Daily Archives: March 20, 2014

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Team Set – Red Foil Version

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Team Set – Red Foil Version

Yeah baby, another completed Marlins team set for my collection.  This time around, it is the ‘Red Foil’ version of the set from the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

After completing the base set a few weeks ago, it made sense for me to tackle this one next as I had three or four cards from the set from all of the packs I ripped through.

And after finding a few good deals on the web, I was able to snag the remainder of them and now this 9-card set is complete.

Have a look:

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That’s another one for the books.

Up next will be either the Blue-border or Gold-border set.  Let’s Go!!!

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Golden Moments – “Have A Bryce Day”

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Golden Moments – “Have A Bryce Day”

Yes, I am still working on grabbing cards from the 2012 collecting year for my modern-era player collections.

And no, I do not think that I will be done with them anytime soon…

This card of Bryce Harper comes from the 2012 Topps ‘Golden Moments’ subset.  The card is tagged as ‘Have A Bryce Day’ and it celebrates the first ‘big’ game in Bryce’s major league career.  On May 2, 2012, Harper collected three hits, made a defensive play that saved runs, and scored the first run of his career.  Best of all, the Nationals won the game.

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1975 Topps Set Card 49/660 – #456 – Bob Coluccio, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 49/660 – #456 – Bob Coluccio, Brewers

Progress: 49/660

Player Name:  Bob Coluccio

Card Number:  456

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  In-game action

Years In The Major Leagues:  5 seasons, 1973-75, 1977-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:   While pictured as a member of the Brewers on this card, Coluccio played in 61 games for the White Sox in 1975.  He hit just .205 with 33 hits in 1975 at-bats.  Of his 33 hits were 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs.

Notes From Career:  Coluccio played for three teams during his 5-season major league career.  He played in 330 games and retired with a .220 batting average and 241 career hits.  He did not make a postseason appearance with any of the teams he played for.

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1975 Topps Set Card 48/660 – #568 – Dale Murray, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 48/660 – #568 – Dale Murray, Expos

Progress: 48/660

Player Name:  Dale Murray

Card Number:  568

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1974-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:   While not starting a single game in 1975, Murray was able to amass a record of 15-8 for the Expos.  He pitched 111 innings in 1975, while amassing an ERA of 3.96.  He was not an overpowering pitcher as he struck out just 43 batters in those 111 innings.  But, he also allowed just 39 walks.

Notes From Career:  In 12 seasons, Murray put together a career record of 53-50 with 60 saves.  He pitched for six teams during his playing days and did not make the playoffs with any of them.

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Dustin Pedroia 2010 Bowman – Base & Gold

Dustin Pedroia 2010 Bowman – Base & Gold

How about a little ‘Two For’ on this very nice Thursday morning?

This pair of cards comes from the 2010 Bowman baseball card set.  As you can see, both cards feature Red Sox superstar, Dustin Pedroia.  These are the base and gold-border cards from the set.

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I like the action image used on this card.  By the looks of the camera angle and position of Pedroia on the field, I believe that he is running from second base to third base.

But, how did he get there??

A triple?  A stolen base?  Advancing from first to third on a single by a teammate?

We may never know…  But, as usual, he is hustling!

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Opening Day”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Opening Day”, I Think Of…

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

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Opening Day”, I Think Of…

Poor Execution

Topps’ Opening Day baseball card set was released today.  Yet, Opening Day is not for another two weeks.  Kind of odd, right??

I am one of the few collectors that I know that truly enjoys this set.  I like the theme and I love the added ‘Opening Day’ graphics.

But, it is the timing that really gets me.  Sure,  I understand why Topps may release the set prior to Opening Day.  Maybe it is to get the collectors and fans more excited about the upcoming season.

But, if I had my choice, this set would be issued after Opening Day, and it would be much larger in volume.  Today, the set consists of 220 cards, an average of 7 cards per team.  But in reality, many teams get well over 7 cards and some get well under that mark as well.  My preference would be that the set is expanded to feature each and every player that was on the starting lineup for Opening Day for their teams.  Each team would get 9 cards, adding another 70 cards to the set.  And it would be perfect if the images were snapped from the actual ‘Opening Day’ and the set was issued a few weeks after.

Enough said.

What do you think?  What Is The First Things When You Think Of When You Hear ‘Topps Opening Day’?

Let me hear it!!