Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps Chrome

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps Chrome

Gotta love the shininess of the Chrome product put out by Topps.

But, if there is one player in the sport that could find a way to even make a Chrome baseball card dirty it would be Dustin Pedroia.  He has no regard for a clean uniform and something tells me that by the time he applied the tag to the baserunner on this play his uniform pants from the knees down were covered in clay…

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Great card!!

Reggie Jackson 2008 Topps Triple Threads – Green

Reggie Jackson 2008 Topps Triple Threads – Green

While the design is far from the best that the Topps Triple Threads product has offered us over the last few years, the colors used on this card of Reggie Jackson from the 2008 set certainly work with his Oakland A’s garb.

The card is the Green version from the 2008 Triple Threads set, and it is serial numbered as 101/240.

Have a look:

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Again, I like the colors, but the design is a bit bland in comparison to Triple Threads’ designs that followed.

I will say that the Green bar that sits in between the two Black bars at the top of the card adds a nice touch.

And any time you can add a serial numbered Reggie Jackson card to your collection, it is a nice bonus!

1975 Topps Set Card 80/660 – #644 – Bill Fahey, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 80/660 – #644 – Bill Fahey, Rangers

Progress: 80/660

Player Name:  Bill Fahey

Card Number:  644

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  11 seasons, 1971-72, 1974-77, 1979-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Fahey played in 21 games for the Rangers in 1975.  He got 37 at-bats and connected for 11 hits, good for a .297 batting average.  Of his 11 hits, Fahey had 1 double, 1 triple, and 9 singles.

Notes From Career:  In 11 seasons, Bill Fahey appeared in 383 games.  He split time between the Rangers, Padres, and Tigers on his way to collecting 225 career hits with 75 runs scored and 83 RBI.

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Did You Know…

During the 1995 Major League All-Star Game, Marlins’ outfielder Jeff Conine became just the 10th player to hit a home run in his first All-Star Game at-bat.

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2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Willie McCovey

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Willie McCovey

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Willie McCovey:

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Willie McCovey’s major league debut in 1959 was fantastic.  His numbers in 54 games played was enough to draw the attention of major league baseball as he was awarded with the Rookie Of The Year Award.

His numbers in 1959:  .354 batting average, .429 on-base percentage, 68 hits in 192 at-bats, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs, 32 runs scored, 38 RBI, and just 35 strikeouts.

Not bad for a 21-year old kid.