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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!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Last week I showed you the base card of Fergie Jenkins that I picked up from the new 2014 Allen & Ginter release.

And today, I have the mini version of that same card.

Have a look:



The minis are neat, but I am still not that happy with the card as a whole.  The image is tired and has been used in way too many recent issues to get me going.

Still, as a Fergie Jenkins collector, I will try to grab a few more A&G singles as I can.  If the feature image was different, and unique, I would certainly be more excited about the hunt ahead of me, but I have to be thankful that Mr. Jenkins’ name was included in the checklist to begin with…

On to the next!

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps ‘Diamond Duos’ With Pedro Alvarez

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps ‘Diamond Duos’ With Pedro Alvarez

You cannot have just one cog in the wheel – baseball is a true team sport.

And when your team is led by someone with the skill level and talent of Andrew McCutchen, you are on your way to good things.

And if your second-best player has the ability to drive in runs and deliver power like Pedro Alvarez, you are in really good shape.

I like how the Pittsburgh Pirates team is built, and with some of the very young players on their roster getting so much playing time now, I think that they are built for a nice run of competing for the NL Central crown for years to come.

This card from the 2011 Topps ‘Diamond Duos’ subset features the future MVP in McCutchen and future All-Star in Alvarez.



And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, My Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives Rainbow…

And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, My Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives Rainbow…

While certainly not the biggest ‘Baseball Card Rainbow’ I have ever put together, I prefer to celebrate all of the ‘little’ ones I complete as I keep my eyes glued on taking the player collection to the next level.

Ferguson Jenkins was featured on four different cards in this year’s Topps Archives product, and it was not terribly hard or expensive to grab each one with the goal of nabbing all four.

So, I did just that.  And now, the rainbow is complete.

Here is a peek.  From left to right, and top to bottom – Base, Gold Foil Parallel, Silver Foil Parallel, 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star.




Nice.  And now I am already on to the next!!

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

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


It’s another colored-border parallel from this years Series 2 Topps issue.

I’m starting to rack these cards of Jose Fernandez up but I still have a way to go to get to where I want to be with this part of my collection.

Have a look:




Just keeping track of them as I find them, but the ‘X’s on my list are starting to fill the open spots so that is very encouraging.

I’ve got to keep Truckin’ on if I want to get these done before the end of the season…

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

On this day in 2011, Jim Thome became just the eighth player in major league history to hit 600 or more home runs in his big league career.

The shot came against the Detroit Tigers in a game in which Thome also connected for #599.

In the seventh inning, and with two men on base, Thome launched a pitch from Daniel Schlereth over the outfield wall and made baseball history.  Three runs scored, and the Twins won the game.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Thome!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Ok, just one more Ginter card for the night, I promise!

This one has a nice twist though…  It is a relic card that features the reigning NL ROY, Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins.

Have a look:




Pretty neat, if I do say so.  I have not really invested too much time or money into buying Allen & Ginter relic cards, but I found this one for a great price, and with nobody competing to out-bid me, I won it for very little.

While the relic is nice, I think that one with color would work so much better with this card’s design – it would certainly add some much needed punch to the card!

Still, I am very happy to have been able to grab for this card for as little as I did.  It’s a great addition to my collection of Jose Fernandez baseball cards.

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base – Too Much Of The Same Old, Same Old…

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Well, just like the Reggie Jackson card that I just posted earlier this afternoon, this card of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set is far from exciting.

And to be honest, this one is actually quite boring.



It’s boring because I feel like I have seen this EXACT card before – just with a different border style from another brand that Topps issues annually.

Fergie pitched in the major leagues for 19 seasons – but you would never know if by looking at his most recent cards issued by Topps.

Here is his card from another 2014 release, Archives:

Jenkins 2014 archives

And here is the same image used in the 2012 Topps Five Star brand:

Jenkins 2012 five star

And I am fairly certain that I can find more if I really wanted to…

But, I don’t.  So, I may just buy a few of the ‘easy’ ones from the A&G release, but I just don’t feel like hunting what feels like has already been caught numerous times…

Sorry, Fergie.  It is not your fault.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Red Foil Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Series 2 – All-Star Rookie Card – Red Foil Parallel

I nailed another!  This time it is the ‘Red Foil’ version of Jose Fernandez’s All-Star Rookie card from the Topps 2014 Series 2 release.

Have a look:



This has been a tough going as I have not really found too many bargains out there for either this card above or the one that celebrates his winning of the 2013 NL ROY.

Still, I will fight on.  And I will bring more cards home.  I promise.

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

Here’s a shot of ‘Cutch’ during his pre-dread days with the Pirates in 2010.




He may actually have the hair, just not at the length that we are seeing today.

And check out those old, vintage no-sleeve jerseys – takes me right back to the days of Dave Parker, Willie Stargell, and Johnny Ray.