Monthly Archives: July 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Green Border

Jose Fernandez 2014 Bowman – Green Border

With today being Jose Fernandez’s birthday, I had to find another card of the reigning NL ROY to show off on the blog.

And I have found a pretty nice one.

The card comes from the 2014 Bowman baseball card set, and it is the Green colored parallel to the base card.  Each Green parallel is serial numbered to just 150 copies.  My card of Fernandez is stamped as 128/150.

Have a look:



Simply awesome!

Happy Birthday Jose!

1975 Topps Set Card 208/660 – #125 – Ken Singleton, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 208/660 – #125 – Ken Singleton, Expos

Progress: 208/660

Player Name:  Ken Singleton

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1970-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season marked the first year that Ken Singleton played for the Baltimore Orioles.  During that campaign, Singleton let the AL in plate appearances with 714.  He hit .300 on the year with 176 hits, including 37 doubles, 4 triples, and 15 home runs.  Singleton drove in 55 runs in ’75 while also scoring 88 times.

Notes From Career:  Ken Singleton was tagged as an All-Star three times during his career.  He also has four ‘Top Ten’ finishes for the MVP Award on his resume.  Singleton has a career batting average of .282 with 2,092 hits.  Of his 2,029 hits, he connected for 317 doubles, 25 triples, and 246 home runs.  Singleton is a member of the 1983 World Series championship winning Baltimore Orioles.


Did You Know…

The first player in Baltimore Orioles history to connect for 40 or more home runs in a single baseball season was Jim Gentile.  Gentile launched 46 longballs in 1961.

Jim Gentile 1961 topps

Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!

Happy Birthday Jose Fernandez!

The Miami Marlins phenom turns 22-years old today.

He stormed into the league early in the 2013 baseball season and he quickly became a name getting national attention.  Jose Fernandez has the ‘IT’ factor.

During his rookie campaign, Fernandez made 28 starts, going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA.  In 172 innings of work, Jose stuck out 187 batters while walking just 58.  He averaged 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched and also had a WHIP of .979.

Best of all, the city of Miami embraced him.  Surely part was due to his Cuban heritage.  But, he also displays an obvious love for the game as the smile he sports both on the mound and in the dugout were captured quite often on television.  Often the first player out of the dugout to celebrate wins and start walk-off celebrations, Fernandez’s joy of the sport spread through the team’s clubhouse as the Marlins had some of the most exciting end-of-game celebrations led by #16.

As he prepares to battle back from Tommy John surgery so he can reclaim his spot as the team’s ‘Ace’ during the 2015 baseball season, ’30-YOC’ wants to wish Jose Fernandez a speedy recovery and of course, a Happy Birthday!

Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 2 – Sabermetrics Stats Short Print

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps Series 2 – Sabermetrics Stats Short Print

Seeing that Topps’ Series 2 set included ‘extra’ cards in the release from the Series 1 set got me excited at the opportunity to add another card of Giancarlo Stanton to my rainbow of cards from the Series 1 release.

This time around, the cards are tagged as ‘Sabermetrics Stats’ cards, each one being short-printed and inserted into Series 2 packs.

And as the name of the card states, the cards offer different stats on the back, Sabermetrics style numbers.

Let me show you the card!

Front – same exact front as Giancarlo’s base card


Back – here is the big change!  No batting avergae, runs scored, or home runs.  There are Sabermetrics stats only!


Kind of a neat idea from Topps, especially with all of the chatter using these stats on MLB Network.

A great addition to my growing rainbow!  I’ll have to show it off again soon…


Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

The Fergie Jenkins ‘Archives Train’ keeps rolling here at ’30-YOC’ as I have now grabbed three of the four cards of Fergie from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

This is my first ‘Silver Foil’ card from the Archives set that I have picked up, and it is pretty shiny – reminding my of the platinum cards from the 2011 Topps Lineage release.

Each ‘Silver Foil’ card is serial numbered to 99 copies.  Mine is numbered as 54/99.

Have a look:



Of the three cards, I would say that this one is my favorite so far.

And now, I just need one more card of Fergie from the set and my ‘Jenkins Archives Rainbow’ is complete!


Willie McCovey 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Willie McCovey 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Today marks the anniversary of Willie McCovey’s debut in the major leagues.  That event occurred in 1959, 55 years ago!

So, why not feature another sweet card of ‘Stretch’ on this special day?

The card below is from this year’s Topps Archives set.  The card design that McCovey is featured in is from the 1989 Topps flagship set.

Have a look:



Thus far, this is my favorite card from the 1989 Topps portion of the Archives release.  Many feature non-action, close-up images.  While this one does not offer action, it does give us a sense of the size and strength of McCovey as not too many skinny shortstops or second baseman can walk around the field with three pieces of fresh lumber on their shoulders…

I like it!

1975 Topps Set Card 207/660 – #377 – Tom Hilgendorf, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 207/660 – #377 – Tom Hilgendorf, Indians

Progress: 207/660

Player Name:  Tom Hilgendorf

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  6 seasons, 1969-70, 1972-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tom Hilgendorf appeared in 53 games for the Phillies in 1975.  He compiled a record of 7-3 during the season with an ERA of 2.14.  In 96 innings of work, Hilgendorf allowed 81 hits and 32 runs.

Notes From Career:  In six seasons, Tom Hilgendorf played for three different baseball teams.  He appeared in 184 games during his 6-year career, finishing with a record of 19-14 with 14 saves.  In 313 innings of work, Hilgendorf compiled an ERA of 3.04 with 173 strikeouts and 127 walks allowed.


1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Makes His Debut With The Giants

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Makes His Debut With The Giants

On this day in 1959, Willie McCovey made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

And I have to say that McCovey did pretty well in his debut – he went 4-for-4 while collecting 2 triples and 2 singles. Most importantly, the Giants beat the Pirates by a score of 7-2.

Back in ’59, who would have thought that ‘Stretch’ would go on to be a Hall of Famer with more than 500 home runs and 1,500 RBI on his resume.

Congratulations on a fantastic debut – and Happy Anniversary, Mr. McCovey!!!

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206’

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘T206’

I picked up this card ‘On The Blind’ during a recent shopping trip on  The seller I was working with had just one card of McCutchen available, so I grabbed it.

When I saw that the card was from 2010, I was excited to bring an ‘early’ card of #22 into my collection since so many of my recent purchases have focused on his 2013 & 2014 releases.

Here is the card.  It is from the Topps T-206 set:



Overall, the card is fair at best.  No fault of McCutchen’s, but it just does not bring much to the collector by the way of creativity or action.  And while this may be the theme of the T-206 design since it is a throwback set, I cannot help but want to have action-packed images filling my McCutchen cards.

Still, a nice, older card of the reigning MVP for my collection.  I’m pleased with the purchase, but I will make sure that the next few that I show off on the blog offer a lot more color and excitement.