Daily Archives: June 19, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Cuba State Variation

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Cuba State Variation

After nabbing and showing off the base card of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Bowman base set, I immediately sought out more cards of the reigning NL ROY.

And the first one that I grabbed was the ‘State’ version.

And I guess in Fernandez’s case, it could be tagged as the ‘Country’ version since he was born in Cuba.

Here is the card:



Fernandez’s story is unreal – and full of emotion.  I’m proud to have this card as it truly embodies who he is as a player and a young man.  And something tells me that he would probably crack a smile if he saw this card – he certainly has great memories of living in Cuba with his family, and he also has some incredible stories to tell about his journey to the US from there.

A fantastic, and instant classic, for my Jose Fernandez collection!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 155/660 – #283 – Steve Foucault, Rangers

1975 Topps Set Card 155/660 – #283 – Steve Foucault, Rangers

Progress: 155/660

Player Name:  Steve Foucault

Team:  Texas Rangers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1973-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Steve Foucault appeared in 59 games for the Texas Rangers in 1975.  He finished the season with a 8-4 record and 10 saves.  Foucault had an ERA of 4.12 during the season as he allowed 96 hits and 57 runs in 107 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  During his six season career, Steve Foucault pitched in 277 games.  He compiled a win-loss record of 35-36 with 52 saves and an ERA of 3.21.  Foucault struck out 307 batters in 496 innings of work and has a lifetime K:walk ratio of 1.62:1.0.


1975 Topps Set Card 154/660 – #22 – Dave Cash, Phillies

1975 Topps Set Card 154/660 – #22 – Dave Cash, Phillies

Progress: 154/660

Player Name:  Dave Cash

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Fielding

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1969-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dave Cash played in a league-high 162 games during the 1975 baseball season.  He made a league-high 766 plate appearances during the season while connecting for a league-high 213 hits and a .305 batting average.  Of his 213 hits, Cash collected 40 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 home runs.

Notes From Career:  Dave Cash spent his 12-year playing career with 4 different clubs.  He was named as an All-Star during each of his three seasons with the Phillies from 1974-76.  He has 1,571 career hits with 426 RBI and 732 runs scored.  Cash is a member of the 1971 World Series championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.


Did You Know…

Gary Carter collected the most RBI for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series.  He had 9 RBI in the 7 contests.

Gary carter 1986 world series

Lou Brock & His 1962 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Lou Brock & His 1962 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

It is not his fault, not by any stretch, but Lou Brock’s rookie card is pretty bad.

Have a look:

As much as I like the 1962 Topps design, there is no escaping the horrible photo that accompanies Brock’s debut baseball card. It is awful!!

Still, I would love to own one. And yes, I would even take one of the many reprints that have been issued over the last decade+.