Carlos Beltran 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’
When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.
The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set. This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.
For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’. And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.
I am building the set now. Here is the card of Carlos Beltran:
Entering the 2014 baseball season, Carlos Beltran will begin his 17th big league season. He is a 8-time All-Star and has won 3 Gold Glove awards and 2 Silver Slugger trophies as well as being the 1999 Rookie Of The Year.
Beltran has 2,228 career hits in 2,064 games. He has a career batting average of .283 with five seasons of .300 or better on his resume. He has 446 doubles, 77 triples, and 358 home runs. Beltran also has 308 stolen bases to his credit alongside 1,346 runs scored.
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Andrew McCutchen 2011 Topps Opening Day
I am so eager for the start of the 2014 major league baseball season that I dug through all of the cards that I have yet to feature on the blog looking for a few ‘Opening Day’ cards.
Well, I found just one.
This one from the 2011 set. It features 2013 NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen.
How did ‘Cutch’ do on Opening Day back in 2011?
Well, he had a great game! Batting third for the Pirates, McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. He drove in two runs and scored one time. He also drew a walk in the 6-3 win over the Cubs.
Maybe he will repeat that feat in 2014. We’re just a day away from finding out…
Posted in Andrew McCutchen Collection
Tagged 2013 NL MVP, all-star, andrew mccutchen, baseball, baseball cards, gold glove, gold glove award, most valuable player, MVP, pirates, pittsburgh pirates, rookie, rookie cards, silver slugger, silver slugger award, topps
1975 Topps Set Card 60/660 – #382 – Don Baylor, Orioles
Player Name: Don Baylor
Card Number: 382
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Image Style: Posed Portrait
Years In The Major Leagues: 19 seasons, 1970-88
Notes From His 1975 Season: The 1975 baseball season was Baylor’s final one in Baltimore. He played in 145 game for the team while hitting .282 and connecting for 25 home runs. Baylor scored 79 runs, drove in 76, and was hit by a league leading 13 pitches while at the plate.
Notes From Career: Baylor played for six different teams during his 19-year career. He collected 2,135 hits with 366 doubles and 338 home runs. Baylor also stole 285 bases en route to scoring 1,236 runs in 2,292 games. He won the Silver Slugger Award three times, was an All-Star, and a league MVP in 1979. Baylor was part of the 1987 World Series champion Minnesota Twins.
Posted in 1975 Topps Baseball Card Set
Tagged 1986 world series, 1987 world series, 1988 world series, A's, all-star, angels, Athletics, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, california angels, don baylor, most valuable player, MVP, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, orioles, rookie, world series
Bob Johnson was the first pitcher in Kansas City Royals history to strike out more than 200 batters in a single season. He struck out 206 in 1970.
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Tagged baseball, baseball cards, baseball trivia, bob johnson, Did You Know...., kansas city royals, pitcher, royals, royals trivia, sports trivia, starting pitcher
Among The ‘Normal’ Guys I Will Be Watching During The 2014 Season, Here Are A Few More I Will Be Paying Attention To As Well…
We are right around 36 hours away from the official start to the 2014 baseball season. You better believe that I will be starting my day by listening to some games on my IPhone and then ending my night watching my Marlins host the Colorado Rockies.
It is going to be a great season.
In addition to the standard crop of guys that I will be watching as the season progresses, here are a few more guys that I am going to be paying attention to. Each of them offers a great level of skill and enthusiasm to the game, and I am eager to see how their seasons unfold.
And of course, Derek Jeter
Have I paid attention to these guys prior to this season? Of course I have. But, I believe that each of these guys will have some level of impact on the game this year – both minor and major. It may be huge headlines, and it may be record-breaking performances, but I think that you will be hearing the names of these players a lot in 2014 – and I am ready!
I cannot wait to watch it all unfold!!
Is there anyone you think is ready to make a huge impact this season? Are you paying special attention to someone new this year?
Posted in Random Baseball Thoughts
Tagged 2014 baseball, 2014 baseball season, baseball, baseball cards, baseball legends, baseball milestones, billy hamilton, David Price, derek jeter, gio gonzalez, joe nathan, jose reyes, major league baseball, mark teixeira, tim lincecum