Daily Archives: December 5, 2013

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #10 – 1963 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #10 – 1963 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 10th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1963 Topps baseball card:



Aaron 1963 topps


Henry Aaron was a beast during the 1963 baseball season – his 10th in the league.

By the time that the 162-game schedule was complete, Aaron was the National League’s leader in seven major offensive statistical categories.

The are:

  • Runs – 121
  • Home Runs – 44
  • RBI – 130
  • Slugging – .576
  • OPS – .977
  • OPS+ – 179
  • Total Bases – 370

His performance led to a 3rd place finish for the NL MVP Award.  He finished behind Sandy Koufax and Dick Groat.

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps ‘Rookie Debut’ – Blue Border – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps ‘Rookie Debut’ – Blue Border – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Yeah Buddy!!

Now that the base cards are out of the way, it is time to start hauling in as many of the colored parallels from the Topps Update set of Jose Fernandez that I can find.

First up is the Blue border version of Jose’s “Rookie Debut” card.

Have a look:



I like the way that the Blue looks with this card – a very natural fit.  The Blue works well with the team logo.

Time to find more!!!

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Roger Bernadina

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Roger Bernadina

Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.

One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power.  What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.

The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.

This is the Roger Bernadina card from the set:



What a catch!!!

This play happened in the bottom of the 12th inning in a game against the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park.  In the game, the Nats took at lead in the top of the inning and this catch saved the game and preserved the win for the Nationals.

2011 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

2011 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 2011, Ron Santo was elected into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

From MLB.com:

Legendary Cubs third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a 16-member Golden Era Committee, which revealed the results of its balloting on Monday at the Winter Meetings.

Santo and Gil Hodges, for many years two of the most-debated candidates for Cooperstown, were once again up for induction on a 10-person ballot, representing players and executives who participated from 1947-72.

Needing 12 votes (75 percent) to be elected, Santo — who died last year from the complications of diabetes and cancer — received 15 of the 16 votes. Pitcher Jim Kaat finished second with 10 votes, followed by Hodges and Minnie Minoso with nine each and Tony Oliva with eight.

Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Allie Reynolds and Luis Tiant each received fewer than three votes.

Santo becomes the fourth member of the Cubs teams from the 1960s and ’70s to enter the Hall, joining teammates Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ferguson Jenkins. Williams was a member of the committee that elected Santo.

Santo will be inducted during next year’s ceremony on July 22.

Also to be announced during the Winter Meetings are the winners of the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday and the Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday. The Spink is awarded by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to a baseball writer for long and meritorious service from that group. The Frick Award annually honors a baseball broadcaster for his excellence.

The annual BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot was sent out this past week and includes Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays pitcher Jack Morris and a host of players whose names are appearing on it for the first time. Larkin is on the ballot for the third time and seemingly has the best shot at being elected. Last year, he garnered 62.1 percent of the vote.

The BBWAA ballot winners will be announced on Jan. 9 by Hall president Jeff Idelson. MLB.com will simulcast MLB Network’s coverage of the announcement at 2 p.m. ET.

The Golden Era Committee gathered on Sunday to discuss the candidates and voted early Monday morning prior to the announcement.

The Golden Era Committee took its first crack at it this year with a pre-integration, pre-1946 committee to hold its first election next year. The post-expansion committee voted in general manager Pat Gillick last year. The trio of smaller committees cycle every three years. Finalists each year are selected by a BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee. To be eligible this year, candidates must have played at least 10 Major League seasons, not appear on MLB’s ineligible list and have been retired for 21 or more seasons.

Managers, umpires and executives must have spent at least 10 years in baseball and be retired for consideration.

Members of the Golden Era Committee were Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Williams; Major League executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen; and veteran media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

1978 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Joins The Philadelphia Phillies

1978 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Joins The Philadelphia Phillies

On this day in 1978, Pete Rose signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.

After spending the first 16 seasons of his big league career with the Reds, Rose would spend the next 5 with the Phillies.  And during that 5-year stretch, Rose would amass 826 hits while being named an All-Star four times, winning a Silver Slugger award, and a World Series title in 1980!!

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – All-Star & Home Run Derby Cards

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – All-Star & Home Run Derby Cards

I’ve been going after the Bryce Harper cards from the 2013 Topps Update set with some great, tenacious efforts.

Harper has two cards in the base set – a Home Run Derby card and an All-Star card.

Here they are:



And now that I have shown you the base cards that I have scored of Bryce from this set, I will begin to show off the colored parallel versions – and they are nice!

Stay tuned.  And thanks for reading!