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1975 Topps Set Card 208/660 – #125 – Ken Singleton, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 208/660 – #125 – Ken Singleton, Expos

Progress: 208/660

Player Name:  Ken Singleton

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1970-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season marked the first year that Ken Singleton played for the Baltimore Orioles.  During that campaign, Singleton let the AL in plate appearances with 714.  He hit .300 on the year with 176 hits, including 37 doubles, 4 triples, and 15 home runs.  Singleton drove in 55 runs in ’75 while also scoring 88 times.

Notes From Career:  Ken Singleton was tagged as an All-Star three times during his career.  He also has four ‘Top Ten’ finishes for the MVP Award on his resume.  Singleton has a career batting average of .282 with 2,092 hits.  Of his 2,029 hits, he connected for 317 doubles, 25 triples, and 246 home runs.  Singleton is a member of the 1983 World Series championship winning Baltimore Orioles.

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Let The Battle Rage On: 1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans. Who Will Win???

Let The Battle Rage On:  1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans.  Who Will Win???

As a kid collecting baseball cards, I used the 1983 Topps Super Veterans subset as a tool to learn about the ‘older’ players in the game.  The set was large and it featured images from the beginning of each player’s career and then images that were current (1982-83).

When I got back into collecting in 2008, this same subset was the first one I went after.  I had built it 20+ years prior, but I wanted to re-live my youth by doing it again.  So, I did.  And it re-kindled my enjoyment for vintage baseball cards and the players that helped shape the history of the game.

Upon completion of that subset, and learning that Topps had begun recycling older designs in their modern releases, I kept my fingers crossed that ‘Super Veterans’ would eventually be re-done.

And when 2014 Topps, Series 1 hit the shelves, a 15-card subset of ‘Super Veterans’ was included.  I was ecstatic.  And I quickly made this a target for my collection.  And after a few days of shopping around, I scored the complete 15-card set and began showing it off on this blog as I did with the 1983 set back in 2009.

So, here they are.  First the 1983 version:

SUP VET 83 A SUP VET 83 B SUP VET 83 C SUP VET 83 D SUP VET 83 E

And now, the 2014 set:

SUP VET 2014 A SUP VET 2014 B SUP VET 2014 C SUP VET 2014 D SUP VET 2014 E

And now for my review and comparison.

  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to size – 35 to 15
  • The edge goes to ’14 as it relates to % of future Hall of Fame inclusions:  14/35 players versus a likely 7/15 ( I did not count Peter Rose, though I want to)
  • There is a tie in regards to how the images of yore are shown – Sepia tones in both ’83 and ’14
  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to ‘Star Power’

Overall, I of course like both sets. I wish that the 2014 version included more players on the checklist or at least was continued into the Series 2 release.  I don’t find that the 2014 version has the same star power that the set from ’83 offers even though it features Jeter, Rivera, and Cabrera – I just don’t think that Topps truly dug in deep enough to really get behind this set.  It feels like it was put together as a way to add Pettitte and Rivera cards into yet another subset.  If they had truly shown us the longest tenured players in the majors, we would have had a more apples-to-apples comparison.  The set is called ‘Super Veterans’ for a reason; it is not called ‘Best Older Players In The Game’.  At the very least, and to be more consistent with the original subset, this one should have included Jason Giambi, Ichiro, Paul Konerko, Raul Ibanez, LaTroy Hawkins, and Bartolo Colon.  If Topps had taken this step, it would definitely be more true to what ‘Super Veterans’ offered in 1983.

Still, no complaints from my side.  I’m thrilled to have both sets in my collection.  I’m just thirsty for more!

Another Milestone In My 1975 Topps Set Build – Card #200!!!

Another Milestone In My 1975 Topps Set Build – Card #200!!!

Yes, I know that I just bragged and boasted a few days ago about reaching the 30% mark on my set build, but I cannot help that 198 and 200 are so close together.

So, I prefer to pump my arms, puff out my chest, and show it off – 200 CARDS!!!

Yeah baby, and card #200 was a sweet one – the base card of Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan!!

I am so happy to have made it this far with my pursuit.  And the very large stack of cards I have on my desk along with the saved drafts in my blog’s post ‘bucket’ ensures that the journey will continue at a rampant pace.

I’m on my way to #660.   But for now, let’s celebrate #200.

Number 200

198 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 30% Complete!!!

198 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 30% Complete!!!

Yeah buddy, another collecting milestone has been achieved.  With the 198th card obtained for my 1975 Topps set build, I have reached the 30% milestone.

It has been a lot of fun, and I have a very nicely sized stack in my possession that ensures that the build will continue.  And I have also been watching a few of the high-end cards from the set too – maybe I will be able to bring one of two of them home soon as well.

Three cheers for Card #198.  Three cheers for hitting 30%!!!

30 percent sign

 

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

Oh Yeah!!!  I am very, very excited to announce that I have completed another subset at ’30-YOC’.  And this time, it is a subset that means the world to me – Topps’ Super Veterans.

The original ‘Super Vets’ subset was part of the 1983 Topps set.  It has long been my favorite subset of all-time.  I built that set when I got back into the hobby five years ago, and I was extremely excited to see that Topps brought it back for their 2014 release.

Here is the completed 2014 version of ‘Super Veterans':
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I love it!!

And while there may be some questionable entries into the set as well as some notable omissions, I am very happy with the final product.  Yes, I had my fingers crossed that the set would expand into the Series 2 and Update sets but that does not look like it will be the case.

So, I will sit back and be proud of another subset completed.  A subset that I have been a fan of since 1983!

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 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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1975 Topps Set Card 190/660 – #132 – Randy Moffitt, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 190/660 – #132 – Randy Moffitt, Giants

Progress: 190/660

Player Name:  Randy Moffitt

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1972-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Randy Moffitt pitched in 55 games for the Giants in 1975.  At the end of the season, he racked up 11 saves with 4 wins and 5 losses.  Moffitt posted a 3.89 ERA in 74 innings of work in which he allowed 73 hits and 35 runs.

Notes From Career:  Randy Moffitt pitched for three different teams during his 12-year major league career.  He has a lifetime record of 43-52 with 96 saves.  In 781 innings of work, Moffitt struck out 455 batter while walking 286.  In that time, he allowed 766 hits and 355 runs.  Moffitt never appeared in the postseason.

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1975 Topps Set Card 189/660 – #122 – Al Hrabosky, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 189/660 – #122 – Al Hrabosky, Cardinals

Progress: 189/660

Player Name:  Al Hrabosky

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1970-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Al Hrabosky appeared in 65 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975.  He completed the season with a 13-3 record and a league-high .813 winning percentage.  Hrabosky had an NL-leading 22 saves for the team in 1975 and an ERA of just 1.66.  In 97 innings of work, he struck out 82 batters while walking 33.  He finished in 3rd place for the Cy Young Award.

Notes From Career:  Al Hrabosky pitched for 3 different teams during his 13-year major league career.  A relief pitcher, he appeared in 545 games during that time, getting saves in 97 of them.  He has a lifetime record of 64-35 with an ERA of 3.10.  Hrabosky has a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 1.74:1 and averaged 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings.  Hrabosky finished in the Top 5 for the Cy Young voting during the 1974 and 1975 baseball seasons.  He also got MVP consideration in both of those campaigns too.

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1975 Topps Set Card 188/660 – #162 – Willie Montanez

1975 Topps Set Card 188/660 – #162 – Willie Montanez

Progress: 188/660

Player Name:  Willie Montanez

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1966, 1970-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Montanez appeared in 156 games during the 1975 baseball season splitting time playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.  He hit a combined .302 for both clubs with 182 hits in 602 at-bats.  Montanez drove in a combined 101 runs in 1975 while also scoring 61 times.  He led the NL in double plays hit into with 26.

Notes From Career:  Willie Montanez played for nine different teams during his 14-year big league career.  He was named to the 1977 NL All-Star team.  He was also an MVP candidate during the 1975 and 1976 baseball seasons.  Montanez is a career .266 hitter with 1,604 lifetime hits.  Montanez never appeared in the postseason.

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