Daily Archives: March 28, 2014

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Heritage Team Set

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Heritage Team Set

When the 2014 Topps Heritage set was released, I had already made up my mind as to how I was going to attack it.  I may be in the minority with this issue, but my plan was a ‘Hit & Run’ approach.  I would quickly grab what I wanted and then get out.

Do I like the cards?  Yes.  Are there cards in the set that I want for my player collections?  Yes.

But, I will not be opening any packs or rack packs or blasters.

So, as soon as I found the full Marlins team set with the League Leaders card and the Jose Fernandez SP, I bought it.  I don’t have to worry about trying to work trades for missing pieces.  I don’t have to worry about having a stack of cards from the set that I have no need for.  And best of all, I have money saved for what I truly want in my collection.

Here is the full Marlins team set:

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I like it!  And for the price, I think I did rather well too.  I paid a little more for mine than what you can find on Ebay, but I was able to grab the full 10-card set versus the 8-card set that most are offering that is missing the League Leaders card and Jose Fernandez SP.

Another Marlins team set is in the books.  And now I can move on to finding the remaining Heritage singles that I want to buy for my modern-player PC’s.

And then it is on to the next release…

 

Lot Of 2 Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Bowman Cards – Gold Border & California State Version

Lot Of 2 Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Bowman Cards – Gold Border & California State Version

Oh yeah!  How about a nice 2-for-1 lunchtime special for you on this wonderful Friday afternoon??

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Both of these cards come from the 2012 Bowman base set.  On the left is the ‘State’ variation of Stanton’s base card and on the right is the Gold-border parallel of his base card.

While the Gold is not a great complement to the Marlins color scheme, I have to say that the Gold looks nice with the Bowman design. As for the California state flag behind Stanton on the card on the left, it is a nice idea, but most of the ‘feature’ parts of the flag that are worth showing off are covered up.

Two great additions to my blossoming collection of Stanton cards!!

1975 Topps Set Card 58/660 – #370 – Tom Seaver, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 58/660 – #370 – Tom Seaver, Mets

Progress: 58/660

Player Name:  Tom Seaver

Card Number:  370

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  20 seasons, 1967-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Seaver was awarded this 3rd Cy Young Award in 1975 as he was recognized as the NL’s best pitcher.  Seaver started 36 games for the Mets and finished the season with a 22-9 record alongside 15 complete games and 5 shutouts.  He had a 2.38 ERA with a league-leading 243 strikeouts in 280 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Seaver is often regarded to as the greatest pitcher from his era.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 and has the highest vote percentage of all-time at 98.8%.  He is a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, a ROY winner, a 12-time All-Star, and a World Series champion.  Seaver has a record of 311-205 with 231 complete games and 61 shutouts.

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Did You Know…

Butch Davis of the Texas Rangers hit the first inside-the-park home run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 22, 1993.

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Detroit Tigers & Miguel Cabrera Agree To A New Long-Term Deal

Detroit Tigers & Miguel Cabrera Agree To A New Long-Term Deal

From ESPN.com

Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera has agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers on a new 10-year contract that will pay him just under $300 million, a baseball source said.

The new contract, which covers the two years remaining on Cabrera’s current deal and eight additional years, is expected to become official later this week, the source said.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Cabrera needs to pass a physical exam before his new deal is complete.

CBSSports.com earlier reported Detroit and Cabrera were closing in on an agreement that would make the superstar slugger a Tiger for life.

Cabrera, who turns 31 in April, is an eight-time All-Star in 11 seasons with the Marlins and Tigers. He’s a .321 career hitter with 365 home runs.

He’s the only major league player with 100 or more RBIs in each of the past 10 seasons, and last year he became the first Tiger to win three consecutive batting titles since Ty Cobb achieved the feat from 1917-1919.

Cabrera’s last extension with the Tigers paid him $22 million this year and next year, so the new deal will add eight years and about $250 million to that total.

If the new contract is calculated as a single,10-year entity, it will surpass the 10-year, $275 million contract that Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in December 2007 as the largest deal in Major League Baseball history.

Based on a career average of 607 at-bats per season and an average of $30 million annually, Cabrera would earn $49,423 per at-bat.

The Tigers completed the extension with Cabrera just a few days after talks broke off on a long-term deal with pitcher Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner.

The Tigers said that Scherzer and his agent, Scott Boras, rejected a long-term offer that would have placed Scherzer among the highest-paid pitchers in the game, while Boras said it was the Tigers who took a pass on a multiyear offer from Scherzer.

Regardless of how the breakdown occurred, Scherzer’s negotiations have been tabled. Barring a surprise, he will pitch for Detroit this season and hit the open market as a free agent in November.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers

Time To Play ’30-Year Old Cardboards’ 5th Annual ‘Opening Day Contest’!!!

Time To Play ’30-Year Old Cardboards’ 5th Annual ‘Opening Day Contest’!!!

As we all eagerly wait for the 2014 baseball season to begin, I want to start it off right.

And one way to accomplish that is to host a contest!!!  This is the fourth straight season in which I am hosting an ‘Opening Day Contest’.

Here is how it will work:

There are 13 games scheduled on Opening Day, Macrh 31.  You can review the schedule, and see the starting pitchers by clicking here.  To win this contest, you need to guess how many total strikeouts will be thrown in these 13 games.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your pick.  Once a number is taken, it cannot be used again.  The person who gets the closest, without going over, to the actual number of strikeouts tossed wins!!!

Opening Days brings out the sport’s top pitchers.  From King Felix to Chris Sale to Jose Fernandez – there will be a ton of K’s.  So, do your homework and make your selections now!!!

The winner of my ‘Opening Day Contest’ will win this:

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That’s right – 3 packs of 2014 Topps Opening Day baseball cards!!

Sound good??  Wanna play??

Then do your homework and make your picks.  All selections must be made by 8:00 PM EST on Sunday night.  I will post a list of the players and their picks on Monday morning.

Good luck everyone!!!