Daily Archives: December 2, 2013

2013 Topps Update Miami Marlins ‘Chasing History’ Cards Starring Fernandez & Ozuna

2013 Topps Update Miami Marlins ‘Chasing History’ Cards Starring Fernandez & Ozuna

As new sets are released I try to stay on top of the Marlins cards that are in the set as I find it to be my best way to pick up the cards for my team set collection.

When the 2013 Topps Update set came out, I had a very hard time finding the product at retail.  So, I jumped over to Ebay and picked up the complete team set – sans inserts.

And being the kind of collector that likes to complete tasks and finish sets, I had to go out a bit out of my way and grab a few of the inserts from the Update set to finish the full thing.

And now, I have done just that!

I recently picked up the ‘Chasing History’ cards of Jose Fernandez and Marcel Ozuna which gives me the full set.

Here is the haul:

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I picked up both of these cards on Sportlots.com for a pretty solid price.  And while I was there, I grabbed a second card of Fernandez for my player collection.

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And that, friends, is how you kill two birds with one stone…

Another set complete!

Reggie Jackson 2005 Absolute Playoff ‘Tools Of The Trade’ – Red

Reggie Jackson 2005 Absolute Playoff ‘Tools Of The Trade’ – Red

For years, the ‘Tools Of The Trade’ sets from 2004 and 2005 have been among my favorite modern issues. I love the look of the card, and the graphics that this set employs, in my opinion, are among the best of the decade.

I have a bunch of these cards that feature Andre Dawson, a handful of Fergie Jenkins, and a few of Jim Palmer.

And now, I can proudly say that I have picked up my first Reggie Jackson from the set.

This one is the ‘Red’ version of Reggie’s card and it is serial numbered as 55/250.

Check it out:

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I’m loving the baseball diamond graphics with Reggie’s “9” on display in the center of the infield.

I’ve got to try and grab more of these…

Dustin Pedroia 2010 Bowman Platinum

Dustin Pedroia 2010 Bowman Platinum

While normally the smallest guy on the roster, you would never know that Dustin Pedroia was at a disadvantage due to his size.  He plays ‘Big’ and shows absolutely no fear in his approach to the game.

This great looking card of Pedroia from the 2010 Bowman Platinum set shows him prepping for the pitcher’s offering and he is brimming with confidence.

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My favorite stat from Pedroia’s 2010 season?

How about 149.

Dustin only played i 75 games in 2010 due to injury.  But, he collected 149 total bases in those 75 contests – almost exactly 2 per game.

Not too shabby…  Not shabby at all.

George Brett 1990 Score – AWESOME!!!

George Brett 1990 Score – AWESOME!!!

Hey, why not start of your Monday with a great looking baseball card??

I thought I would deliver a beauty this morning for all of you and I think that I have done just that.

Check out George Brett’s base card from the 1990 Score set:

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I told you it was sweet – just look at the full extension Brett got on this swing.

George Brett is one of the best players from his generation, yet I find him horribly underrated when it comes to the discussion of the ‘best hitters of the last 40 years’.  I would easily place Brett in my Top 10, and he would more than likely land somewhere in the 5-7 range.

This card captures him taking a mighty swing.  Based on the torque of his body and the stretch of his leading foot, I have to say that he more than likely connected hard with this swing.

Go Get ‘Em George!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’ Game-Used Bat Relic Card

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’ Game-Used Bat Relic Card

Have a look at this beauty!!!

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I’ve been drooling over this card for more than six months so it was a great thrill to finally find one in my price range after seeing a handful of them sell for quite a bit more than what I would have wanted to pay.

Now, my focus is on the ‘Gold’ version of the same card.

Let me take a minute to say that I am more than a little puzzled by the card – This card comes from the Chasing History subset.  Each of Topps’ flagship releases in 2013 has included 50 cards for this subset, making 150 total.  But, Jenkins is not in any of them.  Kind of odd, right?

So, the Jenkins’ relic card design was made just for the relic set?  That doesn’t seem very cost-effective if you ask me…

But, I will not complain about it – just celebrate it!!  The card is sharp and offers incredible color.  I’m a big fan of cards that feature Fergie and the butterfly-collar that he sported under his jersey in the 1970’s and it is captured nicely in this picture very nicely.

An excellent addition to my Fergie Jenkins PC!!!