Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Short Print

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Short Print

Once I grabbed one for my Marlins team set, I set out to grab another for my player collection.

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And now, I am off to find some of the tougher parallels and minis that are out there!

Let’s go!!

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps T-206

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps T-206

Wow, he sure does look young in this shot doesn’t he?  Maybe it is the shades or maybe the lack of facial hair, but Dustin Pedroia played nothing like a ‘youngster’ in 2009…

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In 154 games, Pedroia collected 185 for the Red Sox while compiling a .296 batting average.  He led the league in runs scored with 115 while also crushing 48 doubles and 15 round-trippers.

Pedroia was named an All-Star for the second time in 2009 and he amazingly had just 45 strikeouts during the season while making 714 plate appearances.

1975 Topps Set Card 97/660 – #550 – Ralph Garr, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 97/660 – #550 – Ralph Garr, Braves

Progress: 97/660

Player Name:  Ralph Garr

Card Number:  550

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1968-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ralph Garr had a solid season in 1975.  He played in 151 games for the Braves and posted a batting average of .278 with an on-base percentage of .327.  He paced the NL with 11 triples on the year and also led the league in intentional walks with 17.  Garr scored 87 runs for the Braves while also stealing 14 bases.

Notes From Career:  Always a threat on the base paths, Ralph Garr stole 172 bases during his big league career en route to 717 runs scored.  He is a career .306 hitter with 1,562 career hits.  Garr was named as an NL All-Star in 1974.

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2001 HEADLINE: Randy Johnson Strikes Out 20 Batters In One Game!!!

2001 HEADLINE: Randy Johnson Strikes Out 20 Batters In One Game!!!

On this day in 2001, Randy Johnson struck out 20 batters!!

That’s right 20! And it came against the Cincinnati Reds.

In that contest, Johnson pitched 9 innings while allowing just 3 hits and 1 run. He struck out 20 batters, while walking none. For the Reds, every starter struck out at least one time with two of them racking up three K’s a piece against ‘The Big Unit’.

Congratulations on this incredible feat – and Happy Anniversary!!!

Oh, Johnson’s team ended winning the game 4-3 in 11 innings. Johnson was awarded with a no-decision for his amazing efforts…

1984 HEADLINE: Kirby Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Kirby Puckett’s Debut A Hit, 4 Of Them!!!

On this day in 1984, Kirby Puckett made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins.

And he got off to an incredible start to his professional career…

Going 4/4 on the day, Puckett electrified the faithful Minnesota Twins fans. Batting lead-off, Puckett went 4-for-5 while also scoring his first run and stealing his first base as well. Of the 4 hits, all of them were singles.

He left his debut game with an .800 batting average and Twins fans had an instant hero.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Puckett. Thanks for the memories!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Gold Foil ‘FL’ State Stamp Version

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Gold Foil ‘FL’ State Stamp Version

Finally, I have landed the second of three cards from the 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes rainbow of Giancarlo Stanton.

First, I was able to easily land the base card.

And now, I have brought home the Gold-foil stamped ‘FL’ state card for my rainbow.

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And now, I have to track down that pesky ‘Zip Code’ card.  Of all three versions, it seems as if the ‘Zip’ cards are the toughest ones to come by.

Time to hunt!!