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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:

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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.

Mariano Rivera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Mariano Rivera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Mariano Rivera:

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Mariano Rivera closed his grand 19-season big league career at the end of the 2013 baseball season.

He retired as career leader in saves with 652.  He has a record of 82-60 with an ERA of 2.21.

Rivera is a 13-time All-Star.  In 1283+ innings of work, he struck out 1,173 batters.  He has an all-time K:Walk ratio of 4.1:10.  And he has a K per 9 innings average of 8.2.

Mariano Rivera has been to the postseason in 16 of his 19 major league seasons.  He has pitched in 7 World Series match-ups and has won five titles.  He has a record of 8-1 in the postseason along with 42 additional saves.

Happy Birthday John Smoltz!!!

Happy Birthday John Smoltz!!!

John Smoltz turns 47 years old today!!!

One of the most versatile and team-oriented players to play the game in the last 20 years, John Smoltz is a rare breed. A player that is willing to accept any role that the team wants him to perform in, Smoltz personified what the ‘Team-First’ mentality is all about.

Smoltz has 213 career wins alongside 154 saves. Had he not spent 4 seasons in the bullpen during his days with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz could have been in line to win 300 career games. Instead, he did what was asked of him and saved an incredible 154 games in 4 years for the ‘Bravos’.

Happy Birthday Smoltzy!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 100/660 – #21 – Rollie Fingers, A’s

Progress: 100/660

Player Name:  Rollie Fingers

Card Number:  21

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1973-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rollie Fingers appeared in a league-leading 75 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 10-6 with 24 saves alongside his 2.98 ERA.  In 126 innings pitched, Fingers struck out 115 batters while walking just 33.  He had a strikeout per 9 innings of work ratio of 8.2 per 9 innings pitched.

Notes From Career: Fingers’ Hall of Fame career was punctuated by seven All-Star selections, an MVP Award and a Cy Young Award.  He has a career record of 114-188 with a 1.96 ERA and 341 saves.  Fingers struck out 1,299 batters during his playing days and has a strikeouts:walk ratio of 2.64:1.  He won three World Series titles with the A’s from 1972-74.

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1987 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Traded To Oakland A’s

1987 HEADLINE: Dennis Eckersley Traded To Oakland A’s

On this day in 1987, the Chicago Cubs traded future Hall of Famer, Dennis Eckersley to the Oakland Athletics.

As part of a 5-player, 2-team trade, Eckersely and Dan Rohn were shipped to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Brian Guinn, Dave Wilder, and Mark Leonette.

Now I don’t know about you, but I would have to say that the A’s got the better end of that deal… You agree, right?? :)

Did You Know…

John Smoltz was the first pitcher in major league baseball history to record 200 wins and 100 saves.

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2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – John Smoltz

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – John Smoltz

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of John Smoltz from the set:

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In his 21 season major league career, John Smoltz made it to the postseason 14 times – 13 times with Atlanta and 1 time with St.Louis.

Smoltz has a career postseason record of 15-4 with 4 saves with 209 innings pitched.  He compiled an ERA of just 2.67 while striking out 199 batters while walking just 67.

In 1992, Smoltz won the 1992 NLCS due to his 2-win performance versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Mariano Rivera

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Mariano Rivera

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Mariano Rivera from the set:

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Mariano Rivera’s postseason resume is incredibly impressive.  In 19 big league seasons, he made it to the postseason 16 times.  He has played in 7 World Series match-ups, winning 5 titles.

Rivera has a postseason record of 8-1 with 42 saves.  He has a postseason career ERA of 0.70 and has allowed a total of 13 runs in 141 innings of work.  He has struck out 110 batters in those 141 innings while striking out 21.

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

While I have yet to see a final checklist for the 2014 Topps Series 1 release, I am eager to see if Topps will do anything to honor the recently retired Mariano Rivera.

I have yet to see anything that says that they will, but I would be shocked if they did not.  Rivera is the class of the sport, and he is wildly popular among collectors – well past Yankees fans and collectors.

Surely something to honor him is in the works for Series 1, right??

What do you think??

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1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1992 Headline: Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1992, both Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Both pitchers amassed amazing individual and team accolades during their brilliant careers – Seaver as a starting pitcher, and Fingers as a reliever.

Tom Seaver won 311 games during his major league career while amassing 3,640 strikeouts.  Being a member of both the ‘300 wins’ and ‘3000 strikeouts’ clubs, Seaver is in very rare and elite company.  Seaver is a former Rookie of the Year, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Stat, and World Series Champion.

Rollie Fingers set the standard for the ‘closer’ role in baseball.  His is a member of the ‘300 Saves Club’ with his 341 career saves.  Fingers has a career ERA of 2.90 and a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64.  His ability to seal wins during his tenure with the A’s, Padres, and Brewers set the bar for his competition and the future of the closer role.  Fingers was a 7-time All-Star as well as a Cy Young and MVP winner.  He was part of three World Series championship winning teams in the 1970’s with Oakland.

Tom Seaver collected 425 of 430 votes cast during his first year of eligibility in 1985.

Rollie Fingers hauled in 349 of 430 votes cast in his second year of eligibility to gain entry into Cooperstown.