Daily Archives: June 2, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Blue Border Parallel

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage – Blue Border Parallel

For some reason, the Blue-bordered card of Giancarlo Stanton has been eluding me since the set launched a few months ago.  Today, I am still seeking that card.

But, I did recently scoop the Jose Fernandez card.

And the Blue looks fantastic with the Marlins color scheme!!!

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This really makes we want to go after that Stanton card.  Time to put that search into over-drive!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 127/660 – #658 – Vic Harris, Cubs

1975 Topps Set Card 127/660 – #658 – Vic Harris, Cubs

Progress: 127/660

Player Name:  Vic Harris

Team:  Chicago Cubs

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1972-78, 1980

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Vic Harris played in 51 games for the Cubs in 1975.  He had just 64 plate appearances in those 51 games as he was primarily used as a pinch hitter and reserve player.  Harris hit just .179 as he connected for just 10 hits and 10 total bases.  He scored 6 runs and drove in 5.

Notes From Career:  In 8 seasons in the major leagues, Vic Harris played for five different clubs.  He is a career .217 hitter with 349 career hits.  Of his hits, he connected for 57 doubles, 15 triples, and 13 home runs.  Harris drove in 121 runs during his playing days while also scoring 168 runs.

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Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter – ‘This Day In History’

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter – ‘This Day In History’

When I expanded my ‘Player Collection Roster’ to include modern players, the ability to truly enjoy and get involved with modern baseball cards grew immensely.

If it were not for this fact, I would more than likely never know that cards like this one existed.

The card is of Andrew McCutchen and it is from the 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘This Day In History’.

Have a look:

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I love the vintage vibe that this subset offers.  The ‘Paperboy’ theme is super and I really like that the design still allows for a pretty nice-sized picture of the player being featured.

Great job Topps!!

1987 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Is 1st Pick In Amateur Draft

1987 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Is 1st Pick In Amateur Draft

On this day back in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. was selected as the 1st pick in baseball’s professional draft. At just 17 years of age, the sky was the limit for ‘The Kid’ that was born to play professional baseball.

Having grown up around big league players and ball parks during his entire youth, Griffey had the rare advantage of knowing what the daily life of a big leaguer was about well before he suited up for one. And even with all eyes on him, Griffey excelled and certainly lived up to the hype of being the first pick in the draft as well as the son of one of the game’s former stars.

Did Griffey accomplished everything that was expected of him? Probably not. But I don’t think anyone can live up to some of the tags thrown at him from such a young age. Still, Griffey Jr. had a brilliant career and should be named amongst the sport’s greatest players of all-time, and certainly of his generation.

Happy Anniversary Ken!!!! See you in Cooperstown.

Albert Pujols 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Albert Pujols 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 Albert Pujols:

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Upon entering the 2014 baseball season, Albert Pujols was preparing for his 14th big league campaign.

His career resume includes 2 World Series titles, 3 MVP Awards, and multiple Silver Slugger, Gold Glove Awards, and All-Star selections.

Pujols is a career .320 hitter and is still connecting with power and consistency at the plate.  His numbers may be down when compared to his prior standards, but he is still on pace for some amazing career numbers.

Pujols reached the 500-HR plateau earlier in 2014, and by the end of the season, he should be over the 2,500 hits mark and 1,500 runs scored.