Daily Archives: August 15, 2013

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

I am currently building the 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’ subset.  As the name implies, Topps adopted a card design from a vintage  basketball product and put it into this baseball product.

The end result is a pretty exciting looking baseball card set, with a neat twist.  Would I like to see more of this in the future?  Possibly.  But, there are a ton of baseball-specific designs that I think Topps should re-issue first!!

This is the Andrew McCutchen card from the set:

MCCUTCHEN

 

McCutchen is a fantastic young baseball player that is in his fifth major league season at just 26 years of age.

He is an exciting player to watch due to his quick feet and seemingly limitless energy.  As a defender, McCutchen is able to get to plays in the outfield in a hurry, and while small in stature, he has a pretty strong throwing arm.  Offensively, McCutchen is excellent – he can hit for power, hit for a high average, run like the wind, make good baseball decisions, and best of all – he is a leader.

McCutchen could definitely have played in the 1970’s and 1980’s – the player he make me think of when watching him play is cross between Joe Morgan and Dale Murphy.  And that is not bad company at all!!!

 

Keith Hernandez 1988 Donruss

Keith Hernandez 1988 Donruss

What a great picture!!!

The border does not work well with such a colorful background, but there is no escaping that this picture of Keith Hernandez is fantastic.

Taken on the road and at Wrigley Field, the low, brick wall allows for a lot of people to be shown in the stands.  And all of their eyes are affixed to the main attraction – Mr. Keith Hernandez!

Have a look:

hernandez 11

George Brett 1983 Topps

George Brett 1983 Topps

As a collector that likes to keep his collecting focus on cards issued in the 1980’s, I would say that you can never go wrong when adding a card from the 1983 Topps baseball card set to your collection.

And when said card features Hall of Famer, George Brett – even better!!!

BRETT 83T

 

The card shows Brett getting a little handshake from a Royals teammate as he crosses home plate – this is a somewhat mild celebration, but Brett did score 1,583 runs during his major league career.

Now, the question is how did he score this run?  Home run?  Driven in by another teammate?  Walked with the bases loaded??

Hmmmm….

“Hot Corner Cards” Sends Over 3 Sweet Giancarlo Stanton Cards For My New Player Collection!!!

“Hot Corner Cards” Sends Over 3 Sweet Giancarlo Stanton Cards For My New Player Collection!!!

I recently received a pretty generous helping of Giancarlo Stanton cards in the mail from fellow blogger Patrick of ‘Hot Corner Cards’.

Patrick saw that I recently announced that I wanted to start putting together a collection of cards for Giancarlo Stanton, so he sent over a few goodies to help me get going with my new goal.

Here are the cards:

stanton trio

Each card comes from 2013 Topps releases, yet they all have a very different look and feel.

The card on the left is from the World Baseball Classic set that was part of Series 2.  The card in the upper-right side is from the ‘Chase It Down’ subset that was also part of the Series 2 release.  And the final card, in the lower-left side is from the 2013 Opening Day subset tagged as ‘Superstar Celebrations’.

Three great additions to my Stanton collection!!

Thanks again Patrick!

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

2011 Headline: Jim Thome Joins 600-HR Club!!!

On this day in 2011, Jim Thome became just the eighth player in major league history to hit 600 or more home runs in his big league career.

The shot came against the Detroit Tigers in a game in which Thome also connected for #599.

In the seventh inning, and with two men on base, Thome launched a pitch from Daniel Schlereth over the outfield wall and made baseball history.  Three runs scored, and the Twins won the game.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Thome!!!

Finally, I Have Landed An Andre Dawson 1990 Topps TV Baseball Card – YES!!!

Finally, I Have Landed An Andre Dawson 1990 Topps TV Baseball Card – YES!!!

You can scratch another one off of the list!!!  I have finally brought home an Andre Dawson 1990 Topps TV card for my collection!!!

And this one has been hunted for quite some time…

I’ve probably seen no less than ten of these listed on Ebay in the last few years.  And each of them has carried a price tag that I thought was too hefty.

But, the patience paid off and I finally scored.

And now the card is home with me and my ‘Ultimate Dawson‘ collection!!!

Have a look:

DAWSON TOPPS TV

These cards were only available to purchase through television advertisements in 1990.  There are six different sets, each containing 66 cards.  While the sets could be ordered by anyone in the country, they were created for and marketed in just five major markets; each market having a major league team.  The teams featured were the Cardinals, Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets.  In addition to these five teams, there was an All-Star set that featured 66 former and present-day All-Stars.

The production run for these sets is unknown.

I am so excited to have finally landed one for my collection – a true gem in ‘Ultimate Dawson‘!!!!