Daily Archives: May 3, 2014

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Remember that post from a few hours ago in which I praised Topps for offering new images of both modern and legendary players within their Gypsy Queen product?

Do you recall my saying that this was not foolproof?

Well, Fergie Jenkins’ card in the set proves that.

Here is the card:

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We have seen this specific image of Mr. Jenkins way too many times from Topps.  Am I excited that Fergie made the checklist?  You better believe it.  But, he has not been in a base product since 2013 and I am sure that Topps has a vault of images that they can use for these cards so I am rather disappointed that they did not take some extra care in their image selection for this one.

Will I still attempt to tackle ‘The Rainbow’?  Yes.  But, I will still wish that all of the cards contained within said rainbow featured either a new/less used image of my favorite pitcher of all-time.

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

One of the things that I like most about the Gypsy Queen brand of baseball cards is that Topps usually does a better job of using new images – for both older and modern players.

Now, this is not foolproof, as there has certainly been some repetition of image use.  But, I don’t find it anywhere near as much as with other Topps issues.

So, when I see a player’s name on the checklist like Johnny Bench, I get excited about the possible new image we will discover of the Hall of Famer.

I bought this card ‘on the blind’ as I had yet to see one on Ebay.  I paid just $0.18 for it – and I am very happy with that decision.

Have a look:

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Very, very nice.

1975 Topps Set Card 91/660 – #629 – Joe Hoerner, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 91/660 – #629 – Joe Hoerner, Royals

Progress: 91/660

Player Name:  Joe Hoerner

Card Number:  91

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  Pithcer

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1963-64, 196677

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Hoerner appeared in 25 games during the 1975 season.  But, it was not for the Roayls, the team pictured on his 1975 Topps baseball card.  It was for the Phillies.  He was used sparingly by the Phillies as a middle-to-late relief pitcher.  He had a record of 0-0 with 0 saves, but he struck out 20 batters in 21 innings of work and amassed and ERA of 2.57.

Notes From Career:   In 14 seasons, Hoerner spent time playing for 7 different teams.  He was used as a middle reliever and made 493 appearances while finishing 268 games.  Hoerner has a career record of 39-34 with 99 saves and a 2.99 ERA.  He was a member of the 1967 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

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1980 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Homers For The Last Time Of His Major League Career

1980 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Homers For The Last Time Of His Major League Career

On this day in 1980, slugger Willie McCovey hit the final home run of his amazing career. Spanning 22 years, McCovey blasted 521 round-trippers during his playing days. His 521 ranks on the all-time list at 18th place in major league history.

The shot, a blast off of Expos’ hurler Scott Sanderson, came in the 4th inning of the ballgame and was the difference in the Giant’s 3-2 win that day.

Happy Anniversary Mr. McCovey!!

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Set

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Set

When the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen checklist was released, I was very eager to see how Topps was going to treat the Miami Marlins.

In 2013, the team set had just three cards.  Yep, three.  This year, however, Topps did the Marlins ‘a solid’ as they gave the team 8 cards in the set.  That is a nice increase over last year and this collector appreciates the love.

The set of 8 cards has 7 cards included from the base set and 1 card in the Short Print, High Numbers set – Jose Fernandez.

I was able to piece together the 7 cards from the base set rather quickly and affordably.  And I just nabbed the Jose Fernandez SP late last week to wrap up the complete set.

Here is a scan:

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As you can imagine, being that I am a GQ guy, I love this set and specifically, this team set.  I am so happy to find so many Marlins in this product that I am strongly considering going after the mini version of the team set next.

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