Daily Archives: December 20, 2013

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Finest

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Finest

While I have yet to find a card from the 2013 Topps Finest base set that truly blows me away, I will admit that I am liking the card’s design quite a bit more now than when the set was first released.

The card’s design is a bit odd, but it does allow for the image of the player to stand out as the main attraction of the card.  And it does have a slight 3-D effect as well.

What I have noticed so far, at least in my opinion, is that the cards that feature players wearing colors that contrast to the card’s graphics seem to look better.  Bright and strong colors work, whereas dull and drab tend to lose the effect of standing out.

An example of a nice looking card from the set is the Bryce Harper card.  I just picked one up for my collection last week.

Check it out:



See how nicely the Red of Harper’s uniform and helmet looks?  It stands out very nicely against the Grey and Black background.  But, for cards of players on the Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, and others that feature a lot of White or Grey, I don’t think that they look as nice…

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Tribute – Blue Parallel Version

Joe Morgan 2011 Topps Tribute – Blue Parallel Version

Oh yeah, first was the base card and now I have secured the ‘Blue’ card of Joe Morgan from the 2011 Topps Tribute set.

The Blue version of the card is serial numbered as 166/199, but I have to say that the Blue background is not working for me.  It simply looks ‘too fake’ – and the base is a much cleaner look.

See for yourself:



See what I mean?  Just a bit too ‘manufactured’ if you ask me.

But, since the card features Mr. Morgan, I went after it.  And there is still more to try to haul in too – hopefully I can grab one or two more of the colored parallels soon.

Reggie Jackson 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions – YIKES!!!

Reggie Jackson 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

Honestly, I don’t know what the creative team at Upper Deck is thinking with their ‘Goodwin Champions’ set of cards.

Sure, I get the fact that the cards take you and the player featured ‘off the field’.  But, from what I can see, this set offers up a huge helping of ‘WIERD’.

Need proof?  Check out the Reggie Jackson card from the set:



Ok, first let me tell you that  I only bought this card because I collect Reggie and I try to stay on top of all of his modern releases.

This card is just plain awful.  I mean, here was have a shot of Reggie standing on either a roof-top or balcony in NYC.  He’s sporting what appears to be a Gold Rolex watch that costs more than most of us probably make in a season, and he is also showing off his well-defined abdominal muscles in a short that exposes his entire mid-section.


Give me Reggie hitting home runs.  Give me Reggie in the on-deck circle preparing to go to work.  I’ll even take Reggie standing next to one of his muscle cards.  But this card does not belong in a set that is geared towards a hobby whose audience is made up of mostly males.


Did You Know…

Sandy Koufax was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in three different seasons.  He accomplished the feat in 1963, 1965, and 1966.

Koufax pin

Hall Of Fame Debate: Analyzing The Career Of Roy Halladay

Hall Of Fame Debate:  Analyzing The Career Of Roy Halladay

As soon as the announcement of Roy Halladay’s retirement hit my IPhone courtesy of my SportsCenter app, I immediately wondered how it would be reacted to by the baseball world.

Halladay has long been a favorite of mine, at one time he held the top spot among active pitchers not calling Miami home.

I compare him often to Fergie Jenkins – elite for a decade, and oftentimes overlooked because of where he played and how his teams fared while he starred with them.

And now, with his major league career closed, the question becomes – ‘Is Roy Halladay a Hall Of Famer’??

So, let’s debate!!!

Halladay Photo


The 16-year career ended with a record of 203-105, good for a win percentage of 65.9%.  He amassed an ERA of 3.38 and pitched 200 or more innings in a season eight times.  Halladay threw 67 complete games and tossed 20 shutouts.  In 2,749 innings of work, he struck out 2,117 batters while walking just 592 – good for a 3.58:1 ratio as well as a ratio of 6.9 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.

Halladay was named as an All-Star eight times.  He finished in the Top 9 for the MVP Award on two occasions and he is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner.

He has pitched a perfect game and threw a no-hitter in his first postseason performance.

In his 16 season career, he only made the playoffs twice, both near the end of his career with the Phillies.  He has never played in a World Series.

It is quite a resume – but is it Hall of Fame worthy??

That is a very good question.

Can a player that averaged just over 12.5 wins per season rest along the likes of Tom Seaver or Juan Marichal?  Does a pitcher that was the ‘Ace’ of his staff for a decade but could not deliver the postseason deserve induction alongside baseball’s greatest of all-time??

For me, the answer is simple – IT IS YES!!!  Halladay was the dominant pitcher in the AL for a 8-year stretch that saw 2 Cy Young Awards and five more ‘Top 5’ finishes.  The numbers are completely impressive – and even more so when you look at the teams he faced while playing in the very competitive AL East.

He has my vote.

Does he have yours???  Let’s hear it.