Daily Archives: May 15, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Yellow Border Parallel

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Yellow Border Parallel

Today I have for you the Yellow-border Giancarlo Stanton card from the Topps Series 1 release.

Yellow is commonly referred to as the ‘Color Of Intellect’.

So, intellectually speaking, I will say that Giancarlo Stanton hits the hell out of the baseball.  It is so nice to see him off to such a nice start to the 2014 baseball season.  In the past, he has put some pretty impressive numbers on the board – and he was not ever at 100%.  Today, he is healthy and really punishing the opposition.

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I’m loving it!!

And while the retail-exclusive Yellow border is a bit strong it does work well with the Marlins color scheme!

1975 Topps Set Card 102/660 – #168 – Bill Greif, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 102/660 – #168 – Bill Greif, Padres

Progress: 102/660

Player Name:  Bill Greif

Card Number:  168

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1971-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Greif made 59 appearances during the 1975 baseball season.  He finished the campaign with a 4-6 record and 9 saves.  He pitched 72 innings in 1975 amassing 43 strikeouts and 38 walks.

Notes From Career:  Bill Greif pitched for the Astros, Padres, and Cardinals during his 6-year career.  He had a record of 31-67 in 231 games.  In 715 innings of work, Greif collected 442 strikeouts while walking 287 and allowing 402 runs.

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1998 HEADLINE: Blockbuster Trade Sends Mike Piazza To The Florida Marlins!!!

1998 HEADLINE: Blockbuster Trade Sends Mike Piazza To The Florida Marlins!!!

In 1998, the term ‘fire-sale’ and the Florida Marlins were linked like peanut butter and jelly. Coming off of a World Series championship the prior season, the Marlins management team was dumping all of the players and salaries that took them to the pinnacle just a few months prior.

And on this day in 1998, the Marlins made a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mike Piazza was traded by the Dodgers with Todd Ziele for Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenriech, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield.

Piazza’s stay in Miami was short-lived as he was dealt just 8 days later to the New York Mets.

Piazza’s time as a Marlins’ player included 5 games in which he tallied 5 hits and 5 RBI in 18 at-bats.

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Josh Beckett turns 34 years old today!!!

I cannot believe that Josh Beckett is turning 34 years old today. It seems like just a few days ago I was watching this baby-faced fire-baller suit up for my Marlins team. Man those were the good old days, huh??

Today Beckett is pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a quest to get the Dodgers back into World Series contention. He has dedicated himself to the art of pitching and the hard work he has put in has paid off immensely. A 2-time World Series Champion by the age of 27, Beckett should have a few quality years ahead of him. And that may include another opportunity to hoist more World Series Trophies as well!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!! A baseball superstar today, and always a Florida Marlin in my mind!!!

Happy Birthday John Smoltz!!!

Happy Birthday John Smoltz!!!

John Smoltz turns 47 years old today!!!

One of the most versatile and team-oriented players to play the game in the last 20 years, John Smoltz is a rare breed. A player that is willing to accept any role that the team wants him to perform in, Smoltz personified what the ‘Team-First’ mentality is all about.

Smoltz has 213 career wins alongside 154 saves. Had he not spent 4 seasons in the bullpen during his days with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz could have been in line to win 300 career games. Instead, he did what was asked of him and saved an incredible 154 games in 4 years for the ‘Bravos’.

Happy Birthday Smoltzy!!!

Happy Birthday George Brett!!!

Happy Birthday George Brett!!!

George Brett turns 60 years old today!!!

One of the greatest baseball players during the mid-1970’s through the 1980’s and a first-ballot entrant in the Baseball Hall of Fame, George Brett is a baseball superstar. With a career resume that can be envied by all of his peers, Brett offered a complete offensive package for the Kansas City Royals.

Boasting 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,595 RBI, 1,583 runs scored, and a batting average of .305, Brett dazzled baseball fans for 21 years. Amazingly, he also has 205 career stolen bases, and for a third baseman playing in the 70’s and 80’s, that is a rare feat. In his 21 seasons, Brett was a 13-time All-Star, a league MVP, a Gold Glove winner, and a 3-time Silver Slugger winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Brett!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Camo Border Parallel

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps – Camo Border Parallel

You can’t see me…

You can’t see him…

You can’t see anything…

And you can’t see that this baseball card is serial numbered as 79/99…

Why?

Duh, because it is covered in Camouflage!!

 

 

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Here is another card of Giancarlo Stanton that I scored from the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.  This is the ‘Camo’ border card and I am very excited to have found it for an affordable price a few months ago.

This is my first ‘Camo’ card and while certainly not traditional, I do like the homage that MLB and Topps pays to the troops so I can appreciate this design.

Another one down!  Which one will I show off tomorrow??  Stay tuned to find out.