Monthly Archives: January 2014

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Term “Release Date”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Term “Release Date”, I Think Of…


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 The Term “Release Date”, I Think Of…

If you asked me this question 12 years ago, release day meant that new CD’s were going to be on the shelf for the first time and that the prospect of owning new music from my favorite artist(s) was a reality.

If you asked me this question 7 years ago, release date meant that a new DVD was hitting the shelf for the first time and this allowed me and my family the opportunity to nab the DVD of a favorite drama, comedy, of family film.

Today, ‘Release Date’ means one thing and one thing only – BASEBALL CARDS!!!!

Music can be had on the web, oftentimes before the official launch.  Movies can also be pulled from the web, or rented for just a dollar or two. 

But, the release of a baseball card product cannot be replicated online.  This is still a unique experience.  And it is still a thrill.

And today is ‘Release Day’ for 2014 Topps Baseball, Series 1.  And I cannot wait!!!

2014 topps

So, When You Hear The Term “Release Date”,  What Is The First Thing That You Think Of??

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Al Kaline

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Al Kaline

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 Al Kaline from the set:


Kaline spent 22 years in the major leagues, and he called Tiger Stadium home for the duration of that time.  A 15-time All-Star with the club, Kaline was on par with the game’s greatest talents from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The member of the 1980 Baseball Hall of Fame class, Kaline collected 3,007 hits during his career along with 1,622 runs scored, 1,583 RBI, 399 home runs, and 137 stolen bases.  He won 10 Gold Gloves for his excellent play in the outfield as well.  Never an MVP, he did finish in the Top 10 on 9 separate occasions.

Kaline was the offensive leader of the Tigers team that won the 1968 World Series.  In 7 games, he hit .379 while connecting for 11 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs.

Jim Palmer 2004 Playoff Honors ‘Class Reunion’ With Joe Morgan

Jim Palmer 2004 Playoff Honors ‘Class Reunion’ With Joe Morgan

Cards like this one are so enjoyable to look at and enjoy – it is just tough when you collect both players.

So, what is a collector to do?

Again it is tough – but I will stick to my guns and approach a card like this in the same manner that I always have.  The card will go into the collection of the guy I have collected longer.

So, this card will go into my Jim Palmer collection.

The card is from the 2004 Donruss Playoff Honors subset tagged as ‘Class Reunion’.  The card is serial numbered as 318/1990, and it pays homage to the two men that were the headliners of the 1990 Baseball Hall of Fame class.

Have a look:




Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Chrome – Refractor

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Chrome – Refractor

My prior post that featured a card of Giancarlo Stanton featured his base card from the 2013 Topps Chrome set.

Well, that card inspired me to do a little more shopping.  And I kept my shopping Chrome-themed.

And I did well!

I landed a Refractor from the same 2013 set – and it is sharp!!!



Hank Aaron 2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint – Sapphire!

Hank Aaron 2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint – Sapphire!

After already scoring cards from this set of both Andrew McCutchen and Ken Griffey Jr., I immediately sought out the complete checklist as I really liked what I was seeing with this issue.

The result of my homework culminated in a search for the Hank Aaron card.

It did not take me too long to find one, and it was affordable.

So, I clicked.  I bought.  I paid.

And now, I have one more card from this unique set in my collection.

And the card is beau-ti-ful!!!

Have a look:


Featuring an ultra-gloss shine and the additional Sapphire coloring that the McCutchen and Griffey card offered, this one is exceptional.

I love the young image of Aaron on this card – and the updated look does not take too much away from the vintage feel of the card’s original design.

Another great addition to my Hank Aaron player collection.

Eddie Murray 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Eddie Murray 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Remember that Joe Morgan 2013 A&G card that I showed off the other day?

Well, that card was part of a multi-Ginter lot of cards that I picked up recently on

One of the others that I grabbed was the one below, the Eddie Murray base card.

Have a look:



I love it.  The blue background works very well with the Blue filigree framing and lettering that is presented at the bottom of the card.

I also like the vintage uniform that Topps chose to feature in this shot.

A great addition to my Eddie Murray collection, and another Allen & Ginter card from this year’s set that I really, really like!

Million Dollar Question – Will Alex Rodriguez Play Another Major League Game, And If So, Will It Be For The Yankees??

Million Dollar Question – Will Alex Rodriguez Play Another Major League Game, And If So, Will It Be For The Yankees??

The major league baseball career of Alex Rodriguez appears to be in limbo.

What we do know is that as for now, A-Rod will not be playing during the 2014 regular season or postseason.  He is allowed to return to major league game action in 2015.  And he is under contract with the Yankees.

He has said that he will take the time off to rehab old injuries, get in game shape, and hone his skills.

He has said multiple times that he wants to return.  And that he wants to play for the Yankees.

But, will he???

The relationship between Rodriguez and the team has surely soured as both sides have pointed fingers at one another over ‘he said / she said’ stuff as well as private medical issues being disclosed and made public.

To say that this whole things has been a horrible soap opera is an understatement.

My questions tonight are simple – Will Alex Rodriguez play in the majors again?  And if so, will he play for the Yankees?

alex rodriguez photo

My thoughts, for now, are as such – I do believe that he will play again.  I feel that he is owed way too much money to simply walk away from the game.  And he also has some major milestones to bypass that I think he wants to go after – 660 home runs and 3,000 hits.

Now, the team he plays for is another thing completely.  It is very likely that he never wears Yankees colors again, and if I was a betting man, I would say ‘No, not as a Yankee’.  They are sour on him, and he has no problem calling them out.

I think someone will pick him up, and I think that the Yankees would be happy to take on a large part of the money left on his contract to ensure that he never wears pinstripes again.

What are your thoughts?  Does he play again?  And does he call New York home any longer?

Let me hear it!

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:



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.


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.

Jose fernandez blue


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!


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:


Did you find it?


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!!!