Daily Archives: July 28, 2013

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Tribute – Orange

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Tribute – Orange

I’m hauling in Andre Dawson 2013 parallels at a nice pace over the last week or so!!!

First, it was the ‘Sepia Mini’ from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set, and now I have picked up another limited-issue card that is part of another recent Topps set.

This one is the ‘Orange’ version of the 2013 Topps Tribute set.  The card is numbered as 32/50, and as you would imagine, it offers an Orange background color.

Have a look:


Not bad, but not great – at least that it my opinion.  I like this one better than the Green, but not nearly as much as the Blue version.

And now, I am just one card away from completing another ‘Andre Dawson Rainbow’.  Bring on the ‘Gold’!!!

Bryce Harper 2013 Bowman – Base

Bryce Harper 2013 Bowman – Base

As I officially begin my Bryce Harper collection, I may as well go after a few of his easy-to-find base cards from 2013 releases.

This is Harper’s base card from the 2013 Bowman set that launched a few months ago:


Maybe it is just me, or my perceptions, but there is something about baseball cards of a left-handed hitter that I find very appealing.  Maybe the action is better? Maybe the backgrounds are better?

I’m not 100% certain as to what it may be, but I am not complaining about it!

This card shows Harper’s backswing very nicely – and he also has kept his eye on the ball through his entire swing!!

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Jason Heyward

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Jason Heyward

The 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ set is a piece of art. The cards feature stunning graphics with images that capture some of baseball’s greatest action – the art of leaping into the air and bringing back would be home run balls.

The set offers just 10 cards, but each one is an amazing look at one of baseball’s great highlights.

This is the card of Jason Heyward from the set:


Amazingly, it was after this set was released (2012) that Jason Heyward earned his first Gold Glove Award for his defensive excellence in the outfield.

In 2012, Heyward played in 156 games and complied a fielding percentage of .986.  In 351 chances, Heyward made just 5 errors.  He also accounted for 11 assists on the year!

Carlton Fisk 1986 Topps All-Star

Carlton Fisk 1986 Topps All-Star

As a kid collecting baseball cards in the mid-to-late 1980’s, I really enjoyed collecting the All-Star cards issued by Topps as part of their base sets.  Afterall, the cards celebrated the best players in the sport…

I just wish that the images used for these cards, and players, offered us something that told us what this player achieved on the field to make himself stand out and be tagged as an ‘All-Star’.

Instead, we got a lot of cards that looked like this:


As for Fisk, his 1986 baseball season was a bit on the lackluster side…  he hit just .221 in 125 games, but did help the team with his 63 RBI and 42 runs scored.

HE’S BACK – Part 2!!!!!!

HE’S BACK – Part 2!!!!!!


Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 64 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!!!

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #23 – 1976 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #23 – 1976 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 23rd card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1976 Topps baseball card:


As for Aaron’s 1976 baseball season, Aaron appeared in just 86 games for the Milwaukee Brewers.  He still showed some pop with 10 home runs and 35 RBI, but his ability to put the ball in play on a consistent level had fallen off pretty sharply.  Hank hit just .229 in 1976, 76 points below his career average of .305.