Daily Archives: February 3, 2014

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps ‘Close Connection’ Die-Cut

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps ‘Close Connection’ Die-Cut

Die-Cut baseball cards are F-U-N!!!

And while I have not had too much luck pulling many Die-Cut cards from packs in the past, I do try to make it a point to grab them from online sources when I can.

And they never disappoint, though at times I have to wait a bit longer to get them as some carry a hefty price tag.

My most recent Die-Cut purchase comes from the 2013 Topps ‘Close Connection’ subset – and it is a complete Die-Cut card as all edges have been trimmed to offer a very unique card design.

Have a look:


I’m hoping that 2014 offers more Die-Cut cards as I enjoy going after them.

Billy Williams 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Billy Williams 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

After showing off my Ernie Banks card from the 2013 Allen & Ginter set yesterday, I figured that it made the most sense to grab my Billy Williams card and get it on the blog quickly too.

So, here is the card:


Obviously, the design is the same.  But, there is one major difference – the Red background versus the Blue.

And you know what, the Red is not that bad.  The 3-D effect is still achieved, and the Red also works with the Cubs’ color scheme.

I was so excited to see that Topps included Williams in this set – in my opinion, it was long overdue.  Mr. Williams had a nice hobby year in 2013, and for fans of the Cubs’ legend, we were treated with the opportunity to expand our collections and checklists.

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Upper Deck Goudey

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Upper Deck Goudey

Of the many Upper Deck brands that are no longer being produced, one of the ones that I miss the most is the Goudey brand.

Sure, I could go back to the 1920’s and 1930’s and try to bring some of the originals into my collection, but I would rather get a new release of the Goudey brand that featured players like Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and others.

Thankfully, Dustin Pedroia’s debut in the majors came before Goudey became extinct.

At least he has one of these:



And now, I have one as well!!

George Brett 1982 Topps A.L. All-Star – Ughhh…

George Brett 1982 Topps A.L. All-Star

Ughhh…  Another 1980’s All-Star card that does very little to show you why the player was selected as one of the best in the league and worthy of All-Star accolades.

Have a look:



This card comes from the 1982 Topps baseball card set.  And while it does feature a young, smiling George Brett, I would much rather be seeing something from the 1982 season that shows why Brett was deemed All-Star worthy.

His numbers from 1982 were solid:  .301 batting average, .378 on-base percentage, 166 hits, 32 doubles, 24 home runs, 82 RBI, and 101 runs scored.

Next time, give me that!!

Taking Cards From Peter To Share Them With Paul…

Taking Cards From Peter To Share Them With Paul…

After thinking about the best way to approach the start of my 1975 Topps Set Build, I settled in on pulling cards from existing player collections I have worked on that really showed no signs of being completed.

So, I started digging.  And I only had 1 rule to follow – DO NOT PULL CARDS FROM COMPLETED COLLECTIONS.

And then I got to work.  And I did rather well.

While I did not rescue cards of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Joe Morgan, Ron Santo, or Jim Palmer from my player collections, I did secure a very nice stack of cards to get my set build off and rolling.

In total, I pulled 11 cards.  And now I am 1.6% done with the Set!!

Here are the cards that I will begin my journey with:

Card #2 – Lou Brock, 1974 Highlights


Card #50 – Brooks Robinson


Card #150 – Bob Gibson


Card #165 – Steve Carlton


Card #193, 1955 Most Valuable Players


Card #199, 1961 Most Valuable Players


Card #202, 1964 Most Valuable Players


Card #450 – Willie McCovey


Card #540 – Lou Brock


Card #600 – Rod Carew


Card # 640 – Harmon Killebrew


Not a bad start, huh?  The cards look great and they are all in pretty sharp condition.

And now with this final step complete, I am ready to shop.

Progress: 11/660