Daily Archives: June 28, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Blue Border

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Blue Border

After nabbing both the base and ‘State’ cards of Jose Fernandez from this year’s Bowman release, I have set my sights on trying to nab as many of the colored border parallel cards.

And while this journey is not one that is going to be as easy as hauling the base and state cards in, I look forward to seeing how many new and different cards I can score.

So far, it has been just one – The Blue Version!

The Blue cards are serial numbered to just 500 copies.  Mine is #23/500.

Have a look:



I have to say, the Blue works very well with the Marlins color scheme – it is a shame that Bowman opted for a Black team logo, versus the full-color version.

Still, a great addition to my Jose Fernandez PC.

1975 Topps Set Card 170/660 – #42 – Joe Coleman, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 170/660 – #42 – Joe Coleman, Tigers

Progress: 170/660

Player Name:  Joe Coleman

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1965-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Joe Coleman started 31 games for the Detroit Tigers during the 1975 baseball season.  He posted a record of 10-18 with 6 complete games and 1 shutout.  He had an ERA of 5.55 on the year which included giving up 234 hits and 137 runs in 201 innings of work.  Coleman also struck out 125 batters while walking 85 during the campaign.  He led the AL in wild pitches with 15.

Notes From Career:  Joe Coleman is a former All-Star pitcher that played for 7 different teams during his 15-season career.  He had a record of 142-135 with 7 saves during that time while also posting a career ERA of 3.70.  Coleman pitched in 2569 innings during his big league career while giving up 2,416 hits and 1,202 runs while striking out 1,728 batters.


Did You Know…

On May 24, 1945, the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds played in the first night game in major league history.

Crosley Field

Happy Birthday Mark Grace!!

Happy Birthday Mark Grace!!

Amazingly, Mark Grace turns 50 years old today!!  That’s right – I said 50!

One of my favorite Cubs players of all-time, Mark Grace was so much fun to watch. It’s not often that you get to witness watching a player have fun day in and day out during his playing days. But with Mark Grace, that is exactly what you got!!

A guy with an incredible swing and defensive skills to match, Grace was an all-around baseball star. While never the most celebrated player on his roster, Grace was certainly the most consistent. His approach at the plate was consistent enough to yield him more hits than ANY other player in the decade of the 1990’s – WoW!!!

For Mr. Grace’s birthday I want to get him a flag. Not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill flag though… I want this one to be special. I want it to be White in color with Blue letters and numbers. And while we’re at it, let’s slap his name and #17 on it and hang it from a pole in the outfield at Wrigley Field(a place Gracey called home for 13 amazing years)!!

Happy Birthday Gracey!!!

2014 Topps Archives. Singles Only, Please!

2014 Topps Archives.  Singles Only, Please!

While I may be posting this a few weeks after the release, I have yet to truly invest any energy into the new 2014 Topps Archives product.

When the checklist hit, and I saw that the name Andre Dawson was not included in the checklist, the proverbial wind was taken from my sails and I lost interest in the product.

Instead, I focused on other things.  But, now, I am back.

But, instead of spending my time buying hobby boxes and ripping packs of Archives, I am going to be very specific with my shopping – Only singles for me.

I’ll just be buying cards for my player collections and the Miami Marlins for my team set collection.  Other than that, I am out…

2014 topps archives


I’m headed over to Sportlots.com now to make bulk what could be my lone Archives purchase of the year.

Cards to be unveiled soon.