2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Bob Gibson
The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes. And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.
That does leave room for some nice surprises…
This is the card of Bob Gibson from the set:
Bob Gibson’s resume includes three trips to the World Series in a five season span. Gibson and his Cardinals teammates walked away with two titles in 1964 & 1967.
Competing in 9 contests, Gibson went 7-2, while throwing an incredible 8 complete games including 2 shutouts. His ERA in World Series play is a low 1.89. And in 81 innings of work, Gibson struck out 92 batters while walking just 17.
Gibson was named as World Series MVP in both the ’64 and ’67 match-ups. He is often credietd as one of the best pitchers in postseason history.
Posted in 2013 Topps Update 'Postseason Heroes'
Tagged 1964 world series, 1967 world series, 3000 k's, 3000 strikeouts, bob gibson, Cardinals, cy young, cy young award, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, pitcher, st. louis cardinals, world series, world series MVP
Dustin Pedroia 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter
Wow, look at how young Dustin Pedroia looks on his 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card:
I guess that once you take away all of the playoff scruff that comes with the chase to the playoffs, you see a different kind of guy.
Personally, I prefer to see him with some kind of beard, and a very dirty uniform too!
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Tagged 2007 world series, 2013 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, dustin pedroia, fenway park, gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series
Roberto Clemente 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Hallmark Heroes’
The nice looking subsets issued as a part of Topps’ Gypsy Queen seems to never end. And trust me when I tell you, I am not complaining!!!
Personally, I think that Gypsy Queen has the best subsets in the hobby right now, and while I don’t have too many cards from the ‘Hallmark Heroes’ in my collection as of yet, just looking at this card of Roberto Clemente that I recently picked up makes me want to check out the full checklist and possibly go after it.
Posted in Roberto Clemente Collection
Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball hero, baseball legend, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, pirates, pittsburgh pirates, Roberto Clemente
1986 Fleer Superstar Special ‘Cardinal Ignitors’ Starring Vince Coleman & Willie McGee
A few weeks back, I showed off a 1986 Donruss baseball card that featured two of St. Louis’ great, fleet-footed outfielders – Willie McGee & Vince Coleman.
Well, I am going to do it again!!!
This card, issued in the same year (1986) is from the Fleer issue.
The card is from Fleer’s wildly popular ‘SuperStar Special’ subset and it is tagged as ‘Cardinals Ignitors’.
You can be the judge, but I find this on created by Fleer a huge upgrade over the Donruss release.
Posted in Vince Coleman Collection
Tagged baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, collecting, collection, hobbies, hobby, Mets, New York, NY, rookie, St. Louis, stolen bases, Vince Coleman
1980 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball
On this day in 1980, Dave Winfield signed the largest contract in professional baseball’s history. As a free agent, Winfield signed with the New York Yankees for 10 years and $23 million dollars. In today’s age the Yankees got a bargain to land a player of Winfield’s ability for just $2.3 million per season. But, back in the 80’s this was big news!!!
In 1980 the average baseball salary was $143,756. Now you can see why this was such a big story almost 30 years ago. In 2002, baseball’s average salary was what Winfield was getting on this contract – $2.3 million. And for the 2008 season, the average was $2.925 million per year.
It can easily be argued that Winfield was worth the money the Yankees invested in him. For the next 5 seasons ‘Big Dave’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP. He was selected to 8 consecutive All-star teams as a Yankee and won 5 Silver Slugger titles as well.
By comparison, there are 2 players that in 2008 made MORE money than Dave Winfield did over the course of this 10-year contract. In 2008, Alex Rodriguez earned $28 million dollars and his teammate, Jason Giambi, earned $23.4 million. Winfield’s deal looks like a steal now doesn’t it???
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Dave Winfield Collection
Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, 400 home runs, 400 home runs club, 400 hrs, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, collection, dave winfield, Dave Winfield Collection, donruss, fleer, Hall Of Fame, hobby, HOF, new york yankees, padres, san diego padres, topps, yankees
Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Update – All-Star Card
Lately I have been so focused on trying to grab as many 2013 Topps Update cards of Bryce Harper that I kind of left the 2012’s in the dust.
Well, I spent 15-20 minutes the other night re-tooling how I was searching for the missing cards of Harper that should be easy to find and cheap to add to my collection, and the first one I went after was his All-Star card from the 2012 Topps Update set.
Check it out:
And now that I am a bit more focused in my approach, you may see a few more 2012’s pop-up during this offseason as I play’ Catch Up’.
It should be a lot of fun!
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Tagged 2012 baseball season, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball news, big league debut, bryce harper, bryce harper debut, bryce harper news, major league debut, nationals, nationals news, Rookie of the Year, ROY, washington nationals, washington nationals news