Daily Archives: January 16, 2014

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Manny Machado

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Manny Machado

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 Manny Machado card from the set:

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Manny Machado is one of just two infielders in this Glove Stories set.  Derek Jeter is the other.

Manny Machado won his first Gold Glove in 2013, his first full-time season in the major leagues.

The play captured on this card was from a game played between the Orioles and their divisional rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays.  In the ninth inning of the game, and with the score tied 2-2, Machado bare-handed a soft roller and faked a throw to first then pivoted and threw to third base securing the out for Baltimore.  The O’s would go on to win the game 3-2, with the defense of Machado leading the team to victory.

Dustin Pedroia 2011 Topps Lineage

Dustin Pedroia 2011 Topps Lineage

When I think back to the 2011 Topps Lineage set (a 30-YOC favorite), I try to determine if the modern player pictured could have starred in baseball during prior generations.

Some players may do fine.  Some will fail miserably.  And some will shine.

I firmly believe that Dustin Pedroia would be one that would shine quite brightly.

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Pedroia has the skill at the plate, discipline in the field, and determination on the base paths to excel – regardless of the era he plays in.

I could see him easily fitting into many of the scrappy teams from the 1970’s.

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – “The Championship Years”

Reggie Jackson 2000 Upper Deck Yankees Legends – “The Championship Years”

Easily one of the most photogenic baseball players of all-time, there is a plethora of solid images available of Reggie Jackson that deserve to be celebrated and featured on baseball cards.

And thankfully, Upper Deck has acknowledged this fact and presented us with handfuls of sweet Reggie Jackson baseball cards.

Like this one:

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The card is from the 2000 Upper Deck Legends subset tagged as ‘The Championship Years’.

Reggie won two titles with the Yankees – in 1977 and 1978.

And while he is certainly not the most decorated Yankee, he is absolutely one of the most celebrated and collected.

A great card for my Reggie Jackson player collection!

Happy Birthday Albert Pujols!!!

Happy Birthday Albert Pujols!!!

Albert Pujols turns 34 years old today.

Arguably the best player in baseball this century, Pujols has amassed some incredible numbers prior to his 34th birthday. Already a 3-time MVP winner and 2-time World Series champion, Pujols is quickly racking up statistics that mirror or surpass some of baseball’s greatest players. With a career batting average of .321, and with 2,347 hits in just 13 seasons, the sky is the limit for this talented hitter. And don’t forget about the 492 home runs and 1,498 RBI Albert has already accumulated too.

Pujols will surely eclipse some major milestones in the coming seasons.  It will be very interesting to see where he lands, and how he ranks when his career ends.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Machine’.

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear “BBWAA”, I Think Of…

CLOWNS

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I mean seriously, with the recent Hall of Fame election votes announced, doesn’t something need to be done to get this process back on track and have the results truly mean something?  For one guy to just vote for Jack Morris is absurd.  And for players like Armando Benitez and Jacque Jones to get a vote this year, what a joke.  And Aaron Sele last year?  Come on.  And for the guys to turn in ’empty’ ballots – give me a break.  And while I don’t necessarily agree with his thoughts, what Dan LeBatard did with his 2014 Hall Of Fame vote is absurd.

It’s time for the Baseball Hall Of Fame to take a stand and see what the old voting style is doing to the museum.  And it is time to create a panel of quality writers, former managers, players, and executives that can universally make these decisions with the goal of honoring the history of the game as their lone priority.

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear “BBWAA”, You Think Of…