Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Heritage – Base
Yeah, Buddy!! Complete with ‘Hollywood Hair’, I have finally grabbed the base card of Bryce Harper from the 2014 Topps Heritage baseball card set.
The card, like most base cards from Heritage, offers an ‘above the shoulders’ close-up of Harper. But, it does offer quite a different style than the normal posed portrait that has long been the trademark of the set.
Have a look:
See what I am talking about??
I wonder how much Brylcreem went into this look…. If you don’t know what Brylcreem is, Google it!!
Posted in Bryce Harper Collection
Tagged 2012 baseball season, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball news, big league debut, bryce harper, bryce harper debut, bryce harper news, major league debut, nationals, nationals news, Rookie of the Year, ROY, washington nationals, washington nationals news
Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base
I’m really digging this year’s Gypsy Queen card of ‘The Laser Show’.
Check it out:
Obviously, the style of the Gypsy Queen brand is a vintage design with lots of intricate details in the frame of the picture on the card.
For me, Pedroia is a player that fits the mold of a player that would play in the era in which this card was originally produced. He is one of the very few that would probably fit in perfectly in any era of the sport.
Posted in Dustin Pedroia Collection
Tagged 2007 world series, 2013 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, dustin pedroia, fenway park, gold glove, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series
1975 Topps Set Card 88/660 – #314 – Buck Martinez, Royals
Player Name: Buck Martinez
Card Number: 314
Team: Kansas City Royals
Image Style: Posed Portrait
Years In The Major Leagues: 19 seasons, 1969-71, 1973-86
Notes From His 1975 Season: Martinez appeared in 80 games for the Royals in 1975. He hit just .226 with 51 hits in 226 at-bats. Of his 51 hits, 9 were doubles, 2 were triples, 3 were home runs, and the balance were singles. He drove in 23 runs while also scoring 15 times. In the 80 games he played in, he played catcher in 79 of them. He made 8 errors in those 79 games.
Notes From Career: Buck Martinez was a solid defensive catcher. He caught 1,008 games during the course of his career. He has a career fielding percentage of .984 with just 70 errors in 1,008 games. Martinez has a lifetime batting average of .225. He has 618 career hits with 321 RBI with 245 runs scored.
Posted in 1975 Topps Baseball Card Set
Tagged 1975 topps, 1975 topps set build, baseball, baseball cards, blue jays, brewers, buck martinez, catcher, kansas city royals, milwaukee brewers, royals, topps baseball cards, toronto blue jays
In 2001, Dave Winfield became the first player elected into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame that would wear a San Diego Padres logo on his plaque.
Posted in Did You Know....
Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, 400 home runs, 400 home runs club, 400 hrs, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, baseball trivia, collection, dave winfield, Dave Winfield Collection, Did You Know...., donruss, fleer, Hall Of Fame, hall of fame trivia, hobby, HOF, new york yankees, padres, padres history, padres trivia, san diego padres, topps, yankees
1983 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1,000th Hit Of MLB Career
On this day in 1983, Andre Dawson and his Montreal Expos teammates played host to the Cincinnati Reds at Stade Olympique in Montreal.
At home, and in front of 20,316 fans, Andre Dawson connected for the 1,000th hit of his big league career.
The hit, a single, came in the bottom of the first inning off of Reds’ hurler Rich Gale.
Dawson would end up going 2-for-5 with a single, a double, and 2 runs scored.
The Reds won the game 4-3.
Congratulations Mr. Dawson!!!
Posted in Andre Dawson Collection, Birthdays & Anniversaries, Chicago Cubs
Tagged all-star, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson Collection, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, Chicago Cubs, collection, collector, Cubs, dawson contract, Expos, fenway park, Florida/Miami Marlins, gold glove, hobby, Marlins, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, silver slugger
Million Dollar Question -How Many Short Prints Is Too Many Short Prints??
As a team and player collector, I don’t have the same worries that a set builder has. Especially if said set builder is trying to put together a set of cards by starting with the most fun method – the ripping of packs.
Lately, as I have gotten into collecting more modern players I have started to have to deal with short prints. And it is starting to bug me. Especially the high volume of short prints that seem to be coming more and more common in the widely collected sets.
Between the 2014 Topps Heritage and 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen releases, both sets featured short print cards of Jose Fernandez. And since I am building Miami Marlins team sets while also collecting singles of the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, I am needing to buy two of each Fernandez card that is featured in a Marlins team set.
That’s four total cards, four total needs – ALL Short Prints.
While still affordable (I have already made my purchases to get all of them) it did take the fun out of putting together the team set. I could piece it together by hand after ripping through packs or I could buy the whole team set complete but pay more for the added SP’s or I could land in the middle and buy the team set minus the SP and then shop again for the SP another time. And then buy another one so I could land the same card for my player collection.
I don’t know about you, but this drove me a little nuts. It’s definitely more to keep track of and a lot more of a headache since my ultimate goal is to stay on top of these new releases while also sticking to my budget.
I don’t believe that I am alone on this as I am certainly not the only team and player collector out there having to deal with all of these extra Short Print cards being published. Seriously, in a 350 card set, why do 50 have to be limited in production? That’s a large percentage – 14%.
I’d rather see exclusive limited edition stuff put into today’s sets for the case breakers to go after than for 14% of a set to be part of a limited print run.
Please Topps, keep it fun!!!
Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Tribute – Base
I keep an eye on all newly listed baseball cards featuring Jose Fernandez that appear on Ebay. This allows for me to get a sense of what is hot and what is being sold for high prices. It also allows me the chance to grab some cards that I normally would not seek out.
The Topps Tribute set is one of those brands. I don’t seek them out due to the possible prices they’ll be selling for and also because I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment by being outbid on ‘higher end stuff’ due to my strict budget.
So, you could imagine my amazement when I was able to garb this card from the 2014 Topps Tribute set of Jose for a very low opening price.
Yep, I scored this bad-boy for just $1.99. And that price included shipping!!
Posted in Jose Fernandez Collection
Tagged 2013 all-star, 2013 ROY, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball news, florida marlins news, Florida/Miami Marlins, jose fernandez, jose fernandez relic, jose fernandez relic card, Marlins, marlins baseball, miami marlins, pitcher, rookie, Rookie of the Year, rookie phenom, ROY, starting pitcher
Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card
Being that I don’t buy baseball cards from hobby shops, I would have no opportunity to grab ‘Spring Fever’ redemption cards on my own.
So, I settle for the secondary market and more often than not, I am treated fairly through that buying process.
The ‘Spring Fever’ set was created as a way to get collectors back into the card shops after buying 2014 Topps Series 1 product. If you pull a redemption card from any hobby packs, you are able to turn them in for a 4-or-5 card pack of ‘Spring Fever’ cards.
And let me tell you, they are SWEET!!!
This is the card of reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen. I love the colors. I love the design. I am very happy that I shopped for this card. I cannot wait to pick up the cards of the other modern guys on the checklist that I collect.
Wish me luck!!
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 87/660 – #545 – Billy Williams, A’s
Player Name: Billy Williams
Card Number: 545
Team: Oakland A’s
Position: Designated Hitter, First Base
Image Style: Posed Portrait
Years In The Major Leagues: 18 seasons, 1959-76
Notes From His 1975 Season: After spending the first 16 seasons of his career in Chicago with the Cubs, Williams spent the 1975 baseball season with the Oakland A’s. Playing the role of veteran leader, Williams played in 155 games for the A’s at the age of 37. He hit just .244 on the year, but was still productive as he collected 127 hits while scoring 68 runs and driving in 81.
Notes From Career: A Hall of Famer, Billy Williams was one of the best pure hitters during the 1960’s. A career .290 hitter with 2,711 hits on his resume, Williams was excitement at the plate. He connected for 434 doubles and 426 home runs while also scoring 1,410 runs and driving in 1,475.
Williams is a 6-time All-Star and was the 1961 Rookie Of The Year. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.
Posted in 1975 Topps Baseball Card Set
Tagged 1961 rookie of the year, 1961 ROY, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Billy Williams, Billy Williams Collection, billy williams day, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, Rookie of the Year, ROY, Wrigley Field
Happy Birthday Luis Aparicio!!!
Luis Aparicio turns 80 years old today.
Number 11 enjoyed a magnificent 18-season major league career. One of the best defensive shortstops in the history of the game, Aparicio was dazzling fans with his glove work decades before anyone ever heard of Ozzie Smith.
At the age of 22, Aparicio won the 1956 AL Rookie Of The Year award. He followed up his remarkable debut by making the All-Star team 10 times and capturing the Gold Glove Award 9 times.
A dynamic offensive player, Aparicio had a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs. He has collected 506 career stolen bases, while leading the league in steals from 1956-1964. He also scored 1,335 runs during his playing days, including 10 seasons of scoring at least 70 times.
A fantastic player and a Chicago legend, Happy Birthday Mr. Aparicio!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries
Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball legend, chicago white sox, gold glove, gold glove award, Hall Of Fame, HOF, Rookie of the Year, ROY, shortstop, white sox