Daily Archives: August 3, 2014

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Archives

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Archives

Rickey Henderson made his major league debut in 1979.  He starred on his first Topps baseball card during the following season, 1980.

For this year’s Archives product, Rickey is featured in the 1973 Topps design.  By my calculation, Rickey was just 15 years old when this set was released originally.

And since they did not have any card of Rickey from when he was a teenager, they went with next best thing – a picture of him from his younger days with the Oakland Athletics.

Check it out.



I love it!  This baseball card is ’30-YOC Approved’.


Eddie Murray 2014 Panini Prizm – ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZZzzzzzz

Eddie Murray 2014 Panini Prizm – ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZzzzzzz, ZZZZzzzzzz

And the chants from the bleachers begin – ‘Boring, Boring, Boring’.

This card is simply awful.  And it is no fault of the Hall of Famer, Mr. Murray.

Panini knows the rules that they must live by.  And while it may make the job a lot harder than what others must work with, they are the rules and they must be complied to.  Nonetheless, it is still Panini’s job to produce quality, interesting product – and this card is neither.



Even with team names and logos on a shot like this, the shot is not ‘Gold’.  We need action, and we would much rather prefer an action shot of Eddie Murray with his back to the camera if he is crushing a ball at home plate, catching a throw at first from his shortstop, or rounding second and chugging towards third.

Note:  If you have to remove the uniform and hat logos and team names from your product, you are removing crucial pieces of interest.  You must make up for it with your image selection.

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps Attax

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps Attax

I was looking for some ‘older’ cards of Andrew McCutchen while shopping with one of my favorite sellers on Sportlots.com a few weeks back.

There was not a lot to choose from that fell into my price range, but I was able to grab a few goodies.

This is the first one that I grabbed.  The card comes from the 2010 Topps ‘Attax’ set.

Have a look:




Now, I really have no clue what any of these codes represent or stand for, but the design is sharp.  And I am guessing that the long code that runs through the center of  the card was some type of redemption code.

Either way, I am happy to add an ‘older’ card of #22 to my collection, and I really like the image that Topps chose for the card as it looks like he is making a catch on the run and then prepping to fire the ball back to the infield.

1975 Topps Set Card 213/660 – #152 – Mario Guerrero, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 213/660 – #152 – Mario Guerrero, Red Sox

Progress: 213/660

Player Name:  Mario Guerrero

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:   Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  8 seasons, 1973-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mario Guerrero appeared in 64 games for the Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .239 with 44 hits in 184 at-bats.  Of his 44 hits, Guerrero connected for 9 doubles and 35 singles.  He scored 17 runs for the Cardinals in 1975, while also driving in 11.

Notes From Career:  Guerrero suited up for four different teams during his 8-year big league career.  He is a career .257 hitter with 578 lifetime hits.  Guerrero connected for just 7 home runs during his playing days but does have 170 RBI and 166 runs scored.


Did You Know…

The lone Hall of Fame baseball player to be born in the state of Idaho is Harmon Killebrew.  Killebrew was born in Payette, ID in 1936.  He was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1984.


Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1980 Topps Design, But L-A-Z-Y!!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Archives – Base – 1980 Topps Design,
But L-A-Z-Y!!!

You know me, I am a sucker for the baseball card designs that littered my youth.  Those designs that were the centerpiece of my enjoyment as a kid collecting baseball cards still hold fond memories for me today.

That is one of the main reasons that I enjoy the Topps Archives theme as much as I do.  And while Topps continues to push vintage design into more and more modern releases, Archives is an entire set dedicated to baseball card eras of the past.

But, the checklists are minimal – and they feature both legends from the past as well as stars of today.  Thankfully, Giancarlo Stanton is a star and he has made his way into each base set of Archives for the last three years/releases.

Here is his card from the 2014 product.  It features the 1980 Topps design – a true classic!



I love it, and I happily add it to my Stanton PC.  I also immediately set my sights on both the Gold and Silver versions of the same card as I chase the rainbow.

And now, on to the L-A-Z-Y part.

Just two short seasons ago, Stanton was inserted into the 2012 Topps Archives set.  And that set also featured the 1980 Topps design.  And Giancarlo was one of fifty players dumped into that part of the set.

Here is that card:

Stanton 2012 Archives

For me, the repeat of the 2014 Archives card is just too much.  With four possible destinations for his card, why repeat?  Why not shift him into another, new, design, like 1973 or 1986?  There is nothing else to say except that this was a lazy effort by Topps.  In 2012 it was fine – it was accepted and it was enjoyed.  In 2014 it is quickly collected and then forgotten…

Give us originality – Don’t make us yawn!!