Daily Archives: May 19, 2014

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Tom Seaver

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Tom Seaver

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 right-handed starting pitcher is Tom Seaver:



Tom Seaver had a superb rookie season in 1967.  At 22 years of age, Seaver started 34 games for the Mets and posted a 16-13 record.  He threw 251 innings during his rookie campaign while striking out 170 batters and walking just 78.  Seaver posted an ERA of 2.76 as he allowed 77 runs during his 251 innings of work.

Seaver was an All-Star in 1967 and he also won the Rookie Of The Year Award.

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Of all of the teams major league teams that have been featured as a part of the Gypsy Queen brand of baseball cards, I am starting to believe that none are as sharp as the cards that feature the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates color scheme and uniform style are complemented very nicely by the vintage GQ design.  And the Black and Yellow looks very bold on the muted GQ cardstock.  The style of font chosen for this set are also very complementary to the Pirates letter-scheme.

Case in point, have a look at the card of ‘Cutch’ from this year’s GQ set:



I rest my case!

Can you beat it?  Is there another team that works better with this brand?  Let me hear it!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 107/660 – #378 – Derrel Thomas, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 107/660 – #378 – Derrel Thomas, Padres

Progress: 107/660

Player Name:  Derrel Thomas

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:  Second Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1971-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Derrel Thomas played in 144 games for the San Francisco Giants in 1975, even though his Topps card shows him as a member of the Padres.  He connected for 149 hits in those 149 games while also driving in 48 runs and scoring 99 times.

Notes From Career:  Derrel Thomas competed in 1,597 games during his 15-year major league career.  He spent time playing for 7 different teams during that time with his greatest success coming in 1980 as a member of the World Series championship winning Los Angeles Dodgers.


1975 Topps Set Card 106/660 – #11 – Bill Melton, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 106/660 – #11 – Bill Melton, White Sox

Progress: 106/660

Player Name:  Bill Melton

Card Number:  11

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1968-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bill Melton appeared in 149 games for the White Sox in 1975.  He compiled 123 hits in 512 at-bats over the course of the season en route to a .240 batting average.  Melton also contributed 16 doubles, 15 home runs, and 70 RBI to the White Sox’s offensive output.

Notes From Career:   Bill Melton suited up for three teams during his big league career, but spent the majority of his time with the White Sox.  He was an All-Star for the AL in 1971.  Melton amassed 1,004 career hits with 496 runs scored and 470 RBI.  He never made it to the postseason.


David Ortiz 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

David Ortiz 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of David Ortiz:



David Ortiz is on his way to Cooperstown.

Upon entering the 2014 major league baseball season, Ortiz was already a 3-time World Series champion and 9-time All-Star.  He has more than 2,000 career hist with 1450+ RBI and he continues to climb the all-time HR list as he chases 500.

Ortiz is the winner of six Silver Slugger Awards.  He is a lifetime .287 hitter and he has 7 seasons of 30 or more home runs on his resume.