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1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 200/660 – #500 – Nolan Ryan, Angels

Progress: 200/660

Player Name:  Nolan Ryan

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  27 seasons, 1966, 1968-93

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nolan Ryan appeared in 28 games for the California Angels.  He started all of the games, and amassed a record of 14-12 with 10 complete games and 5 shutouts.  In 198 innings of work, Ryan compiled an ERA of 3.45 as he allowed 152 hits and 90 runs in that span.  Ryan struck out 186 batters in 1975, averaging 8.5 per 9 innings pitched.  Ryan was selected to the AL All-Star team in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is one of the most accomplished pitchers in major league history.  He has a career record of 324-292 with 222 complete games and 61 shutouts to his credit.  In 5,386 innings of work, Ryan struck out 5,714 batters (MLB high) while walking 2,795 (MLB high).  He has a career strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio of 9.5:9 and also a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.4:1.  Ryan was selected as an All-Star 8 times, and finished in the Top 10 for the Cy Young Award 8 times.  He became a World Series champion in 1969 while with the Mets and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 capturing 98.8% of the votes cast.

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1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 198/660

Player Name:  Denny McLain, Bob Gibson

Card Number:  206

Team:  Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Denny McLain was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the American League in 1968.  McLain started 41 games, going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA.  He pitched 336 innings that season while allowing 241 hits and 86 runs.  McLain struck out 280 batters in ’68 while walking just 63.

Bob Gibson was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the National League in 1968.  He was also a Gold Glove winner.  Gibson started 34 games for the Cardinals in 1968, going 22-9 with 28 complete games and 13 shutouts.  He had an ERA of just 1.12 during the season while working in 304 innings.  Gibson struck out 268 batters while walking 62.

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Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 34 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 14+ season career.

Winning games at a 64% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 14 seasons.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

It sounds like CC will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season.  Hopefully he can recover from his injuries and return to All-Star form in 2015.

Happy Birthday CC!!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 197/660 – #114 – Dick Lange, Angels

Progress: 197/660

Player Name:  Dick Lange

Team:  California Angels

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Lange made 30 appearances for the Angels during the 1975 baseball season, including 8 starts.  He compiled a record of 4-6 with 1 save.  In 102 innings of work, Lange surrendered 119 hits and 70 runs en route to an ERA of 5.21.  He also struck out 45 batters during that time while walking 53.

Notes From Career:  Dick Lange pitched in 70 games for the Angels between 1972 and 1975. He amassed a record of 9-15 in that time with 1 save to his credit.  Lange worked in a total of 276 innings.  In that span of work, Lange allowed 298 hits and 167 runs while striking out 137 batters and giving up 123 walks.

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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.

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

Enjoy.

1975 Topps Set Card 195/660 – #98 – Rich Folkers, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 195/660 – #98 – Rich Folkers, Cardinals

Progress: 195/660

Player Name:  Rich Folkers

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1970, 1972-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rich Folkers appeared in 45 games for the San Diego Padres during the 1975 baseball season.  15 of the 45 games were starts.  He compiled a record of 6-11 during the season while working in 142 innings.  He sported an ERA of 4.18 as he allowed 155 hits and 70 runs during his time on the mound.

Notes From Career:  Rich Folkers played for four different teams during his 7-year major league career.  He finished his playing days with a 19-23 record with 7 saves.  In 423 innings of work, Folkers put together an ERA of 4.11 amassing 242 strikeouts and giving up 170 walks.

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1975 Topps Set Card 194/660 – #354 – Dick Bosman, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 194/660 – #354 – Dick Bosman, Indians

Progress: 194/660

Player Name:  Dick Bosman

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1966-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Bosman pitched in 28 games during the 1975 season, splitting time between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics.  He finished the season with a record of 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA.  In 151 innings of work, Bosman surrendered 145 hits while giving up 67 runs.  Bosman averaged 3.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and had a K:walk ratio of 1.66 to 1.

Notes From Career:  Dick Bosman appeared in 306 games for three teams during his 11-season career.  He started 229 games and compiled a record of 82-85 during that time.  In total, he pitched 1,591 innings while allowing 1594 hits and allowing 736 runs to score, 648 of which were earned.

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1975 Topps Set Card 192/660 – #112 – Larry Hardy, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 192/660 – #112 – Larry Hardy, Padres

Progress: 192/660

Player Name:  Larry Hardy

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  3 seasons, 1974-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Hardy pitched in three games for the San Diego Padres in 1975.  He worked 2.2 innings in those three games allowing 8 hits and 6 runs while blowing his ERA up to 13.50.

Notes From Career:  Hardy’s career spanned three seasons, and just 94 games.  He has a career record of 9-4 with an ERA of 5.29.  In 126 innings of work, Hardy gave up 171 hits and 83 runs while striking out 70 batters and walking 56.

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Barry Zito 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Barry Zito 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Barry Zito:

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The 2014 baseball season is Barry Zito’s 14th in the league.

Barry Zito has a career winning percentage of 53%.  In 419 career starts, Zito has a record of 165-143.  He has one season in which he recorded 20 or more wins – it came in 2002 when he won 23 games for the A’s.  Zito has a lifetime ERA of 4.02 in 2,569 innings of work.  During his 14-year career, Zito has struck out 1,883 batters while walking 1,058.  He averages 6.6 strikeouts per 9 innings of work.

Zito is a 3-time All-star, and former Cy Young Award winning pitcher while playing for the Oakland Athletics.  He won a World Series championship with the Giants in 2012.

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:

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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!!!