Daily Archives: May 10, 2014

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – White Frame Parallel

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – White Frame Parallel

With the base and mini base cards of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen set already in my collection, it was time to start going after the ‘toughies’.

So, I shopped.  I got a feel for which of the colored parallels and mini-colored parallels are out there in abundance and which ones may be tougher to come by.

And then I found one seller offering the White framed version of several cards from the set.  And two of those players are guys that I am actively collecting.  He was ‘accepting offers’ on all of the cards, so I went after both of them.

And he accepted.

Here is the White frame card of Fergie Jenkins from the set:



I’ll show off the other one I grabbed in a future post.


Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base – FAIL!!!

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

I feel like I have seen this image before – and often!  That is my lone complaint about the Gypsy Queen release, the re-use of same images.

Here is the Frank Robinson card from the 2014 issue:



And while not exact, here is the pretty similar looking 2013 card:

And here is the 2011:

While not an exact duplicate of the 2011 and 2013 Gypsy Queen cards, I am a little disappointed in the 2014 issue.  After all, Mr. Robinson is one of the most accomplished hitters of all-time, yet in 3 of 4 releases, we are using posed action shots.

Come on Topps, let’s get it right in 2015.  Frank Robinson deserves better.  And so do the collectors that enjoy collecting him.


1975 Topps Set Card 98/660 – #188 – Tom Griffin, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 98/660 – #188 – Tom Griffin, Astros

Progress: 98/660

Player Name:  Tom Griffin

Card Number:  188

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1969-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Griffin started 13 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  He went 3-8 with a 5.33 ERA.  In 79 innings of work, Griffin struck out 56 batters while allowing 89 hits and 52 runs.

Notes From Career:  Griffin appeared in 401 games during his 14-year major league career.  Of the 401 appearances, Griffin started 191 times while compiling a record of 77-94 with 5 saves.  Griffin threw 1,494 innings and allowed 1,407 hits and 762 runs during that time.  He has 1,054 career strikeouts and a K:Walk ratio of just 1.37:1.00.


Did You Know…

Al Martin led the Pittsburgh Pirates in home runs during the decade of the 1990’s.  He connected for 107 four-baggers.

Al Martin

What Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Is Your Favorite?? Topps, Fleer, or Donruss??

What Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Is Your Favorite??  Topps, Fleer, or Donruss??

One of the best things about collecting baseball cards that honor the players of my youth is the limited number of rookie cards that came out during that time.  In the early 1980’s, it was just the big three – Topps, Fleer, and Donruss.  If you were able to score the rookie cards of your favorite player from those three brands, your collection was complete.  Nowadays, your favorite player may have more than three versions of his rookie card in one single set….

Back to Gwynn – his rookie season was 1983 and he had a rookie card in each set that year.

Here are the three:


gwynn 83 topps


gwynn 83 fleer


gwynn 83 donruss

So, which one do you like the most??  Which one takes you right back to your childhood when packs could be bought for $0.50 and had either gum, stickers, or puzzle pieces included in them?

For me, it is the Topps card.  I like action cards, and while this one is not a superb image, it is at least showing some action.  I also really like the color combination that Topps used for their famous ’83 design.

gwynn 83 topps

How about you?  Which one is your favorite Tony Gwynn rookie card??