Daily Archives: November 12, 2013

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps – Spring Fever Redemption Card

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps – Spring Fever Redemption Card

This is the third ‘Spring Fever’ redemption card that I have brought into my collection.  The first was Andre Dawson (shocker!!) and the second one was Rickey Henderson.

And now, the third card is of Bryce Harper!!

Check it out:



These cards look great, and while the scan may not be perfect with the coloring along the bottom, the cards feature great colors.

I really like the palm trees that encompass most of the card’s graphic elements.

And now with three cards from this set in my collection, it may be time for me to analyze the full checklist.  If the whole set is as nice as the first three cards that I have picked up, this set may be one to go after!!!

Time to Google…

Joe Morgan 2013 Panini Golden Age – Mini – Carolina Brights Back

Joe Morgan 2013 Panini Golden Age – Mini – Carolina Brights Back

You may recall that a few months back I brought home the base card of Joe Morgan from the 2013 Panini Golden Age set.  The card is a beauty, and I was very happy to add it to my collection.

The look and design of the card is a gentle reminder that baseball cards are art, and I think that this card specifically would be great if hung in a 24×36 format.

Well, what I did not know is that there are multiple versions of this card out there.  But, when I found that out, I explored it a bit further.

And the end result is another great looking card for my Joe Morgan collection.

This card is a mini version of the base card.  And it is known as the ‘Carolina Brights Back.  The front of the card is the same as the front of the base card, but the back is different.

Here is a look at both:

First, the front:


And now, the back:


I told you this thing was sweet!

And now it is time to see how many other versions of this card I can find and bring home.

Wish me luck!!

Reggie Jackson 1994 Upper Deck Baseball: The American Epic – 1977

Reggie Jackson 1994 Upper Deck Baseball: The American Epic – 1977

While it is almost impossible to know if I have most of the cards of Reggie Jackson that celebrate his 1977 World Series performance, I will say that my collection of cards that features around his historic achievement is solid.

And this new addition to that collection is superb!!

Have a look:



This card comes from Upper Deck and was issued in 1994.  The set is tagged with the title of ‘The American Epic’ and features a shot of Reggie from the 1977 World Series.

I love the theme of this set.  And I love the picture that UD chose of Reggie for the card.  It is nice to see an image that is not among the more used ones – and this one perfectly frames Reggie as he blasts a home run in the ’77 World Series against the Dodgers.


Jim Palmer 2004 Fleer Skybox Autographix AutoClassics 1965-84

Jim Palmer 2004 Fleer Skybox Autographix AutoClassics 1965-84

While I like the theme and thought behind this baseball card, it just not do it for me…


This card comes from the 2004 Fleer Skybox brand, and from their ‘AutoClassics’ set.

For me, it is just too choppy – almost like it was pieced together.  The colors of Powder Blue and whatever shade of Brown/Green, that is the top bar just don’t look great together.  And then adding a stark White bar in between the two just separates them even further…

And for as much as I like the image selected of Jim Palmer and the use of the Orioles team logo, I just don’t think that either of them draws your eye to them.

Great idea by Fleer, but poor execution…

Carlton Fisk 1990 Bowman

Carlton Fisk 1990 Bowman

Man, I am really having a ‘tough go’ with my Carlton Fisk collection as of late.

As I continue to chip away at my checklist in an effort to complete this set, I keep bringing in awful looking baseball cards.

Between the 1981 Donruss and 1982 Topps cards, I have had enough and am ready for a change.  I’m ready for a card to excite me.

Sadly, with the 1990 Bowman card, that is just not going to happen…




Marlins’ Jose Fernandez Captures The 2013 National League Rookie Of The Year Award

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez Captures The 2013 National League Rookie Of The Year Award

By Clark Spencer, Miami Herald

ORLANDO — Willie Mays. Jackie Robinson. Tom Seaver. Pete Rose.

All are baseball legends who were great from the get-go, Rookie of the Year Award winners who remained stars over the full course of their outstanding careers.

Jose Fernandez is hoping to follow in their footsteps.

The 21-year-old pitcher for the Miami Marlins on Monday was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year, arguably one of the best rookie seasons turned in by a pitcher of his age since Dwight Gooden.

Fernandez beat out another young Cuban-born player, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, for the honor. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller was third in voting my members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Fernandez went 12-8 with a 2.18 ERA that ranked second in the majors. Every fifth day when he took the mound, he helped make a dreadful season for the last-place Marlins a touch more bearable.

Fernandez became the fourth Marlin to win the prestigious award for rookies, joining Dontrelle Willis, Hanley Ramirez and Chris Coghlan. He is also the first pitcher from a 100-loss team to win the award since Tom Seaver of the New York Mets in 1967.

The Marlins went 18-10 in games he started.

But Fernandez wasn’t exceptional only by rookie standards. His season ranked as one of the best among all major league pitchers – rookie or veteran. As a result, he is also one of three finalists, along with Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright, for the N.L. Cy Young Award, given to the league’s top pitcher.

Though the Marlins drafted him with their first-round pick in 2011 out of Tampa’s Alonso High, it was still a rapid ascension to stardom for the unflappable right-hander. He was expected to start the season at Double A Jacksonville. But he landed a spot on the Opening Day roster when injuries created a vacancy in the starting rotation.

Fernandez has his ups and downs in April, finishing the month with a 0-2 record. But he took off after that, and from June 1 forward evolved into one of the most dominant pitchers in the majors.

He was selected to represent the Marlins in the All-Star Game, where he retired the three batters he faced, striking out two of them. His dominance didn’t end there, as he posted a 7-1 mark with a 1.32 ERA after the All-Star break.

For the season, opposing batters hit just .182 off Fernandez – the best figure for any starting pitcher in the majors. The Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish was next on the list with a batting average against of .194.

Fernandez is the third Cuban-born player to win rookie of the year. Tony Oliva (1964, Twins) and Jose Canseco (1986, A’s) won the AL award.

Tampa’s Wil Myers Captures The 2013 American League Rookie Of The Year Award

Tampa’s Will Myers Captures The 2013 American League Rookie Of The Year Award

By Roger Mooney, Tampa Tribune

ORLANDO – Wil Myers became the third player in Tampa Bay Rays history to be named the American League Rookie of the Year when the announcement was made Monday evening.

Myers joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2011) as top rookies chosen by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s vote.

Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias finished second and Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer was third in the voting, which was conducted by two BBWAA members in each American League city.

Myers, the centerpiece of the December trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas city Royals for the right fielder and three prospects, certainly lived up to his hype. The 2012 consensus minor league player of the year joined the Rays on June 18 to help their sagging offense. The Rays, 36-33 at the time of Myers’s call-up, were 56-38 after he joined the team.

The 22-year-old Myers played 88 games this season, the fewest by a position player to be named rookie of the year. He batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI.

Yet he led the Rays in RBI (53), runs (50), on-base percentage (.354), and slugging percentage (.478) from June 18 through he remainder of the season.

Myers hit .310 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs as the Rays reached the postseason by winning 14 of their final 19 games.

Myers and Archer became the sixth and seventh Rays to finish in the top four in the voting.

Delmon Young was second in 2007. Jeff Niemann (2009) and Wade Davis (2010) were both fourth.


One More Subset Complete: 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ YES!!!

One More Subset Complete: 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’  YES!!!

This set was a lot of fun to put together.  I really enjoyed digging into each of these guy’s career home run accomplishments.  And I learned quite a bit through that process.

The set features just 9 cards, but it fills an album page perfectly.

Here is a look at the complete set:


The cards are sharp.  They are shiny.  And they really stand out.

I wish that Topps continued this set past just the 2011 and 2012 seasons, I could easily think of 5-6 more themes that I would love for them to share with us that follow the same format.

Thankfully, they did give us one more.  Their ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ subset that was also issued in 2011 is on my radar!!