Daily Archives: February 16, 2014

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps ’89 Mini Die-Cut

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps ’89 Mini Die-Cut

Oh yeah!!!

I have finally brought home the ’89 Mini Die-Cut card of Andre Dawson from the newly released 2014 Topps Series 1 set.

And the card is very, very nice.  Have a look:

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Sporting the same design as the 1989 flagship set, this mini card gets it kicked up a bit with the die-cut border.

And what is not to like about a card that shows off a smiling ‘Hawk’.  And those gold chains are exactly what the 1980’s were about.

A great addition to ‘Ultimate Dawson’.  I cannot wait to see what other cards of Andre are issued in 2014!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Bowman Chrome mini – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Bowman Chrome mini – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Oh yeah, another sweet Jose Fernandez rookie card for my collection.  And this one is sweet…

This card is the mini version of Fernandez’s 2013 Bowman Chrome rookie baseball card.

Have a look:

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I am hoping for really big things from the reigning ROY in 2014.  I’d like to see him get in 35 starts and 16+ wins.  I’d also like to see him in the running for the NL ERA title at the end of the year while striking out 250+ and keeping the K’s per nine innings in the 8-10 range.

And if the Marlins can get another starting pitcher to take their game to the next level, I am all for it!!!

Dustin Pedroia 2011 Donruss Extra Edition – YIKES!!!

Dustin Pedroia 2011 Donruss Extra Edition

While shopping for cards for my modern player PC’s on Sportlots.com, I discovered a set of cards issued by Donruss in 2011 called ‘Extra Edition’.  I had never seen or heard of these cards prior and I was immediately intrigued.

If you know of or have used Sportlots, you know that very few cards offer images – I often refer to it as ‘Blind Shopping’.

So, I checked out the checklist and found that it contained two players from my current PC roster.  I bought both of them.

And this is what I got:

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WHOA!!!  I wonder if any of the guys in the Red Sox locker room have seen this card.  And if so, I wonder how much fun they had at Pedroia’s expense as a result.  Posters in the locker room, training room, and bathroom all seem appropriate…

1975 Topps Set Card 18/660 – #68 – Ron Bloomberg, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 18/660 – #68 – Ron Bloomberg, Yankees

Progress: 18/660

Player Name:  Ron Bloomberg

Card Number: 68

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1969, 1971-76, 1978

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bloomberg played in just 34 games in 1975.  He hit .255 on the season with 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs.  He drove in 17 runs and scored 18 runs for the Yankees.

Notes From Career:  Bloomberg was the #1 draft pick in 1967.  He is noted as the first DH in New York Yankees’ history.  Bloomberg has a career batting average of .293 with an on-base percentage of .360.  He has 391 career hits including 67 doubles, 8 triples, and 52 home runs.  Bloomberg missed the 1970 and 1977 seasons due to injury.

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Come Check Out My Recently Completed 2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset!!!

Come Check Out My Recently Completed 2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset!!!

Yep, another subset has been completed.  This one is the 2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ set.

The 20-card set offers a nice mixture of both current players and legends.  And the design allows for a nice, large image to be the main attraction.

Here is the full set:

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Ultimately, I will always get behind a set like this.  I like subsets that celebrate baseball’s great history, player achievements, and heroic play.

But, this set offers up enough ‘duds’ to leave me slightly scratching my head.  And there are also some notable omissions from the set.  And while, I know that not every set can be a complete picture of the theme, especially when dealing with a budgeted number of cards to play with, I think that this set could have been built better with these changes:

Swap Joe Carter for David Wright
Swap Andy Pettitte for Justin Verlander
Swap Greg Maddux for Edgar Renteria
Swap Miguel Cabrera for Kirk Gibson

There, there you go – a few more historic players entered and a few that have yet to truly leave their mark on the postseason omitted.

‘Postseason Heroes’ – I love the idea, and the design is grand.  I just wish that it included a few more heroes and a few less zeroes…