Daily Archives: December 27, 2013

2012 Bowman ‘Top Picks’ Featuring Josh Hamilton (1999 #1 Pick) & Bryce Harper (2010 #1 Pick)

2012 Bowman ‘Top Picks’ Featuring Josh Hamilton (1999 #1 Pick) & Bryce Harper (2010 #1 Pick)

I like cards like these.

Not only do the two players featured have a similar, all-around skill set, but they share the common thread of being the first player selected in the major league drafts that they were a part of.

For Josh Hamilton, that was way back in 1999 and for Bryce Harper it was just a few short years ago in 2010.



Can Harper eventually match or surpass what Josh Hamilton has done on the baseball field?  That remains to be seen, but at this point it is clear that he certainly has the skills and potential to do it!

I’d sure as hell like to see him exceed it.

Dustin Pedroia 2013 Topps – 1972 Mini

Dustin Pedroia 2013 Topps – 1972 Mini

One of the many things that I like about Dustin Pedroia is that he seems like the kind of player that would be able to achieve success in any era in which he played.

With a ‘Can Do’ attitude and a dirty uniform, Pedroia leads by example, and I think he would both silently and vocally do so regardless of the team he was playing for.

Adding him to a checklist of a subset that uses a baseball card design from the 1970’s makes a lot of sense.

And it is believable too!

This is his card from the 2013 Topps mini subset that used the very popular 1972 design:


2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Robinson Cano

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Robinson Cano

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Robinson Cano from the set:




The big news of the 2013 MLB offseason was that Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees was departing New York and heading for Seattle.  Easily the most well-rounded second baseman in all of baseball, Cano is an elite talent in the prime of his career.

After 5 All-Star selections, 5 Gold Glove Awards, 2 Silver Sluggers, and a World Series crown, Cano is set to be the leader of the Mariners offense when the 2014 baseball season starts.

I CANOt wait to see how this plays out!!

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

Come on now, how sweet is this card???




Picking up this card from the 2001 Topps Archives set, I am immediately takes to the ‘Bird Belters’ card from the 1968 Topps set that stars the Robinsons of Baltimore.

I have that ’68 card in both the original form, and the re-print.  It was on my ‘Want List’ for a very long time and I can honestly say that it is one of my ‘Top 10’ cards in my collection.

Maybe, I will go after the original of this one from the 1967 Topps set next…

Reggie Jackson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘Team Timeline’ w/Vlad Guerrero

Reggie Jackson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘Team Timeline’ w/Vlad Guerrero

In my opinion, one of the best things about collecting cards of a former superstar like Reggie Jackson is that there seems to always be a never-ending stream of new cards to add to the collection.

Unlike some of the roadblocks I have hit with my collections of Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, and Jim Palmer, the Reggie cards continue to flow at a steady pace.

The most recent card I scored that features Mr. October is from the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘Team Timeline’ set and also stars former major leaguer Vladimir Guerrero.

Have a look:



While I am not the biggest ‘DK’ fan out there, I do like when the merge two players  onto the same card.

And on this one specifically, I really like how they kept to the time and period that each player suited up for the Angels.

Gotta love those shades, the afro, and that old-school Angels cap that Reggie is proudly sporting on this one!!

Ozzie Smith’s Tough To Find Mint 1979 Topps Rookie Card

Ozzie Smith’s Tough To Find Mint 1979 Topps Rookie Card

There is no bigger card in the 1979 Topps set than Ozzie Smith’s rookie card.

I had one of these cards as a kid and eventually traded it away(I’m sure that I got the short-end of that stick!).

It is very hard to find a well centered Smith rookie card for some reason.  I don’t know if it was a manufacturing defect, but most of the Smith rookies I was able to find back then, and now on eBay as well, are cut pretty badly.  With a large and uneven border on the left, and a thin and slight border on the right being the norm, if you were able to find a well-centered Ozzie Smith rookie card, it carried a hefty price tag.

Today there are no less than 250 of Ozzie’s rookie cards circulating on eBay.  And if you look closely, probably 95% of them are badly centered.

For this card, the quest to find a nice one is certainly worth the wait!!!

Nice ‘Chops’ Ozzie!!!