Monthly Archives: April 2014

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!

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Opening Day – Purple Toys-R-Us Parallel

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Opening Day – Purple Toys-R-Us Parallel

WOW!!!  And I never even knew that Toys-R-Us got their own ‘Opening Day’ set.  To say that I was a little more than shocked to find this card on Ebay is certainly fair to say.

I was also pretty surprised to not have any competition in the bidding for this beauty as well.

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But, I am not complaining – not at all.  I will simply smile and add the card to my growing collection of Giancarlo Stanton baseball cards from the 2014 Topps set.

GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

And now I need to find the Jose Fernandez card from the same Purple set…

Reggie Jackson 1982 KMart “20th Anniversary – MVP Series”

Reggie Jackson 1982 KMart “20th Anniversary – MVP Series”

Gotta love the oddball baseball cards that littered the store shelves during the 1980’s.  From hardware stores to gas stations to discount stores – baseball cards were everywhere.

And KMart was one of those places.  And they partnered up with Topps a few times to have their own branded sets.

This Reggie Jackson card is from the 1982 KMart 20th Anniversary set.

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As you can see, the card features Reggie’s card from the 1973 Topps set.  I’d really like to grab that original one of these days…

 

1975 Topps Set Card 86/660 – #418 – Leo Foster, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 86/660 – #418 – Leo Foster, Braves

Progress: 86/660

Player Name:  Leo Foster

Card Number:  418

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Second Base, Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  5 seasons, 1971, 1973-74, 1976-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Foster did not play in during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Foster spent 7 years in the major leagues, but played in just 5 of them.  He was primarily used as a utility middle infielder and appeared in 144 games.  Foster collected 52 hits in those 144 games, good for a career average of .198.  Of his 52 hits, Foster connected for 8 doubles, 2 home runs, and 40 singles.

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1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Connects For First Big League Home Run

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first home run of his major league baseball career.

Just 20 years old, and playing in his first full season in the majors, Robinson didn’t waste too much time in making an impact with the Cincinnati Reds. At home and in front of a terribly small crowd of just over 4,000 spectators, Robinson went 2-for-4 collecting 2 RBI. 1 hit was a double, and the other was a 2-run home run off of Cubs’ pitcher Paul Minner.

And as they say, the rest was history!! Home run #1 was officially in the books – and one of the game’s greatest sluggers was born.

Robinson ended his amazing career with 586 homers. He currently ranks in 7th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Happy Birthday Barry Larkin!!!

Barry Larkin turns 51 years old today!

One of the most respected players from his era, Larkin was as classy of a player in the league as there was during the 1980’s, 1990’s, and into the 2000’s. A 19-year veteran who spent his entire career in Cincinnati, Larkin was the centerpiece of the Reds’ team and their lone constant.

Larkin’s abilities were endless. Solid hitter, great defender, base stealer, home run hitter… Larkin excelled at each and every aspect of the game. In his best season in 1995, he won the MVP award. In that season, Larkin hit .319 while collecting 158 hits, 98 runs, 51 stolen bases, 66 RBI, 15 home runs and the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

A very deserving Hall of Famer!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Larkin!!!

Off To A Hot Start, I Wanted To Grab A Really Nice Jose Fernandez Card….

Off To A Hot Start, I Wanted To Grab A Really Nice Jose Fernandez Card….

I’ve been wanting to ‘pull the trigger’ on a premium Jose Fernandez card before the season started and more attention came his way.  Sadly, I did not make it a priority.

And his certified autographed cards are selling, and for a lot more money than I am will to dish out.

Still, I shopped.

And shopped.

And shopped some more.

And finally, I landed Jose’s card from the 2014 Topps ‘The Future Is Now’ Relic Set.  The card is very nice, and I am happy that I was able to add it to my collection while not sacrificing too much of my PayPal balance in the process.

The card is serial numbered to just 99 copies with mine being 93/99.

Have a look:

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I’m going to have to try for some more now.  This guys is Red-Hot.

Who knows, maybe a nice in-person autograph will eventually land in my collection soon…  Fingers crossed.

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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