Daily Archives: June 1, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Chrome

Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps Chrome

Anytime I can add an ‘older’ and new card of Giancarlo Stanton to my collection, I usually go for it (price pending, of course).

And when said ‘older’ card features the old colors and logo of the Marlins, I get pretty excited about the prospect of adding it to my collection.

I’ve been ‘tracking’ this card for a little while, and I finally landed it for my collection.

The card comes from the 2011 Topps Chrome set.



I love the shine of the card.  And of course, I am digging the Teal player name banner and old Marlins logo.

My lone complaint is that Stanton’s swinging arms are covering up that great Marlins team name on his jersey.  But that is hardly Topps’ fault…

A great addition to my collection!

1975 Topps Set Card 126/660 – #606 – Bruce Miller, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 126/660 – #606 – Bruce Miller, Giants

Progress: 126/660

Player Name:  Bruce Miller

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:  2nd Base, 3rd Base

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1973-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Miller played in a career high 99 games during the 1975 baseball season.  In those 99 games, Miller connected for 74 hits while scoring 22 runs and driving in 31.  He hit .239 during the season and struck out just 26 times in 328 plate appearances.

Notes From Career:  Miller’s 4-year career was punctuated by 136 hits.  Of his hits, Miller connected for 14 doubles, 4 triples, and 1 home run.  In fou years, Miller scored 43 runs for the Giants while driving in 51.


1975 Topps Set Card 125/660 – #431 – Rod Gilbreath, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 125/660 – #431 – Rod Gilbreath, Braves

Progress: 125/660

Player Name:  Rod Gilbreath

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  7 seasons, 1972-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Rod Gilbreath appeared in 90 games for the Braves in 1975.  He hit .243 for the team which included 49 hits in 202 at-bats.  Of his 49 hits, Gilbreath connected for 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and 43 singles.

Notes From Career:  Gilbreath spent seven seasons in the big leagues, all with the Atlanta Braves.  He spent time the majority of his time at both second base and third base, playing just two games at shortstop – kind of odd that his ’75 Topps card says ‘Shortstop’ for the position.  Gilbreath is a career .248 hitter with 356 hits.


Dustin Pedroia 2008 Topps Heritage

Dustin Pedroia 2008 Topps Heritage

Wow, look at how young Dustin Pedroia looks on this card from the 2008 Topps Heritage set…



This card reminds me of a picture I had of myself when I was a kid.  The picture was taken in a shop at Universal Studios in which they impose a magazine cover over the image giving you the ‘Cover’ experience.  I know that I was wearing a Red Sox shirt in the picture, and I also had a bat on my shoulder.  The magazine was ‘Sport’ magazine, and it looked a lot like the shot above of Pedroia.

Ah, memories!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Short Print – SUNGLASSES!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps Short Print – SUNGLASSES!!!

Taking a break from building multiple Giancarlo Stanton ‘rainbows’, I went way back to an era of cards that was a bit different to secure another card of my favorite Marlins – way back to 2013!!

Things were so different in 2013..  🙂

On a more serious note, Giancarlo has been crushing the ball with great consistency so far this season.  I am pumped to know that he will more than likely be representing the National League and the Marlins in this years All-Star Game.

So, to celebrate his super-hot start to the 2014 campaign, I wanted to scoop a card that was a bit more high-end.  I opted for his Short Print from the 2013 set – the ‘Sunglasses’ series.





If you’re a fan of the 1980’s, you more than likely know the songs that states, ‘My future is so bright, I’ve got to wear shades’.  Well, that is very true for #27.

And to think that he is just 24 years old and is already in his 5th major league season.  WHEW!!!