Monthly Archives: June 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Bowman – Refractor!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Bowman – Refractor!!

Oh yeah, here is a little shiny-shiny for you on this beautiful Monday evening.

Have a look:



This card is from the 2013 Bowman baseball card set.  The description of the card stated ‘Refractor’ when I purchased it, but with the high number of parallels that are part of this 2013 release from Bowman, I have no idea if the term ‘refractor’ is the only one used to describe this alternate version.

Me?  I like the term ‘ICE’ for this one.  It kind of looks like you’re looking down on the card through a tall glass of ice chips and water.


1975 Topps Set Card 173/660 – #429 – Jim Dwyer, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 173/660 – #429 – Jim Dwyer, Cardinals

Progress: 173/660

Player Name:  Jim Dwyer

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1973-90

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dwyer played in 81 games for both the Cardinals and Montreal Expos in 1975.  He had 206 at-bats in those games, connecting for 56 hits en route to a .272 batting average.  Of his 56 hits, Dwyer collected 8 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, and 44 singles.  He also had 21 RBI and scored 26 runs.

Notes From Career:  Jim Dwyer played for seven different teams during his big league career.  He connected for 719 hits and is a lifetime .260 hitter with 349 RBI and 409 runs scored on his resume.  Dwyer is a member of the 1983 World Series championship winning Baltimore Orioles team.


1975 Topps Set Card 172/660 – #634 – Cy Acosta, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 172/660 – #634 – Cy Acosta, White Sox

Progress: 172/660

Player Name:  Cy Acosta

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:    Cy Acosta appeared in six games during the 1975 baseball season.  He did not factor into the decision of any of the contests.  He pitched 8.2 innings allowing 9 hits and 7 runs while striking out 2 and walking 3.

Notes From Career:  Cy Acosta pitched in 74 games during his 4-year career.  He split time between the White Sox and Phillies and amassed a 13-9 record.  Acosta threw 186 innings during his playing days and allowed 143 hits and 65 runs in that time.


1995 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Joins The ‘3000 Hits Club’

1995 HEADLINE:  Eddie Murray Joins The ‘3000 Hits Club’

On this day in 1995 Eddie Murray collected the 3,000th hit of his amazing baseball career!!!

In his 19th big league season while playing DH for the Cleveland Indians, Murray joined baseball’s elite group of hitters.

In the 6th inning, he smacked a single off of Mike Trombley of the Minnesota Twins and that moment became history!!!

Murray ended his baseball career with 3,225 hits which currently ranks him in 13th place in baseball history.

Congratulations Mr. Murray!!!

CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

CC Sabathia 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 CC Sabathia:



While he has been shut down for most of the 2014 baseball season due to injury, CC Sabathia entered the season with a very solid resume.

A 14-year veteran, Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with a win percentage of .636.  He has 37 complete games to his credit with 12 shutouts.  Sabathia could be a future member of the ‘3000 Strikeouts Club’ as he has registered 2,437 strikeouts in 2,281 innings of work.  He has a career ERA of 3.63 and a K’s per nine innings ratio of 7.8.

CC Sabathia has been selected as an All-Star six times.  He captured the AL Cy Young Award in 2007 with the Indians and has four more Top 5 finishes on his resume.  Sabathia was a member of the 2009 World Series championship winning New York Yankees.

1975 Topps Set Card 171/660 – #57 – Dave Johnson, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 171/660 – #57 – Dave Johnson, Braves

Progress: 171/660

Player Name:  Dave Johnson

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1965-75, 1977-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Davey Johnson played just 1 game during the 1975 baseball season.  And he got just one at-bat.  Yes, 1.  But, he got a hit so his batting average on the season was 1.000.  He was released by the Braves and went on to sign a contract to play in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants.

Notes From Career:  Davey Johnson was named as an All-Star four times during his playing days.  He also captured 3 Gold Glove Awards for his defense at second base.  Johnson was a career .261 hitter with 1,252 hits in 1,435 games played.  He played in four World Series match-ups, winning two titles – 1966 and 1970, both with the Baltimore Orioles.


1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

I can recall this day like it was yesterday…

On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.

I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…

Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s’:

Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays. Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks. He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.

Fernando Valenzuela – At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes. Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters. For the game, he threw 119 pitches. He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

2 great pitchers. 1 amazing accomplishment. Baseball history!!!

1969 HEADLINE: Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!

1969 HEADLINE: Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!

While an event of this caliber is usually reserved for a player in his final year or final home stand as a member of the home team, I guess that the Cubs organization thought so much of Mr. Williams that they chose this day to honor him.

So, 45 years later I will carry on this tradition. Today, I will celebrate the main player that brought me back to the hobby of collecting baseball cards – ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’!!

The below pin was handed out to all in attendance at Wrigley back on June 29, 1969.

Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!

Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!

Pedro Guerrero turns 58 years old today.

Guerrero was a solid contributor to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals teams that he was a part of for fifteen seasons.

A 5-time All-Star with a knack for delivering power at the plate. In his 15 seasons in the big league, Pedro collected 215 home runs while driving in 898 RBI. In four seasons, he hit at least 27 home runs with his highest tally coming in 1985 with 33.

Guerrero also finished in the Top 4 for the MVP award on four different occasions. He was a steady and consistent hitter from the time he made it to the big leagues in 1978 and throughout the course of his playing days.

Happy Birthday Mr. Guerrero!!!

Happy Birthday Harmon Killebrew!!!

Happy Birthday Harmon Killebrew!!!

Harmon Killebrew was a baseball superstar that played in a city that never quite got the attention of other major cities. And because of that, Killebrew was kind of like a secret.

But what was not a secret was the fact that Killebrew could slug home runs at the same rate, and oftentimes greater, than the sport’s best sluggers.

Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half. In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers. He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.

Happy Birthday Mr. Killebrew!! Rest In Peace.