Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Roy Halladay

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Roy Halladay

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 Roy Halladay from the set:



For a player with 16 complete major league seasons under his belt, Roy Halladay’s postseaon career has been relatively limited.  He has appeared in the playoffs just twice, and both were recent – the 2010 and 2011 playoffs.

But, he did make a grand entrance with his debut in 2010.  Halladay pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the opening round of the NLDS.  The game was at home in Philadelphia and the victory drove the Phillies to a series win over the Reds and into the NLCS against the eventual champions, the Giants.

Jim Palmer 2010 Topps Short Print – NICE!!!

Jim Palmer 2010 Topps Short Print – NICE!!!

I have a small revolving list of cards that I am always keep an eye out for but will stand firm on my budget as I shop for them.  They’re not cards that I seek out every day, but roughly every week or so.  The list revolves and typically when I obtain a card or two from that list, I add a few more to start watching for.

One of the cards that has been on the list for a very long time has finally been bought.

And now, I am the proud owner of a 2010 Topps Short Print card of Jim Palmer.

Have a look:



The card is sweet!  And I love that logo in the lower-left corner.

Also, the camera angle is very unique, especially for a shot that was most likely taken in the 1970’s.

A great addition to my Jim Palmer collection!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Update All-Star Card – Gold Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Update All-Star Card – Gold Border Parallel

Oh, yeah!  Time to show off another colored parallel from the 2013 Topps Update set that features Marlins phenom and your 2013 NL Rookie Of The Year – Mr. Jose Fernandez.

Check it out:



I love it!!!  The Gold works very well with this card’s design and the Marlins logo looks surprisingly nice with a Gold background as well.

Gold is certainly fitting for one of the best pitchers of 2013.

And yes, I am going after more colored versions too. Stay tuned as I work to haul them in and then show them off!!!

Did You Know…

During the decade of the 1960’s, only one American League hitter led the majors in batting average.  In 1961, Norm Cash of the Detroit Tigers led all of major league baseball with a .361 batting average.

Norm Cash

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Sandy Koufax

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Sandy Koufax

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Sandy Koufax card from the set:

Prime Koufax


The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Koufax.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Started his career as a catcher
  • Played basketball at University Of Cincinnati
  • 3-time Cy Young Award winner
  • Holds single-season strikeout mark for lefties with 382
  • Threw 4 No-hitters
  • Won ERA title in each of final five seasons