Daily Archives: January 4, 2014

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

What a nice card.

I like the different angle of the image that was used.

And I have to say that I could very easily see the bat swapped out with the golf club, which I believe is something that Mr. Bench would really, really enjoy.




2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Greg Maddux

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Greg Maddux

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 Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Greg Maddux from the set:


In 23 big league seasons, Greg Maddux made it to 13 postseasons.  He competed in 9 NLCS match-ups, and 3 World Series’.  Maddux compiled a record of 11-14 in the postseason and went just 2-3 in World Series play.

Of his three World Series championships, he won a single title – in 1995.

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Chrome Update All-Star Card

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Chrome Update All-Star Card

I don’t know how or why it took me so long to get this card, but I am really happy that I did not forget to go after it.

This is the Chrome Update card of Jose Fernandez from the 2013 set.



Jose actually had two cards in the Update set – his Rookie Debut card and his All-Star card.

I can happily say that I have both now.  And I am eager to see if I can nab any of the colored parallel versions for my collection next.

Hopefully I can bring a few of them home!

Baseball Card Show This Afternoon!!

Baseball Card Show This Afternoon!!

Yessir, it is the first Saturday of the month, and of the new year, and that means that there is a baseball card show in town.

And while I normally skip the Saturday festivities and opt for the Friday evening event, my plans have been shuffled around a bit and I am able to make the show on Saturday.

So, I am hoping for a new batch of dealers as I have not been to a show on a Saturday in more than a year.  And hopefully with those new dealers comes new baseball cards for me to peruse too.

Since there are no ‘new’ releases for me to seek out at this show, I will not  be bringing a ‘want list’ this time around – strictly a collector going to see what he can uncover.

And you better believe that I will feature the full haul of the cards I score on Monday, so be on the lookout for that!!

Have a great weekend.  And grab some cardboard if you can.  I know I will…


card show 2


Did You Know…

The first Cuban-born inductee to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame was Tony Perez.  Perez was inducted into Cooperstown in 2000.

Tony Perez

Christmas Brings Me A Paul Molitor Signed Baseball With ‘HOF 04’ Inscription!!!

Christmas Brings Me A Paul Molitor Signed Baseball With ‘HOF 04’ Inscription!!!

After the Christmas holiday passed, I had quite a bit to go through and organize which has delayed my showing off of some of the really, great things that landed my way.

Of the lot, there was an item from my wife and boys that was simply super!

The gift was a signed Paul Molitor baseball with an added ‘Hall of Fame’ inscription.

Have a look:

Molitor Ball

Nice, huh??  Molitor has a bit of an odd scribble for his signature, but it is clearly his as I have seen dozens and dozens of them as I have shopped for more than a year for one for my collection of signed balls.

When Mill Creek ran their annual holiday sale during the Black Friday weekend after Thanksgiving, this ball was part of their offerings.  And I sent a few strong messages via email to my wife about how nice of an addition to this ball would be to my collection.

The hint was taken – and I am now the proud owner of another great ball.

And you know what, it is!!  I have wanted to add a Molitor signed ball to my collection for a while, and I can now claim that I have one.

A huge ‘Hat-Tip’ to my wife and kids for the great gift!!