Daily Archives: April 13, 2014

Roy Halladay 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Roy Halladay 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.

Halladay threw a no hitter for the Phillies against the Florida Marlins in 2010.

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 Roy Halladay:

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After 16 seasons of play, Roy Halladay retired at the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season.

He left the sport with a 65.9% winning percentage and a 203-105 record.  He started 390 games during his 16-year career and threw 67 complete games with 20 shutouts.  He had a career ERA of 3.38 with 2,117 strikeouts and a K:9 innings ratio of 6.9 per 9 innings thrown.

Halladay was a 9-time All-star and a winner of 2 Cy Young Awards.  He also had 5 other ‘Top 6’ finishes for the award.  Halladay made it to the postseason three times.  His top performance was a no-hitter for the Phillies, just the second no-hitter in postseason history.

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Series 1 – ‘Upper Class’

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Series 1 – ‘Upper Class’

Man I love those old Florida Marlins uniforms.

I wish that the Marlins treated their history in the same manner as other teams.  Unfortunately, they do not do any kind of ‘Throwback’ days or nights the way that others around the league do.

So, instead of getting to see guys like Ozuna, Hechavarria, and Jose Fernandez in some old-school uniforms, I have to settle for Topps issuing modern cards with vintage images.

Like this card of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2014 Topps Series 1 insert set ‘Upper Class’.

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Thankfully Stanton sported this old look and Topps found it worth showing off.

Thank you, Topps!

1975 Topps Set Card 72/660 – #10 – Willie Davis, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 72/660 – #10 – Willie Davis, Expos

Progress: 72/660

Player Name:  Willie Davis

Card Number:  10

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1960-76, 1979

Notes From His 1975 Season:  While featured as a member of the Expos on his 1975 Topps baseball card, Willie Davis played for the Rangers and Cardinals during the ’75 season.  He played in a total of 140 games as he collected 144 hits en route to a .277 batting average.  Of his 144 hits, 27 were doubles and 11 were home runs.  Davis also stole 23 bases in 1975 while scoring 57 runs and driving in 67.

Notes From Career:  Davis had a fantastic big league career punctuated by 2 All-Star selections and 3 Gold Glove Awards.  He was a member of the 1963 and 1965 World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers teams.  He had 2,561 career hits with 321 doubles, 110 triples, 154 home runs, and 335 stolen bases.

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1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals The Final Base Of His Career, #314

1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals The Final Base Of His Career, #314

On this day in 1994, Andre Dawson and the Boston Red Sox took on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Dawson was batting fifth for the Sox and was the team’s designated hitter.  In the top of the second inning, Dawson drew a walk off of Royals’ pitcher Tom Gordon.  He then proceeded to steal second base, the 314th and final steal of his career.

Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’!!

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1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

1984 HEADLINE: Pete Rose Collects Hit #4,000

Just 8 games into the 1984 baseball season, and in front of 46,000+ fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Pete Rose made baseball history by becoming just the second player to collect 4,000 hits.

On his home turf, and facing his former team, Rose’s Expos were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, Rose smacked a double off of Jerry Koosman giving him 4,000 hits for his career.

Rose was the first player to collect 4,000 hits since the legendary Ty Cobb.

Congratulations to ‘Charlie Hustle’!!

Million Dollar Question – Are You A ‘Gypsy Guy’ OR A ‘Ginter Guy’

Million Dollar Question – Are You A ‘Gypsy Guy’ OR A ‘Ginter Guy’

I know where I stand on this, but I am eager to see where the readers of the blog are.

So, my question tonight is very simple:  Are You A ‘Gypsy Guy’ OR A ‘Ginter Guy’??

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Sound off now.