Daily Archives: March 26, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2013 Bowman ROOKIE Card!!!

Jose Fernandez 2013 Bowman ROOKIE Card!!!

The 2014 baseball season is about to get under way and I am still trying to grab a few more Jose Fernandez rookie cards before his Opening Day start for the Marlins next week.

I was able to snag this rookie card of Jose from the 2013 Bowman set for a pretty price and FREE shipping. So, I jumped all over it.

And it looks great.  Check it out:



I expect huge things out of Mr. ROY this season.  And while the Marlins have yet to state that he is on any kind of pitch or inning count restriction, I imagine that as the season progresses it will become a hot topic of conversation.  Especially if he is in the mix for the Cy Young Award.

I cannot wait to go!!!  March 31 cannot get here soon enough!!

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Golden Moments – ‘Seeking Separation’

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Golden Moments – ‘Seeking Separation’

Amazingly, I still have a handful of cards from the 2012 Topps Golden Moments subset that I have yet to show off on the blog.  I guess that is what happens when you have a subset that features more than 100 cards…

Of the ones I have left, many of them offer incredible images.

This is not one of them so I will this one out of the way quickly…

Still, it does feature one of my favorite legends of the sport – Mr. October, Reggie Jackson.

Have a  look:



Reggie usually gets incredible image selection for his baseball cards so I cannot complain for too long about this one.

But, I can look forward to the next…

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Bowman – “1992 Throwback”

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Bowman – “1992 Throwback”

Oh yeah, anytime you throw a modern player on a vintage baseball card design, you are going to get my attention.

And just in case I miss it, when you add ‘Throwback’ to the name of the set, it is sure to set off a flag as well.

Thankfully, I did not miss this one as it is Suh-Weet!!

Have a look:



Yep, that is Andre McCutchen proudly on display with this 1992 Bowman baseball card design.

And yes, it looks fantastic.  The image is nice and crisp, and large too!  I love the ‘home Whites’ that he is wearing in the shot as it allows for him to stand out against all of the colors that make up the background.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, McCutchen was just six years old in 1992.  Makes you feel pretty old, doesn’t it???

1975 Topps Set Card 55/660 – #452 – Angel Mangual, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 55/660 – #452 – Angel Mangual, A’s

Progress: 55/660

Player Name:  Angel Mangual

Card Number:  452

Team:  Oakland Athletics

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Fielding

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1969, 1971-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Mangual played in 62 for the A’s in 1975.  He hit just .220 with 24 hits in 109 at-bats.  Of his 24 hits, he connected for 3 doubles and 1 home run.  Mangual scored 13 runs and had 6 RBI for the team by the end of the season.

Notes From Career:  Mangual appeared in 450 games during his 7-season major league career.  He has a career batting average of .245 and had a career high of 85 hits during the 1974 baseball season.  Mangual made it to the postseason in 1972, 1973, and 1974 winning three World Series titles with the Oakland A’s.  In those match-ups, he hit .176 with 3 hits in 17 at-bats.


Did You Know…

In the history of the Dodgers baseball franchise, Mike Piazza is the lone player to hit at least .350 and slug 40 home runs in the same season.


Topps Releases Limited Edition ‘For Mayor’ Baseball Card Prints

Topps Releases Limited Edition ‘For Mayor’ Baseball Card Prints

*Hat-Tip to reader Matt for passing this over to me a few days ago.

Only available until Opening Day – 3/31

Shipping begins 3/27


  • Limited Edition Tom Seaver For Mayor Art Print
  • 11×17 printed on 16pt vintage trading card stock
  • Clay coated front with a chip material back
  • Matte finish with archival inks for lasting color fidelity

Sample Images:

mayor johnny bench mayor reggie mayor tom seaver


These limited edition prints have a print run of just 99.  And they are only available  until March 31 – Opening Day.

For more information, Cardboard Connection has you covered.






Million Dollar Question – Would You Pitch With Protective Headgear??

Million Dollar Question – Would You Pitch With Protective Headgear??

I am an assistant coach for my older son’s Little League team. This is his first year playing and he is in a ‘Coach Pitch’ age group.  We have games 2-3 times per week and I try to sneak to the field with him a little early to get a few more reps at the plate before the game starts.  8 games into the season and he is doing very well and I am a proud dad.

In this league, the pitcher (coach) must be on his knees while throwing.  The distance from home plate to the ‘mound’ is only 46 feet.  And trust me when I tell you, it is very close.  Even though very few of these kids have fully developed swings, a shot off of a metal bat is still coming at you quickly.

Last week while in the batting cages, my son ripped one right back at me that caught me in the stomach.  I gasped and he cringed.  After standing up and stretching, I took a few deep breaths, followed by 12-14 steps backwards and then forwards and then I was ready to resume my role on my knees as a pitcher.  No damage was done, though he apologized to me for the next three days.  I told him to do it again, blast it right up the middle!

Would a padded undershirt have helped?  You bet.  And just imagine if I took one in the heart or throat or head – it could have been a lot worse.  A lot worse.

After the incident in the cage, we both moved on.  We’ve had games and more practice sessions since but when the Aroldis Chapman incident happened late last week, I was a bit startled by what I saw.  Now, I was not startled to see a pitcher get hit by a line drive – but I saw myself in that position – and it is not a fun feeling…

Would I wear a protecting helmet if I was pitching in the majors?  You better believe it!  And I would do it as a coach to a 7-8 year old Little League team as well.

How about you??  If you were a major league pitcher, would you wear appropriate headgear to ensure that your head did not look like this?

Aroldis Chapman staples

Let me hear it!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, in my league, the defensive pitcher that stands next to the pitcher/coach must wear a helmet.  And the first baseman does too.