Daily Archives: August 11, 2014

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Finally, I am ready to start showing off some of the first Allen & Ginter cards I have picked up from the 2014 set.

This is the base card of Bryce Harper:
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While I like the horizontal layout of the card, I think that the image is on the smallish side.  It probably covers the same surface area as a card that is designed to be shown vertically, but I guess that with the dramatic background, it feels a bit out of place when compared to Ginter’s standard portrait style.

Still, I love it.  And I hope to be able to snag some of the minis as time goes on.

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

Andrew McCutchen 2010 Topps ‘ToppsTown’

Here’s a shot of ‘Cutch’ during his pre-dread days with the Pirates in 2010.

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He may actually have the hair, just not at the length that we are seeing today.

And check out those old, vintage no-sleeve jerseys – takes me right back to the days of Dave Parker, Willie Stargell, and Johnny Ray.

1975 Topps Set Card 224/660 – #623 – Rookie Infielders w/Garner, Hernandez, Sheldon, Veryzer

1975 Topps Set Card 224/660 – #623 – Rookie Infielders w/Garner, Hernandez, Sheldon, Veryzer

Progress: 224/660

Player Name:  Phil Garner, Keith Hernandez, Bob Sheldon, Tom Veryzer

Card Number:  623

Team:  Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers

Position:  Infielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Phil Garner – Garner played in 160 games for the A’s in 1975.  He hit .246 with 120 hits in 488 at-bats.  Garner drove in 54 runs while scoring 46 times.

Keith Hernandez – Hernandez played in just 64 games during his 1975 season.  He connected for 47 hits in those 64 games, good for a .250 batting average.  Of his 47 hits, Hernandez had 8 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, and 33 singles.

Bob Sheldon – Sheldon hit .287 in 53 games for the Brewers in 1975.  He connected for 52 hits in those 53 games while also scoring 17 runs and driving in 14.

Tom Veryzer – Veryzer played in 128 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1975.  He hit .252 with 102 hits in 404 at-bats for the team.  Veryzer had a career high 48 RBI during his rookie campaign while also scoring 37 runs for the club.

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1975 Topps Set Card 223/660 – #289 – Ken Rudolph, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 223/660 – #289 – Ken Rudolph, Cardinals

Progress: 223/660

Player Name:  Ken Rudolph

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1969-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ken Rudolph played in 44 games for the Cardinals in 1975.  He was used primarily as a back-up catcher and pinch-hitter.  Rudolph hit .200 in those 44 games as he collected just 16 hits in 80 at-bats.  Of his 16 hits, Rudolph connected for 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 13 singles.

Notes From Career:  Ken Rudolph played for four different teams during his 9-year MLB career.  He is a lifetime .213 hitter with 158 hits in 328 career games.  Rudolph scored just 55 runs in the 328 games in which he played while also driving in 64 runs.

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While Sorting & Organizing, I Found Some Pretty Neat Miguel Cabrera & Gary Sheffield Cards In My Marlins Box!

While Sorting & Organizing, I Found Some Pretty Neat Miguel Cabrera & Gary Sheffield Cards In My Marlins Box!

Last weekend I spent my evenings going through all of my cards.  I really dug in deep as I felt that my organized ways were starting to fray.

The end result is that my need for two more 3-row boxes would allow me to keep my cards in perfect order, so I went to the local card shop and picked up the boxes so I could complete my task.

One of the last tasks I did was sift through all of my Marlins cards.  I was not doing this with a certain goal or purpose, but I wanted to just get a better feel of what was in there.

And lo and behold, I found a handful of pretty nice-looking Miguel Cabrera cards.

Check them out:

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I know it is just 8 cards, but I’d rather have 8 cards of the 2-time MVP than have no cards of him from his time with the Marlins…

I also found a healthy dose of Gary Sheffield cards from his days with the team too.

Here they are:

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Super cool stuff right there!

And while I do not have the desire at this time to focus a lot more attention to either of these players, I will keep my eyes peeled for cards of either of them in Marlins uniforms when I dig into the bargain bins at future card shows.

For now, I will sit back and enjoy a few more memories of these two great players and their times wearing Teal & Black!

Have a nice night.