Daily Archives: December 11, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

This is easily my least favorite baseball card of Giancarlo that I have brought into my collection since announcing my desire to add him to my ‘Player Collection Roster’.

See why here:

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Just an awful image…

Anyway to liven this up, I thought I would let you know that so far during his career, Giancarlo Stanton is averaging 1 home run hit out of every 4 at bats.  He has 119 home runs and just 464 hits – good for 25%.  At this rate, and if healthy, Stanton should reach 150 career home runs by the end of the 2014 baseball season – and he will be just 25 years old!!!

Go Get ‘Em Giancarlo!!!

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield

These ‘Generations’ cards are pretty cool.  I have a few of them in my collection, and while shopping for some stuff on Sportlots.com, I grabbed this one for my Frank Robinson player collection.

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Let me tell you that, YES I already own this card in my Andre Dawson player collection.  But, since the card also features legendary player Frank Robinson, I pounced on the opportunity to add it to another PC that I am building.

As a part of the 2o05 Donruss Throwback Threads set, this card features three players from three different eras that played very similarly to one another.  I like the pairing idea, and I especially like to see who the card companies match up on cards like these.

The combination of Robinson, Dawson, and Gary Sheffield is a very solid one.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Albert Pujols

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Albert Pujols

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Albert Pujols from the set:

 

 

 

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Arguably the best player in baseball this century, Pujols has amassed some incredible numbers prior to his 32nd birthday. Already a 3-time MVP winner and 2-time World Series champion, Pujols is quickly racking up statistics that mirror or surpass some of baseball’s greatest players. With a career batting average of .325, and with 2,246 hits in just 12 seasons, the sky is the limit for this talented hitter. And don’t forget about the 475 home runs and 1,434 RBI Albert has already accumulated too.

I am hopeful that ‘The Machine’ returns for a fantastic 2014!!

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

1973 HEADLINE: Ron Santo Traded To The Chicago White Sox

On this day in 1973, Ron Santo was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox.

After 14 glorious seasons in which he called Wrigley Field home, Ron Santo was traded to the White Sox where he would play his 15th and final season in the big leagues.

During his time with the Cubs, Santo established himself as one of the best third basemen in all of baseball.  A 9-time All-star and winner of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards, Santo was a fan favorite.  As the team started to tear apart it’s core, Santo was gone along with Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In that 1 year he played for the White Sox, Santo hardly lived up to his reputation.  At just 34 years of age, his prime was past him.  Gone were the double-digit home runs and gone were the 80+ RBI tallies.  Still, Santo enjoyed one more year in the city he loved.  And the fans showered him with appreciation!!!

1951 HEADLINE: Joe Dimaggio Set To Retire

1951 HEADLINE: Joe Dimaggio Set To Retire

The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it more than six decades after his retirement from the game.  “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer.  Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country.  Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.

In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons.  The numbers are pretty impressive:  (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes.  Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI.  Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors.  WoW!!!  The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.

One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments.  Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!!

And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”.  In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games.  Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again.

Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.

Million Dollar Question – What Is Your Favorite Baseball Card Set Of 2013??

Million Dollar Question – What Is Your Favorite Baseball Card Set Of 2013??

I am always interested to hear what things people enjoy most about baseball cards  – vintage or modern.

For some, it is the photography, for others it is the graphics, some select a combination of both, and some are seeking rare and exclusive things like low-serial numbers, pieces of memorabilia, and autographs.

We all have our favorites.  And that is what tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ is all about.

What Is Your Favorite Baseball Card Set Of 2013??

For me, a modern release has to include legends in the set so I can get excited about finding cards for both my vintage and modern player collections.  From there, I like to analyze the subsets, the design of the base set, and the Miami Marlins checklists.  If all three are met with satisfactory results, it is a candidate for my ‘Product Of The Year’.

In 2013, I got more into collecting modern players than I have in the last 5+ years.  This allowed me to enjoy more sets and look forward to more releases throughout the season.  And because of that, I think that I can fairly judge all 2013 major brand releases and make an informed choice based on what I seek from a new set.

Before making my announcement, let me say that in my eyes Panini took great strides in 2013.  Their Cooperstown and Hometown Heroes sets were both fantastic and each ranks very high on my list (between 2-4).

But, for me, the best product this year was Topps Gypsy Queen.  This has been my favorite set for the last few years, but I think that the 2013 release is the best yet.  GQ offers a great mix of former and current players and I love all of the added colored parallels and mini cards.  And while the Marlins team set consisted of just three cards, the entire set featured dozens of cards that I would eventually add to my collection.  I also think that this year’s subsets were superb – Collisions At The Plate, Glove Stories, and Sliding Stars are all awesome!

How about you?  What was your favorite release from 2013?

I cannot wait to hear your answers to this one…  Let’ Go!!!