Daily Archives: June 22, 2014

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

The thumb is getting better…

He is shagging fly balls…

He is swinging a bat…

He is hitting off the tee…

I’m getting ready!!  And so is Bryce…

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1975 Topps Set Card 161/660 – #35 – Ron Santo, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 161/660 – #35 – Ron Santo, White Sox

Progress: 161/660

Player Name:  Ron Santo

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  3rd Base, 2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1960-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ron Santo did not play major league baseball in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Hall of Famer Ron Santo was named as an All-Star in nine of his 15 big league seasons.  He starred for the Cubs in 14 of those years, and was a major star for the team.  Santo won five consecutive Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence at third base while also receiving MVP consideration in seven seasons.  He has 2,254 career hits with 365 doubles, 342 home runs, and 1,331 RBI.

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1975 Topps Set Card 160/660 – #639 – Steve Kline, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 160/660 – #639 – Steve Kline, Indians

Progress: 160/660

Player Name:  Steve Kline

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1970-4, 1977

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Steve Kline did not play during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Steve Kline played for three different big league clubs during his six season career.  He pitched in 129 games, making 105 starts and earning a record of 43-45 with 1 save.  Kline threw 34 complete games and tossed six shutouts during his career while compiling a 3.26 ERA.  He struck out 240 batters in 75o innings of work.

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1987 HEADLINE – Tom Seaver Retires After Magical Career

1987 HEADLINE – Tom Seaver Retires After Magical Career

On this day in 1987 Tom Seaver hung up his spikes.

On of the most decorated pitchers of his era, Seaver was a dominant force in the game of baseball for 20 seasons. A Rookie of the Year award winner. A 3-time Cy Young Award winner and 2-time runner-up. A 12-time all-star. A World Series Champion. A member of baseball’s elite 300 wins club. A member of the 3,000 strikeout club. The list goes on and on.

When a pitcher like Tom Seaver calls an end to their career, one has to wonder how someone will fill the very big shoes left by such an absence in the game. It’s simple really, very few players could ever replace Tom Seaver in their pitching rotations. Many have tried, and few have succeeded!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Seaver!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 1 – 1987 Mini

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 1 – 1987 Mini

Since I have a shipment in transit to me that includes Stanton’s 1989 mini from the 2014 Topps Series 2 set, I figured it is only right to get this one posted and out of the way now…

This card comes from the 2012 Topps set, and as you can see, it is a mini card that features the uber-popular 1987 Topps design.

Have a look:

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Just seeing the ’87 design takes me back to my youth as a ravenous card collecting teenager.

And if I am allowed to be picky, my lone complaint with this card is that Topps rushed to use the new Miami Marlins logo, which does not match Stanton’s uniform, versus the older Florida logo which would have been a perfect match.

Still, I love the card, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the one from this year’s release.