Daily Archives: January 12, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Lineage

Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Lineage

The Topps Lineage set of 2011 was by far my favorite set of 2011.  As a matter of fact, I am still trying to complete a few collecting goals from that set…

My reason for liking the set, besides the card design, is that I like the complete mix of the checklist – from elite HOFers to young stars.

And speaking of young stars, I was lucky enough to nab this card of Andrew McCutchen from the Lineage set while shopping recently on Sportlots.com.

Have a look:

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The card is great – and the Pirates’ color scheme of Yellow & Black work very well with the card’s design.

And the Pirates logo in the lower-left corner is a nice and subtle stamp.

George Brett 1981 Topps A.L. All-Star

George Brett 1981 Topps A.L. All-Star

Another let down from the 1981 Topps baseball card sets…

Here is George Brett, a baseball superstar and All-Star, on his 1981 Topps baseball card.  And it is far from exciting.

Have a peek:

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Thankfully, after the 1981 set, Topps decided to honor the sport’s All-Star players with a second card in their base sets.  This allowed for the greatest players in the game to stand out a bit more – and it surely made team and player collectors happy.

Many of the All-Star cards issued after the 1981 set were still pretty awful to look at, but at least Topps made an effort to celebrate the best players!

1994 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1994 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Carlton had a dominant 24-season major league baseball career.  His resume boasts some incredibly impressive accomplishments including 4 Cy Young awards, 10-time All-star, 329 career victories, 4,136 strikeouts, 1 Gold Glove award, 1972 National League Triple Crown winner, and member of the 1967 World Series champions.

Carlton was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He captured 436 of 465 votes cast, good for 93.8%.

1988 HEADLINE: Willie Stargell Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1988 HEADLINE: Willie Stargell Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense.  He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits.  His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles.  He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.

Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39.  Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.  He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.

Stargell was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He collected 352 of 427 votes cast, good for 82.4%.

1983 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1983 HEADLINE: Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1983, both Brooks Robinson and Marichal were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Brooks Robinson is known for his glove first, and with 16 consecutive years of Gold Glove level performance it is clear to see why. On offense he has collected 2,848 hits, 268 home runs, 1,357 RBI, 1,232 runs scored, and a lifetime average of .267.  And the Orioles teams he played for did well too.  He is a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.

Juan Marichal is one of the many pitchers that defined the fantastic pitching era of the 1960s and 1970s.  Known for his famous leg-kick, Marichal dazzled while on the mound.  His efforts landed him 243 wins with 52 shutouts to his credit.  Marichal was a 9-time All-Star which says a lot of the respect he had around the league considering that he was fighting for roster spots with Seaver, Carlton, Ryan, Jenkins, and others.

Brooks Robinson was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He captured 344 of 374 votes case, good for 92%.

Juan Marichal was voted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot.  He captured 313 of 374 votes cast, good for 83.7%.

2003 Fleer Platinum Florida Marlins Team Set

2003 Fleer Platinum Florida Marlins Team Set

I did not realize it, but Fleer did it again in 2003.

Did what, you ask?

They duplicated another card design, or came close to doing so.

Doesn’t this card design kind of remind you of the 1988 Fleer League Leaders oddball set design???

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You bet it does!

And I am OK with that.

The set is nice, and I like all of the action pictures – especially the ones that show the Marlins doing their ‘Rickey Henderson Poses’ – Luis Castillo, Juan Encarnacion, and Juan Pierre.

Oh, and check out that insert card of Mike Lowell – a small piece of art!