Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

1972 Topps American League Home Run League Leader Card w/Reggie Jackson!

1972 Topps American League Home Run League Leader Card w/Reggie Jackson!

While most of the Reggie Jackson cards that I score are from modern issues, I still keep my eyes open for vintage goodies that I can add to my collection that feature Mr. October.

And my latest purchase is just that – a card from the 1972 Topps baseball card set.

This is the League Leaders card that celebrates the American League home runs leaders from the 1971 baseball season.

Check it out:

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As for the numbers, Bill Melton paced the AL with 33 home runs while both Norm Cash and Reggie Jackson connected for 32 round-trippers.

And in today’s game, there is usually at least 1-2 players chasing 30 by the All-Star break…

2014 Topps NL ERA League Leaders Card w/Fernandez, Kershaw, and Harvey – Blue Border Version

2014 Topps NL ERA League Leaders Card w/Fernandez, Kershaw, and Harvey – Blue Border Version

Trust me when I tell you that I am trying to get the full rainbow of these League Leaders cards that features 2013 NL ROY Jose Fernandez.

But, I am encountering a lot of competition…  Trying to beat the Kershaw and Harvey collectors is proving to be a tough task.

But, I did score the Blue-border parallel.

Have a look:

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Score 1 for the ‘Good Guys’!!!

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Update All-Star Card

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Topps Update All-Star Card

I am a big fan of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game logo.

I like the look.  I like the sense of royalty that it brings to the game.  And I like that while the ‘host team’ does not need to be involved with the look, that the logo draws from the team’s logo.

It is a winner.

And I like how Topps uses it on their modern All-Star cards.

Like this one of Andrew McCutchen from the 2012 Topps Update set.

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And the fact that you can see the patch on his sleeve sporting the same logo is an added, and unexpected but appreciated, bonus!!

Here is a full-size image of the logo:

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Enjoy.

 

1975 Topps Set Card 37/660 – #310 – 1974 Victory Leaders

1975 Topps Set Card 37/660 – #310 – 1974 Victory Leaders

Progress: 37/660

Player Name:  Jim Hunter, Fergie Jenkins, Andy Messersmith, Phil Niekro

Card Number:  310

Team:  Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Both Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter and Fergie Jenkins paced the majors with 25 wins during the 1974 baseball season.  In the National League, it was Phil Niekro and Andy Messersmith that led the ‘Senior Circuit’ with 20 wins a piece.

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1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit. 2, Actually!!

1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit.  2, Actually!!

On this day back in 1963, Pete Rose made his major league debut during Spring Training for the Cincinnati Reds.

The game’s all-time hits king established himself early as he collected two hits in two at-bats against the Chicago White Sox.  And although nobody, except maybe for Pete, would have predicted what was going to follow over the next 24 big league seasons, it is very clear based on his debut performance that at the age of 22 Pete Rose had big league skills!!

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

It has been a long time since I did one of these ‘Evolution’ posts, so I thought it would be a good time to get back and take a peek at my full collection with one single, solitary picture.

The growth of my collection over the last few months has stalled a bit as I have focused more time, energy, and funds into my modern player collections and the start of my 1975 Topps set build.

Still, while the growth in terms of size is not what it has been in the past, the growth of these player collections has been phenomenally fun!!

Between my Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton collections, each has grown by leaps and bounds.  And while I never thought that I would truly get ‘into’ collecting modern players, I am happy about how rewarding this has been thus far.  And I look forward to seeing how much I can grow each of them in the coming collecting year.

Also, as you can see in the below picture, the three albums that I have dedicated to my Marlins teams sets have filled up nicely.  I don’t yet need to expand to a fourth album, but that may be my reality by the end of 2014.

Lastly, you will also see the binder I am using for my 1975 Topps set build in the lower right corner of the picture.  I have all of the pages pre-loaded, and I am trying to keep it as organized as possible so as I add new cards to my set, I can quickly drop them into the spots reserved for them.

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Next time around I will not wait this long to show of the full collection.  It has been too long and I truly enjoy keeping this process rolling as it is a nice way to celebrate the growth and progress of ’30-YOC’.

Oh, and someday soon I see my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ expanding to a fourth box…

Thanks for reading.  Have a nice night.