Daily Archives: February 17, 2014

Manny Machado 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter ROOKIE CARD!!

Manny Machado 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter ROOKIE CARD!!

During a recent purchase on Ebay, I picked up a Jim Palmer card that I will show off later this week.  The seller was offering FREE Shipping on all single card purchases so I perused what he had to offer and I ran across this card of Manny Machado from the 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I scooped it up for just $1.99.

And now, it is home with me.

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I am eager to see how Machado does during Spring Training this year.  Coming off of major surgery, I hope the team plays it right and slowly gets him acclimated back to becoming an everyday player again.

I pray that he/they do not rush this process.  I’d much rather see him play in 150+ games during the regular season than rush through the Spring and suffer any setbacks.

And after 2014, the O’s need to strongly consider extending his contract through the remainder of the decade…

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Update ‘Franchise Forerunners’ w/Gerrit Cole

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Update ‘Franchise Forerunners’ w/Gerrit Cole

These ‘Franchise Forerunners’ are pretty sweet.  And while I am not certain that I have seen each and every one that is part of the set, I have seen enough to know that I prefer the ones that feature current teammates to a current and former player that simply happened to play on the same team.

For the ones that pair two current teammates, the card kind of feels like an old Topps ‘Team Leader’ card from the 1980’s.

This is the Pittsburgh Pirates card from the 2013 Topps Update set.  Thankfully, it puts Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole together.

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Due to their similarities, it would be fun to see a card with McCutchen paired with Roberto Clemente.  But for this ‘Forerunners’ card, I like that match-up that Topps gave us.

A very nice addition to my McCutchen PC!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes

I am really digging this new Panini release.  The cards may not feature MLB logos or team names, but the vintage design combined with solid image selections make this set a winner for ’30-YOC’.

For this card of Giancarlo Stanton you hardly realize that the Marlins’ logo is missing from his helmet.  At least, it did not immediately catch my eye as I was drawn to the pennant-style team banner that is soaring above his name.

Have a look:

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I am really liking this card.  Time to seek out the ‘FL’ and ‘Zip Code’ versions now.

You could be looking at my first ever attempt at a Giancarlo Stanton rainbow…  Get Ready!!

1975 Topps Set Card 19/660 – #584 – Mike Garman, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 19/660 – #584 – Mike Garman, Cardinals

Progress: 19/660

Player Name:  Mike Garman

Card Number: 584

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Pitching

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1969, 1971-1978

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Garman appeared in 66 games in 1975.  He went 3-8 and combined a 2.39 ERA.  He picked up 10 saves for the Cardinals in 79 innings of work while striking out and walking 48 batters.

Notes From Career:  Garman was primarily used in short relief roles during his career.  In 9 seasons, he pitched in 303 games but had just 8 starts.  Garman posted a record of 22-27 with 42 career saves.  He has a career ERA of 3.63 and a WHIP of 1.41.

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