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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:



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’.


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.



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


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.



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

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1986 Topps Design

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1986 Topps Design

I was so excited when my shipment of loose singles arrived the other day because my ‘pool’ of Jose Fernandez cards had dried up.

But, I now have a decent little stack of new additions to my collection – and stuff to show off on the blog.

This is the base card of Jose from the 2014 Topps Archives set:



Obviously, this card features the 1986 Topps baseball card design.  And the use of Orange with an image that features the reigning NL ROY in his Orange jersey works perfectly.

I’ve always liked the ’86 Topps card design – I have affectionately tagged it as the ‘stencil set’.

Hopefully I can haul in both the Silver & Gold versions of this card soon too.

As an aside, Jose was born six years after this set was released – WHOA!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Base – BORING, BORING, BORING

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yessir, I have finally landed my first card of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

Here it is:



While I was thrilled to see that Mr. Jenkins’ name was on the set’s checklist, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed by the actual card itself.  Not only would I have liked to have seen Fergie featured in a card design that he has yet to be shown with (like the ’86 Topps design), but we have also seen this specific image WAY TOO MANY TIMES ALREADY!!!

Come on Topps, enough is enough – give us something new.  Fergie has been featured with the 1989 Topps design before.  And this image has been used many times before.

Give us unique and special and we will keep ripping.  Until then, I will spend my money with Sportlots.com where I can snag singles, like the one above, for just $0.18 per card.



Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 49 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases. During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases. In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games. Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89. The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate. In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension. Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time. He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job. Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

What an image!!



I love the image used of Andrew McCutchen on this baseball card.

And while the design of the 2011 Topps ‘ToppsTown’ set is far from horrible, I do find it to be a bit of a crime to edit out the original background of such a beautiful image so a different one can simply be added to it through a computer program.

So, I like the thought.  I love the image.  But, I am a little saddened by the fact that this shot was ‘robbed’.

Still, a great addition to my Andrew McCutchen collection.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Alternate Image

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Alternate Image

Here is another sweet addition to my Jose Fernandez player collection.

The card comes from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen set, and it features an ‘Alternate’ image.  Rather than using the same image of #16 that the Gypsy Queen set features on his base card, we have a new image to enjoy.

Here it is:



And for comparison, here is the image that is on the base card:

jose fernandez 2014 gypsy queen

I like how Topps does this, but I hope that they do not get too carried away with how many of their sets offer these kind of option.

If kept simple and basic, I am for it.  If it begins to cloud sets and get used to much, I will have to pass on them in the future.

Nonetheless, a great addition to my growing collection of the reigning NL ROY!

1976 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Win #200

1976 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Win #200

On this day in 1976, Ferguson Jenkins picked up career win number 200 of his amazing career.

Playing for the Boston Red Sox, and facing the Chicago White Sox, the ‘Fenway Faithful’ were in for a treat.

Jenkins hurled a 4-hit, complete game shutout of the White Sox.  He struck out just two batters during the game and walked none.

All of the offense that Jenkins needed for this win was supplied by Rick Burlseon, Bobby Darwin, and Doug Griffin as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 4-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Mr. Jenkins!!!

Fergie Jenkins #31