Daily Archives: June 9, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Blue Frame Parallel

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Blue Frame Parallel

Oh yeah, another card of Giancarlo Stanton for my 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen collection.

And this time, it is the Blue Paper Framer version of his base, full-sized card.  And I have to say that the Blue Paper frame is so much nicer this year than the White.  It may have to do with the image selection too, but I think that the Blue make a nicer frame on this shot than the White does.

All of the Blue frame cards are serial numbered to 499 copies.  Mine is stamped as 206/499.

Have a look:

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I dig it.

And the Silver printing and filigree that is featured on the Blue border stands our and looks a lot sharper than what the scan shows.  The card is a beast!!!

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1975 Topps Set Card 140/660 – #19 – Jerry Koosman, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 140/660 – #19 – Jerry Koosman, Mets

Progress: 140/660

Player Name:  Jerry Koosman

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1967-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jerry Koosman started 36 games for the Mets in 1975.  He put together a 14-15 record during the season that included 12 complete games and 3 shutouts.  Koosman worked 239+ innings in ’75 where he amassed an ERA of 3.42 with 173 strikeouts and 98 walks.

Notes From Career:   Jerry Koosman was a 2-time All-Star.  He starred with the Mets during 12 of his 19 seasons in the major leagues.  Koosman sports a career win-loss record of 222-209 with 140 complete games, 33 shutouts, and 17 saves.  He has a lifetime ERA of 3.36 and has struck out 2,556 batters over 3,839 innings.

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1975 Topps Set Card 139/660 – #134 – Ron Hodges, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 139/660 – #134 – Ron Hodges, Mets

Progress: 139/660

Player Name:  Ron Hodges

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1973-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Hodges played in just 9 games in 1975, a career low.  He hit .206 with 7 hits in 34 at-bats, while scoring 3 runs and driving in 4.

Notes From Career:   Hodges played his full, 12-year career for the New York Mets.  He appeared in 666 games for the club, and connected for 342 hits en route to a .240 batting average.  Of his 342 hits, Hodges connected for 56 doubles and 19 home runs.  In 12 seasons, Hodges played in just one postseason, in 1973.

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Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Dave Parker turns 64 years old today.

Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’. While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year. With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117.

His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

Happy Birthday wishes for ‘The Cobra’!!!

Mariano Rivera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Mariano Rivera 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 Mariano Rivera:

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Mariano Rivera closed his grand 19-season big league career at the end of the 2013 baseball season.

He retired as career leader in saves with 652.  He has a record of 82-60 with an ERA of 2.21.

Rivera is a 13-time All-Star.  In 1283+ innings of work, he struck out 1,173 batters.  He has an all-time K:Walk ratio of 4.1:10.  And he has a K per 9 innings average of 8.2.

Mariano Rivera has been to the postseason in 16 of his 19 major league seasons.  He has pitched in 7 World Series match-ups and has won five titles.  He has a record of 8-1 in the postseason along with 42 additional saves.