boy’.

And this card from the 2014 Bowman set that features the California state flag in the background.  The card is very well done.

And I have to guess that if you showed the featured player a stack of cards and let him choose his favorite, if a ‘State version’ card from the Bowman product was included in the bunch, it would easily get the most votes!

 

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Dennis Eckersley 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Dennis Eckersley 2014 Topps Archives – Base

While I have yet to see each and every of the 200 base cards that make up the 2014 Topps Archives set, I have to say that I like the images used most within the 1973 Topps design.

Not only does this design allow for a very large image to be the center of attention, but the small accent pieces usually work very well with the theme of the action at hand.

In a recent shopping spree in which I picked up a small stack of cards from the Archives set, I scooped up the card of Dennis Eckerlsey.

And I am glad that I did – it looks G-R-E-A-T!!

Have a look:

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I told you – a very sweet baseball card.

And while normally I would want the image to match the year (or close to) that the original card was issued, this one gets a pass because ‘Eck’ did not make his debut until a few seasons later in 1976.

1975 Topps Set Card 205/660 – #102 – Joe Decker, Twins

1975 Topps Set Card 205/660 – #102 – Joe Decker, Twins

Progress: 205/660

Player Name:  Joe Decker

Team:  Minnesota Twins

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1969-76, 1979

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Joe Dekcer appeared in just 10 games for the Minnesota Twins during the 1975 baseball season.  In those ten contests, Decker recorded 1 win and 3 losses.  He had an ERA of 8.54 in 26 innings of work as he allowed 60 hits and 37 runs in that time.

Notes From Career:  Joe Decker pitched for three different teams during his nine season big league career.  Used as both a starting and relief pitcher, Decker appeared in 152 games, making 102 starts.  He has a career record of 36-44, with 19 complete games.

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Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 65 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!