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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Last week I showed you the base card of Fergie Jenkins that I picked up from the new 2014 Allen & Ginter release.

And today, I have the mini version of that same card.

Have a look:



The minis are neat, but I am still not that happy with the card as a whole.  The image is tired and has been used in way too many recent issues to get me going.

Still, as a Fergie Jenkins collector, I will try to grab a few more A&G singles as I can.  If the feature image was different, and unique, I would certainly be more excited about the hunt ahead of me, but I have to be thankful that Mr. Jenkins’ name was included in the checklist to begin with…

On to the next!

1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects Hit #2,000 Of MLB Career

1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects Hit #2,000 Of MLB Career

On this day in 1989, Chicago Cubs All-Star outfielder Andre Dawson collected the 2,000th hit of his major league career.

On the road in Houston to face the Astros, Dawson entered the game needing just 1 hit to reach the milestone.

And that hit came pretty quickly.  In the second inning, Dawson connected for a line-drive single to the outfield off of Astros pitcher Jim Clancy.

On the day, Dawson was 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a double, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Sadly, the Cubs lost the game 6-5.

Happy Anniversary, Andre!!!

Dawson 2000

And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, My Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives Rainbow…

And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, My Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives Rainbow…

While certainly not the biggest ‘Baseball Card Rainbow’ I have ever put together, I prefer to celebrate all of the ‘little’ ones I complete as I keep my eyes glued on taking the player collection to the next level.

Ferguson Jenkins was featured on four different cards in this year’s Topps Archives product, and it was not terribly hard or expensive to grab each one with the goal of nabbing all four.

So, I did just that.  And now, the rainbow is complete.

Here is a peek.  From left to right, and top to bottom – Base, Gold Foil Parallel, Silver Foil Parallel, 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star.




Nice.  And now I am already on to the next!!

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

This card of Ernie Banks was one of many modern cards featuring legends of the game that came to me through a huge donation from a ’30-YOC’ loyal reader, Jared.

The card, from the 2013 Topps Triple Threads baseball card set, features Mr. Cub in his sweet White, wool Cubs uniform that boasts one of my favorite Cubs patches!

Have a look:




I love the patch that adorns Banks’ left shoulder.  And while Topps may not have purposely used this image to show-off that sweet Cubby Bear, they certainly got my attention.


1975 Topps Set Card 230/660 – #233 – Billy Grabarkewitz, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 230/660 – #233 – Billy Grabarkewitz, Cubs

Progress: 230/660

Player Name:  Billy Grabarkewitz

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:   2nd Base, Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1969-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Billy Grabarkewitz played in just six games during the 1975 baseball season.  Used as a substitute player, he earned 2 at-bats in those six games and went 0-for-2.  One of his at-bats ended in s strikeout.

Notes From Career:  Grabarkewitz played for five different teams during his 7-season career.  A utility infielder, he played in 466 games during those seven campaigns.  Grabarkewitz is a career .236 hitter with 274 hits which includes 41 doubles, 12 triples, and 28 home runs.  In the one campaign in which he played in more than 100 games (156 in 1970) Grabarkewitz was selected as a National League All-Star with the Dodgers.


Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base – Too Much Of The Same Old, Same Old…

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Well, just like the Reggie Jackson card that I just posted earlier this afternoon, this card of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set is far from exciting.

And to be honest, this one is actually quite boring.



It’s boring because I feel like I have seen this EXACT card before – just with a different border style from another brand that Topps issues annually.

Fergie pitched in the major leagues for 19 seasons – but you would never know if by looking at his most recent cards issued by Topps.

Here is his card from another 2014 release, Archives:

Jenkins 2014 archives

And here is the same image used in the 2012 Topps Five Star brand:

Jenkins 2012 five star

And I am fairly certain that I can find more if I really wanted to…

But, I don’t.  So, I may just buy a few of the ‘easy’ ones from the A&G release, but I just don’t feel like hunting what feels like has already been caught numerous times…

Sorry, Fergie.  It is not your fault.

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

The 1971 baseball season was the last one in Ernie Banks’ major league career.  He was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card set, but he did not appear in the 1972 issue.

So, maybe this is what his card would have looked like if he did have a card in that set:



Topps oftentimes will retired players in sets the year after they retire, and I am not sure of the reason.  Maybe the cards are already designed? Maybe the checklists are already complete?  Maybe they do it as a tribute to the player?

Either way, we can ‘Thank’ Topps for giving us a card of Mr. Banks using their 1972 baseball card design.  The card pictured above comes from the 2013 Flagship set, it is a mini and obviously it employs the sweet, and legendary 1972 design.

Thank you, Topps!

1979 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

1979 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

On this day in 1979 Lou Brock connected for the 3,000th hit of his career.

In front of his home crowd of almost 45,000 fans at Busch Stadium, Brock went 2-for-2 on the day and made baseball history in front of the most loyal fans in the game.

The victim that day was Dennis Lamp of the Chicago Cubs who gave up singles to Brock in both the second and fourth innings.  It’s kind of ironic that Brock’s historic achievement came against his former team huh??

Congratulations Mr. Brock!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 223/660 – #289 – Ken Rudolph, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 223/660 – #289 – Ken Rudolph, Cardinals

Progress: 223/660

Player Name:  Ken Rudolph

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1969-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Rudolph played in 44 games for the Cardinals in 1975.  He was used primarily as a back-up catcher and pinch-hitter.  Rudolph hit .200 in those 44 games as he collected just 16 hits in 80 at-bats.  Of his 16 hits, Rudolph connected for 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 13 singles.

Notes From Career:  Ken Rudolph played for four different teams during his 9-year MLB career.  He is a lifetime .213 hitter with 158 hits in 328 career games.  Rudolph scored just 55 runs in the 328 games in which he played while also driving in 64 runs.


1981 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #100

1981 HEADLINE:  Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #100

On this day in 1981, Andre Dawson and the Montreal Expos played host to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dawson entered the game with 99 career home runs and did not need long to make an impact and make history in the same swing.  In the bottom of the first inning, and with Jim Bibby on the mound, Dawson connected for a home run to give the Expos a 1-0 lead.

On the day, Dawson went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He had 1 RBI in the game and scored 2 times.  His 2 hits helped raise his batting average to .328.

Congratulations on #100 Andre.  Happy Anniversary!!