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1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

Progress: 200/660

Player Name:  Nolan Ryan

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  27 seasons, 1966, 1968-93

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nolan Ryan appeared in 28 games for the California Angels.  He started all of the games, and amassed a record of 14-12 with 10 complete games and 5 shutouts.  In 198 innings of work, Ryan compiled an ERA of 3.45 as he allowed 152 hits and 90 runs in that span.  Ryan struck out 186 batters in 1975, averaging 8.5 per 9 innings pitched.  Ryan was selected to the AL All-Star team in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is one of the most accomplished pitchers in major league history.  He has a career record of 324-292 with 222 complete games and 61 shutouts to his credit.  In 5,386 innings of work, Ryan struck out 5,714 batters (MLB high) while walking 2,795 (MLB high).  He has a career strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio of 9.5:9 and also a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.4:1.  Ryan was selected as an All-Star 8 times, and finished in the Top 10 for the Cy Young Award 8 times.  He became a World Series champion in 1969 while with the Mets and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 capturing 98.8% of the votes cast.

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Dustin Pedroia 2014 Bowman – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Bowman – Base

I have to say that of all of the players to not be selected as an All-Star in 2014, it was Dustin Pedroia that I missed seeing the most out on the field with the best in the game.

Does he belong?  Yes.

Are his numbers down a bit this year versus prior seasons?  Yes.

But, Dustin Pedroia is just as deserving as any back-up player on the All-Star roster and I wish that #15 had been out on the field.

Maybe the manager wanted to give him a little time to rest before the second half of the season kicks off…

Anyway, here is Pedroia’s card from the 2014 Bowman baseball card set:

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I like the great image – very clean, and brimming with nice colors.  The Navy jersey and Gray pants is a look that works!

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Chrome

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Chrome

How about a little baseball card shininess on this wonderful Wednesday afternoon?

It comes courtesy of Topps and reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen.

Have a look:

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This is Cutch’s card from the 2011 Topps Chrome set.  The card is just like his card from the base set, with the exception of the cardstock it is printed on and the super, high-gloss finish.

I like it.  And it certainly brings a little joy and shine to this ‘Hump Day’.

Enjoy.

Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Don Drysdale had a very stellar 14-year baseball career that ultimately landed him among the greatest pitchers from his era.

Starting 465 games during that span, Drysdale earned a record of 209-166, while throwing 167 complete games including 49 shutouts.

His dominance continued into the post-season as he helped lead the Dodgers into 5 World Series championship match-ups, and 3 titles.

Drysdale was a 8-time All-Star and winner of the 1962 National League Cy Young Award. He is a member of the 1984 Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday Mr. Drysdale, they don’t make them like you anymore!!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – Cubby Blue!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – Cubby Blue!!

Last week I showed you the first card I bought of Andre Dawson from the 2014 Topps Tier 1 set.

That card featured a White piece of jersey material with a sweet Royal Blue pinstripe accent running vertically through it.

Tonight, I take it a step further as I have another one to show off.

This time around, there is no pinstripe.  Sorry.

But, there is this…

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That’s right – an All-Blue jersey swatch.  And it’s not just any shade of Blue, it is ‘Cubby Blue’.  And it looks fantastic.

The card is serial numbered as 133/399 and it is a great complementary piece to the card I featured last week.

It’s been a while since I picked up two relic cards from the same release of Andre.  It’s nice to have been able to affordably grab these for my collection as I have seen Tier 1 relics sell for quite a bit more in the past…

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.

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars

Joe Morgan 2000 Topps Stars

I did a thorough shopping trip on Sportlots.com and found one seller that had a handful of Joe Morgan baseball cards that I ‘did not’ have in my collection.

You see that I said, ‘did not’.  That is because I scooped them up.  All of them!

The majority of the cards are from the very early 2000′s – and each of them was purchased ‘blind’.

I’ll unveil the cards over the next few weeks.  This is card #1:

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This card comes from the 2000 Topps ‘Topps Stars’ set.  It is done primarily in Sepia tones and has a double-image look.

Certainly not the best looking card of Joe Morgan that I have scored as of late, but another card for the collection none-the-less.

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

Progress: 199/660

Player Name:  Dave Kingman

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1971-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Dave Kingman’s first with the New York Mets.  He played in 134 games for the club, hitting .231 with 116 hits in 502 at-bats.  Of his 116, Kingman connected for doubles, 1 triple, and 36 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 88 runs for the team while also scoring 65 times.

Notes From Career:  Dave Kingman played for 6 different teams during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a career .236 hitter with 1,575 hits, which includes 240 doubles and 442 home runs.  Dave Kingman was selected as an All-Star three times during his career.  He led the league in home runs hit twice and RBI three times.  Kingman received votes for MVP in five different seasons.

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Did You Know…

During their first season in the major leagues in 1998, Jay Bell played in the most games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He appeared in 155 games.

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198 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 30% Complete!!!

198 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 30% Complete!!!

Yeah buddy, another collecting milestone has been achieved.  With the 198th card obtained for my 1975 Topps set build, I have reached the 30% milestone.

It has been a lot of fun, and I have a very nicely sized stack in my possession that ensures that the build will continue.  And I have also been watching a few of the high-end cards from the set too – maybe I will be able to bring one of two of them home soon as well.

Three cheers for Card #198.  Three cheers for hitting 30%!!!

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