Daily Archives: January 22, 2014

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Travis Snider

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Travis Snider

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 Travis Snider card from the set:

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On September 27, 2012, Travis Snider scaled the wall at Citi Field and pulled  a home run out of the air to help his Pittsburgh Pirates team win a game.  The ball was crushed by Mike Baxter of the Mets and when hit, both he and pitcher Kevin Correia both thought that the ball was leaving the field.

Travis Snider had other plans…

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1991 Score

Vince Coleman ‘Fab Five’ – Card #3 – 1991 Score

Now that my Vince Coleman player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #3 – 1991 Score

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While not known as an elite defender during his major league career, you would have to think that Vince Coleman had an advantage in chasing down fly balls simply due to his speed, right?

He was far from a horrible defender – in 13 seasons, he had a 97.4% fielding percentage and committed just 68 errors in 1,311 games.

This card from the 1991 Score set captures that speed on the outfield grass very well!

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Kind Of Looks Like An Non-Licensed Card…

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

While not his fault, but this card kind of looks like a card that does not carry a MLB license.

With the mighty swing that is covering the Pittsburgh ‘P’ on his jersey, and the lack of a team logo on the card, this one kind of looks like an un-licensed product…

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Simply swap out ‘Pirates’ for ‘Pittsburgh’ in the name/team area on the bottom bar of the card and you are there…

1997 Headline: Don Mattingly Retires From Baseball

1997 Headline: Don Mattingly Retires From Baseball

On this day in 1997 the above headline, or something very close to it, appeared on every sports page across America.  Don Mattingly, ‘Donnie Baseball’, was retiring from the country’s national past-time.

Don Mattingly gave us 14 years.  14 wonderful years.  14 years of memories that will last and be passed down  from generation to generation.  Never the most talented player on his team, Mattingly was without question the leader of his New York Yankees team.  His incredible vision and skill as a contact hitter were remarkable.  And for a few years in the mid-1980’s he thrilled us at the plate as his batting average hovered close to .350 season after season.

But Mattingly was not a 1-dimensional player.  When needed, he was able to hit for power and do it well.  Mattingly blasted 222 home runs in his career and hit 30 or more homers 3 times.  And then there was the 8-game streak in 1987 in which Mattingly launched a homer in each game.  A truly amazing feat by this great competitor!!

And to round out his play, Mattingly was a dominant defender at 1st base.  A 9-time Gold Glove winner, ‘Donnie Baseball’ could do no wrong when taking the field.  In 1,634 career games at 1st base, Mattingly committed just 64 errors.  That’s just 1 error per 25 games played and just 6 per year.  INCREDIBLE!!!

The Hall of Fame debate about Mattingly always makes for interesting conversation.  He won the MVP award one time, and finished in the Top 10 for the award 3 more times.  He has been to 6 All-star games, won 3 Silver Slugger awards, and has 9 Gold Gloves to his credit.  Whether he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame is an argument that could go on forever, but he will certainly go down as one of the best, if not the best, 1st baseman to play baseball in the 1980’s.

1982 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Joins The California Angels

1982 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Joins The California Angels

On this day in 1982, Reginald Martinez Jackson signed as a free agent with the California Angels.

The deal, a five-year pact, moved Reggie back to California.  It was during this time that Reggie was moved from an outfielder position to Designated Hitter.

Million Dollar Question – What Player Will Have The Most Cards In The 2014 Topps Series 1 Release?

Million Dollar Question – What Player Will Have The Most Cards In The 2014 Topps Series 1 Release?

OK gang, as we all know, the 2014 Topps Series 1 product release is scheduled for the middle of next week.  And I anticipate that the full checklist will be made available in the coming days and Topps prepares for another season of baseball card production.

So, my question to you is this – What Player Will Have The Most Cards In The 2014 Topps Series 1 Release?

Who is going to have the most cards in the flagship set plus all of the inserts and subsets that will make up the 2014 Series 1 release?

My guess is the reigning NL MVP – Andrew McCutchen.  McCutchen was ‘All-World’ in 2014 – MVP, All-Star, Silver Slugger, Postseason with the Pirates.

I think McCutchen is the guy and I would not be surprised if he had 8-10 cards in the full Series 1 set.

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Who do you got???