Daily Archives: February 9, 2014

Ken Griffey Jr. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Ken Griffey Jr. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I completed a nice purchase of 2013 Allen & Ginter base card singles that would add a little A&G bulk to my collection.

Of the cards I bought, all were legends – either current or sure to be Hall of Famers!

First, I showed you the Johnny Bench card.

I also showed off the Joe Morgan mini no-number card.

And then I showed you the Eddie Murray card.

Three Hall Of Famers – and three ’30-YOC’ favorites!!!

Well, now it is time to feature the card of a future HOFer – Ken Griffey, Jr.

Have a look:


I like the card.  The Blue tones from the card’s border and text are nice complements to the Navy Blue of the Seattle Mariners uniform.

I just wish that Topps chose a better image to offer – this one makes me yawn a bit.  And that is tough when the player was one of the most exciting from his, or any, era.

Maybe next time!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Finest – Green Parallel Version

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Finest – Green Parallel Version

The scan may not feature it as well as I would have liked, but the card below is the Green parallel to the base card of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2013 Topps Finest baseball card set.

Each of the Green cards were serial numbered to just 199 copies.  The Stanton card that I scored is serial numbered as 180/199.

Have a look:


I like it!!

When Finest first made its appearance in the baseball card collecting world I was out of the hobby.  So, I never got to experience the reaction of the collectors to this product.  And now, decades later, I see that Finest is highly respected as the price tag it maintains for cards from back then is still on the higher side.

The design is unique.  The cardstock is modern.  The graphics are futuristic.

I’m a bit surprised by my reaction, but I like it!  We’ll see what the 2014 Topps Finest issue does to top this one…

Happy Birthday John Kruk!!!

Happy Birthday John Kruk!!!

John Kruk turns 53 years old today!

A man with one of the largest personalities in baseball during his playing days, John Kruk was always a fan favorite.  Although Kruk did not look like the prototypical baseball player, or athlete for that matter, he was as talented a hitter as there was in the late 80’s.  In Kruk’s 10-year playing career, he hit .300 or better 7 times.  And when he retired from the sport, he left with a career batting average of .300 while amassing 100 home runs and 592 RBI.

For Kruk’s birthday I want to give him something else.  Something nobody else may think of to give him.  I want to give him 1 more double.  I mean, who wants to retire from the game with 199 doubles when 200 sounds so much better?  So, ‘Krukkie’ my gift to you is 1 more ‘2-bagger’.

Happy Birthday & Enojy!!!

Happy Birthday Mookie Wilson!!!

Happy Birthday Mookie Wilson!!!

Mookie Wilson turns 58 years old today.

Mookie Wilson’s major league career spanned 12 seasons, spent in both New York and Toronto.

As a player, Mookie was a run-scorer!  In 12 seasons, he scored 731 runs, with his career high of 91 coming during the 1983 baseball season.  His great speed was also used for getting him into position for scoring all of those runs.  Mookie amassed a solid number of doubles and triples, with 227 and 71 respectively.

Wilson is probably best known for the base hit that led the New York Mets to a win in Game Six of the 1986 World Series.  That hit, and play, is baseball history and Wilson was the catalyst.

Happy Birthday Mr. Wilson!!!

My 1975 Topps Checklist Is Ready. It’s Time To Go, Go, Go!!!

My 1975 Topps Checklist Is Ready.  It’s Time To Go, Go, Go!!!

Finally, I am ready to begin this process.

Let’s consider this my first official post for my new ‘1975 Topps Set Build’.

I’ve pulled 11 ‘spare’ cards from some of the player collections I have put together over the last six years to give myself a slight head start in this process.  And I also have a nice 75-card lot of cards in transit to me that should be delivered on Monday (according to the USPS tracking details).

So, all that is left is to log the cards into my checklist, scan the cards, and get to blogging!

My goal is to feature each card individually on the blog – some days will feature one card, other days will feature many, and some will feature none.  But no matter how you slice it, I will be making the 1975 Topps Set Build a huge part of my blog for the foreseeable future.

And I have also done a little homework as to how I want to show off these cards.  Sure, I will add a nice ’30-YOC’ flair to the posts, but I absolutely took inspiration from some of my favorite set builders like Night Owl, Brandon, ChuckNeo, and UnlceMoe.

Also, I have added a new tab on the top of my homepage that takes you right to my checklist.  I will do my best to keep this as accurate as possible with the goal of orchestrating some trades to help me add more cards to the set.  If you have any spare cards from the 1975 Topps set sitting around that are not major parts of your collection, hit me up and let’s see if we can work something out.

Lastly, I have decided to store my set in an album.  This is a bit of a departure for me, but I think that this is the best way to go.  It will allow for me to remain organized while also giving me the ability to check out all of the bright and funky color combinations that make up this historic baseball card set.


Let’s go!!!

1975 Topps Album