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Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

I scooped up a relatively small stack of cards from the newly released 2014 Donruss Series 2 set two weeks ago.

All modern players, you better believe that I snagged the card of the reigning NL MVP for my collection.

Here is the card of #22:

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I like the action on this one – it shows that powerful back-swing that we have grown used to seeing from McCutchen.

As for the cards itself, since it follows the exact design as the Series 1 issue, I still see way too much of a mix between 1984 Donruss, 1987 Donruss, and even 1978 Topps.

Very little originality.

1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 296/660 – #390 – Ron Cey, Dodgers

Progress: 296/660

Card Number:  390

Player Name:  Ron Cey

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1971-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Cey played in 158 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He hit .283 with 160 hits for the team in 566 at-bats.  Of his 160 hits, Cey connected for 29 doubles and 25 home runs while scoring 72 times and driving in 101 runs.  Cey was selected as a National League All-Star in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Ron Cey is a career .261 hitter with 1,868 hits.  He has 328 doubles and 316 lifetime home runs.  He scored 977 runs during his 17 seasons in the majors, while also driving in 1,139.  Cey is a 6-time All-Star and was the MVP of the 1981 World Series.

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1975 Topps Set Card 295/660 – #617 – Rookie Infielders With Cubbage, DeCinces, Sanders, Trillo

1975 Topps Set Card 295/660 – #617 – Rookie Infielders With Cubbage, DeCinces, Sanders, Trillo

Progress: 295/660

Player Name:  Mike Cubbage, Doug DeCinces, Reggie Sanders, Manny Trillo

Card Number:  617

Team:  Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs

Position:  Infielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Mike Cubbage – Cubbage played in 58 games for the Rangers in ’75 hitting .224 with 32 hits in 143 at-bats.  Cubbage scored 12 runs for the team while connecting for 4 home runs and driving in 21.

Doug DeCinces – DeCinces hit .251 over 61 games for the Orioles in 1975.  He hit 6 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 home runs while also scoring 20 times and driving in 23.

Reggie Sanders – Sanders did not play in the major leagues during the 1975 baseball season.

Manny Trillo – Trillo finished in 3rd place for the ROY in 1975.  He hit .248 over 154 games as he connected for 135 hits including 12 doubles, 2 triples, and 7 home runs.  He also scored 55 runs while driving in 70.

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1975 Topps Set Card 294/660 – #148 – Jim Rooker, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 294/660 – #148 – Jim Rooker, Pirates

Progress: 294/660

Card Number:  148

Player Name:  Jim Rooker

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1968-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Rooker appeared in 28 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1975.  He went 13-11 on the year, with 7 complete games and 1 shutout.  Rooker worked 196 innings over the course of the 1975 baseball season, allowing 177 hits and 80 runs.  He struck out 102 batters in that time while also giving up 76 walks.

Notes From Career:  Jim Rooker played for three different teams during his 13-season major league career.  He has a lifetime record of 103-109 with 66 complete games, 15 shutouts, and  saves to his credit.  Rooker has a career ERA of 3.46 as he allowed 814 runs over 1,810 innings pitched.  Rooker is a member of the 1979 World Series Championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 60 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

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Dave Winfield 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Here is another card from the 1988 Topps All-Star send-in set that I have scored for my vintage player collection.  This time around, the card features Dave Winfield.

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Winfield was a monster during the 1980’s.  An All-Star in nine straight seasons from 1980-88, Winfield was a staple at the All-Star Game during the decade, and rightfully so.  He did not play in 1989, but from 1980-88, Winfield had seven seasons of at least 150 hits, eight seasons of at least 20 home runs, six seasons of at least 100 RBI, along with six Gold Glove Awards and five Silver Sluggers.

He definitely belongs in this set.  And in any other All-Star set issued in the 1980’s.

A great addition to my Dave Winfield player collection!

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Pastime’s Pastime’

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Pastime’s Pastime’

I am almost 100% done going after cards from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

Unless I come across some of the more limited print cards of the main guys that I collect, I have no plans to keep shopping for cards from the set.

During my last purchase of cards from Sportlots.com, I did grab a few that I did not obtain during my primary A&G buy.

Among that lot is this sweet card of Andrew McCutchen from the ‘Pastime’s Pastime’ subset.

Have a look:

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The theme of the card is neat, but I find them to be a bit too dark overall.  I will say that the White, home uniform that Cutch is wearing in this shot helps put the attention directly where it should be – on him!  Some of the other ones that I have picked up that show players in darker uniforms do not work nearly as well…