Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the left-handed pitcher is CC Sabathia:


Sabathia had a fantastic rookie campaign.  For the Indians, he started 33 games and complied a record of 17-5.   He pitched 180 innings in 2001 en route to an ERA of 4.39 and a strikeout per nine innings average of 8.5.

Sabathia finished in 2nd place for the AL Rookie Of The Year Award to Ichiro Suzuki.

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

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

Add another one to the list and another one to my Jose Fernandez player collection – YES!!!

This bad-boy is the Red Foil version of the League Leaders cards that showcases the NL Top ERA men from 2013.



I won’t even begin to tell you how many Kershaw & Harvey fans I had to beat out to haul this one in…


Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter

Wow, he looks nothing like the bearded super-baller that he is now, huh???



But, he did show flashes, that’s for sure!!

In 2009, Dustin Pedroia led the American League with 115 runs scored.  This followed up his 2008 campaign in which he also led the AL with 118 runs scored.  Best of all, he played in 157 and 154 games in those seasons – good for a 95.9% clip.

And that is what you want out of your team leader, isn’t it?!?!?

1975 Topps Set Card 44/660 – #532 – Gorman Thomas, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 44/660 – #532 – Gorman Thomas, Brewers

Progress: 44/660

Player Name:  Gorman Thomas

Card Number:  532

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 years, 1973-76, 1978-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Thomas appeared in 121 game for the Brewers in 1975.  But, he hit just .179 as he collected 43 hits in 240 at-bats.  Of his 43 hits, 10 were home runs and 12 were doubles.

Notes From Career:  Thomas flashed a lot of power at the plate during his prime, but plate discipline was lacking.  He connected for 268 career home runs, including five seasons of at least 30 or more home runs and six seasons of at least 20 or more doubles.  But, he also retired with a batting average of just .225 and an on-base percentage of .324.  Thomas was an All-Star in 1981 and has (2) Top 8 finishes for MVP on his resume.


2012 Topps Timeless Talents Dual-Game-Used Relic Card With Andre Dawson & Justin Upton

2012 Topps Timeless Talents Dual-Game-Used Relic Card With Andre Dawson & Justin Upton

I’d been passively shopping for this card for part of two years.

At first, the card was drawing in a lot of high bidders – some paying more than $20 for the card.

I waited it all out – and I just kept my search going and my faith in the fact that I should be able to find one in my price range over time.

Well, that patience paid off as I finally landed the card for less than $8.00.

The card comes from the 2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ subset.  It is a dual-game-used relic card that features 2 piece of jersey worn by Andre Dawson and 2 pieces of wood from a game-used Justin Upton bat.

The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies.  Mine is #49/50.

Have a look:


I like this card a lot.  I have had the base version in my Dawson collection since it was released back in 2012.  The style is neat and clean, and while both hitters are right handed, I like how Topps chose two images of the guys with their bats in the position that they are – for me, it draws my eye to the center of the card – and all of those relics.

A fantastic addition to my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection!!  YES!!!