Daily Archives: June 26, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Rookie Re-Print – Sapphire Refractor

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Rookie Re-Print – Sapphire Refractor

Within their 2013 release, Bowman issued a subset of rookie re-print cards with a Blue Sapphire tint.

And the cards are sweet!

I am not going after the full set, but the ones that I have scooped up thus far are very nice additions to my collection.

And now, I have another one – it is of the reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen.

Check it out:



Now, wipe up the drool.

1975 Topps Set Card 167/660 – #93 – Dave Lopes, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 167/660 – #93 – Dave Lopes, Dodgers

Progress: 167/660

Player Name:  Dave Lopes

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Davey Lopes played in 155 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He paced the NL in steals with 77 by the end of the year en route to scoring 108 runs.  Lopes hit .262 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .58 for the club.

Notes From Career:  During his 16-year major league career, Davey Lopes swiped 557 bases, good for 26th on the all-time list.  He was a lifetime .263 hitter with 1,671 hits in 1,812 games played.   Lopes was a 4-time All-star and captured a Gold Glove for defensive excellence at second base in 1978.  He captured a World Series championship with the Dodgers in 1981.


1975 Topps Set Card 166/660 – #75 – Ted Simmons, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 166/660 – #75 – Ted Simmons, Cardinals

Progress: 166/660

Player Name:  Ted Simmons

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  21 seasons, 1968-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ted Simmons played in 157 games for the Cardinals in 1975, catching in 154 of them.  He hit .332 on the season collecting 193 hits in 581 at-bats.  Of his 193 hits, Simmons connected for 32 doubles and 18 home runs.  Simmons’ strong season earned him a 6th place finish for the NL MVP Award at the end of the ’75 season.

Notes From Career:  Ted Simmons capped his 21 season major league career with a lifetime .285 batting average with 2,472 hits.  He was an 8-time All-Star and captured one Silver Slugger Award.  He also placed in the Top 16 for the MVP Award six times.


Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!!!

Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!!!

The Yankees’ captain turns 40 years old today.

And while it can be very easily argued that Jeter has never been the best shortstop in the league or entire sport at any point during the course of his career, I can easily say that he is one that I have the utmost respect for. A true leader on the field, Jeter has a knack for making good things happen. And whether it is luck or skill, his star seems to shine brightest when all eyes are aimed in his direction.

I typically reserve my ‘Happy Birthday’ posts for retired stars, but Jeter is in a class by himself. The legacy that he has built thus far, and continues to add to each day, is one that will last for entirety.

Derek Jeter is the guy in today’s era of superstars that shows you how much fun baseball is to play.

As he embarks on his ‘Farewell Tour’ it will be nice to see how other teams honor and celebrate him as he plays in his final games in their cities and stadiums.  And I cannot wait to see what kind of treatment he gets during All-Star weekend.

Happy Birthday!  The Big 4-0!

165 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 25% Complete!!!

165 Cards Deep, My 1975 Topps Set Is Now 25% Complete!!!

Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!

After landing and posting card #165 from my 1975 set build earlier this afternoon, I am officially at the 25% mark for my set build.

Yes, I still have 75% (495 cards) to go, but I can celebrate the milestones as they come – it surely makes it more fun!!!


I’m ready for #166…  come back and check it out tomorrow.