Tag Archives: rookie

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206′

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206′

I picked up this card ‘On The Blind’ during a recent shopping trip on sportlots.com.  The seller I was working with had just one card of McCutchen available, so I grabbed it.

When I saw that the card was from 2010, I was excited to bring an ‘early’ card of #22 into my collection since so many of my recent purchases have focused on his 2013 & 2014 releases.

Here is the card.  It is from the Topps T-206 set:

img386

 

Overall, the card is fair at best.  No fault of McCutchen’s, but it just does not bring much to the collector by the way of creativity or action.  And while this may be the theme of the T-206 design since it is a throwback set, I cannot help but want to have action-packed images filling my McCutchen cards.

Still, a nice, older card of the reigning MVP for my collection.  I’m pleased with the purchase, but I will make sure that the next few that I show off on the blog offer a lot more color and excitement.

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

Progress: 206/660

Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

531

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!!!

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL MVP

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL MVP

Of all of the young, talented guys in the big leagues, it is Andrew McCutchen that sits near the top of the list for me as far as pure entertainment is concerned.

There is nothing that this guy cannot do – and he is doing it all better in 2014 than he was in his MVP season of 2013.

My youngest son’s t-ball team this year was the Pirates.  Naturally, he drifted towards them as being ‘his team’.  When watching baseball games and especially morning highlight shows, he is always seeking out the Pirates.

This has caused me to watch #22 a bit more this year than in season’s past.  And it is also a big reason as to why I have started collecting cards of ‘Cutch’.

My latest pick-up is a sweet one – his card from the 2014 Topps Series 2 release.

The card honors his selection as the NL MVP in 2013 – and it is superb!!

img423

 

Something tells me that another card of his magnitude may be in the 2015 Series 2 release.  Crystal ball???

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:

img446

 

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!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Gold Foil Version

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Gold Foil Version

With this card, I am exactly half-way to where I want to be with my collection of Fergie Jenkins cards from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

Fergie has four cards in this release – and this Gold version of his base cards is the second one that I have now hauled in.

The Gold cards are serial numbered to 199 copies.  Mine is #95/199.

Have a look:

img457

 

When I posted the base card a week or so ago, I blasted Topps for giving us another card with the same image of Fergie that we have seen on other recently released products.  So, I am not going to do that again.

But, I will say that even with the Gold border color added to the cards as an extra piece to the puzzle, I am not overly thrilled…

I want truly unique images.  Or at least ones we have not seen in recent years.

Pretty Please?!?!

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Chrome

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Chrome

How about a little baseball card shininess on this wonderful Wednesday afternoon?

It comes courtesy of Topps and reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen.

Have a look:

img379

 

This is Cutch’s card from the 2011 Topps Chrome set.  The card is just like his card from the base set, with the exception of the cardstock it is printed on and the super, high-gloss finish.

I like it.  And it certainly brings a little joy and shine to this ‘Hump Day’.

Enjoy.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Base

I am just now digging into the Topps Series 2 release.

And my boy, Mr. NL ROY, has two cards in the base set.  That translates to a lot of singles for this collector to chase down.  I MEAN A LOT!!!

So, I started with the easiest – the base card.

As I mentioned, Jose has two in the set.  This is the one that celebrates his winning of the 2013 NL Rookie Of the Year Award.

img445

 

I’ll show off the ‘other’ base card next time around.

Enjoy.

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.

img385

 

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…

Did You Know..

George Foster is the single season home runs leader for the Cincinnati Reds franchise.  In 1977, Foster connected for 52 round-trippers.

George Foster 1977 topps