Daily Archives: July 3, 2014

Ozzie Smith 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Ozzie Smith 2014 Topps Archives – Base

After ripping through my shipment of cards from the new Topps Archives release last night, I quickly scanned the card of Ken Griffey Jr. and showed it off on the blog.

Well, fast forward 20 or so hours and I have scanned the remaining cards from that bulk purchase and I will do my best to show them off to you in the coming weeks.

Here is the card of Ozzie Smith that I picked up.

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It’s always great to see Ozzie featured in modern baseball card sets, and I have never seen this image used before (though that does not mean it has not been used prior).

The picture of ‘The Wizard’ looks like one from the end of his career.  And while I know that I should not be too picky when reviewing and analyzing new baseball card releases, I do wish that Topps did a better job of finding images that work a bit better with the period of the design being used.  If that means a young image of Ozzie in his San Diego Padres uniform, I am OK with that!

1975 Topps Set Card 178/660 – #655 – Rico Carty

1975 Topps Set Card 178/660 – #655 – Rico Carty

Progress: 178/660

Player Name:  Rico Carty

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Designated Hitter, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1963-67, 1969-70, 1972-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Rico Carty played in 118 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1975.  he hit .308 for the team with 118 hits in 383 at-bats.  Of his 118 hits, Carty connected for 19 doubles and 18 home runs.  He was also responsible for driving in 64 runs while scoring 57 times.

Notes From Career:  Carty played for six different teams during his 15-season major league career.  He has a lifetime batting average of .299 with 1,677 career hits.  Carty won a batting title in 1970 with his .366 batting average.  He was also named as an All-Star in 1970.


1975 Topps Set Card 177/660 – #73 – JR Richard

1975 Topps Set Card 177/660 – #73 – JR Richard

Progress: 177/660

Player Name:  JR Richard

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1971-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:   JR Richard started 31 games for the Astros in 1975.  He compiled a record of 12-10 while throwing 7 complete games and a shutout.  Richard pitched 203 innings in ’75 while amassing an ERA of 4.39.  In those 203 innings of work, he struck out 176 batters while walking 138.

Notes From Career:  JR Richard only pitched for one team during his 10-year career – the Astros.  He appeared in 238 games for the club and earned a 107-71 record for his efforts.  Richard has a lifetime ERA of 3.15.  He was named as a National League All-Star in 1980 and had three ‘Top 7’ finishes for the Cy Young Award on his resume.


Did You Know…

Brooks Robinson was the first player in Baltimore Orioles history to hit for the cycle.  He accomplished the impressive offensive feat on July 15, 1960.

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Ken Griffey, Jr. 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Ken Griffey, Jr. 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Well, my shipment of singles from the new 2014 Topps Archives release has arrived and I am ready to start showing off some of the spoils from that shipment.

While I normally try to stick to only nabbing cards that feature the legendary and modern players I actively collect, I let that rule loosen up when it comes to Topps’ Archives brand as I am a sucker for the designs.

Among the cards that I hauled in was this card of ‘The Kid’, Ken Griffey, Jr.

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Pretty sweet – gotta love 1980 Topps.

And while the image is far from the best one I have seen used of Griffey in modern releases, I will say that I am happy that he was featured as a Seattle Mariner.

Though I would have really liked to see an image of a very young ‘Kid’.

Maybe next time.