Daily Archives: April 29, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Tribute – Base

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.

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Yep, I scored this bad-boy for just $1.99.  And that price included shipping!!

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

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!!!

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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!!

1975 Topps Set Card 87/660 – #545 – Billy Williams, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 87/660 – #545 – Billy Williams, A’s

Progress: 87/660

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.

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Happy Birthday Luis Aparicio!!!

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!!!

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Ken Griffey Jr.

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Ken Griffey Jr.

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 Ken Griffey:

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Ken Griffey Jr. has a lot of lofty expectations placed on him prior to his first at-bat as a major league player.

And during his debut season, he did not disappoint.  He played in 127 games for the Mariners during his rookie campaign.

The numbers:  120 hits, .264 batting average, .329 on-base percentage, 23 doubles, 16 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 61 runs scored, 61 RBI.

A very solid debut for Junior!