Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Prizm

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Panini Prizm

When a player’s hair has this kind of movement, you just know that he packed his swing full of power and speed.

And McCutchen connected and delivered at a pretty solid pace in 2013.  Enough to earn him a National League MVP Award!!!

Check out his card from the 2013 Panini Prizm set:

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This is the base card from the set.  It has a small handful of colored border parallels as well, but for now I am happy to have just grabbed this one.

While I know that it sucks that Panini is not authorized to feature team names and logos within their product, I will say that when they make image selections like the one above, you almost forget that they are going out of their way to hide the logos on the front of the player’s jersey and cap.  Almost.

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

It’s always exciting to see a player like Rickey Henderson featured in a modern issue like Gypsy Queen.

And while I feel like I have seen this specific image used multiple times, the GQ design does bring a different flare to it.

Have a look:

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If I had one complaint about the card, I wish it was zoomed out just a tad more.  I’d love to see Rickey’s stirrups, socks, and shoes as he prepares to take off for another stolen base!!

A great addition to my Rickey Henderson collection!

1975 Topps Set Card 89/660 – #54 – Eric Soderholm, Twins

1975 Topps Set Card 89/660 – #54 – Eric Soderholm, Twins

Progress: 89/660

Player Name:  Eric Soderholm

Card Number:  54

Team:  Minnesota Twins

Position:  Third Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1971-75, 1977-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Soderholm played in 117 games for the Twins in 1975.  He connected for 120 hits in 419 at-bats good for a solid .286 batting average.  Of his 120 hits, Soderholm had 17 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 home runs.  He drove in 58 runs while scoring 62 times.

Notes From Career:   Soderholm played for four teams during his 9-year career.  He played in 894 games and amassed 764 hits.  He has a lifetime batting average of .264 and a defensive fielding percentage of .962.  In 759 games of playing defense at third base, Soderholm committed just 88 errors in 2,297 opportunities.

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1991 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Passes Lou Brock On The All-Time Steals List

1991 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Passes Lou Brock On The All-Time Steals List

On this day in 1991 Rickey Henderson became the All-time leader in stolen bases. As Rickey passed Lou Brock with steal #939 of his career, it was obvious to all watching live and on television that this was a baseball record for the ages.

Henderson’s talent is very rare as his body, specifically his legs, was able to withstand the punishment it takes to steal 939 bases. Amazingly enough, Henderson was not even close to being done with running. By the end of his 25-season major league career Henderson would finish with 1,406 stolen bases.

Personally, of all of the records in baseball today I think this one is the safest of them all. Home runs records will be broken. Hit streaks may not last. But this record is truly amazing. Players that steal 60-70 bases a year would have to have that kind of success for 20 straight years to challenge Rickey’s record. If you look at the great base stealers in the game today, each of them hits a pinnacle and then a sharp and rapid decline. This record is safe, and will not be challenged ever!!!

Congratulations Rickey. Truly an original, and truly a baseball legend!!!

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini No Number Version

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini No Number Version

While it has been more than five months since I last added a card to my Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter collection, I have not stopped seeking out the cards that I was missing.

Prior to this purchase, I had 4 cards of Dawson from this set:  Base, Mini Base, Mini A&G back, and Mini Black border.  I also have the base card signed too, but I will not count that towards this project.

But, we can officially call this card #5!!!

This is the ‘No-Number Mini’ which like the name portrays, has no numbering on the back of the card.

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Everything that I read says that these cards with no numbers on the back are serial numbered to just 50 copies.  This is the second card like this that I have scored, Joe Morgan was the first, and I have been unable to locate any kind of numbering.

And if there is no serial number on the card, how can we be certain that there are just 50 copies of the ‘No Number’ versions out there???   Hmmmm…..