Daily Archives: July 16, 2014

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Archives

Frank Robinson 2014 Topps Archives

For me, the best thing about the Topps Archives brand is getting the ability to obtain new cards of my favorite legends, with a modern twist.

Between the new image opportunities, new design elements, and possibility to find new card designs that feature players that were not active when the designs were originally released, and I am hooked!

And sometimes, you get to simply add one more card of a favorite to your collection…

And that is what makes this card of Frank Robinson so sweet!

Have a look:




Yes, Robinson was part of the original 1973 Topps set.  But, his card in that set is a far cry from what Archives offers.  Archives gives us a very young #20 while he was starring for the Reds.  The image is a new one, and I like the vintage feel his old-school Reds uniform brings to the card.  But, it is just a bit off.

My issue with this specific card is that by the time Robinson reached the 1973 season, he was an aged veteran playing in the final stages of his career.  Personally, I would have liked to have found him with the 1986 or 1980 Topps design – better than a re-do that does not jive with his history…

Still, I am happy to have a new Frank Robinson card in my collection.

Reader Patrick From ‘Hot Corner Cards’ Sends Over Some Sweet Jim Palmer Archives!!

Reader Patrick From ‘Hot Corner Cards’ Sends Over Some Sweet Jim Palmer Archives!!

Patrick of ‘Hot Corner Cards‘ did it again!  Another sweet package full of cards suited for a collector like me.

This time around, he sent me two cards, both of which feature Hall of Famer, Jim Palmer.  And both are from the 2014 Topps Archives baseball set.

In the lot, I received Palmer’s base cards and is Gold border card.  The Gold border card is serial numbered to 199 copies.  Mine is #159/199.

Check them out:



I am now officially 2/3 of the way done with the Jim Palmer 2014 Topps Archives ‘Rainbow’.    All I need to do is secure the ‘Silver’ card and I am all set.

Patrick, Thanks again!  That was very generous.

1975 Topps Set Card 192/660 – #112 – Larry Hardy, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 192/660 – #112 – Larry Hardy, Padres

Progress: 192/660

Player Name:  Larry Hardy

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:   Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  3 seasons, 1974-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Hardy pitched in three games for the San Diego Padres in 1975.  He worked 2.2 innings in those three games allowing 8 hits and 6 runs while blowing his ERA up to 13.50.

Notes From Career:  Hardy’s career spanned three seasons, and just 94 games.  He has a career record of 9-4 with an ERA of 5.29.  In 126 innings of work, Hardy gave up 171 hits and 83 runs while striking out 70 batters and walking 56.


Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Happy Birthday Terry Pendleton!!!

Terry Pendleton turns 54 years old today.

Pendleton was the National League’s MVP during the 1991 season. And he was also the runner-up for the award in 1992 as well. Raising his game to new heights during those 2 seasons, Pendleton hit .319 and .311 respectively. In those 2 campaigns, he collected 386 hits, including 73 doubles, 9 triples, and 43 home runs. He was also a scoring machine as he scored 192 times while also stealing 12 bases.

Pendleton played in 5 World Series match-ups for the Cardinals and Braves. His teams lost all 5 series’.

Happy Birthday Mr. Pendleton!!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – SWEET!!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – SWEET!!!

I cannot believe that I was able to snag this card for as low of a price as I did.  And with no competition too!

The Topps Tier 1 set is a high-end product that offers relic and autographed baseball cards of both modern and royalty in the baseball world.  Boxes of this product are expensive, and they only offer 8 cards per box.  But, hits are guaranteed.  Still, I prefer to shop for singles from the in the secondary market.

And when the set dropped, I immediately started watching the relic cards of Andre Dawson to see how the would be priced and sold to see if adding one to my collection would be a possibility.

And finally, after a few weeks of watching and waiting, I nailed it!!

I brought home this beauty for less than $5.00 – and that includes my shipping fees.



The card is serial numbered as 233/399 and as you can see in the above scan, it features a very nice piece of Cubs jersey that is punctuated by a Royal Blue, Cubs pinstripe running vertically.

I’m digging this one.  A great addition to my Dawson Game-Used collection.  Yeah buddy!