Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mike Schmidt 2011 Topps Lineage

Mike Schmidt 2011 Topps Lineage

Wow, what a nice looking card!  

The colors are simply perfect – from the Maroon of Schmidt’s Phillies uniform to the frame and nameplate that surrounds the photo to the Phillie’s caps that a few fans in the stands are wearing – GREAT!!!

Come see:

I know that 2011’s Topps Lineage set was not well received by many in the card-blogging world.

Personally, I love the set – and the multiple versions of cards that it offered. 

I really wish that Lineage was coming back in 2012.  Sadly, it is not.  Maybe 2013…


Miami Marlins Dump Gaby Sanchez And Edward Mujica For Prospects


Gaby Sanchez

ATLANTA — The Marlins made two deals as Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approached, acquiring Minor League third baseman Zack Cox from the Cardinals for reliever Edward Mujica and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Pirates for first baseman Gaby Sanchez and right-hander Kyle Kaminska.

The Marlins also received the 2013 Draft pick the Pirates won in the Competitive Balance Lottery earlier this month. That selection will be the second one following the first round.

Sanchez, a Miami native who attended the University of Miami, was a National League All-Star last season and was the Marlins’ Opening Day first baseman for three seasons. But he struggled this year and had been sent to Triple-A New Orleans.

Prospect acquired by Marlins

Hernandez, 24, is a right-handed-hitting outfielder who batted .257 at Triple-A Indianapolis. He was 2-for-25 in 25 games for Pittsburgh this season.

Cox, 23, was the 25th pick overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He will report to Double-A Jacksonville. At Triple-A Memphis, Cox batted .254 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs.

Mujica, 28, had been a late-inning setup reliever. The right-hander has appeared in 41 games and is 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 39 innings. He went on the disabled list on June 30 with a broken bone to his right pinkie toe. He was activated on July 18.

The Marlins acquired Mujica, along with Ryan Webb, from the Padres for Cameron Maybin after the 2010 season.

Sanchez batted .202 with three home runs and 17 RBIs for Miami this season. His final at-bat with the Marlins came on July 4, when he belted a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off the Brewers. He was optioned to New Orleans after that game because the Marlins acquired first baseman Carlos Lee.

Sanchez was batting .302 with five home runs and 18 RBIs for New Orleans.

PHillies Trade Shane Victorino To The Dodgers


WASHINGTON — Shane Victorino provided some of the greatest and most memorable moments for the Phillies in recent memory.

He played his last game for them Sunday in Atlanta.

The Phillies and Dodgers finalized a trade Tuesday that will send Victorino to Los Angeles for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and Double-A right-handed relief pitcher Ethan Martin.

Hunter Pence Traded To The San Francisco Giants


hunter pence

Prospect acquired by Phillies

WASHINGTON — After sending Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, the Phillies announced they have traded fellow outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies received catching prospect Tommy Joseph, outfielder Nate Schierholtz and Class A right-hander Seth Rosin in the deal.

In a subsequent move, the Phillies recalled outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and summoned him to Washington.

Pence, 29, hit .324 in the final 54 games for the Phillies in 2011 after coming over in a Trade Deadline deal. He has hit .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs for last-place Philadelphia this season.

Joseph, the Giants’ second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2009 Draft and their No. 5 prospect on’s rankings, has hit .260 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 80 games for Double-A Richmond this year. Joseph was the starting catcher for the U.S. team in this year’s Futures Game in Kansas City, hitting a double, scoring a run, driving in a run and working out a walk.

The Phillies gave up a huge haul last July to acquire Pence from the Houston Astros, but dealing him would help to create some payroll flexibility for 2013. Pence could make $14 million next season as an arbitration-eligible player.

Hanley Ramirez 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Hanley Ramirez 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Yes,  I know that he is not on ‘my team’ any longer but I had this card in transit to me before the trade.  Now, I still need to decide if I want to continue to collect the player that I thought was the most important one wearing ‘my colors’…

Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my Miami Marlins featured in all of the new baseball card releases.

But sometimes, just sometimes, the card does not really ‘belong’.

And I believe that this is one of those times.

First, let me show you the card:

Ok, it is a very nice looking card – possibly the best looking Marlins card in the 2012 Topps Series 2 release if you ask me.

But this is about the ‘fit’.  And the ‘Golden Moments’ theme that this subset owns seems to have really stretched to fit a Marlins player in the set.

The card celebrates a game from August 7, 2010 in which Hanley made changes to hit batting stance and immediately started hitting again.  He homered in the contest, and was also responsible for the game-winning RBI in extra innings.

A great win for the Marlins?  You bet!

A ‘Golden Moment’?  I don’t think so…

George Foster 1973 Topps

George Foster 1973 Topps

This is one of those photos in which you have to wonder what the player was thinking as the photographer was trying to get them into the mood to take some great photos.

And sadly, very few turn out well.  And realistic for that matter….

Foster was known to be a quiet guy that was hard to get to know.  Couple that with his tough physical demeanor, and you probably had a very nervous and somewhat nervous photographer on hand.

Picture this:

“OK, um Mr. Foster, it would be really nice if you could just maybe bend your knees a bit.  Yeah, like that.  Maybe a little more.  Like you were preparing to field a ground ball, perhaps.  Just a little more, please.  Ok, now please raise your arms.  No, not above your head.  Just above your knees.  Lower.  Lower.  Lower.  Ok, that is fine.  Please keep bending your knees, sir.  Ok, now can you give me a smile?  Yes, a smile – like you’re having a great time at the ballpark.  Oh, wait, that is your smile?  Sorry.”


Did You Know…

The only player in the history of the Houston Astros to win the Rookie of the Year Award is Jeff Bagwell.  Bagwell captured the award in 1991, the Astros 30th year as a major league team.  In ’91, Bagwell hit .294 while crushing 15 home runs and collecting 82 RBI.

Miami Marlins’ Carlos Zambrano Demoted To Bullpen Duty

Miami Marlins’ Carlos Zambrano Demoted To Bullpen Duty

From The Associated Press

Miami trading for Carlos Zambrano this offseason involved little risk, as the Cubs covered all but $3 million of his $18 million salary and the Marlins only had to part with Chris Volstad in the swap.

Unfortunately that low-risk move hasn’t paid off, as Zambrano went 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA and 83/67 K/BB ratio in 115 innings spread over 20 starts. And today the Marlins demoted him to the bullpen, filling his rotation spot with Wade LeBlanc.

Zambrano actually got off to a strong start, sporting a 2.81 ERA as recently as early June, but since then he’s 1-6 with a 7.62 ERA and more walks (38) than strikeouts (27) in 41 innings while allowing opponents to hit .290.

He’s mostly been a model citizen in Miami, which is certainly a change from his Chicago days, but of course that doesn’t seem quite as important when you can’t throw the ball over the plate. And dating back to the beginning of last season Zambrano now has a 4.70 ERA and 123 walks in 261 innings while managing just 6.2 strikeouts per nine frames.

My New Player Checklists Have Been Built. My Cards Are Organized. It Is Time To S-H-O-P!!!

My New Player Checklists Have Been Built.  My Cards Are Organized.  It Is Time To S-H-O-P!!!

In case you missed it, a little less than two weeks ago I announced the next round of players that I was going to build player collections for.  If you wanted to re-visit that post, click here.

Well, I have finally gotten organized.  The checklists have been built.  The cards have been sorted and accounted for.

And now, there is just one thing left to do – SHOP!!!!

Oh, and if you happen to have any cards on my new ‘Player Collection’ checklist that I need for these new sets please let me know.

I am sure that we can work something out.

Thanks for reading.

Hank Aaron 2011 Topps Marquee – Base

Hank Aaron 2011 Topps Marquee – Base

Man, these cards from the Topps Marquee brand a HOT!!!

Featuring crisp and clean photography, and mounted on a thick and sturdy cardstock, these cards look and feel very high-end.

The cards are so thick that they don’t fit in a regular top-loader either.  I am using a 100-pt. loader for this card; I usually need those for game-used relic cards and cards from the Topps Tribute set.

Take a look:

I have not seen this brand listed on the 2012 Topps product calendar.  In my opinion, as a player collector, it would be nice to see these come back.  And if they included Andre Dawson or Fergie Jenkins in the set, even nicer!