Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – Home Run Derby Card – Red Border

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – Home Run Derby Card – Red Border

I remember this scene like it was yesterday.

Bryce Harper stood at the plate in Citi Field while swinging for the fences during the Home RUn Derby of 2013.

The occasion was fun.  And Bryce brought his ‘Big Hair’ to the ‘Big Apple’ for the event.

This is the REd-bordered card of Harper from the 2013 Topps Update set that celebrates his participation in the derby:



I like the card, but the Red really does not work here.  It is too strong for the card.  The Nationals logo is pretty much washed out, and the Orange accents that normally pop are also kind of blended into the bold, Red border.

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Power Players Parallel

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Power Players Parallel

I told you that I was bringin’ out the Stanton cards this week.  Here is another one from the 2014 Topps Series 1 release:



This is the ‘Power Players’ card of Stanton from the set.  The base set from series 1 contained 330 cards.  Of those cards, 110 were selected as ‘Power Players’, which could only be found in hobby packs and jumbo packs.

As you can see from the above scan, the card is the same as the base card from the set with the exception of the added ‘Power Players’ logo in the lower, right-hand corner of the card.  The bigger difference with the card as compared to the base product is the back, which features Topps’ promotion and a code to unlock magical powers.


1967 HEADLINE: Yankees’ Mickey Mantles Crushes Home Run #500!!!

1967 HEADLINE: Yankees’ Mickey Mantles Crushes Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 1967, New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle hit the 500th home run of his career.

A baseball legend, Mantle could do no wrong while wearing his pinstripes. And a fan favorite since his debut in the league in 1951, it took Mantle 17 seasons to join the ‘500 Home Runs Club’.

Mantle retired after the 1968 baseball season. He left the game with 536 career round-trippers. Currently he sits alone in 16th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mickey Mantle!!!

1958 HEADLINE: Stan Musial Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

1958 HEADLINE: Stan Musial Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

On this day in 1958, Cardinals’ superstar Stan Musial collected the 3,000th hit of his major league career.

A dynamic offensive player, Musial is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Playing in the big leagues for 22 seasons, all with the Cardinals, Musial collected 3,630 hits during his playing days. Averaging, 165 hits per year, Musial eclipsed the 200-hit mark on six different occasions.

Currently ranked in 4th place on the all-time hits list, Musial is in a spot that should remain his for quite some time.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Musial!!!

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Jim Rice

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Jim Rice

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 Jim Rice:




While he played in 24 games for the Red Sox in 1974, the 1975 baseball season is commonly known as the rookie year of Jim Rice.

And he played very well:  174 hits in 144 games, .309 batting average, .350 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 22 home runs, 92 runs scored,  and 102 RBI.

Rice finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting in 1975, and he also received enough votes to capture 3rd place for the league’s MVP Award.