Daily Archives: January 28, 2014

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Deion Sanders

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Deion Sanders

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 Deion Sanders from the set:

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It was kind of odd to find Deion in this set – especially since he never won a World Series.

But, if you look at the performance he put on in the 1992 Fall Classic as a member of the Atlanta Braves, you will quickly see why he was included.

Facing the Blue Jays, Deion went off – In 4 games he went 8-for-165 with two doubles and six singles.  He stole five bases and scored four runs while amassing a batting average of .533 and an on-base percentage of .588.

SUPERB!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Update All-Star Card – Blue Border

Jose Fernandez 2013 Topps Update All-Star Card – Blue Border

Oh yeah, another colored parallel card for my Jose Fernandez collection.

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This one comes from the 2013 Topps Update set.  It’s Fernandez’s All-Star cared from the set and it features the Wal-Mart exclusive Blue border.

Of all of the colored border cards in the 2013 issue, my opinion is that the Blue border Wal-Mart versions work the best with the Marlins color scheme!

I LOVE IT!!

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps All-Star Rookie Card

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps All-Star Rookie Card

One of the nest things about being named to the ‘Topps All-Star Rookie Team’ by Topps is that your cards during your second season feature a sweet trophy logo.

Unfortunately, for the players that were chosen as 2010 Topps All-Star rookies, the trophy used on their cards was far from phenomenal.

Have a look:

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Did you find it?

No.

OK, scroll up and try again – I’ll wait.

Find it?

Still no?!?!  Ok – look above the ‘Pittsburgh Pirates’ name, on the left side.

Yeah, so small you can hardly see it.  McCutchen got robbed!!!

Did You Know…

The first player to hit a Grand Slam in Game 7 of the World Series was Moose Skowron.  During the 1956 World Series, Skowron and his Yankees teammates battled the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 3-3 tie after six games.  But in Game 7, it was all Yankees as Skowron and his Yankees teammates blanked the Dodgers 9-0 capturing the 1956 World Series trophy.

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SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

When I tell you that Mike Greenwell was one of my favorite players from the late 1980’s I am not kidding.

Alongside Wade Boggs, Greenwell was so much fun to watch.  And he could do it all – hit for a high average, bang doubles off of the Green Monster, and drive in runs at a rapid pace.

He only played in the major leagues for 12 seasons (all with the Sox), and left the game at the age of 32.  But, Greenwell is loved in Boston and will forever be a member of ‘Red Sox Nation’.

His career numbers look like this:  .303 lifetime batting average, .368 on-base percentage, 1,400 hits, 275 doubles, 130 home runs, 80 stolen bases, 657 runs scored and 726 RBI.

Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and he also win the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the AL MVP race in 1988.

I am thrilled to add this signed ball to my collection and it will find a comfortable home with the rest of the balls I have signed by stars from the 1980’s.

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SWEET!!!