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Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Green Border

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Green Border

With today being Jose Fernandez’s birthday, I had to find another card of the reigning NL ROY to show off on the blog.

And I have found a pretty nice one.

The card comes from the 2014 Bowman baseball card set, and it is the Green colored parallel to the base card.  Each Green parallel is serial numbered to just 150 copies.  My card of Fernandez is stamped as 128/150.

Have a look:



Simply awesome!

Happy Birthday Jose!

Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!

Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!

The Miami Marlins phenom turns 22-years old today.

He stormed into the league early in the 2013 baseball season and he quickly became a name getting national attention.  Jose Fernandez has the ‘IT’ factor.

During his rookie campaign, Fernandez made 28 starts, going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA.  In 172 innings of work, Jose stuck out 187 batters while walking just 58.  He averaged 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched and also had a WHIP of .979.

Best of all, the city of Miami embraced him.  Surely part was due to his Cuban heritage.  But, he also displays an obvious love for the game as the smile he sports both on the mound and in the dugout were captured quite often on television.  Often the first player out of the dugout to celebrate wins and start walk-off celebrations, Fernandez’s joy of the sport spread through the team’s clubhouse as the Marlins had some of the most exciting end-of-game celebrations led by #16.

As he prepares to battle back from Tommy John surgery so he can reclaim his spot as the team’s ‘Ace’ during the 2015 baseball season, ’30-YOC’ wants to wish Jose Fernandez a speedy recovery and of course, a Happy Birthday!

Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

The Fergie Jenkins ‘Archives Train’ keeps rolling here at ’30-YOC’ as I have now grabbed three of the four cards of Fergie from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

This is my first ‘Silver Foil’ card from the Archives set that I have picked up, and it is pretty shiny – reminding my of the platinum cards from the 2011 Topps Lineage release.

Each ‘Silver Foil’ card is serial numbered to 99 copies.  Mine is numbered as 54/99.

Have a look:



Of the three cards, I would say that this one is my favorite so far.

And now, I just need one more card of Fergie from the set and my ‘Jenkins Archives Rainbow’ is complete!


1975 Topps Set Card 207/660 – #377 – Tom Hilgendorf, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 207/660 – #377 – Tom Hilgendorf, Indians

Progress: 207/660

Player Name:  Tom Hilgendorf

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1969-70, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tom Hilgendorf appeared in 53 games for the Phillies in 1975.  He compiled a record of 7-3 during the season with an ERA of 2.14.  In 96 innings of work, Hilgendorf allowed 81 hits and 32 runs.

Notes From Career:  In six seasons, Tom Hilgendorf played for three different baseball teams.  He appeared in 184 games during his 6-year career, finishing with a record of 19-14 with 14 saves.  In 313 innings of work, Hilgendorf compiled an ERA of 3.04 with 173 strikeouts and 127 walks allowed.


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:



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.


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!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 204/660 – #94 – Jim Lonborg, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 204/660 – #94 – Jim Lonborg, Phillies

Progress: 204/660

Player Name:  Jim Lonborg

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1965-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Lonborg started 26 games for the Phillies during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 8-6 with 6 complete games and 2 shutouts over that time.  In 159 innings of work, Lonborg allowed 161 hits and 84 runs en route to an ERA of 4.12 ERA.  Lonborg averaged 4.1 strikeouts per nine innings while also striking out 1.75 batters per one walk given up.

Notes From Career:  Jim Lonborg pitched for the Red Sox and Phillies during his 15-season career.  He has a career record of 157-137, which includes a personal best 22 wins during the ’67 season.  Lonborg’s career ERA is 3.86.  In 2,464 innings of work, Lonborg struck out 1,475 batters while allowing 2,400 hits and 1,170 runs.  He was named as an All-Star in 1967, while also winning the AL Cy Young Award.


1975 Topps Set Card 203/660 – #453 – Claude Osteen, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 203/660 – #453 – Claude Osteen, Cardinals

Progress: 203/660

Player Name:  Claude Osteen

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1957, 1959-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Claude Osteen’s final one in the major leagues.  He started 37 games for the Chicago White Sox in ’75, finishing the campaign with a 7-16 record.  Osteen worked 204 innings during the season, allowing 237 hits and 110 runs en route to an ERA of 4.36 and a WHIP of 1.61.

Notes From Career:  Claude Osteen pitched for six different teams during his 18-year career.  He had a lifetime record of 196-195 with 140 complete games and 40 shutouts to his credit.  Osteen pitched a total of 3,460 innings; in  that time he struck out 1,612 batters while walking 940.  Osteen was selected as an All-Star three times.  He was a member of the 1965 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.


Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Base

Last week I showed off the ‘other’ card of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Topps Series 2 release.  That first card was the one that celebrates his winning of the NL ROY Award in 2013.

This one is his true base card, accented brilliantly by his Topps All-Rookie Team trophy.

Check it out:



We’ve seen the card before, from Topps’ Opening Day set that was issued a few months back.  But, this is his first card in the 2014 Flagship set.

And now, with both base cards out of the way, it is time for me to chase down some, if not many, of the colored parallels.

Wish me luck!