Daily Archives: April 27, 2014

Matt Holliday 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Matt Holliday 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 Matt Holliday:

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Matt Holliday entered his 11th big league season in 2014.

Upon entering the 2014 season, Holliday was a 6-time All-Star and a winner of 4 Silver Slugger Awards.

He is closing in on several offensive milestones and with health on his side, he should have no problem reaching 2,000 hits, 400 doubles, and 300 home runs.  And sometime during the 2014 season he will eclipse both 1,000 runs scored and 1,000 RBI.

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps – 1989 Mini Die-Cut

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps – 1989 Mini Die-Cut

Yeah Buddy!

Here is yet another card of Bryce Harper from the 2014 Topps Series 1 set that I am just getting around to adding to my collection.

The card features the same design as the 1989 Topps base set, but it is miniature in size and has a die-cut edge.

Have a look:

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I love this card – 89 Topps does not get the credit is deserves for being such a quality design as it relates to style, color, and overall look.

1975 Topps Set Card 85/660 – #398 – Elias Sosa, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 85/660 – #398 – Elias Sosa, Cardinals

Progress: 85/660

Player Name:  Elias Sosa

Card Number:  398

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1972-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Elias Sosa pitched for both the Cardinals and Braves in 1975.  In total, he made 57 appearances between the two clubs while amassing a 2-5 records with a 4.32 ERA.  In 89 innings of work during the season, Sosa struck out 46 batters while walking 43.

Notes From Career:  In 12 seasons in the major leagues, Elias Sosa played for 8 different teams.  He has a lifetime record of 59-51 with a career ERA of 3.32.  Sosa appeared in 601 games during his big league tenure making it to the postseason twice – in 1977 and 1981.

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Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Happy Birthday Rogers Hornsby!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of former major leaguer, Mr. Rogers Hornsby.

Hornsby’s major league career began in 1915 at the tender age of nineteen. A staple in the St. Louis Cardinals’ line-up for more than a decade, Hornsby had offense down to a science as he quickly became the best hitter in the sport. He From 1920 to 1925, his average never dipped below .370 while peaking at .424 – while racking up six batting titles in the process.

After his tenure in St.Louis, Hornsby moved on to New York, Boston, Chicago, and eventually back to St. Louis. And during that journey, the hits kept coming…

By the end of his 23 seasons, Hornsby had amassed 2,930 career hits. His lifetime batting average of .358 ranks as the second highest in major league history behind Ty Cobb. In total, he collected seven batting titles and two MVP awards as well.

Happy Birthday Mr. Hornsby. Your impact on the game is not forgotten!!!

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Million Dollar Question – What Would The Reaction To Some Of Baseball’s Greatest Home Runs be Like Today??

Million Dollar Question – What Would The Reaction To Some Of Baseball’s Greatest Home Runs be Like Today??

With all of the drama surrounding Carlos Gomez and the brawl that ensued after his near-home run against the Pirates a week ago, it made me wonder how some of the greatest home runs in baseball history, and the celebration that followed them, would be tolerated in today’s more sensitive baseball climate.

Taking out the walk-off, game-winning home run that brings a complete team to home plate to celebrate at the conclusion of a game, there are a ton of players from the past and present that celebrate the 2-run home run in the third inning of a ballgame with nothing on the line.

And I sit here and wonder how the baseball climate would react to former home run hitters if they played today – during a time in which pitchers take things more personal and coaches scream at their foes from the opposing dugout.

How would the opponent react If Matt Kemp pumped his arms like Kirk Gibson?

How would the opponent react if Coco Crisp popped his jersey and skipped a few steps out of the batter’s box a la Rickey Henderson?

How would the opponent react if Carlos Beltran stood at home plate and watched his home run sail over the outfield wall like Reggie Jackson?

For me, I think a lot of it has to do with the player and not really the moment.  If a player is hurting the team he is facing, that is when things get testy.  If he has hurt the team in the past or if there is bad blood from prior incidents, the first unnecessary action could be the thing that takes things to the next level.

Where do you stand on this?  Would the heroes of yesterday be treated differently today or would they to be on the opposite end of a brawl for their actions?

I’m interested to get your take on this one.  Let’s Go!!

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