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1975 Topps Set Card 303/660 – #130 – Phil Niekro, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 303/660 – #130 – Phil Niekro, Braves

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Card Number:  130

Player Name:  Phil Niekro

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 24 seasons, 1964-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Phil Niekro appeared in 39 games for the Atlanta Braves in 1975.  He went 15-15 on the year with 13 complete games and 1 shutout.  Niekro worked 275 innings in 1975, allowing 285 hits and 115 runs en route to a 3.20 ERA.  He was chosen as a National League All-Star during the season.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Phil Niekro has 318 career wins as a major league pitcher, including two 20-win seasons.  Niekro is a 5-time All-Star and 5-time Gold Glove Award winner with a career ERA of 3.35.  He threw 5,404 innings during his career, striking out 3,342 batters during that time.

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Did You Know…

Harmon Killebrew is the first player in Minnesota Twins history to have his jersey retired.  His #3 was retired on May 4, 1975.

Harmon Killebrew jersey

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border

While feverishly seeking the Blue-bordered card of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2014 Topps Heritage baseball card set, I absent-mindedly forgot that he also has a Black-bordered card in the set too.

Well, thankfully my Ebay search is broad enough to cover up my ‘brain farts’ as I was able to easily snag this card of Giancarlo with no bidding competition.

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And yes, I am still actively seeking the Blue version…

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Elite – Series 2

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Elite – Series 2

I love action cards that feature Dustin Pedroia making plays at second base.

For me, he is one of the most exciting infielders in the game simply due to the way he treats each and every at-bat against his club.  He is truly invested in the game and helping his team win.

This card of Pedroia comes from the 2004 Panini Donruss Elite Series 2 release.  And as you can see below, the card features a nice shot of #15 as he appears to be heading towards a grounder that was hit to his right.

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I do wish that we got to see more of the action though..  It’s nice to get what we got, but I would love to see the ballpark behind him as well as how close to the ball he is..

Still, as I mentioned with the Bryce Harper card from this set that I featured last week, I do like the oversized ‘E’ in the background.

1975 Topps Set Card 302/660 – #579 – Skip Pitlock, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 302/660 – #579 – Skip Pitlock, White Sox

Progress: 302/660

Card Number:  579

Player Name:  Skip Pitloc

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 3 seasons, 1970, 1974-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Skip Pitlock faced one batter in 1975.  He gave up a hit during that at-bat.

Notes From Career:  Skip Pitlock appeared in 59 games during his three-year career.  He had a record of 8-8 with 1 complete game and 1 save.  Pitlock threw in 192 innings during his career, allowing 196 hits and 106 runs en route to a 4.53 ERA.  He struck out 124 and walked 103 in that time.

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Andre Dawson 2014 Topps ‘Rookie Class Of 1976′ Commemorative Class Ring Card

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps ‘Rookie Class Of 1976′ Commemorative Class Ring Card

When it comes down to it, I guess that I really don’t mind the manufactured relic cards that puzzle so many other collectors.

I find them to be kind of neat, and a nice way to commemorate a player or event.

What does puzzle me about these kinds of cards is how some of them continue to demand top-dollar while others can be had pretty inexpensively.

I have been able to snag a handful of manufactured relic cards over the last few years.  And while I know that the player being featured on the card is what ultimately drives the price and interest level of the public, I have been able to grab some great ones very affordably.

Like this one here of Andre Dawson from the 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Rookie Class’ set.

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I love it!  The card features a sweet, vintage photo of ‘Hawk’ from his early days in Montreal.  And the ring-looking metal insert is a nice touch for the ‘Class Of’ theme.

It took me a while to grab one of these for my collection, but my patience paid off and I was able to land one for my collection in my price range.

A great addition to my Andre Dawson PC.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

I’m not going to spend too much time on this one…

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This is the Base mini card of Jose Fernandez from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I have not picked up too many parallels of my PC guys from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set as of yet as most of what I am seeking is too costly for my liking.

Maybe in time I will add a few more cards to my collection of Jose Fernandez from this 2014 A&G set, but if not I am OK where I have left off…