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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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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

The Fergie Jenkins ‘Archives Train’ keeps rolling here at ’30-YOC’ as I have now grabbed three of the four cards of Fergie from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

This is my first ‘Silver Foil’ card from the Archives set that I have picked up, and it is pretty shiny – reminding my of the platinum cards from the 2011 Topps Lineage release.

Each ‘Silver Foil’ card is serial numbered to 99 copies.  Mine is numbered as 54/99.

Have a look:

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Of the three cards, I would say that this one is my favorite so far.

And now, I just need one more card of Fergie from the set and my ‘Jenkins Archives Rainbow’ is complete!

 

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206′

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206′

I picked up this card ‘On The Blind’ during a recent shopping trip on sportlots.com.  The seller I was working with had just one card of McCutchen available, so I grabbed it.

When I saw that the card was from 2010, I was excited to bring an ‘early’ card of #22 into my collection since so many of my recent purchases have focused on his 2013 & 2014 releases.

Here is the card.  It is from the Topps T-206 set:

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Overall, the card is fair at best.  No fault of McCutchen’s, but it just does not bring much to the collector by the way of creativity or action.  And while this may be the theme of the T-206 design since it is a throwback set, I cannot help but want to have action-packed images filling my McCutchen cards.

Still, a nice, older card of the reigning MVP for my collection.  I’m pleased with the purchase, but I will make sure that the next few that I show off on the blog offer a lot more color and excitement.

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

Progress: 206/660

Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

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Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 65 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

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!

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL MVP

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Series 2 – 2013 NL MVP

Of all of the young, talented guys in the big leagues, it is Andrew McCutchen that sits near the top of the list for me as far as pure entertainment is concerned.

There is nothing that this guy cannot do – and he is doing it all better in 2014 than he was in his MVP season of 2013.

My youngest son’s t-ball team this year was the Pirates.  Naturally, he drifted towards them as being ‘his team’.  When watching baseball games and especially morning highlight shows, he is always seeking out the Pirates.

This has caused me to watch #22 a bit more this year than in season’s past.  And it is also a big reason as to why I have started collecting cards of ‘Cutch’.

My latest pick-up is a sweet one – his card from the 2014 Topps Series 2 release.

The card honors his selection as the NL MVP in 2013 – and it is superb!!

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Something tells me that another card of his magnitude may be in the 2015 Series 2 release.  Crystal ball???

1975 Topps Set Card 202/660 – #109 – George Hendrick, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 202/660 – #109 – George Hendrick, Indians

Progress: 202/660

Player Name:  George Hendrick

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1971-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:  George Hendrick played in 145 games for the Indians during the 1975 baseball season.  He connected for 145 hits during the season including 21 doubles and 24 home runs.  Hendrick drove in 86 runs for ‘The Tribe’ while also scoring 81 times.  He was chosen as an All-Star for the second straight season in 1975.

Notes From Career:  George Hendrick is a 4-time All-Star and 2-Time Silver Slugger Award winner.  In 18 big league seasons, he was an MVP candidate during a stretch between 1980 and 1983 while playing for the Cardinals.  Hendrick is a career .278 hitter with 1,980 career hits.  He scored 941 runs during his playing days while also driving in 1,111.  Hendrick is a member of the 1972 and 1982 World Series Championship winning teams – Oakland & St. Louis.

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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.

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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Gold Foil Version

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Gold Foil Version

With this card, I am exactly half-way to where I want to be with my collection of Fergie Jenkins cards from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

Fergie has four cards in this release – and this Gold version of his base cards is the second one that I have now hauled in.

The Gold cards are serial numbered to 199 copies.  Mine is #95/199.

Have a look:

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When I posted the base card a week or so ago, I blasted Topps for giving us another card with the same image of Fergie that we have seen on other recently released products.  So, I am not going to do that again.

But, I will say that even with the Gold border color added to the cards as an extra piece to the puzzle, I am not overly thrilled…

I want truly unique images.  Or at least ones we have not seen in recent years.

Pretty Please?!?!