Daily Archives: March 13, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Bowman Platinum ‘Cutting Edge Stars’ Die-Cut

Andrew McCutchen 2012 Bowman Platinum ‘Cutting Edge Stars’ Die-Cut

From one Pirates’ legend to a blossoming Pirates’ legend…

While Roberto Clemente will always be thought of when the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise name is mentioned, young outfielder Andrew McCutchen is quickly building a resume that has put him on a level with the best players in the game.

After just five years in the majors, the numbers that ‘Cutch’ has stacked up are pretty solid:  .296 average, .380 on-base percentage, 814 hits, 162 doubles, 30 triples, and 103 home runs.  In 734 games played, McCutchen has scored 459 runs and has driven in 379.

He is a 3-time All-Star, a 2-time Silver Slugger Award winner, a Gold Glove Award winner, and the reigning league MVP.

And best of all, he has taken his team to the playoffs.

Just like Clemente back in the day, the sky is the limit for Mr. MrCutchen.

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This is his die-cut card from the 2012 Bowman Platinum ‘Cutting Edge Stars’ set.  The card is beautiful – with strong colors, a great image selection, and subtle graphic elements.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Roberto Clemente

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Roberto Clemente

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Roberto Clemente from the set:

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One of the most dynamic Latin baseball players of all-time, Roberto Clemente was a pioneer for putting Latino players on par with the rest of the baseball world.

And Clemente was the star of the show!!

A 12-time All-star boasting enviable offensive and defensive skills, there was nothing that Clemente could not do on a baseball diamond.  The owner of 3,000 career hits, 240 home runs, and 11 Gold Glove trophies, Clemente was one of the brightest stars in the National League for the better part of 18 years.

Clemente competed in two World Series championships, winning titles in both 1960 and 1971.  In ’71 he was the World Series MVP largely due to his .414 batting average, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI.

1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

Progress: 40/660

Player Name:  Cliff Johnson

Card Number:  143

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 years, 1972-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Johnson hit .276 in 122 games for the Astros in 1975.  Of his 94 hits, 16 were doubles and 20 were home runs.  He scored 52 runs in 1975 while also driving in 65.  Johnson had an on-base percentage of .370 with 172 total bases.

Notes From Career:  At the time of his retirement, Johnson would be the major league leader in career pinch-hits.  He was a journeyman that played for seven teams in 15 seasons.  But, he could hit – and he could do it off of the bench.  His bat was widely respected throughout baseball, and his playing on five different teams in nine seasons shows that his talent was widely respected and needed.

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Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Happy Birthday Will Clark!!!

Will Clark turns 48 years old today.

Noted as having one of the sweetest swings in the game during his playing days, Will Clark became an instant favorite to many baseball fans due to his incredible talent and personality.  On the field he was a perennial MVP candidate that flirted with .300 every year.  Off the field, he was a loud-mouthed, opinionated player who you couldn’t wait to her what he was going to say next.

Today, Will Clark is employed by the San Francisco Giants.  I sent a card of him to Spring Training hoping for an autograph – Wish me luck!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Clark!!

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

1954 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Makes His Major League Debut

On this day in 1954 you made your debut as a professional baseball player.  Happy Anniversary!

At the time who would have thought that you would be the player to surpass the great Babe Ruth’s all-time home run mark?  Who would have thought that you would have been 1 of just a few players in the history of the game to eclipse the 500 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus?  Who would have thought you would have been a 21-time All-star?  A 3-time Gold Glove winner?  A Most Valuable Player?  A World Series winner?

Thank you for dreaming Mr. Aaron.  Thank you for reaching for the stars!!!

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Word Association Wednesday – When I Say ‘Cut Signatures’, You Say…

Word Association Wednesday – When I Say ‘Cut Signatures’, You Say…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

Topps’ 2014 Heritage product release has been re-scheduled to Friday, the 14th.  This is roughly ten days after the original launch date.  What this minor delay has done is give me a few more days to go after some of the Series 1 cards I still need, while also building my checklist for the Marlins and Player Collection cards in the Heritage set that I plan to go after.

After cruising through the base checklist, I was intrigued about the subsets found in this year’s release and ultimately that led me to reviewing the full set.

And then I ran into this – ‘1965 Cut Signatures’ and ‘1965 Celebrity Cut Signatures’.

And that immediately made me ask the question ‘When I Say ‘Cut Signatures, I Think’??

And my answer is:

YUCK

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I mean, seriously – Does anyone want a piece of index card or notebook paper mounted to a baseball card that features a signature that wasn’t intended to be there in the first place?

This set features autographs of baseball players like Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, and Tom Seaver as well as celebrities like Art Garfunkel, John Wayne, and Elvis Presley.  Wouldn’t you rather have a nice piece signed that was purposely signed by the person versus the item being manipulated to fit a baseball card?

I’m not sure where the majority stands on this, but I find the ‘Cut Signature’ to be as ridiculous as anything that has been tried by any baseball card producing company – EVER.

What do you think?   ‘When I Say ‘Cut Signatures, You Say….