Daily Archives: November 2, 2013

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Fred Lynn

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Fred Lynn

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Fred Lynn card from the set:

Lynn

 

Fred Lynn quietly put together a very solid 17-season career as a professional baseball player.  It’s amazing that someone playing for some of baseball’s most popular teams(The Red Sox and Orioles) could stay under the radar but Lynn was able to do so.  While media and fan attention went to his teammates, Lynn contributed solidly.  During his first full season in the major leagues in 1975, Fred Lynn won the Rookie of the Year award as well as the Most Valuable Player award.  Not too shabby, for a rookie huh???

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Opening Day ‘Fantasy Squad’

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Opening Day ‘Fantasy Squad’

I like the idea of Topps issuing a ‘Fantasy’ based subset in their issues.  A lot of collectors of modern cards are passionate about today’s game and today’s game is almost always linked to fantasy baseball in some way.

I have been playing fantasy baseball for more than ten years.  And while the end result may not always show it, I try to employ a gameplan on draft-day that will help take me to the top of the leader board by the end of the season.

In 2012, Topps put together a ‘Fantasy Squad’ subset in their Opening Day set.

This is the card of Giancarlo Stanton from the set:

STANTON 1

 

As a fantasy player, Stanton is fair.  He offers a nice number of home runs, but the RBI count is low for a player that hits home runs at the rate in which he does.  In 2012 he had a very solid batting average, but that took a huge drop in 2013.

Personally, he is a player that I would not select on my fantasy roster right now.  While he has the potential to hit 40 homers and drive in 100 runs, he is not surrounded by the right mix of players in Miami to help get him to that level.  There are plenty players that get drafted near where he does that offer quite a bit more…  For now!

 

Frank Robinson 2010 Topps – ‘The Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ – 1972 Topps Traded Design

Frank Robinson 2010 Topps – ‘The Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ – 1972 Topps Traded Design

The ‘Traded’ cards from the 1972 Topps baseball set look so odd to me.  Missing the team name on the top of the card really stands out, especially when I have seen so many ’72 in my time.

This card is from the 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ subset and is a re-print of Robinson’s card from the ‘Traded’ set.

Have a look:

ROBINSON 3

 

See what I mean about missing the team name at the top??  As a comparison, here is a link to Robinson’s card from the base set with the name in its proper place.

Big change, huh??

I really don’t know why Topps did this.  The first time I came across it was when I was working on my Joe Morgan collection and needed both of his cards from the ’72 set.  His base card shows him in his Astros uniform and proudly boasts the team name across the top while his card from the ‘Traded’ set is his first card in a Reds uniform and like the Robinson card above, it does not state the team name in the space that it should.

Does anyone know why Topps did this??  I’m very curious…

1974 Headline: Hank Aaron Traded To Milwaukee

1974 Headline:  Hank Aaron Traded To Milwaukee

On this day in 1974, the Atlanta Braves traded Henry Aaron to the Milwaukee Brewers for Dave May and Roger Alexander.

The aging Aaron was nearing the end of his major league career, and played just two more seasons before retiring in 1976.  Still, he was a huge attraction in the sport, and continued to build on his legendary status while playing for the Brewers.

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 55 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!

Baseball Card Show Tonight!!!

Baseball Card Show Tonight!!!

Yep, it is the first Friday of the new month and that means it is time for another baseball card show in South Florida.

This will be my final card show of 2013 as I will not be able to make the December event.

So, I am ready to go.  I am ready to shop.  And I am ready to bring home some goodies!!

A lot of new card releases have come out in the last two months that I have yet to really dig into.  I’m hoping that I am able to find a seller, or two, or three that can help me with that goal.

Speaking of goals, here are some of the things I will be keeping an eye out for:

  1. 2013 Topps Update singles
  2. 2013 Topps Chrome singles
  3. 2013 Panini Pinnacle singles
  4. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes singles
  5. 2013 Panini Prizm singles
  6. Bryce Harper cards
  7. Jose Fernandez cards
  8. Andrew McCutchen cards
  9. Inspiration for new subsets to collect during the offseason

I know that the list is a lengthy one, but I need to try to catch up and see if I can score some cards in bulk to help me with my goals.

My fingers are crossed that I get lucky and bring home a lot of great cards.

And on Monday I will show them all off to you with my day-long ‘Card Show Recap’.

Have a great weekend!

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