Daily Archives: December 15, 2013

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Bob Gibson

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.

Dustin Pedroia 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter

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!

Roberto Clemente 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Hallmark Heroes’

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.


1986 Fleer Superstar Special ‘Cardinal Ignitors’ Starring Vince Coleman & Willie McGee

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.


1980 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

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???


Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Update – All-Star Card

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!