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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.


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’.


1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

Progress: 199/660

Player Name:  Dave Kingman

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1971-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Dave Kingman’s first with the New York Mets.  He played in 134 games for the club, hitting .231 with 116 hits in 502 at-bats.  Of his 116, Kingman connected for doubles, 1 triple, and 36 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 88 runs for the team while also scoring 65 times.

Notes From Career:  Dave Kingman played for 6 different teams during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a career .236 hitter with 1,575 hits, which includes 240 doubles and 442 home runs.  Dave Kingman was selected as an All-Star three times during his career.  He led the league in home runs hit twice and RBI three times.  Kingman received votes for MVP in five different seasons.


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 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.


Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

No, I am not trying to turn myself into a ‘Machado Super-Collector’.  At least not yet…

But, when I saw this card, I had to grab one for my collection.

As you see below, the colors and the Topps 1986 design are simply a perfect match.

Have a look:



First off, you have the three main colors of the card – Black, Orange, and White.  It all just works well toegther – from the lettering on the top of the card to the bill on Machado’s helmet and everything in between.

And the image selection is sweet too.  Not only did Topps give us an image that works, but they centered it perfectly.  We’ve all seen #13 make this sign after connecting for a home run, and Topps captured it perfectly.

Nicely done, Topps.  Nicely done.

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…

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.


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.