Daily Archives: January 15, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps ROOKIE CARD – Factory Set Variation!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps ROOKIE CARD – Factory Set Variation!!!

For me, one of the best things about Ebay is that it allows for me to keep on top of the hobby – especially as it relates to new products hitting the market.

Sure, Facebook and some other sites that I visit have the details, but it is Ebay that lets me truly know when cards are available.

And when unique ones come out that would normally not hit my radar.

Like this 2013 Topps Factory Set variation of NL CY Young Award Winner, Jose Fernandez:

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Thank you Ebay, for always keeping me on track!

And as a result, I have a new rookie card to add to my Jose Fernandez collection.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Yoenis Cespedes

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Yoenis Cespedes

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 Yoenis Cespedes from the set:

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While Yoenis Cespedes may not have been a household name in the Bay Area prior to the 2013 Home Run Derby, the show he put on certainly elevated his status.

And now, as he enters his third big league season, it is time for him to take his game to the next level.  He needs to become an All-Star, chosen by the coaches.  He needs to launch 30+ home runs, and drive in 110+ RBI.  He needs to steal 25 bases and score 100 runs.  And he needs to see that the Oakland A’s surpasses the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and LA Angels yet again.

It is time for Yoenis Cespedes to become more than just a 1-night star.  It is time for him to break out!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Chrome – 1972 Topps Design

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Chrome – 1972 Topps Design

While when you look at Giancarlo Stanton, he may not remind you of the look that a slugger had in 1972, he could certainly hit the ball as far and as hard as any of the big-time sluggers from the 1972 baseball season.

While Giancarlo looks like he has been chiseled out of granite, the biggest sluggers of 1972 looked quite different.  Johnny Bench led the majors in ’72 with 40 home runs.  He was followed by Nate Colbert of San Diego who connected for 38 and then Dick Allen and Billy Williams who each had 37.

None of these guys had the build or stature of Giancarlo Stanton.

Hopefully, in 2014, he can sit atop the leader board for major league home runs like Johnny Bench did in 1972.

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1981 HEADLINE: Bob Gibson Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1981 HEADLINE: Bob Gibson Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Bob Gibson has the reputation as one of the toughest players to ever take to the pitching mound.  And his numbers are equally as tough!  In seventeen seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson composed a 251-174 record.  He has a career ERA of 2.91 alongside 3,117 strikeouts.  Gibson was a 8-time All-star, 2-time Cy Young award winner, league MVP, 9-time Gold Glove winner, and a 2-time World Series champion.

Gibson was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He collected 337 of 401 votes cast.

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

While I have yet to see a final checklist for the 2014 Topps Series 1 release, I am eager to see if Topps will do anything to honor the recently retired Mariano Rivera.

I have yet to see anything that says that they will, but I would be shocked if they did not.  Rivera is the class of the sport, and he is wildly popular among collectors – well past Yankees fans and collectors.

Surely something to honor him is in the works for Series 1, right??

What do you think??

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