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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Blue Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Blue Border Parallel

The Jose Fernandez hits keep coming from 2014 Topps, Series 2.

This time around, I was able to haul in the Blue-border parallel of Jose’s All-Star Rookie card.

Have a look:

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The card looks great, and the Blue border may be the best one used to match the Marlins color scheme.

I do kind of wish that the trophy Topps used for this series was a bit bigger…

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.

In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game.  It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.

The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.

His line from the game  Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.

One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Gold Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Gold Border Parallel

Yessir, I am still bringing cards of Jose Fernandez from Topps’ Series 2 release into my collection.

This time around I was able to grab the NL ROY card, and it is the Gold-border parallel.  As you know, the Gold cards are serial numbered to 2014 copies.

Mine is #613/2014.

Have a look:

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I have to say that patience is paying of when it comes to building this rainbow.  I have scooped up most of these cards very inexpensively.  It’s all about timing and being willing to wait.

If Fernandez had 16 wins at this point of the season, it would be another story entirely…

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Triple Play – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Triple Play – Base

I purposely have not gone after a lot of cards from the 2013 Panini Triple Play set because I find them to be heavy on the childish side.

But, during a recent shopping spree for cards of Andrew McCutchen on Sportlots.com, the seller I was buying from had two cards of ‘Cutch’ so I grabbed them.

Prior to this, I have only picked up cards of Giancarlo Stanton from the set.

So, the cards of McCutchen were bought ‘on the blind’.  And while still childish, I am happy with the purchase.

Here is the card:

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Kind of neat.

I’m going to show it to my boys and see what they think.  At 6 and 8, they may be better judges when it comes to the ‘Wow Factor’.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL ROY – Red Border Parallel

Sometimes at ’30-YOC’, it is ‘Another Day, Another Parallel’.

But, this is not a complaint, it is a celebration!

I am thrilled at how my Jose Fernandez player collection is growing, and lately a lot of that growth has come due to the number of cards I have secured of his from the 2014 Topps Series 2 issue.  With two cards in the base set, there is quite a bit to go after when yo consider the high number of parallels available, and I am intrigued by the possibility of getting a bunch of them.

My latest pick-up is the Red-border version of his NL ROY card.

Have a look:

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Andrew McCutchen 2011 Bowman Platinum

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Bowman Platinum

I tell you what, physically he may not look like he has a mighty swing, but when Andrew McCutchen rips a hard swing through the strike zone he connects with a ton of force.

I cannot recall if it was earlier in 2014 or late in 2013, but I saw a small feature about him and part of that feature showed him working in the cage off of a tee.  And let me tell you, between the hand speed, balance, and power that he generates – #22 can rip!

This card from the 2011 Bowman Platinum baseball card set showcases his swing very well.  I like how you can see that while his body is in perfect control, he has used it to generate a tremendous amount of torque and power.

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Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Paul Molitor turns 56 years old today.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, Paul Molitor had a brilliant 21-year career.  Never getting the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a consistently large crowd, Molitor spent most of his career as an unheralded superstar.

With 3,316 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .306 Paul Molitor is one of the greatest hitters of the last 40 years.  For a player that was not classified as a ‘power hitter’ Molitor quietly bashed 234 home runs.  And while also never being classified as a ‘speedster’, Paul also accumulated 504 stolen bases.  This multi-dimensional player was a 7-time All-star, and he won 4 Silver Slugger awards as well.  Molitor finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times over the course of his career where his highest finish was coming in at 2nd place in 1993.

Happy Birthday Mr. Molitor!!!