Daily Archives: December 28, 2013

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter

He kind of looks like a different dude without the dreads pouring out of his cap, doesn’t he?

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I am pretty surprised that Topps decided to not ‘add’ McCutchen’s signature dreadlocks to this shot even if the image did not have them showing.

With the popularity that McCutchen has gained over the last few seasons and the level he has taken his game to as one of its elite, young superstars, my guess if that this shot was from his 2013 A&G card, it would have had the dreads added…

 

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Bryce Harper

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Bryce Harper

Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.

One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power.  What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.

The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.

This is the Bryce Harper card from the set:

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What a grab!!

Harper made this catch on April 29, 2012 – his second game in the big leagues!  The play was made at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and came off of the bat of Juan Uribe.  The Dodgers defeated the Nationals 2-0.

Golden gloves are in this kid’s future!!

George Brett 1986 Topps

George Brett 1986 Topps

I don’t know if he just gone done with a session in the cages or if he is just wandering around the stadium with his favorite piece of lumber, but George Brett sure does look happy in the picture used on his 1986 Topps baseball card.

Have a peek:

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My favorite stat from Brett’s 1986 baseball season?

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Brett was intentionally walked 18 times during the course of the 1986 baseball season, an American League high.  And while this kind of treatment is typically reserved for the slugger, it shows just how well-respected Brett’s hitting talents were throughout the league.

Atta Boy George!!!

Did You Know…

On May 11, 1936, Yankees’ second baseman Tony Lazzeri recorded 11 RBI in a single game – an American League record.  This feat remains intact today.

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Florida Marlins 2007 Topps Team Set

Florida Marlins 2007 Topps Team Set

As much as I truly enjoy the baseball card design that offers a full, Black border, I am not a fan of the 2007 set.

I believe that 2007 was the last season in which Topps has not offered us a colored background for their flagship product, and I am thankful for that.

For me, the Black borders on this issue are fine, but it is the Teal squares in all of the corners that are unnecessary.

Have a look:

2007 TOPPS A 2007 TOPPS B 2007 TOPPS C

 

I will applaud Topps for mixing up the kinds of images used in this release – from action to posed to day and night activity.  And I also like added ‘themed’ cards of both Johnson/Olivo and Uggla/Ramirez.

See, it is not all bad – just dump the Teal cubes and maybe round the corners of the images to soften them up a bit…  🙂