Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Series 1 Cy Young Award Winner Commemorative Card

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps Series 1 Cy Young Award Winner Commemorative Card

This card is by far the thickest baseball card in my collection.  I have no clue how I am going to be able to store this thing…

It comes from the 2013 Topps Series One release, and is part of the Cy Young Award Winner Commemorative set.

The card celebrates Fergie winning the award in the National League in 1971, and that shiny metal emblem that you see on the right-side of the card is pretty neat and very heavy.  The emblem is a replica of a real Cy Young Award, and was done very well by Topps.


This card is a fantastic addition to my collection.   And if you are a collector of Fergie Jenkins, a must-have as well!!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #17 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #17 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #17 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


The Career Day – May 7, 2008.  On this day, Joey Votto and his Reds teammates beat the Cubs 9-0.  In the game, Votto became the first first-baseman in baseball history to it three home runs and steal a base in the same contest.  For the day, Votto was 3-for-4 with three home runs, 4 RBI, and a stolen base.  He was the first Reds rookie and third Canadian-born player to hit three home runs in a single contest.

Progress – 17/25

Steve Carlton 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber

Steve Carlton 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber

Generally speaking, the 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber baseball card release is an ugly one.

While the brand logo is nice, the rest of the graphic and design elements, in my opinion, are really tough to look at.

Still, the cards have an appeal to them, and I cannot tell what it is…

Have a look:


Maybe it is the colors – they match Carlton’s uniform and glove.

Maybe it is the action imagery.

I really don’t know what it is – but for a card that has such an awful background design, I find these cards to still be on the ‘nice side’.

Eric Davis 1985 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!!

Eric Davis 1985 Fleer – ROOKIE CARD!!!!

Why not start of the week with a great looking rookie baseball card from the 1980’s???

This one comes courtesy of the 1985 Fleer set, and it features a very young and immensely talented, Eric Davis.

Have a peek:


The card is sharp, and it features a ton of Red!!

While maybe not as popular as Davis’ Topps and Donruss rookie cards, this one is certainly a ‘must-have’ for any Davis or Reds collector.

Happy Monday!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season

For me, one of the many ways to judge and offensive player’s effect on the game is to measure the number of home runs and stolen bases he collects in a single season.  The landmark number of ’30/30′ is one that I have enjoyed tracking since I was a kid.

During the 2012 baseball season, there were just two big leaguers to make it into the exclusive ’30/30 Club’ – Ryan Braun and Mike Trout.

Yes, there were a lot of sluggers that hit well over 30 home runs, but very few of them put the effort needed to steal 30 bases.  I think that in the right situations, we could see many of them steal 30 bases in a season, but both they and their managers would have to be committed to it.

Here are the ‘Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season’:

Honorable Mention – Robinson Cano, BJ Upton, Curtis Granderson, Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Beltran, Anthony Rizzo, Justin Upton, and Adam Jones.

10 – Hanley Ramirez

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9 – Josh Hamilton

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8 – Jayson Werth

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7 – Carlos Gonzalez

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6 – Jason Heyward

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5 – Bryce Harper

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4 – Andrew McCutchen

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3 – Ryan Braun

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2 – Matt Kemp

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1 – Mike Trout

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I think that the 2013 baseball season will be a magical one.  I expect to see both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout become even better all-around players.  I also expect a rebound season from Hanley Ramirez.  I think that Jason Heyward is poised to take off and deliver what many thought he would do a few years ago.  I also think that Jayson Werth is going to be solid this year – with Zim and Harper in the line-up, there is less pressure on him, and I think he will soar.  And for some reason, I think that Matt Kemp is going to go bonkers this year – I don’t follow the Dodgers too closely, but I think that 2013 will be a Dodger season worth paying attention too.

And there you have it – I am very ready for the 2013 baseball season to start.  And I think that we may see anywhere between 5-8 members of the ’30/30 Club’ at the end.

Let me know what you think.  Am I missing anything here?  Should anyone be pulled from my list in place of someone else?

I’d love to get your thoughts.  Thanks for reading.