Daily Archives: December 21, 2013

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Reggie Jackson

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Reggie Jackson

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 Reggie Jackson from the set:

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Sure, Reggie Jackson may be best known for hitting home runs in three consecutive at-bats in the 1977 World Series that secured victory for the Yankees and a World Series championship as well.

But, Reggie’s postseason resume extends well beyond the 1977 Fall Classic.  Reggie is a 4-time champion, winning titles with the Oakland A’s in 1973 and 1974 and then with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.

He has a lifetime batting average of .357 in World Series play including 35 hits with 7 doubles and 10 home runs.  He has driven in 24 runs in 27 World Series games while also scoring 21 times.  Reggie has a World Series on-base percentage of .457!!!

Dustin Pedroia 2012 Bowman Platinum

Dustin Pedroia 2012 Bowman Platinum

One of the things that I like most about Dustin Pedroia is that as he has become a superstar in the game, he has shown no desire to ‘soften’ his approach to defense.

At the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season, Pedroia was named as a Defensive Player Of The Year, a first but well deserved award for the scrappy defender.

In 8 major league seasons, Pedroia has compiled a fielding percentage of .991, and has continued to improve season after season.  In 2013, he had a career high percentage of .993 and committed just five errors in 160 games.

Pedroia’s card from the 2012 Bowman Platinum card set shows him off playing ‘D’ while at second base.  It’s a nice look at his concentration while making another play.

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Andrew McCutchen 2010 Bowman Chrome

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Bowman Chrome

Here is another sweet Chrome card for you to enjoy.  This one comes from the 2010 Bowman Chrome baseball card set and it features Pirates’ superstar Andrew McCutchen.

Have a look:

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The 2010 baseball season was Cutch’s second season in the major leagues, and at the age of just 23, he began to show glimpses into what would become one of the most well-rounded offensive repertoires in the major leagues.

The numbers:  .286 batting average, 163 hits, 35 doubles, 16 home runs, 33 stolen bases, 56 RBI, and 94 runs scored.  He also accounted for 256 total bases.

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor Rookie Card!!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor Rookie Card!!!!

After securing the base/rookie/error card of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Topps Chrome baseball card set, I set out to try to grab some of the colored parallels to add a little bulk to my collection.

What I experienced is what I expected – Since nabbing the NL ROY Award in a vote that was pretty heavy in his favor, the price of Fernandez’s more exclusive set have begun to increase.  Topps Chrome falls into that bucket.

I was able to grab one parallel so far – the Orange version.

Have a look:

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It’s nice, and the Orange is obviously a nice complement to the Marlins team colors.

I’m hoping in time that the attention to Fernandez will subside just enough for me to be able to grab a few more cards from the Chrome set.

Time will tell…  And I will show off all of the cards that I am able to nab along the way!

Florida Marlins 2002 Fleer Platinum Team Set

Florida Marlins 2002 Fleer Platinum Team Set

Well, well, well, how is this for a nice blast from the past??

The 2002 Fleer Platinum baseball card set features one of my favorite Fleer designs from the 1980’s – 1987!

I picked up this 11-card Marlins team set a few weeks back when stocking up on team sets for my rapidly growing Marlins collection.  The set looks great with this vintage card design, and while some of the cards feature images that sway to the side of boring, there are a few that I really look.

Here is the full set:

2002 FLEER PLATINUM A 2002 FLEER PLATINUM B

 

As for the images that are boring, I will let you choose which ones fall into that bucket.  But, I will tell you that I really like the cards of Mike Lowell, Charles, Johnson, Luis Castillo, Preston Wilson, and Cliff Floyd – yep, I am a big fan of the ‘Batting Cage Card’.

NICE!!!