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Florida Marlins 1998 Topps Gallery Team Set

Florida Marlins 1998 Topps Gallery Team Set

The Topps Gallery brand is one that I have always liked and hoped that Topps continued to produce.

Of the cards that I have picked up of vintage players on modern designs, the Topps Gallery product stands tall.  The cards are unique, and they offer a nice, artsy look and feel to them.

A few weeks ago, when I started shopping for more Marlins team sets to add to my collection, I purposely set out to find an Ebay seller that had complete Marlins team sets from the Topps Gallery brand.  My search did not net me too many results to shop from, but I was able to score this team set from their 1998 release:

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While this product is not as nice as some of the other Gallery issues that came after, it still does offer that Gallery vibe.

Personally, I enjoy the Gallery product when the cards offer images that are a bit more zoomed in and detailed.

Still, a neat set for my team set project.  That Livan Hernandez card, in the upper-right corner, is SWEET!

Reggie Jackson 1984 Drake’s Big Hitters

Reggie Jackson 1984 Drake’s Big Hitters

Ah, Drake’s!

One of my all-time favorite oddball baseball cards from the 1980’s has to be the ‘Drake’s Big Hitters’ cards.

The cards, offered inside boxes of Drake’s snack cakes, were such a fun set to go after as a kid.  And the designs were pretty nice too.

Here is the card of Reggie Jackson from the 1984 set:

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The Drake’s set became a staple set during the mid-80’s and the ‘limited edition’ feel that the set offered led to collector’s gobbling them up (and the snack cakes, too).

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Upper Deck – Home Run Trot OR Base On Balls??

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Upper Deck

Well, I have another card here where I cannot tell what the outcome of the action is.

Have a look:

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What do you think is going on here?

Is Cal Ripken getting into his home run trot or has he been walked to first base?

The card you are looking at comes courtesy of the 1996 Upper Deck set.  And it has left me scratching my head.

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Golden Greats – ‘Stopping The See-Saw’

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Golden Greats – ‘Stopping The See-Saw’

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of the baseball card that celebrates a team or player achievement.  Regardless of the scale of the event, if the moment is worth mentioning and getting  a card, I am in favor of it.

In 2012, Topps gave us the ‘Golden Greats’ set.

This is the card of Cal Ripken, Jr. from that set:

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This card celebrates the game-winning home run that Cal launched against the White Sox on July 13, 1984.  The 3-run blast came in the bottom of the 11th inning after the White Sox scored in the top of the inning to take the lead.  With the home run, Ripken secured victory for his team and sent all Orioles fans home with smiles on their faces.

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Decade Dateline’

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Decade Dateline’

Yeah baby, another sweet 1970’s themed baseball card that features Mr. October – Reggie Jackson.

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This card comes courtesy of the 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades set and is part of the subset tagged as ‘Decade Dateline’.  I like that the card appears to be showing a picture of Reggie from the 1978 World Series in which he starred and single-handedly captured the win in the series clinching game.

As I slowly wind down my tribute to Reggie for the month of October, I would say that this is my favorite new addition that specifically comes from the game in which he earned the moniker, ‘Mr. October’.

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Elite – Series 2

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Elite – Series 2

I love action cards that feature Dustin Pedroia making plays at second base.

For me, he is one of the most exciting infielders in the game simply due to the way he treats each and every at-bat against his club.  He is truly invested in the game and helping his team win.

This card of Pedroia comes from the 2004 Panini Donruss Elite Series 2 release.  And as you can see below, the card features a nice shot of #15 as he appears to be heading towards a grounder that was hit to his right.

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I do wish that we got to see more of the action though..  It’s nice to get what we got, but I would love to see the ballpark behind him as well as how close to the ball he is..

Still, as I mentioned with the Bryce Harper card from this set that I featured last week, I do like the oversized ‘E’ in the background.

Wade Boggs 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measures Of Greatness’

Wade Boggs 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measures Of Greatness’

Another fantastic baseball card design and theme that I am encountering for the very first time with this card of Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs.

Have a look:

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This card comes from the 1994 Topps Gold ‘Measure Of Greatness’ set.  I really like all of the stats piled into the background of the card and the Light Blue coloring of the backdrop allows for the player’s image to really come to life.

Wade Boggs certainly belongs in a set like this, as he was definitely one that could be measured against when discussing ‘Greatness’.

I LIKE IT!!!