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2012 Bowman Top Picks With Andrew McCutchen & George Springer

2012 Bowman Top Picks With Andrew McCutchen & George Springer

These side-by-side Bowman ‘Top Picks’ cards are pretty neat.

Have a look:



The cards offer a fun way to compare recent draft picks, and ultimately see which teams have solid foundations for the future due to good drafting and which teams do not.

Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros seem to be getting it more right than wrong as both teams have shown signs of promise with their young talent taking center stage.

I’ll be interested to see how Springer rebounds next season.  Count him as one of the many young guys that I will be tuned into…

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

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

Would you believe that I am still actively seeking cards from this year’s Series 2 release by Topps?

Well, I am.  And there is no shame in my game.  I’m taking this one nice and slow as the journey is going to be a long one, and one that requires patience and planning.

The below card is the Gold border parallel of Jose’s All-Star Rookie card.  It is my fifth version of this card of Jose from the set, and it is limited to just 2014 copies.  Mine is stamped as 928/2014.

Wish me luck as I push forward with the hope of landing a few more from this release.



Tony Gwynn 1996 Topps ‘Star Power’

Tony Gwynn 1996 Topps ‘Star Power’

Without a doubt, Tony Gwynn brought the ‘Star Power’ to the sport of baseball during his playing days.

Gwynn was a low-key superstar, playing for a team in a small market.  He did not get a lot of national coverage, sponsors, or commercial endorsements.

What he did get was respect from each and every player he played with and against.  Gwynn was a consummate professional and he would not be out-worked.  His ability to focus on the situation and study the scenario put him in place for the discussion of ‘Best Hitter Of All-Time’.

This is a card from the 1996 Topps baseball card set.  The card is from a subset tagged as ‘Star Power’.



I’m going to have to seek out the full checklist for this set.  For me, it could have been a 1-card set that solely featured #19, but I am certain that is not the case.

Still, could be a fun one to review and check out as the graphics are pretty neat.

1975 Topps Set Card 267/660 – #615 – Rookie Pitchers With Darcy, Leonard, Underwood, Webb

1975 Topps Set Card 267/660 – #615 – Rookie Pitchers With Darcy, Leonard, Underwood, Webb

Progress: 267/660

Player Name:  Pat Darcy, Dennis Leonard, Tom Underwood, Hank Webb

Card Number:  615

Team:  Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets

Position:  Pitchers

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Pat Darcy – Darcy went 11-5 in 22 starts for the Reds in 1975.  He had a 3.58 ERA in 130 innings of work.  Darcy struck out 46 batters in 1975 while walking 59.  He won a World Series ring with the Reds at the conclusion of the season.

Dennis Leonard – Leonard went 15-7 with the Royals in 30 starts.  He worked 212 innings allowing 212 hits and 98 runs.  Leonard struck out 146 batters in ’75 and finished the season with a 3.77 ERA.

Tom Underwood – Underwood went 14-13 for the Phillies in 1975.  He had an ERA of 4.14 over 35 starts with the club.  In 219 innings of work, Underwood allowed 221 hits and 110 runs while striking out 123 batters while walking 84.

Hank Webb – Webb appeared in 29 games for the Mets in 1975, 15 of which were starts.  He went 7-6 on the year, compiling an ERA of 4.07.  In 115 innings, Webb gave up 58 runs and 102 hits.  He struck out just 38 batters.



Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Vince Coleman turns 53 years old today.

Vince Coleman had one of the most impressive rookie seasons I witnessed during my youth.

In 1985, as a rookie of the St. Louis Cardinals, Coleman debuted with a bang and the entire sport took notice.  Notching 170 hits, while scoring 107 runs, Coleman was the ideal lead-off hitter for the Cards’ star-studded line-up.  Oh yeah, he also stole 110 bases in his rookie year too – simply amazing.  Coleman’s season was impressive enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!!!

While Coleman continued to have amazing success during his days with the Cardinals, he was never able to replicate that excitement he brought to the base paths once he moved on to other teams.  Still a threat, he still collected between 20-50 swipes per season after he left ‘The Arch’.

Happy Birthday to Vince Coleman!!!


1983 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Captures Final Win Of His Career, #284

1983 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Captures Final Win Of His Career, #284

On this day in 1983, Fergie Jenkins recorded the final win of his 19-year major league career.

The win, #284 of his career and #6 of the 1983 baseball season, came in a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Jenkins entered the game in a relief role and blew the save allowing two runs to the Pirates in the top of the seventh inning giving the Bucs the lead.  But, the Cubs scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning giving the Cubs the lead and putting Jenkins on track for the win.

On the night, Jenkins threw 1.2 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 runs while walking 2 batters and striking out 2 others.  He lasted long enough to secure the victory, with Lee Smith picking up the save.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!

Jenkins 1983

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

1970 HEADLINE: Vida Blue Hurls No-Hitter In Just 8th Big League Start!!!

On this day in 1970, Vida Blue threw a no-hitter for the Oakland A’s.  Amazingly, it was just the eight start of his major league career.

At home and in front of a crowd that just eclipsed 4,000 fans, the 20-year old Blue put on quite a performance.

The numbers – 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and most importantly an Oakland Athletics victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Blue!!!