Daily Archives: February 14, 2014

2006 Fleer Tradition Florida Marlins Team Set

2006 Fleer Tradition Florida Marlins Team Set

While the design is far from bright and flashy, the 2006 Fleer Tradition set offers up nice color and oversized images.

This is the Marlins team set:



The images used for this set are very nice and are packed with action.  I especially like the cards of Willis, Willingham, and Uggla from this set.

And while some of the colors used in the graphics are not great complements to the old Florida Marlins color scheme, they are actually nice accents to the card.

I wish this set gave us the full team – I’d like to see a nice 25-card team set with this design as long as Fleer could continue to give us the unique image selection that they did with the final 8-card set.

A great addition to my ‘Marlins Team Set’ project!

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Heritage – Memorable Moments – “Harper 3rd Teen With 2 Multi-Homer Games!!!”

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Heritage – Memorable Moments – “Harper 3rd Teen With 2 Multi-Homer Games!!!”

I love cards that commemorate an celebrate historical achievements that occur on the baseball field.  And that is exactly what you get from the Heritage ‘Memorable Moments’ set.

This card below of Bryce Harper acknowledges that Harper is just the third teenager in major league history to connect for two home runs in the same game.

Harper achieved the feat on September 5, 2012.  He joined Mel Ott and Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only members of this exclusive club.  And both of those guys tuned in Hall of Fame careers…  Just sayin…

Here is the card:


Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives – 1983 All-Star Design

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives – 1983 All-Star Design

I was very excited to see that Topps has paying homage to their 1983 Topps set within their 2013 Topps Archives release.

They did so by taking the biggest stars from 1983 and 2013 and putting them all into the 1983 Topps All-Star baseball card design.

Personally, I loved this idea and it would be one that I would certainly welcome with each new Archives release.  The graphics were solid and the player selection was a very strong reflection of the best players in the game in 1983 and 2013.

If I could change one thing, though, it would be the cardstock.  If you’re going to celebrate and honor a card design and style from thirty years ago, try to mimic the feel of the card as well.  The 2013 cardstock is nothing like what we had back in 1983.

Still, the cards look fantastic!  This is the card of Andrew McCutchen from the set:


1975 Topps Set Card 16/660 – #369 – Merv Rettenmund, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 16/660 – #369 – Merv Rettenmund, Reds

Progress: 16/660

Player Name:  Merv Rettenmund

Card Number: 369

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1968-1980

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rettenmund was a utility outfielder for the Reds in 1975.  He appeared in 93 games for the team and collected 226 plate appearances in that time.  He compiled a batting average of just .239 and an on-base percentage of .356.  Of his 45 hits on the year, he had 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 home runs.  He drove in 19 runs on the season while scoring 26 times.

Notes From Career:  Rettenmund won two World Series titles during his career – 1970 with Oakland and 1975 with Cincinnati.  He has 629 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .271.  Rettenmund was a solid fill-in guy for the outfield – he played 442 games in right field, 229 games in left field, and 155 games in center field.


Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Mike Piazza’s Vote Tally From His Second Ballot

Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Mike Piazza’s Vote Tally From His Second Ballot

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a Mike Piazza fan.  No, he did not do anything personal to me to make me feel this way, I just never got on board with him.  It may be the fact that he played for ‘my team’ for just 5 games back in 1998 or it could be the fact that when with the Mets he crushed ‘my team’ pretty regularly.

While I don’t care for him, I absolutely respect him.  His offensive game was unreal, and he was more than fair behind the plate.

It does seem that the BBWAA does not respect him though.

On his first Hall of Fame ballot, Piazza accumulated 329 votes which was good for 57.8% of the vote.  And then in 2013, he pulled in 355 votes while earning 62.2% of the vote.  I would have given him my vote on both ballots.  And I think that he should have been selected for enshrinement in 2013.

This improvement in votes captured shows that Piazza is heading in the right direction.  But based on the percentage change from 2012 to 2013, he is still 3-4 years away from getting to the needed 75%.

What is taking so long??

Isn’t Mike Piazza often tagged as the ‘Best Hitting Catcher Of All-Time’???

His offensive numbers are certainly Hall-worthy:  .308 batting average, .377 on-base percentage (mostly from the clean-up spot), 2,127 hits, 344 doubles, 427 home runs, 1,048 runs scored, 1,335 RBI, and 3,768 total bases.  All of this screams ‘Hall of Fame’.  He also raked in six 30/100 seasons and narrowly missed the number during three more seasons.  So, his production was strong – and very consistent.

Why the slow collection of votes??

Is it the ‘pretty boy’ image?  Is it the lack of superior play behind the plate?  The lack of postseason success?

Mike Piazza is a former Rookie Of The Year.  He was a 12-time All-Star.  He won 10 Silver Slugger Awards during his career.  Piazza never won an MVP Award, but he finished in the Top 9 during seven different seasons.

Of all of the eligible offensive players on the ballot, I would select Mike Piazza as a Hall of Famer before any of them.  Before Craig Biggio, before Jeff Bagwell, and even before my beloved Tim Raines.

Am I missing something??

Mike Piazza Photo