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Million Dollar Question – Is The Discolored 2014 Gypsy Queen Border Bothering You?

Million Dollar Question – Is The Discolored 2014 Gypsy Queen Border Bothering You?

There is no modern baseball card release that I look forward to more than that of Gypsy Queen.  For me, the set offers a great blend of legend and modern players on the checklist and I also find the GQ inserts and subsets to be among the best around.

I also really like the style of the cards and the interesting tweaks that Topps employs to make each version different yet keeping them similar enough so we know that the cards are all from the same brand.

This year however, I noticed that some of the coloring of the card’s borders was off.  Some looked more Yellow while others looked more like a Creme color.  And when I unveiled my recent box break results from this product, it was also mentioned by reader Matt.

And it is really starting to bother me, and I am just building a team set, not the full 350-card set.

Here are two Miami Marlins cards that I pulled that will be part of my team set:

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See how the one on the left is bolder and more Yellow in color while the one on the right is more faded and less vibrant?

Kind of sucks doesn’t it.  And I am not sure what I intend to do about it…  Do I go after both the Yellow team set and the Creme team set?  Or do I just forget about it and be happy with what I can find?

Give me your thoughts.  Are you also irked by the differing border colors from this product?

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Platinum

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Platinum

I tell you what, Bowman’s product is sharp!

Need proof?

Have a look at the 2013 Bowman Platinum card of Andrew McCutchen:

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I told you!

The card features a great, action-packed image that is brimming with color.  I like how Bowman allows for the image to be the main attraction while still giving us a very nice graphic element.

Welcome to ‘Design 101′ courtesy of Bowman.

1975 Topps Set Card 78/660 – #628 – Ron LeFlore, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 78/660 – #628 – Ron LeFlore, Tigers

Progress: 78/660

Player Name:  Ron LeFlore

Card Number:  628

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1974-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was LeFlore’s first full-time season in the big leagues.  In 136 games played, he hit .258 and had an on-base percentage of .302. He connected for 142 hits in 1975, including 13 doubles, 6 triples, and 8 home runs.  LeFlore stole 28 bases in ’75 en route to scoring 66 runs.

Notes From Career:   LeFlore was an elite base stealing during his major leauge career.  He led the league in steals twice during his 9-year career.  In total, LeFlore stole 455 bases while being caught 142 times.  He had a career on-base percentage of .342 and scored 731 runs, including three seasons of at least 100 or more runs in a single season.  LeFlore was named as an American League All-Star in 1976.

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1975 Topps Set Card 77/660 – #321 – Rudy May, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 77/660 – #321 – Rudy May, Yankees

Progress: 77/660

Player Name:  Rudy May

Card Number:  321

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1965, 1969-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  May started 31 games for the Yankees in 1975.  He went on to win 14 games while losing 12.  May threw 13 complete games in ’75, with 1 shutout.  He had an ERA of 3.06 while striking out 145 batters in 212 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  May finished his career with a record of 152-156.  He started 360 games during his big league career, completing 87 of them.  He also has 24 shutouts to his credit.  In 2,622 innings of work, May struck out 1,760 batters while compiling a 3.46 ERA.  During his career, May made it to the postseason twice, never winning a World Series title.

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Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps – Base

When I was putting away cards the other night, I got to my Andrew McCutchen collection and realized that while I had shown off the 2014 Topps Opening Day card of ‘Cutch’ that I picked up at my local baseball card show, I never showed off the base card from the 2014 issue that I picked up prior.

So, here it is:

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The card is the same as the Opening Day card that was issued a few months after.  The lone difference is that the Opening Day card has a very classic ‘Opening Day’ logo on the front as well.

I love that swing!

1975 Topps Set Card 76/660 – #627 – Tom Walker, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 76/660 – #627 – Tom Walker, Expos

Progress: 76/660

Player Name:  Tom Walker

Card Number:  627

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1972-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  While pictured as a member of the Montreal Expos on his 1975 Topps baseball card, Tom Walker was a member of the Detroit Tigers during the 1975 season.  For the Tigers, Walker pitched in 36 games.  He went 3-8 and compiled a 4.45 ERA for the club in 115 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Walker pitched for four different teams during his 6-year major league career.  He pitched in a total of 191 games, with 17 starts.  Walker compiled a win-loss record of 18-23 with 2 complete games.  In 414 innings of work, Walker amassed an ERA of 3.87 with 262 strikeouts and 142 walks allowed.

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1975 Topps Set Card 75/660 – #23 – Bill Russell, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 75/660 – #23 – Bill Russell, Dodgers

Progress: 75/660

Player Name:  Bill Russell

Card Number:  23

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1969-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Limited to just 86 games played in 1975, Russell hit just .206.  He missed half of the season due to injuries, including one to his shoulder.

Notes From Career:  Russell was a member of the Dodgers’ longest running infield during  the 1970′s.  He is a career .263 hitter with 1,926 career hits.  Russell was a 3-time All-Star and retired with a .961 fielding percentage.  He was a member of the 1981 World Series winning Dodgers.

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1975 Topps Set Card 73/660 – #313 – 1974 Leading Fireman

1975 Topps Set Card 73/660 – #313 – 1974 Leading Fireman

Progress: 73/660

Player Name: Terry Forster, Mike Marshall

Card Number:  313

Team:  Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

The ‘Fireman’ stat took two things into account: Saves and Wins.  When combined and then sorted by the largest amount in each league, the leaders at the conclusion of the 1974 baseball season was Terry Forster of the Chicago White Sox in the American League and Mike Marshall of the Dodgers in the National League.

Forster had 24 saves and 7 wins in the 1974, giving him 31 total points.  Marshall was a few steps ahead with 21 saves and 15 wins, good for 36 points.

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Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 73 years old today.

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Thank you for playing the game the way that you did.  Happy Birthday Mr. Rose!!!

Come See The Hits From My 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen 2-Blaster Break!!

Come See The Hits From My 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen 2-Blaster Break!!

If you know me and you know my blog, than you know that Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand is my favorite release of the year.  I am a big fan of the card design and I think that the spectrum of inserts and subsets in GQ offers the best selection in the hobby today.

GQ was scheduled to hit the streets last week and I was unable to find any on the official launch day.  But, I did finally find some this weekend so I grabbed two retail blasters and set aside some time to relax and enjoy what has become my favorite modern release.

And I did pretty well.  I was a little surprised as to the small number of modern-day stars I pulled from the base 350-card set, and a little surprised as to how many legends I pulled from the same checklist too.  But, I think I did very well with the minis and the inserts – I LOVE THIS SET!!  And I plan on putting together a checklist of all of the cards I need from the base and subsets.

But first, let me show you the hits!!

My Marlins

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Modern Stars

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Legends

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Blue-Frame

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Short Prints

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Dealing Aces

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Glove Stories

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Debut All-Stars

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N174 Inserts

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Mini’s – Solid mix of old and new

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Mini Parallels – Supreme Mix!!!

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And Cards for my Player Collections:

Reggie Jackson base

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Giancarlo Stanton mini

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I am very happy with these breaks and if there was ever a release that I was going to invest in a hobby box of, it would easily be Gypsy Queen.

Now, time to chase the rest of them!!  Thanks for reading.