Daily Archives: May 21, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Black Mini

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Black Mini

The stitches are not even out yet and I already miss my All-Star pitcher.

Not having Jose Fernandez on the mound and in the dugout for my team is such a letdown.  And while I would certainly rather have this happen in a season in which the playoffs are not very likely, I was literally watching his games on the edge of my chair every five days – and I am going to miss that.

All I can do now is wish him a speedy recovery with no set-backs.

And I can try to score some more cards of him for my player collection too.

My most recent pick-up is his ‘Black mini’ from the new 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen set.

The cards feature the same image as his short-print base card, and it is serial numbered to just 199 copies.  Mine is #139/199.


1975 Topps Set Card 110/660 – #597 – Winston Llenas, Angels

1975 Topps Set Card 110/660 – #597 – Winston Llenas, Angels

Progress: 110/660

Player Name:  Winston Llenas

Team:  California Angels

Position:  2nd Base, 3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1968-69, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In his last season in the major leagues, Winston Llenas played in 56 games for the Angels.  He split time playing left field, center field, right field, first base, third base, and designated hitter.  In 113 at-bats, Llenas connected for just 21 hits en route to a .186 batting average.

Notes From Career:   A career .230 hitter, Llenas played all six of his major leagues seasons with the California Angels.  He was skilled enough to play all defensive positions except for catcher and shortstop, yet not strong enough at any position to land the full-time spot.  He retired with 122 hits in his career consisting of 17 doubles, 3 home runs, and 102 singles.


1975 Topps Set Card 109/660 – #563 – Wilbur Howard, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 109/660 – #563 – Wilbur Howard, Astros

Progress: 109/660

Player Name:  Wilbur Howard

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1973-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Wilbur Howard played in a career high 121 games for the Astros in 1975.  He connected for 111 hits during the campaign and finished the season with a solid .283 batting average.  Of his 111 hits, Howard connected for 16 doubles and 8 triples, with the balance being all singles.  He stole 32 bases and scored 62 runs.

Notes From Career:   Howard appeared in 466 games during his 6-year career.  Always playing for the Astros, Howard has 267 lifetime hits with 37 doubles, 11 triples, and 6 home runs.  He stole 60 bases during his career and retired with a .250 batting average.


Did You Know…

Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher in Cincinnati Reds history to lead the National League is strikeouts in three consecutive seasons.  He did it from 1941-43 when he struck out 202, 186, and 1974 in three straight campaigns.

johnny vander meer 1951 bowman

Ladies & Gentlemen, My 15-Card 2014 Topps Series 1 Giancarlo Stanton Rainbow!!!

Ladies & Gentlemen, My 15-Card 2014 Topps Series 1 Giancarlo Stanton Rainbow!!!

That’s right, I am up to 15 cards.  And there are still a few more that I may be able to grab as time passes.

I started putting this collection together as soon as the Series 1 release dropped earlier in the year.  And besides my pursuit of the 1975 Topps set, this rainbow has been the most fun part of my 2014 collecting year thus far.

To date, I am 15 cards deep.  And the full collection looks fantastic when shown together.

Have a look:

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Fifteen baby!!  And hopefully still growing too!

I’d love to nab the ‘Sparkle’ SSP if I was able to find it at a good price.  I’ve only seen the Pink card surface one time since the set debuted so I am still hoping that another appears soon too.  And maybe, just maybe I will be able to land that version in the future too.

For now, 15 cards is awesome and I am loving it!!
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