Daily Archives: December 12, 2013

2011 Florida Marlins Topps Heritage Minors Team Set

2011 Florida Marlins Topps Heritage Minors Team Set

I picked up this set for $1.00 recently on Ebay and did not think twice about the purchase.

While small, it does feature 3 players that the Marlins had high hopes for…

Have a look:



From left to right:

1) Matt Dominguez – now with Houston and played very well in 2013.  He showed off a much better bat with the Astros than when with the Marlins and their farm teams.

2) Kyle Skipworth – deeply entrenched in the Marlins farm system. Has yet to do anything worthy of a call-up.  I would not be surprised if he is dealt in a trade as an added piece in the future.

3) Christian Yelich – It is all up to him.  He should have a very solid shot at being the Opening Day center-fielder for the Marlins in 2014.  He had a nice debut in 2013 with the team and I would like to see him batting in the #2 spot in the order to see if he can move runners over when the lead-off guys get on board.  Everything I read says that this guy is a ”Stud”.  I sure hope they’re right!!!

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Gregor Blanco

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Gregor Blanco

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 Gregor Blanco card from the set:



Nice grab, Gregor!!!

He may not be a household name, but if Blanco keeps making plays like this, he will certainly be found in more highlights!!

The catch that is featured on this ‘Glove Stories’ card happened in the 7th inning of what eventually became Matt Cain’s perfect game.  Blanco made a leaping dive deep in the outfield that turned out to be the defensive gem of the game which preserved the win for the Giants and history for Cain.

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Chrome

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Chrome

Oh, yeah!

It was just a matter of time before I hauled in this beauty to accompany my other 2013 Topps cards of Bryce Harper for my player collection.

One of these days I will have to show off all of these at one time.  Between the base card from Series 1, the card from Opening Day, and now the Chrome, these are looking pretty good together.



My Harper collection is shaping up very nicely and now that I have tackled this card from the base Topps Chrome set, I need to shift my attention to his two cards from the Chrome Update set.

Hopefully I can nab them quickly and then move on to more colored parallels…

Stay tuned.

I Scored A Sweet 2013 Topps Finest 3-Rookie Card Lot Of Jose Fernandez!!!

I Scored A Sweet 2013 Topps Finest 3-Rookie Card Lot Of Jose Fernandez!!!

I’m treading water a little bit with all of these new player collections, but I finally got around to hauling in Jose Fernandez’s rookie card from this year’s Topps Finest release.

Instead of buying just one, I bought all three that the seller had – and I paid just $0.40 each!

Not a bad investment if I do say so myself…


Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Update ‘Chasing History’

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Update ‘Chasing History’

When I was piecing together my Miami Marlins team set from the 2013 Topps Update release a few months ago, I also picked up a few singles for my active player collections.

One of the cards that I scored was the Chasing History card of Reggie Jackson.

Have a peek:



This is Reggie’s second appearance in the ‘Chasing History’ series.  First, he was featured in the Series 1 issue and now he pops up again in the Update set.

In series 1, Reggie was sporting his Yankees uniform and the card was boasting about his chase for the 1980 Home Run Crown.

This time around, the card celebrate’s Reggie’s place on the all-time Oakland A’s home run list.  Reggie is third on the list behind Mark McGwire and Jimmie Foxx.

Joe Morgan 2013 Panini Cooperstown – Blue Crystal Parallel

Joe Morgan 2013 Panini Cooperstown – Blue Crystal Parallel

I really need to step up my Panini game during the offseason and go after all of the colored parallel cards of Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer that I can find.  The cards are very nice and I have put enough energy into collecting them.

Step one of that process was buying the Blue parallel of the Joe Morgan card for my Morgan PC.  I have the base and the Green cards in my collection, so the Blue version makes 3.  The card is serial numbered as 284/499 and because of the Blue background, it is a bit darker than what I would like.

But, I’ll gladly take it!!!