Daily Archives: April 5, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage All-Star Rookie Short Print

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage All-Star Rookie Short Print

After grabbing the complete Miami Marlins team set from this year’s Heritage release, I made the quick decision to simply go after base cards of the modern players that I collect – Stanton, Harper, McCutchen, Pedroia, and Jose Fernandez.

Of the bunch, all are base cards with the exception of the reigning NL ROY.  His card is a short print – and a little more costly.

But, they are out there and I was able to grab one.  So, now I have one in my team set and one for my PC.

Have a look:



When I first encountered the card, I did not like it.  I wanted action – but then I remembered that this was Topps Heritage and that was not likely.  Instead I got Jose and all 32 of his teeth.  The card has started to grow on me and I now find myself seeking some of the parallels that are out there of it.  So, I will stick to my budget and aggressively watch and wait for what I am hunting and then I will strike.  And hopefully a few more of these cards will come my way…

Wish me luck!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Donruss – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Donruss – Base

Last week I snagged a small handful of the new 2014 Donruss baseball cards for my modern player collections.

From what I can tell, there are a ton of parallels and serial-numbered cards to go after from this set.  But, for now, I will stick with the base cards and see if I get an itch to go further.

This is the base card of Dustin Pedroia from the set:




I really like the image that the team at Donruss used for this card – the action is great!

As for the card itself, the design is nice, but it definitely reminds me of other cards from other years and other manufacturers.  I’ll get into that another time.

For now, I will celebrate another sweet addition to my Dustin Pedroia player collection!  WOOT!

1975 Topps Set Card 66/660 – #334 – Greg Gross, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 66/660 – #334 – Greg Gross, Astros

Progress: 66/660

Player Name:  Greg Gross

Card Number:  334

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1973-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Gross played in 132 games for the Astros in 1975.  He hit .294 with 142 hits in 483 at-bats.  Of his 142 hits, 14 were doubles, 10 were home runs, and the balance were singles.  Gross scored 67 runs for the Astros in 1975 while also driving in 41.

Notes From Career:  Gross was then runner-up to Bake McBride for the 1974 NL ROY.  He played in the major leagues for 17 seasons while amassing a lifetime batting average of .287 with 1,073 hits.  Gross had a keen ‘eye’ as a hitter a he struck out just 250 times in 4,355 plate appearances.  In 17 seasons, Gross made it to the playoffs three times – winning the World Series in 1980 as a member of the Phillies.


Did You Know…

The first 20-game winner in Baltimore Orioles history was Steve Barber.  Barber went 20-13 for the Orioles during the 1963 baseball season.

Steve Barber

Come Watch Giancarlo Stanton’s Monster 484-Foot Home Run

Come Watch Giancarlo Stanton’s Monster 484-Foot Home Run

Trust me when I tell you, this shot was a bomb – the longest hit in the short history of Marlins Park.

And Fox Sports has the video.  Check it out here.



Miguel Cabrera Becomes Youngest Player To Reach 2,000 Career Hits

Miguel Cabrera Becomes Youngest Player To Reach 2,000 Career Hits

From USAToday.com

The Detroit Tigers remain undefeated in games, but not replay challenges.

They beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-4 at Comerica Park.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in the sixth inning and a two-run home run in the eighth. The home run was Cabrera’s 2,000th career hit.

He became the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before his 31st birthday and the seventh-youngest to reach that mark.




Finally, the first Friday of the month is here and for me that means that it is time for another South Florida baseball card show.

And lucky for me, neither of my boys have any Little League or T-Ball activities scheduled for tonight, so I am free to go to the card show!

There has been a lot of activity in the collecting universe since the last show that I attended with the releases of 2014 Topps Opening Day, 2014 Topps Museum Collection, and 2014 Topps Heritage.

Thankfully, I have already secured most of the Opening Day and Heritage cards that I am after so I can avoid digging through boxes of those cards and set my sights on some different things.

Here is some of the stuff I will be seeking:

  • 2014 Topps Series 1 Miami Marlins Gold cards
  • 2014 Topps Heritage parallels of Giancarlo Stanton & Jose Fernandez
  • 2014 Topps Museum cards of Dawson, Stanton, Fernandez, and Harper
  • 2014 Topps stickers Miami Marlins team set
  • 1975 Topps singles for my set build
  • Inspiration for new subsets to collect

Sound good?  It does to me – and I cannot wait to get to the show tonight and start hunting the cards I am seeking.

On Monday, I will have a full card show recap for you with scans and stories about each purchase that I make.

Enjoy your weekend.