CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’
When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.
The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set. This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.
For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’. And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.
I am building the set now. Here is the card of CC Sabathia:
While he has been shut down for most of the 2014 baseball season due to injury, CC Sabathia entered the season with a very solid resume.
A 14-year veteran, Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with a win percentage of .636. He has 37 complete games to his credit with 12 shutouts. Sabathia could be a future member of the ‘3000 Strikeouts Club’ as he has registered 2,437 strikeouts in 2,281 innings of work. He has a career ERA of 3.63 and a K’s per nine innings ratio of 7.8.
CC Sabathia has been selected as an All-Star six times. He captured the AL Cy Young Award in 2007 with the Indians and has four more Top 5 finishes on his resume. Sabathia was a member of the 2009 World Series championship winning New York Yankees.
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1975 Topps Set Card 171/660 – #57 – Dave Johnson, Braves
Player Name: Dave Johnson
Team: Atlanta Braves
Position: 2nd Base
Image Style: Posed Batting
Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1965-75, 1977-78
Notes From His 1975 Season: Davey Johnson played just 1 game during the 1975 baseball season. And he got just one at-bat. Yes, 1. But, he got a hit so his batting average on the season was 1.000. He was released by the Braves and went on to sign a contract to play in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants.
Notes From Career: Davey Johnson was named as an All-Star four times during his playing days. He also captured 3 Gold Glove Awards for his defense at second base. Johnson was a career .261 hitter with 1,252 hits in 1,435 games played. He played in four World Series match-ups, winning two titles – 1966 and 1970, both with the Baltimore Orioles.
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Tagged 1966 world series, 1970 world series, 1975 topps, 1975 topps set, 1975 topps set build, all-star, atlanta braves, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball cards, braves, dave johnson, davey johnson, gold glove, second base, topps, topps baseball cards, yomiuri giants
1990 HEADLINE: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!
I can recall this day like it was yesterday…
On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.
I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…
Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s’:
Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays. Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks. He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.
Fernando Valenzuela – At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes. Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters. For the game, he threw 119 pitches. He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.
2 great pitchers. 1 amazing accomplishment. Baseball history!!!
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Tagged 1988 world series, 1989 world series, 1990 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, blue jays, collecting, collection, cy cyoung, dave stweart, dodgers, Fernando Valenzuela, fernando-mania, hobby, los angeles dodgers, no hitter, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, pitcher, Rookie of the Year, ROY, sports, toronto blue jays, world series
1969 HEADLINE: Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!
While an event of this caliber is usually reserved for a player in his final year or final home stand as a member of the home team, I guess that the Cubs organization thought so much of Mr. Williams that they chose this day to honor him.
So, 45 years later I will carry on this tradition. Today, I will celebrate the main player that brought me back to the hobby of collecting baseball cards – ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’!!
The below pin was handed out to all in attendance at Wrigley back on June 29, 1969.
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Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Billy Williams, Billy Williams Collection, billy williams day, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Hall Of Fame, HOF, most valuable player, MVP, Wrigley Field
Happy Birthday Pedro Guerrero!!!
Pedro Guerrero turns 58 years old today.
Guerrero was a solid contributor to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals teams that he was a part of for fifteen seasons.
A 5-time All-Star with a knack for delivering power at the plate. In his 15 seasons in the big league, Pedro collected 215 home runs while driving in 898 RBI. In four seasons, he hit at least 27 home runs with his highest tally coming in 1985 with 33.
Guerrero also finished in the Top 4 for the MVP award on four different occasions. He was a steady and consistent hitter from the time he made it to the big leagues in 1978 and throughout the course of his playing days.
Happy Birthday Mr. Guerrero!!!
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Tagged all-star, baseball, baseball cards, busch stadium, Cardinals, dodger stadium, dodgers, los angeles dodgers, most valuable player, MVP, pedro guerrero, st. louis cardinals
Happy Birthday Harmon Killebrew!!!
Harmon Killebrew was a baseball superstar that played in a city that never quite got the attention of other major cities. And because of that, Killebrew was kind of like a secret.
But what was not a secret was the fact that Killebrew could slug home runs at the same rate, and oftentimes greater, than the sport’s best sluggers.
Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half. In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers. He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.
Happy Birthday Mr. Killebrew!! Rest In Peace.
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Tagged 500 home runs, 500 HR club, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, Hall Of Fame, harmon killebrew, HOF, minnesota twins, most valuable player, MVP, twins
And That Makes 10.
If you were with me and ’30-YOC’ on Monday night, you would have seen that I scored the 10th signed baseball for my Fergie Jenkins collection.
Yes, I said 10.
All signed by my favorite pitcher of all-time.
So, since 10 is such a nice, round number, I thought it would only be fitting to show them all off to you at one time.
Great. Here we go!!
Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Commemorative
‘Fly’ nickname ball
3,192 K’s ball
284 Wins ball
Cy Young NL 71 ball
Rawlings Cy Young ball
Ferguson Fergie Jenkins w/HOF 91
Fergie Jenkins HOF 91 ball
Black Rawlings ball with Gold pen and HOF 91
Hall of Fame logo ball with HOF 91 inscription
I LOVE IT!!!
And I still have a few more ideas that will only bolster and make this collection even more well-rounded.
The next time I hear about another Jenkins signing that I can get it on, I am all over it!!
Thanks for reading.
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