Daily Archives: July 12, 2014

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Alternate Image Parallel

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini Alternate Image Parallel

Yeah buddy, another sweet card of Dustin Pedroia for my player collection.

And another great-looking Gypsy Queen card too!

This time around, it is a mini alternate image card that I have scored for my collection.  Same in size to the other minis from the set, this one offers a different, unique image.

And I love it!!

Check it out:



While the Red, Black, and Sepia colored minis may be out of my reach due to the extremely high number of people who collect the Red Sox star, I am very excited to have been able to bring this ‘alternate’ home.


1975 Topps Set Card 188/660 – #162 – Willie Montanez

1975 Topps Set Card 188/660 – #162 – Willie Montanez

Progress: 188/660

Player Name:  Willie Montanez

Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  14 seasons, 1966, 1970-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Montanez appeared in 156 games during the 1975 baseball season splitting time playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.  He hit a combined .302 for both clubs with 182 hits in 602 at-bats.  Montanez drove in a combined 101 runs in 1975 while also scoring 61 times.  He led the NL in double plays hit into with 26.

Notes From Career:  Willie Montanez played for nine different teams during his 14-year big league career.  He was named to the 1977 NL All-Star team.  He was also an MVP candidate during the 1975 and 1976 baseball seasons.  Montanez is a career .266 hitter with 1,604 lifetime hits.  Montanez never appeared in the postseason.


1975 Topps Set Card 187/660 – #318 – Ernie McAnally

1975 Topps Set Card 187/660 – #318 – Ernie McAnally

Progress: 187/660

Player Name:  Ernie McAnally

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  4 seasons, 1971-74

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Ernie McAnally did not play major league baseball in 1975.

Notes From Career:  Ernie McAnally played for the Montreal Expos during his 4-year career in the big leagues.  A pitcher, McAnally pitched in 112 games during his playing days, making 97 starts.  He compiled a record of 30-49 with 21 complete games and 6 shutouts in that time.  McAnally worked 623 innings in his 4-season career – allowing 599 hits and 321 runs with 351 strikeouts and walking 268.


Did You Know…

Toronto’s George Bell set a major league record by hitting three home runs on Opening Day of the 1988 baseball season.  Bell connected for homers in the 2nd, 4th, and 8th innings.  All three came against Royals’ starting pitcher Bret Saberhagen.

Bell amassed 4 RBI on the day, and the Blue Jays won the game by a score of 5-3.

1988 score george bell



Friends, it has been waaaaayy too long since I attended my last baseball card show.  Plans kept me occupied when the last two shows were in town, so I am craving cardboard and am a bit frantic.

I need my fix of baseball cards, I am hopeful that it comes when I hit the local, monthly show tonight.

A lot has happened since the last show – and lots of new stuff is available to be had.  This will be my first chance to truly shop for Series 2, Panini Prizm, Archives, and the newly released Allen & Ginter.  Hopefully, I can score some nice cards from these new sets.

And let us now forget about my search for cards from the 1975 Topps set too!  I am eager to see what the vintage dealers bring to the show as I will have my ‘Needs’ list ready to go.

And of course, I will be seeking out cards for my modern PCs – Stanton, Fernandez, Harper, Pedroia, and McCutchen – hopefully I can nab cards of all of these players.

So, wish me luck because I am full prepared to be at the show for as long as it takes to dig in and enjoy some wonderful, delicious, cardboard!

baseball card show


And  as always, I have penciled in Monday as my day to offer up a complete card show review with scans and stories of all of my purchases.

Thanks for reading!