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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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+.