2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Roger Bernadina
Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.
One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power. What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.
The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.
This is the Roger Bernadina card from the set:
What a catch!!!
This play happened in the bottom of the 12th inning in a game against the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. In the game, the Nats took at lead in the top of the inning and this catch saved the game and preserved the win for the Nationals.
1978 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Joins The Philadelphia Phillies
On this day in 1978, Pete Rose signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.
After spending the first 16 seasons of his big league career with the Reds, Rose would spend the next 5 with the Phillies. And during that 5-year stretch, Rose would amass 826 hits while being named an All-Star four times, winning a Silver Slugger award, and a World Series title in 1980!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Pete Rose Collection
Tagged hobby, baseball cards, baseball, collection, topps, MVP, all-star, world series, pete rose, phillies, 4192 hits, most valuable player, Cincinnati Reds, reds, baseball card show, 1986 topps, baseball legend, baseball record, philadelphia
1984 HEADLINE: A’s Ship Rickey Henderson To Yankees
Back in the 1980′s you didn’t get same kind of media attention given to the players and teams of today. Between the new age of provocative journalism and the players themselves providing personal updates via web-based outlets, there is very little that we miss. But back in the 80′s things were different and that is why this trade bothers me 25+ years later…
Rickey Henderson has been traded by the Oakland Athletics with Bert Bradley and cash to the New York Yankees for Tim Birtsas, Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Eric Plunk, and Jose Rijo.
While the A’s didn’t just get bodies, they really didn’t get much in return for one of the game’s biggest stars either…
By this point of his career Rickey had solidified himself as the game’s top lead-off hitter and base stealer. He was a scoring machine and his near .400 OBS was a key to many wins for the A’s.
Something tells me that there is more to the story, but we may never know… But what I do know is that if an All-star gets traded in the prime of his career in 2009 we know each and every detail within hours!!
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Tagged 1987 topps, all-star, baseball cards, collecting, collection, Don Mattingly, donnie baseball, Hall Of Fame, hobby, HOF, mickey mantle, most valuable player, MVP, new york yankees, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, rickey henderson, Rickey Henderson Collection, roger maris, stolen bases, topps, yankees
Andrew McCutchen 2012 Bowman
I really like the close proximity of the seated fans to home plate that this card of Andrew McCutchen from the 2012 Bowman baseball card set shows off.
Check it out:
McCutchen took his game to another level in 2012 and became an MVP candidate for the first time of his career.
One of my favorite stats from his 2012 season – .400.
.400 was McCutchen’s on-base percentage in 2012. That’s a very solid number, and equates to him getting on base more than 260 times in 157 games. Not bad at all for a 25-year old guy!!!
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Tagged 2013 NL MVP, all-star, andrew mccutchen, baseball, baseball cards, gold glove, gold glove award, most valuable player, MVP, pirates, pittsburgh pirates, rookie, rookie cards, silver slugger, silver slugger award, topps
Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’ Game-Used Bat Relic Card
Have a look at this beauty!!!
I’ve been drooling over this card for more than six months so it was a great thrill to finally find one in my price range after seeing a handful of them sell for quite a bit more than what I would have wanted to pay.
Now, my focus is on the ‘Gold’ version of the same card.
Let me take a minute to say that I am more than a little puzzled by the card – This card comes from the Chasing History subset. Each of Topps’ flagship releases in 2013 has included 50 cards for this subset, making 150 total. But, Jenkins is not in any of them. Kind of odd, right?
So, the Jenkins’ relic card design was made just for the relic set? That doesn’t seem very cost-effective if you ask me…
But, I will not complain about it – just celebrate it!! The card is sharp and offers incredible color. I’m a big fan of cards that feature Fergie and the butterfly-collar that he sported under his jersey in the 1970′s and it is captured nicely in this picture very nicely.
An excellent addition to my Fergie Jenkins PC!!!
Posted in Chicago Cubs, Fergie Jenkins Collection, Game Used/Memorabilia Cards
Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, cy young, cy young award, donruss, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins Collection, fleer, game-used, Hall Of Fame, HOF, jersey card, memorabilia card, philadelphia phillies, phillies, pitcher, rangers, relic card, rookie, rookie card, texas rangers, topps
Jim Rice 1986 Donruss
You may have missed my announcement earlier in the week (shame on you) but I am going to take a small break from some of the vintage player collections I have been building in an effort to focus a little more time and energy into the modern player PC’s I am also working on.
The net result of this change in your ’30-YOC’ programming is that this will be the last Jim Rice baseball card post that I will launch for a while.
I’m sorry that it is the 1986 card that ended up being the final card, but at least Mr. Rice is smiling in this one…
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Tagged 1986 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, fenway park, Hall Of Fame, HOF, jim rice, most valuable player, red sox, rookie, topps, world series
1971 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Banks Set To Retire!
On this day in 1971 Chicago Cubs great, Ernie Banks, retired from major league baseball after 19 seasons.
‘Mr. Cub’ will always be the most popular and respected player from the Chicago Cubs organization. His 19-seasons of perfection in a Cubs uniform still remain as fond and vibrant memories for the ‘North Siders’. Banks’ 512 career home runs and season after season of MVP caliber baseball earned him a Hall of Fame induction in 1977 on the first ballot.
Unfortunately Banks never played 1 single inning, never batted 1 time, never took the field 1 time in the playoffs. For someone that means so much the sport of baseball and specifically to the city of Chicago, it would have been great to see Ernie Banks play when the games counted the most!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Chicago Cubs, Ernie Banks Collection
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR, 500 HR club, all-star, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Ernie Banks, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, Mr. Cub, MVP, toops, topps, topps turkey, Wrigley Field
Happy Birthday George Foster!!!
George Foster turns 65 years old today.
Simply put – George Foster is a bad-ass!! Never known for 1 talent that overwhelmed the rest of his skills, Foster compiled some incredible stats over the course of his 18-year career. And during the 1976 and ’77 seasons when his Cincinnati Reds teams were at the top of the baseball world, Foster was leading the way. In 1976, Foster finished 2nd in the MVP voting while hitting .306 with 29 home runs and 121 RBI. He outdid himself the next year by winning the Most Valuable Player award after blasting 52 dingers, driving in 149 runs, and still hitting an amazing .320. Foster continued to build on his rapidly growing legacy as he finished in the Top 12 for MVP in 3 of the next 4 seasons. George Foster led his Cincinnati Reds teams to 2 World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. In the 13 games he played in World Series competition, Foster hit an incredible .326.
Happy Birthday Mr. Foster!!!
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Tagged baseball cards, baseball, topps, rookie, MVP, all-star, world series, most valuable player, Cincinnati Reds, reds, big red machine, 1975 topps, 1975 world series, 1976 world series, george foster
Keith Hernandez 1979 Topps
This is the last Keith Hernandez card that I will be featuring on the blog as I take a small break from vintage collecting and focus on a few new goals.
So, at least I can leave knowing that Mr. Hernandez is OK with my decision.
He actually seems pretty excited about it…
Posted in Keith Hernandez Collection
Tagged 1975 topps, 1982 world series, 1986 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, first base, gold glove, keith hernandez, Mets, most valuable player, MVP, New york mets, rookie, st. louis cardinals, topps, world series
Vida Blue was the first pitcher in the 20th century to strike out over 300 batters in a season but not lead the league in strikeouts. In 1971, Blue struck out 301 batters but it was Mickey Lolich led the league with 309 K’s.
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Tagged baseball cards, baseball, topps, rookie, rookie card, MVP, all-star, Oakland Athletics, world series, oakland A's, pitcher, cy young, most valuable player, baseball history, cy young award, 1974 world series, vida blue, 1972 world series, 1973 world series, baseball trivia, Did You Know....