Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

2011 Florida Marlins Topps Gypsy Queen Team Set

2011 Florida Marlins Topps Gypsy Queen Team Set

I am a big fan of the Gypsy Queen brand that Topps has been producing the last few years.

And while I don’t find myself rushing to the store to grab a few packs when they are released for public consumption, I do always try to make time to surf through the checklist and grab the cards of the guys that I collect.

And that also includes any and all Marlins.

The most recent Marlins team set that I have picked up is from the 2011 Gypsy Queen set.  And it looks fantastic!!!

Have a peek:

It’s amazing how much the team has changed since this set was produced just over a year ago…

  1. Chris Volstad is with the Cubs and doing horribly – both in their minor and major league camp
  2. Chris Coghlan is unable to remain on the big league roster
  3. Gaby Sanchez does not look anything like the player that was an All-Star in 2011
  4. Logan Morrison changed his number from 20 to 5
  5. Hanley Ramirez is now playing third base
  6. Mike Stanton is now going by the name ‘Giancarlo’

But hey, the cards sure do look good!!!

🙂

Joe Morgan 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Joe Morgan 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Just the other day I presented a small list of players that I actively collect, but have not declared myself a ‘Super Collector’ of.

One of the few players on that list is Joe Morgan.

I have always been a fan of Morgan’s and I find him to be one of the most under-appreciated players of the 1970’s.  Sure, he won two MVP awards, and two World Series titles as well, but when talking about the greatest players of the 1970’s, I don’t see his name mentioned as often as it should be.

On the field, Morgan could do it all – he was a great base runner, a fierce defender, and a solid hitter.  And most importantly, he was a field general too!!!

Here is the latest addition to my Joe Morgan collection – his card from the 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic set.

Have a look:

Did You Know…

Among those who have played in 20 games or more, Reggie Jackson is the career leaders in slugging percentage in World Series play.  Jackson slugged .755 in 27 World Series games.

1974 Headline – “Welcome To The 3,000 K’s Club, Mr. Gibson”

1974 Headline – “Welcome To The 3,000 K’s Club, Mr. Gibson”

On this day in 1974, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals became just the second pitcher in major league history to record 3,000 strikeouts in his career.

Joining Walter Johnson, Gibson reached this milestone 51 years after Johnson was the first pitcher to claim 3,000.

Gibson’s 3,000th victim was Cesar Geronimo of the Cincinnati Reds.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!

1941 Headline: DiMaggio’s Streak Ends At 56 Games!!!

1941 Headline: DiMaggio’s Streak Ends At 56 Games!!!

On this day in 1941, Joe DiMaggio’s incredible streak of collecting at least 1 hit in 56 consecutive games came to an end.

The last twenty-five years have seen some of baseball’s most historic records fall.  From Pete Rose eclipsing Ty Cobb to Mark McGwire topping Roger Maris to Cal Ripken passing Lou Gehrig to Barry Bonds out-blasting Hank Aaron.

And to this day, more than 68 years later, nobody has really come close to threatening Joe DiMaggio and his incredible streak of collecting at least one hit in 56 straight games!

Happy Anniversary Mr. DiMaggio!!!

Investing In Jeter!!!!

Investing In Jeter!!!!

As much as I love the sport of baseball, I don’t often let my love for today’s game interfere with my desire to primarily collect and honor the great stars of the past.

And for the most part, I am successful with that mission.

Sure, every once in a while I like to tear open a pack of cards to remind me of what that feels like, but I get as much joy from buying a 1983 Topps Super Veteran card of Johnny Bench than others may get from pulling a serial numbered card of Aroldis Chapman.

Still, I appreciate what today’s player brings to the overall history of the game.  For me, the leader that charge is the captain of the New York Yankees, Mr. Derek Jeter!!!

I truly respect the way that Jeter approaches the game.

And that led me to buying one of his 1993 Topps rookie cards.

Here it is:

And then I bought another:

And another:

And yet another:

Pretty soon, I was sitting on a pretty nice stack of Derek Jeter rookie cards.

And while you may think that I just keep re-inserting the same image over and over as a way to make you think that I bought more than one card ( would I do that?), here is proof that I have picked up multiples:

Come on B, you can do better than that…

Ok, how about this shot???

Side view:

Still not pleased, Ok, try this one:

🙂 – have you had enough yet??

OK, I have one more picture to share – and I promise, no more shenanigans!!!

Here are the 10 Derek Jeter 1993 Topps rookie cards that I have picked up:

Thanks for reading – sorry for teasing…

Call me ‘The Prospector + 20’!!!!