Daily Archives: July 13, 2014

Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Here’s another single from the lot I recently bought.  This one is of Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks and it is from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

img412

 

I like it.  I like the 1973 Topps design.  And I like the contrast of the large image showing Banks in a posed batting stance and then the small, silhouette of a player making a play at shortstop is the perfect complement.

Banks’ career ended when he was 40 years old and at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  While he was always a younger-looking guy, he looks to be in is late twenties or early thirties in this shot.  If I had to complain about anything about this baseball card, it would be that Topps could have chosen an image of an older Ernie Banks to make the ’73 theme work better with the image.

 

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1986 Topps Design

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1986 Topps Design

I was so excited when my shipment of loose singles arrived the other day because my ‘pool’ of Jose Fernandez cards had dried up.

But, I now have a decent little stack of new additions to my collection – and stuff to show off on the blog.

This is the base card of Jose from the 2014 Topps Archives set:

img450

 

Obviously, this card features the 1986 Topps baseball card design.  And the use of Orange with an image that features the reigning NL ROY in his Orange jersey works perfectly.

I’ve always liked the ’86 Topps card design – I have affectionately tagged it as the ‘stencil set’.

Hopefully I can haul in both the Silver & Gold versions of this card soon too.

As an aside, Jose was born six years after this set was released – WHOA!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 190/660 – #132 – Randy Moffitt, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 190/660 – #132 – Randy Moffitt, Giants

Progress: 190/660

Player Name:  Randy Moffitt

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1972-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Randy Moffitt pitched in 55 games for the Giants in 1975.  At the end of the season, he racked up 11 saves with 4 wins and 5 losses.  Moffitt posted a 3.89 ERA in 74 innings of work in which he allowed 73 hits and 35 runs.

Notes From Career:  Randy Moffitt pitched for three different teams during his 12-year major league career.  He has a lifetime record of 43-52 with 96 saves.  In 781 innings of work, Moffitt struck out 455 batter while walking 286.  In that time, he allowed 766 hits and 355 runs.  Moffitt never appeared in the postseason.

132

1975 Topps Set Card 189/660 – #122 – Al Hrabosky, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 189/660 – #122 – Al Hrabosky, Cardinals

Progress: 189/660

Player Name:  Al Hrabosky

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1970-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Al Hrabosky appeared in 65 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975.  He completed the season with a 13-3 record and a league-high .813 winning percentage.  Hrabosky had an NL-leading 22 saves for the team in 1975 and an ERA of just 1.66.  In 97 innings of work, he struck out 82 batters while walking 33.  He finished in 3rd place for the Cy Young Award.

Notes From Career:  Al Hrabosky pitched for 3 different teams during his 13-year major league career.  A relief pitcher, he appeared in 545 games during that time, getting saves in 97 of them.  He has a lifetime record of 64-35 with an ERA of 3.10.  Hrabosky has a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 1.74:1 and averaged 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings.  Hrabosky finished in the Top 5 for the Cy Young voting during the 1974 and 1975 baseball seasons.  He also got MVP consideration in both of those campaigns too.

122

Jim Palmer 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Jim Palmer 2014 Topps Archives – Base

The 1973 baseball card design is one of my favorites from the decade, so I was very excited to see that this set design was going to be featured as a part of the 2014 Topps Archives release.

And while I have yet to rip open a pack, or sift through a tremendous amount of cards from the set, I am pretty pleased this far by the cards I have encountered that feature the ’73 design.

Like this card of Jim Palmer.

img429

 

I love it!

And you better believe that I am going to do some work to bring home both the Silver and Gold versions of this card too.

Wish me luck!