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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…

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 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 198/660

Player Name:  Denny McLain, Bob Gibson

Card Number:  206

Team:  Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Denny McLain was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the American League in 1968.  McLain started 41 games, going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA.  He pitched 336 innings that season while allowing 241 hits and 86 runs.  McLain struck out 280 batters in ’68 while walking just 63.

Bob Gibson was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the National League in 1968.  He was also a Gold Glove winner.  Gibson started 34 games for the Cardinals in 1968, going 22-9 with 28 complete games and 13 shutouts.  He had an ERA of just 1.12 during the season while working in 304 innings.  Gibson struck out 268 batters while walking 62.

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Dustin Pedroia 2008 Bowman

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Bowman

Lately, I have been bringing home a lot of newly released cards of Dustin Pedroia.

So, I decided to mix things up a bit and show of the oldest card in my stack of cards that I have yet to feature.

And that card is from the 2008 Bowman baseball card set.  Yep, we’re going all of the way back to 2008!!

Have a look:

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Pedroia was the king of the American League in 2008 – an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a Silver Slugger winner, and the league MVP.  He did it all.

I’d love to see him return to this form again.  If he can, the Red Sox will only get better as he is the gasoline for that offense.

Gotta love ‘The Laser Show’.

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Yogi Berra 2014 Topps Archives

Gotta love seeing Yogi Berra included in modern baseball card sets – I know that I do.

And he made the checklist for the newly released 2014 Topps Archives set this year.

His card was in the ’1989 Topps’ portion of the set, and the card looks great.

Have a look:

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Of all of the players that Topps recycles that starred during the 1950′s, Berra could very well be my favorite.  The images used of him all look great, and I really enjoy checking out those old, wool Yankees uniforms.

Another great modern card of Yogi Berra for my collection – YES!

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Heritage

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Heritage

I like the Topps Heritage brand of baseball cards because of the homage it pays to the cards that paved the way for the hobby.

But, I don’t dig too deep into the set.  I grab my Marlins team set and cards for my modern player collections and then I am out.

I just grabbed this card from the 2012 Heritage set of Andrew McCutchen.

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I like the card.  The colors are nice.  And I really like the inset image in the bottom, right corner.  I just wish that ‘Cutch’ was giving us a little more personality in the main image.

For a guy whose smile lights up a ballpark, you would never know it when holding this piece of cardboard…

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ’3,000 Hits Club’

1970 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ’3,000 Hits Club’

On this day in 1970, Willie Mays collected the 3,000th hit of his baseball career.

At Candlestick Park battling against the Montreal Expos, Mays entered the game with 2,999 career hits and was looking to make history in front of his home crowd. In his first at-bat in the first inning Mays drew a walk. But then in the bottom of the second Mays connected for a single and made history as he joined the 3,000 hits club. The hit came off of Expos’ pitcher Mike Wegener, whose career lasted just 2 seasons. For the game, Mays went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

This is just one of the many milestones that Willie Mays conquered during the course of his amazing Hall of Fame career. One of the sport’s most decorated players, Mays’ all around skills led him into many elite groups in baseball history – and the 3,000 hits club is certainly near the top of that list!!!

Congratulations Willie Mays!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 51 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980′s and into the 90′s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity. Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm. In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits. In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases. And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!! ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 74 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Archives – Topps Got This One 100% Right!!!

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Archives

Now this is what I am talking about.

If you read my post the other night about the new Archives card of Frank Robinson, you recall that since the card design that was used for Robinson’s card was issued during his playing days, I thought that the image should be linked more closely to the time.  But, it was not.

So, I suggested that the card would either be better had it featured an era-appropriate image or shift Robinson to a design that was issued after his playing days were done so there were ‘No Rules’.

Well, when Topps designed the Roberto Clemente card for the set, they nailed it.

Have a look:

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The card design for the card is from the 1980 Topps set.  Obviously, this set was released well after Clemente’s playing days so using any image works.

I LOVE IT!!

And it is a ‘Batting Cage Card’ too!