Daily Archives: November 15, 2013

Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Prizm

Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Prizm

At the baseball card show that I attended a few weeks ago, I scored a few cards from the new 2013 Panini Prizm release.  Sadly, none of those cards were of Andre Dawson.

So, when I got home from the show and got organized, I went out on a mission to see what cards of Dawson are available as a part of this set.

And I scored the base card pretty quickly and easily.

Here it is:

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There are a lot of colored parallel cards in this set  to go after.  Hopefully in time, I am able to put together a respectable group of them.

Wish me luck!!!

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘Moon Shots’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘Moon Shots’

Well, I already purchased this card for my ‘Moon Shots’ set a few months back.  But, when trying to add some affordable modern cards to my Frank Robinson collection, I quickly picked up another one of these cards for the PC.

As you all know, GQ is my favorite current brand of cards so I try to stay on top of all of the releases and make sure my PC’s are loaded with any/all Gypsy Queen cards.

So, another card for the Frank Robinson collection is in the books.  And another Gypsy Queen card as well.

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And for the record, since I was very curious myself, Robinson connected for 324 home runs with the Reds and 179 with the Orioles.

George Brett 1989 Topps – Always Havin’ A Good Time!!

George Brett 1989 Topps

George Brett is one of those guys that you kind of just knew he always enjoyed being on the field.  His smile was contagious and his personality was other-worldly.

I would have to imagine that being a teammate of Brett’s meant that you constantly had to be on your toes.  He had to be a blast to be around in the locker room and on the road as well.

Just look at the smile featured on his 1989 Topps baseball card:

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How could this guy not be fun to be around??

I’d sign up to hang out with him!!!

 

Did You Know…

Stan Javier was the first player in major league history to have played for both baseball teams based in Los Angeles (Dodgers & Angels) and the Bay-Area as well (Giants & Athletics).

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Time To Announce The Winners Of The 5th Annual ‘Predict The Award Winners’ Contest!!!

Time To Announce The Winners Of The 5th Annual ‘Predict The Award Winners’ Contest!!!

Wow, major league baseball sure does wait a long time to announce the winners of their regular season awards, don’t they.

I’d love to see them do it right before the World Series starts – certainly not 2-3 weeks after.

As for the contest, we have a winner that swept the field – UNCLEMOE!!!

He nailed it all – getting all of them right!!

Here is a look at the results:

Player AL ROY NL ROY AL CY NL CY AL MVP1 AL MVP2 NL MVP1 NL MVP2
Unclemoe Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Trout McCutchen Goldschmidt
Jordan Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Davis McCutchen Goldschmidt
Charley Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Davis McCutchen Kershaw
Matt D Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Davis McCutchen Carpenter
Supdupman Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Davis Cabrera Carpenter McCutchen
Fuji Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Davis McCutchen Kershaw
Jason Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Trout Cabrera McCutchen Freeman
JT Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Trout Davis Goldschmidt Carpenter
AG Myers Puig Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Trout Kershaw McCutchen
Matt W Myers Puig Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Davis McCutchen Goldschmidt
Q Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Davis McCutchen Molina
FiskFanatic Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Trout McCutchen Carpenter
Mgrlvr Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Trout McCutchen Molina
Ron C Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Trout McCutchen Alvarez
**30-YOC Myers Fernandez Scherzer Kershaw Cabrera Trout Kershaw McCutchen

Congratulations to UncleMoe on his victory.  He will receive this healthy stack of cards that includes former MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year award winners.

I’d like to thank everyone for participating in this contest.  And please stay tuned to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ all winter long.  I will have a nice handful of contests and giveaways as we march towards the start of the 2014 baseball season.

Congrats again Unlcemoe!!!

Here is one more peek at the prize:

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Andrew McCutchen Wins The 2013 National League MVP Award

Andrew McCutchen Wins The 2013 National League MVP Award

From USAToday.com

The feel-good story that was the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates continued Thursday with outfielder Andrew McCutchen’s selection as National League Most Valuable Player.

McCutchen’s victory – a landslide win over Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt – gave the Pirates their first MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992, which also was the last time the franchise had a winning record until this season’s run that ended in an NL Division Series loss to St. Louis.

Coupled with Clint Hurdle’s selection Tuesday at NL Manager of the Year, McCutchen makes Pittsburgh the only team to win more than one of the season’s major awards given out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first place votes.

McCutchen, the team’s 2005 first-round pick, has become the face of the rejuvenated franchise and, with a contract in hand through at least 2017, is moving to special territory as the franchise’s biggest icon since Willie Stargell led two World Series winners in the 1970s.

That was a gamble he took when signing the five-year contract extension (plus a club option for 2018) before the 2012 season, when the Pirates were still a season away from ending what became a pro sports record 20-year string of losing records.

The streak ended this year with a 94-win team sparked by McCutchen, who led the Pirates in hits, runs, doubles, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

McCutchen led the NL in the offensive portion of Wins Above Replacement and was second to Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez in overall WAR, which also includes defense.

In a year without a dominant offensive player, McCutchen joined Goldschmidt and Washington’s Jayson Werth as the only NL players to finish among the Top 7 in batting, on-base and slugging. And, but for a slow April, McCutchen could have been more of a factor in the batting race than his seventh-place finish at .317.

From April 30 to the end of the season, McCutchen hit .336, best in the league over that span.

Goldschmidt led the NL in homers, RBI, slugging and OPS but his Diamondbacks weren’t in the playoff race like McCutchen’s Pirates and Molina’s Cardinals.

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Miguel Cabrera Wins The American League MVP Award For The Second Year In A Row

Miguel Cabrera Wins The American League MVP Award For The Second Year In A Row

From USAToday.com

Miguel Cabrera didn’t win a second consecutive Triple Crown, but that’s about all that changed as the Detroit Tigers third baseman repeated as American League Most Valuable Player.

Just like in 2012, Cabrera prevailed in the ongoing debate over defining the award and over Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

Cabrera received 23 of the 30 first-place ballots in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Trout received five first-placed votes.

Last year, Cabrera had 22 first-place votes to Trout’s six and a 362-281 advantage in points (the number of votes increased this year to 30 – two per AL city – with the Houston Astros moving from the National League).

Cabrera becomes the first back-to-back winner in the AL since Frank Thomas in 1993-94. The most recent consecutive winner in either league was St. Louis’ Albert Pujols in 2008-09.

Cabrera actually had a better offensive season than a year ago – his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all were higher and he led the AL in all three categories for the second consecutive season – despite being hampered by back, hip and groin problems much of the second half of the season.

He only hit one home run in his final 25 games yet still matched his 2012 home run total of 44, but finished second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis (53) this time. Cabrera’s 137 RBI were two short of his 2012 total and one behind Davis’s league-leading 138 this year.

Davis finished third.

But the ongoing Cabrera-Trout duel goes beyond their performances and into the often clashing views of measuring performance by traditional statistics vs. via sabermetrics. And the bottom line in the results just might be how voters define the award.

For the second year in a row, Trout led Cabrera in Wins Above Replacement, the sabermetric formula designed to include all aspects of the game, including defense and baserunning. Trout’s edge over Cabrera was 9.2-7.2 And Trout even led just the offensive portion of WAR, 10.0-9.0 over Cabrera.

Trout led the AL in walks and runs and was third in batting, second in on-base and fourth in slugging.

But, as it was in 2012, Cabrera’s Tigers won the Central Division while Trout’s Angels were never a factor in the AL West race, the added element that often blurs the lines between best player and “most valuable.”

Included in the instructions to voters is, “There is no clear-cut definition of what Most Valuable means. It is up to the individual voter to decide who was the Most Valuable Player in each league to his team.”

The questions aren’t likely to go away any time soon but at league Cabrera will have a couple of trophies to stare at if he contemplates the issue.

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Carlos Beltran!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Carlos Beltran!!!

I’m going to take a little break from my ‘Head To Head’ battles with my Thursday series ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ as I wanted to talk about some of the players that battled in the 2013 World Series.

So, for the next four weeks, we will review the careers of four players that starred in the series to see if they are or will be Hall Of Fame worthy.  There will be 2 Cardinals players and 2 Red Sox players discussed in these posts.

Up first, Carlos Beltran.

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Carlos Beltran completed his 16th season in the big leagues at the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season.  His numbers continue to impress, and he was probably the most well-rounded, and dependable, offensive player for the Cardinals this past season.

His career numbers include:

  • 2,228 hits
  • lifetime .283 batting average
  • lifetime .359 on-base percentage
  • 446 doubles
  • 358 home runs
  • 1,327 RBI
  • 1,346 runs scored
  • 308 stolen bases
  • 3,902 total bases
  • 1999 Rookie of the Year
  • 8-Time All-Star
  • 3 Gold Gloves
  • 2 Silver Sluggers
  • .333 Postseason batting average
  • 16 postseason home runs
  • 40 postseason RBI

A very, impressive, and still growing resume!

And, I think that with two more healthy seasons, playing in the right ballpark, Beltran can get to 400 career home runs, 1,500 RBI, and 1,500 runs scored.

And that is super impressive!  He would become just the fourth player in major league history to join the ‘400/300 Club’ alongside Willie Mays, Andre Dawson, and Barry Bonds.

On the flipside, the hits tally is on the lower side for an outfielder.  And while Beltran has averaged 155+ plus hits in each of the last two seasons, it would take that consistency over a 3 year stretch to reach 2,500 for his career.

Lastly, when you talk postseason, his name is cemented as one of the great performers of his generation.  His ability to hit for a high average and drive in runs when needed is elite.

Does Carlos Beltran get my vote for Hall of Fame enshrinement??  YES!!  I think he needs to knock off a few more milestones over the next 2-3 seasons, but I do believe that he will do just that.  And then the conversation will really take off.

Now, it is your turn.  Cast Your Vote For Carlos Beltran!!!