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Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Base

By now, you know that I am not a huge fan of the new 2014 Donruss release.  I find the base set to be a bore as it simply borrowed elements from prior issues and duct-taped them together.

Still, as a collector of a few modern players, I grabbed a few singles from the base set for my player collections.

I paid just $0.18 for this card of reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen:



I like the image that Donruss used.  While there are no logos since Donruss/Panini does not have an MLB license, the card gives you great action while not giving you the feeling of hiding Pirates logos.

Not too bad…

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

On this day in 1965, Fergie Jenkins made his second start for the Cubs.  The team was at home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a crowd of just 6,974 fans.

The ones that were at the ballpark, were in for a treat!!

Fergie took over in relief during the third inning of the game for Bob Hendley.  He then threw five plus innings allowing four hits and zero runs while striking out three batters.  During that stretch, the Cubs scored two run to take a lead and secure victory.

And it was Fergie Jenkins that supplied the offense!!!  Jenkins went 2-for-3 on the day including a 2-run home run that would account for all of the runs needed to secure victory for the Cubs and Fergie.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!


1975 Topps Set Card 80/660 – #644 – Bill Fahey, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 80/660 – #644 – Bill Fahey, Rangers

Progress: 80/660

Player Name:  Bill Fahey

Card Number:  644

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1971-72, 1974-77, 1979-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Fahey played in 21 games for the Rangers in 1975.  He got 37 at-bats and connected for 11 hits, good for a .297 batting average.  Of his 11 hits, Fahey had 1 double, 1 triple, and 9 singles.

Notes From Career:  In 11 seasons, Bill Fahey appeared in 383 games.  He split time between the Rangers, Padres, and Tigers on his way to collecting 225 career hits with 75 runs scored and 83 RBI.


1975 Topps Set Card 79/660 – #635 – Chuck Dobson, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 79/660 – #635 – Chuck Dobson, Angels

Progress: 79/660

Player Name:  Chuck Dobson

Card Number:  635

Team:  California Angels

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1966-71, 1973-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Dobson appeared in 9 games for the Angels in 1975.  He went 0-2 in those 9 appearances while working 28 innings and allowing 26 runs.  He had an ERA of 6.75 in ’75 while striking out 14 and walking 13.

Notes From Career:  In 9 seasons, Chuck Dobson amassed a 74-69 record in 190 career starts.  He threw 49 career shutouts and 11 shutouts.  In 1970, Dobson led the league i starts with 4 and in shutouts with 5.  Over the span of his career, Dobson struck out 758 batters while walking 476.


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:


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:



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.


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.


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:



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.