Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Dealing Aces’

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Dealing Aces’

It seems like it was such a long time ago that I was watching my ‘Ace’ pitch for ‘My Team’.

I really miss seeing Jose Fernandez out on the mound every fifth day.  What he means to this team goes well beyond the boxscore – he is a player, and his teammates react well to him, and it is contagious.

I cannot wait for my ‘Ace’ to come back.  2015 cannot come soon enough!!!

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This is Jose’s card from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen subset tagged as ‘Dealing Aces’.

I grabbed two of these cards, paying just $0.18 each.  The first will definitely land in my Fernandez collection.  I am saving the second one just in case I decide to build the complete subset…

1975 Topps Set Card 121/660 – #129 – Rick Monday, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 121/660 – #129 – Rick Monday, Cubs

Progress: 121/660

Player Name:  Rick Monday

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1966-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Rick Monday played in 136 games for the Cubs in 1975.  He collected 131 hits in those games en route to a .267 batting average.  Of his 131 hits, Monday supplied a nice amount of power with his 29 doubles and 17 home runs.  He drove in 60 runs for the Cubs in 1975 while also scoring 89 times.

Notes From Career:  Over his 19-year major league career, Rick Monday played for three prominent franchises – The A’s, Cubs, and Dodgers.  He was a 2-time All-Star and a member of the 1981 World Series championship winning LA Dodgers.  Monday retired from the sport with a lifetime .264 batting average with 1,169 hits including 241 home runs.

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2010 HEADLINE: Roy Halladay Fires ‘Perfect Game’ Against The Marlins

2010 HEADLINE: Roy Halladay Fires ‘Perfect Game’ Against The Marlins

On this day in 2010, Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins.

I watched each and every pitch of this game in my living room as it was heralded as being a battle of the two most dominating pitchers in the National League – Halladay and Josh Johnson.

As the game unfolded, it was hard to not cheer for Halladay as he kept inching towards baseball history.

His performance was unreal, and while I would have preferred that the moment had not taken place against ‘my team’, it is always nice to catch baseball history in the making.

Halladay’s numbers: 9 innings pitched, 0 hits allowed, 0 runs allowed, 11 strikeouts, 0 walks allowed, and 115 pitches.

The Phillies won the game 1-0.

1989 HEADLINE: Phillies’ Slugger Mike Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

1989 HEADLINE: Phillies’ Slugger Mike Schmidt Retiring From Baseball

On this day in 1989, Mike Schmidt retired from the game of baseball.

Watching this video still gives me chills…

I remember this press conference like it was yesterday. Even as a 13-year old kid, I understood how hard it was for a player like Mike Schmidt to leave the game of baseball. One of the game’s biggest stars for close to 2 decades, Schmidt solidified himself as one of the greatest power hitters of all-time.

With a resume filled with elite milestones, Schmidt was able to leave the game as one its greatest players but that did not make the final decision any easier for him.

Cheers to you Mike Schmidt – A baseball hero and a class act!!!

Happy Birthday Eric Davis!!!

Happy Birthday Eric Davis!!!

Amazingly, Eric Davis turns 52 years old today!!!

Wow, I remember the hype around Eric Davis as he began his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He was a ‘5-Tool player’ that could do it all and he was going to rescue the Reds franchise and deliver them back to baseball glory. Davis had the speed, power, charisma, and personality to carry the franchise to the promised land!!!

After 7 remarkable seasons with the Reds that were littered with All-star appearances, Gold Glove trophies, Silver Slugger awards, and even a World Series championship, Davis was on his way to becoming one of the games biggest stars. Talk about becoming baseball’s second ’40/40 Man’ was a daily occurrence in baseball circles. As one of the game’s premier players, ‘Eric The Red’ was riding high.

Unfortunately, a terrible string of injuries and then an unfortunate battle with cancer stalled Davis’ ability to dominate the game. This 1-time hero became just a regular role player. On occasion, Davis gave us more memorable moments to add to his impressive highlight reel, but he was never able to recapture and string together seasons of success like he had in the late 1980’s when he was on top of the baseball world.

Happy Birthday Mr. Davis. You are remembered fondly!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Blue Paper Frame

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Blue Paper Frame

Oh yes!!!

It took me so much longer than I ever thought I would need, but I have finally secured the Blue Paper framed card of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball card set.

I have always been a big fan of the ‘Blue Paper’ design that comes from the GQ brand because (1) I think it looks really sharp and (2) it happens to go very well with my favorite Cubs players.

The Blue Paper framed cards are serial numbered to just 499 copies.  The Jenkins card that I grabbed is stamped as 378/499.

Check it out:

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And with this card, I now have all three of the ‘regular’ sized cards of Fergie from the set – Base, White, and Blue.

Time to round up the last of the minis!!

1975 Topps Set Card 120/660 – #222 – Dan Spillner, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 120/660 – #222 – Dan Spillner, Padres

Progress: 120/660

Player Name:  Dan Spillner

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1974-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Dan Spillner’s second year in the big leagues.  He appeared in 37 games for the Padres, with starts.  He completed the season with a 5-13 record with 1 save.  He amassed an ERA of 4.27 in 166 innings of work while striking out 104 batters and allowing 194 hits and 93 runs.

Notes From Career:  Spillner played for three teams during his 12-year career.  He was used in both starting and relief efforts and pitched in 556 contests.  He finished his career with a 75-89 record plus 50 saves.  In 12 seasons in the majors, Spillner was never on a team that reached the postseason.

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Did You Know…

In 2007, Francisco Cordero became the first pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history to capture 40 saves in a single season.

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1978 HEADLINE: Orioles’ Jim Palmer Earns Win #200 Of Career

1978 HEADLINE: Orioles’ Jim Palmer Earns Win #200 Of Career

On this dy in 1978, Jim Palmer took to the mound in the second game of a double-header against the Cleveland Indians.

Palmer was seeking the 200th win of his major league career, and he did not disappoint.

He threw a complete game shutout against ‘The Tribe’ while allowing just eight hits in the game.  Palmer struck out four batters in the contest while walking just one.

Congratulations on #200 Mr. Palmer!!!

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Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Happy Birthday Kirk Gibson!!!

Kirk Gibson turns 57 years old today.

Images of Kirk Gibson’s fist-pumping, leg-limping jog around the bases during Game 1 of the World Series is undoubtedly the first thing that baseball fans remember when Gibson’s name is mentioned. That night turned Gibson from a very good everyday player into a baseball legend!! Very few people remember that this was Gibson’s lone appearance in that ’88 title match-up. It’s amazing how with 1 swing of the bat, Gibson etched his place in baseball history and created a moment that none of us will soon forget!!!

Few recall that just 4 years prior as a member of the Detroit Tigers Gibson won his first championship. In that ’84 series, Gibson hit .333 in 6 games while collecting 6 hits, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. Some players just have a knack for making their presence felt during the most necessary times, and Gibson is certainly that player.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gibson!!!