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Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Series 2 Team Set – Base

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Series 2 Team Set – Base

Finally, the Miami Marlins Series 2 team set is mine.  The set features 12 cards, but has a pretty odd mix.  Neither this team set or the one from the Series 1 release gives us a true impression of what the team truly looks like.

Percentage-wise, almost half of the players in this team set are inactive, and they were that way well before the launch of Series 2…

Have a look:

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A quick review of the 12 card team set reveals that five of the 12 players featured on these cards are either injured or in the minor leagues.  Of the remaining 7 players – 1 is a starting pitcher, 2 are everyday players, 1 is a solid reliever, 1 is a recently demoted starter turned bullpen guy, and 2 are utility fill-ins.

Not the best mix in the world, but it could be worse.  We could be the Mets!!  :)

I am really happy to finally have a Marlins card of Casey McGehee in my collection (I’ll have to grab two more for my sons as they both really like cheering for him).

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Upper Deck Season Highlights

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Upper Deck Season Highlights

The frame may be just 5 foot, 8 inches tall weighing 165 pounds, but the power compacted into the frame is what counts!

And with that power and elite bat speed, Dustin Pedroia can hit the ball – Hard!

In 2008, Pedroia connected for 17 home runs.  His season his is 21.  He is on pace for 150-175 round trippers for his career.

Not too shabby for a 165-pound second baseman…

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Now he just needs to find a uniform that hits him a bit better…

 

1993 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Inducted Into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame

1993 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Inducted Into Baseball’s Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1993, Reggie Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

A colorful player both on and off the field, I am fairly certain that Reggie’s speech was a classic.  If only there was YouTube back in 1993…

A member of the ‘500 HR Club’, a league MVP, a 5-time World Series champion, and a Hall of Famer, it does not get much better than Reginald Martinez Jackson!!!

Happy Anniversary to Mr. October!

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Archives – Base

I was pretty excited when I saw Joe Morgan’s name on the 2014 Topps Archives checklist when it came out a few months ago.  I knew that this would be a god chance for me to grab a few more cards of Morgan for my collection, and hopefully that would lead to me getting on a streak of hauling in some more cards of my favorite second baseman of all-time.

Morgan is featured in the 1980 Topps part of the Archives set.  The 1980 design is a ’30-YOC’ favorite, and I am happy to see that he was thrown into this section of the set.

Here is the card:

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I like it, but I wish that it offered us more action.  During his prime, Joe Morgan was one of the most talented players in the sport – there was nothing that he could not do either in the field, at the plate, or on the base paths.  It would have been nice if Topps had chosen an image for this card that featured in-game action versus a posed portrait.

Maybe next time…

Mike Schmidt 2014 Topps Archives – Base – ‘BATTING CAGE CARD’

Mike Schmidt 2014 Topps Archives – Base

If you know me, you know that I love myself a ‘Batting Cage Card’.

For me, there is something about seeing the player work on his craft that gets me excited.  And when captured in photos, and even better when used on a baseball card, I am all over it.

This year’s Archives set features Mike Schmidt on the checklist, and he is matched up with the 1986 Topps baseball card design.

And the backdrop of the card?  A batting cage!

Have a look:

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Schmidt was a monster in 1986, capturing his third MVP Award.  My guess is that he spent a lot of time in the cage that season perfecting his craft.

His numbers:  .290 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, 160 hits, 29 doubles, 37 home runs, 97 runs scored, 119 RBI, 305 total bases, and he was walked intentionally 25 times.

MONSTER!!!

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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Derek Jeter Leaps Past Carl Yastrzemski With Hit #3,420 And Into 7th Place On The All-Time Hits List!!

Derek Jeter Leaps Past Carl Yastrzemski With Hit #3,420 And Into 7th Place On The All-Time Hits List!

From ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas — New York Yankess shortstop Derek Jeter moved ahead of Carl Yastrzemski and into seventh place on baseball’s all-time hits list with three hits off Yu Darvish in the first seven innings of Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was. But yeah, any time you talk about a list of all-time great players its pretty special.”

The Yankees’ 40-year-old captain accomplished the feat with a quintessential Jeter single: a drive into right field off an inside-out swing with two outs and a runner on first base in the seventh inning. The hit was the 3,420th of Jeter’s 20-year major league career, which puts him 10 hits behind No. 6 on the list, Honus Wagner. That will likely be the last hurdle Jeter can clear before his retirement at the end of this season; the player in fifth place, Tris Speaker, is 94 hits ahead, with 3,514.

Earlier in the game, Jeter had tied Yastrzemski with a ground-rule double, a line drive that bounced into the stands in distant right-center field in the third inning.

“It’s been neat to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s passed a lot of people; you think about the doubles, he broke that last week, and then you move up on the all-time hit list. He’s been amazing.”

Asked before the game to recall his favorite memories in the ballpark now called Global Life Park, Jeter said, “We’ve had some battles here in the postseason. Early in my career, on the way to the World Series, we had to go through some tough Texas teams. That’s what stands out the most.”

Now Jeter has a regular-season moment in Texas to remember as well.

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Dustin Pedroia 2014 Bowman – California State Variation

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Bowman – California State Variation

While he may not have long blond hair or wear flip-flops on a daily basis, Dustin Pedroia is a ‘California Boy’.

And this card from the 2014 Bowman set that features the California state flag in the background.  The card is very well done.

And I have to guess that if you showed the featured player a stack of cards and let him choose his favorite, if a ‘State version’ card from the Bowman product was included in the bunch, it would easily get the most votes!

 

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Dennis Eckersley 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Dennis Eckersley 2014 Topps Archives – Base

While I have yet to see each and every of the 200 base cards that make up the 2014 Topps Archives set, I have to say that I like the images used most within the 1973 Topps design.

Not only does this design allow for a very large image to be the center of attention, but the small accent pieces usually work very well with the theme of the action at hand.

In a recent shopping spree in which I picked up a small stack of cards from the Archives set, I scooped up the card of Dennis Eckerlsey.

And I am glad that I did – it looks G-R-E-A-T!!

Have a look:

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I told you – a very sweet baseball card.

And while normally I would want the image to match the year (or close to) that the original card was issued, this one gets a pass because ‘Eck’ did not make his debut until a few seasons later in 1976.

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!!!