Daily Archives: March 16, 2014

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps – ‘Upper Class’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps – ‘Upper Class’

I have been able to grab a few Bryce Harper cards from the 2014 Topps Series 1 release for pretty respectable prices.

This card from the ‘Upper Class’ set cost me just $1.49 and that included the shipping.

The card is nice, and I believe that it featured a picture of Harper right after he was drafted by the Washington Nationals with the 1st pick in the 2010 baseball draft.

Have a look:

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The card is very nice, but I just don’t get the theme.  If it was full of 1st round picks, that would make sense.  But, it is not – and I just cannot find the common thread between the 50 players that were included.

And if this set is one that extends beyond Series 1 and gets into Series 2 and Update, we could be looking at 150 cards that really don’t share a common bond/theme.

Stay tuned for the Series 2 checklist.

Joe Morgan 2001 Upper Deck UD Decade – Award Winners: 1976 NL MVP

Joe Morgan 2001 Upper Deck UD Decade – Award Winners: 1976 NL MVP

I believe that with this card, I have the full assortment of Joe Morgan cards from this 2001 Upper Deck release.

‘Decades’ was a set that celebrated the heroes from the 1970 baseball season.  And for a collector like me, it is a nice way to celebrate and honor the great players from one of my favorite eras in baseball.

This one honors Joe Morgan’s 1976 NL MVP Award.

Have a look:

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I dig it!  And the UD Decades works very well with the card’s design.

I am going to have to investigate the full checklist from this set.  If I have the whole Morgan rainbow, I will show it off to you soon.

Time to do a little homework…

1975 Topps Set Card 43/660 – #174 – Bake McBride, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 43/660 – #174 – Bake McBride, Cardinals

Progress: 43/660

Player Name:  Bake McBride

Card Number:  174

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 years, 1973-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:   After capturing the NL ROY in 1974, Bake McBride continued to play solid ball in 1975.  In 116 games, McBride hit .300 while collecting 124 hits and stealing 26 bases en route to scoring 70 runs for the Cardinals.

Notes From Career:  McBride had a solid 11-season big league career.  He is a career .299 hitter with 1,153 hits collected in 1,071 games played.  He stole 183 bases during his career, including having at least 20+ steals in a single season six times.  McBride won a World Series title in 1980 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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1975 Topps Set Card 42/660 – #33 – Dusty Baker, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 42/660 – #33 – Dusty Baker, Braves

Progress: 42/660

Player Name:  Dusty Baker

Card Number:  33

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 years, 1968-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   In his final season with the Braves, Baker hit .261 in 142 games played.  He connected for 18 doubles and 19 home runs during the season and accounted for 208 total bases of offense for the Braves.

Notes From Career:  Baker’s All-Star career was punctuated by his 1981 season with the Dodgers in which he won the Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger Award, and was an MVP candidate.  In 2,039 career games, Baker collected 1,981 hits with 320 doubles and 242 home runs.  He was part of the 1981 Dodgers teams that won the World Series.

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Florida Marlins 2007 Topps Heritage Team Set

Florida Marlins 2007 Topps Heritage Team Set

With the releases of the 2014 Topps Heritage set this week, I got to thinking about all of the Heritage team sets of the Marlins that I have in my collection.

So far I have a nice lot of them.

But there was one that I have yet to show off – until now.

This is the 2007 Topps Heritage team set of the Florida Marlins:

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Sorry for the different sized scans, I am still fumbling around with our new scanner…

The set features the 1958 Topps baseball card design and I like  it.  The solid color backgrounds are reminiscent of a time when baseball cards did not offer many graphic design elements.  But, they look neat and clean – kind of like the players were standing in front of a green-screen used in film and television production.

What I will say about the Heritage brand is that I like that they offer larger sized team sets.  This team set from the 2007 release features a solid mixture of 13 different Marlins players.

My favorite card?  Easy – Dontrelle Willis!!