Daily Archives: November 18, 2013

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – ‘Across The Years’

Joe Morgan 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – ‘Across The Years’

Man, I just love it when Joe Morgan is included in modern insert sets!!

For the most part, these sets included new images of Morgan that have not been a part of other recent releases.  And as a fan of his, and of ‘The Big Red Machine’, I find the task of landing these cards to be both very fun to chase as well as a nice achievement when landed.

This card of Morgan comes from the 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Across The Years’ set.

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I love the design of this card, especially the text and font choices used by Topps for these cards.  The framing around the image of the card is very nice too.  And lastly, the painted sky behind the image of Morgan adds a very nice finishing touch.

An excellent addition to my Joe Morgan collection – YES!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Bowman Chrome

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Bowman Chrome

As a Miami Marlins fan, I hope that I get to see a lot more of this in 2014 than what I did in 2013…

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Personally, I think that Giancarlo Stanton is a much better base runner than what the Marlins use him for.  I think that he knows the game well, and he does not make many mistakes while running the bases with the goal of scoring runs for the team.

A few years back, I predicted that Stanton could be a ’30/30 Club Member’.  As of the end of the 2013 baseball season, he has yet to accomplish that feat.  But, I still think that he can do it.  He just needs to focus on staying on the field and playing 150+ games a season.

Thus far, after completing his fourth big league season, Stanton has hit 117 home runs, but has just 17 steals.  He’s a long way from where I think he could be, but I am hopeful that the 2014 season is the start of his career in which he is compared to the great, young stars of the game.

Brooks Robinson 2013 Panini Golden Age

Brooks Robinson 2013 Panini Golden Age

These cards from the 2013 Panini Golden Age set continue to impress me.  At least the baseball player cards from the set…

And this one of Brooks Robinson is fantastic.

Have a peek:

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I don’t know about you, but I can see a 36×24 print of this card hanging in the ‘Man Cave’ of an Orioles fans home.  Or along an inner hallway at Camden Yards!!

Between the vintage uniform and the #5 proudly displayed on this card, you almost forget that you cannot see an Orioles name or logo on Brooks’ jersey or cap.

I LOVE IT!!!  Great work by Panini.

1987 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins MVP For Last Place Team

1987 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins MVP For Last Place Team

On this day in 1987, Andre Dawson was awarded with the National League’s MVP award.

The headlines across baseball on that day had everything to do with Andre’s incredible year for a terrible team.  Dawson was the first and only player to capture this award while playing for a last place team.  Oh, what a year it was!!!

The 1987 season was magical for Andre.  In his debut season playing for the Cubs, Dawson took center stage on a star filled roster, and he quickly became the centerpiece of their offense as well a fan favorite.  His incredible numbers from that season include 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, and a .568 slugging percentage.

In addition to winning the MVP award in ’87, Dawson also walked away with a Gold Glove award, a Silver Slugger trophy, and his first of five All-star appearances as a Cub.

Congratulations Mr. Dawson!!  I am so thankful that I got to enjoy watching this year-long sensational performance!!

Happy Birthday Gary Sheffield!!!

Happy Birthday Gary Sheffield!!!

Gary Sheffield turns 45 years old today.

Wow, this really makes me feel old.  And he’s 7 years older than me…

I remember Sheffield when he broke into the big leagues.  His 1989 Topps card was a hot commodity and his very famous uncle helped build quite a bit of buzz about this young, talented shortstop.  Like many fans and collectors, I took the bait and bought into Sheffield.  Yet, with all of the attention and praise he got early on in his career, I don’t think many of us saw being a future member of the ‘500 Home Run Club’ in his future.

I think that this is what is great about the game of baseball.  I cannot think of another major sport where you can see someone get better and better at parts of the game like they can in baseball.  Yes, basketball players can refine their shot to convert more opportunities.  But in baseball, the amount and level of skills that can be improved are never-ending.  From hitting for power, to pitch control, to fielding, it is very obvious when a player takes that next step and gets better at their job.

Anyways, back to Sheff.  Gary Sheffield should be a Hall of Famer when his time for eligibility comes.  Being a World Series champion and a member of the 500 HR Club are just 2 of the big reasons that this will happen.

Happy Birthday Sheff!!!

Making It Official. I Now Proudly Collect Andrew McCutchen, Dustin Pedroia, and Jose Fernandez

Making It Official.  I Now Proudly Collect Andrew McCutchen, Dustin Pedroia, and Jose Fernandez

Some of this may come as a shock, but if you’ve been checking out my ‘Card Show Purchases’ lately, you may have seen a little change in my buying process of late.

While I still love vintage baseball cards and the stars from my youth, it is very hard to escape the modern cards and the players that are starring in the game today.

So, if you cannot beat them, join them!

And I stared doing so a few card shows back when I started buying up cards of Jose Fernandez of the Marlins.  From there, I get enamored with Andrew McCutchen.  And next, it was Dustin Pedroia that received a little ’30-YOC Love’.

So, tonight, I make it official – I will collect these guys with the same fervor that I have gone after Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper.  And of course, I will document it every step of the way.

So, welcome Jose, Andrew, and Dustin.

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And if you have any spare cards of these guys burning a hole in your collection, please let me know.  Maybe we can work out a trade or deal to help me grow these collections.

Thank you!

Tom Seaver Offers Up A Very Sweet And Artsy Autograph. I’ve Got To Get One!!!

Tom Seaver Offers Up A Very Sweet And Artsy Autograph. I’ve Got To Get One!!!

I need to make getting a signed Tom Seaver baseball into my collection a priority.  As one of the most successful pitchers from the era that I cherish, not having his autograph in my collection would be a crime.

Plus, he offers up a pretty sweet looking signature.  It is nice and consistent with its style, while having just enough flare but no overdoing it.

Have a look:

And when I eventually do get Seaver to sign a ball for me, you can bet that there will be an inscription attached to it.  I just need to figure out which one…