Daily Archives: September 13, 2014

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Panini Prizm

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Panini Prizm

Gotta love the action packed into this card of Andrew McCutchen.  This card is from the 2014 Panini Prizm baseball card set and because of the style of image used, you hardly realize that the card does not feature a Pittsburgh Pirates logo or symbol.

Have a look:

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Panini’s Prizm product is a solid set.  And if they keep selecting images like the one above of the reigning NL MVP, the fan base of the product should only grow.

Great job Panini.  I am a fan!

1975 Topps Set Card 260/660 – #81 – Ron Reed, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 260/660 – #81 – Ron Reed, Braves

Progress: 260/660

Card Number:  81

Player Name:  Ron Reed

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1966-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ron Reed split time between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  In total, he started 34 games putting together a record of 13-13 with 8 complete games and 2 shutouts.  Reed pitched 250 innings in 1975, allowing 274 hits and 118 runs en route to a 3.52 ERA.

Notes From Career:  Ron Reed pitched in 751 games over the span of his 19-season major league career.  He was used both as a starting and relief pitcher over that time.  Reed has a career record of 146-140, with 55 complete games, 8 shutouts, and 103 saves.  In 2,477 innings of work, Reed allowed 1,084 runs while striking out 1,481 batters.  Reed was chosen as an NL All-Star in 1968.  He is a member of the 1980 World Series championship winning Philadelphia Phillies.

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1993 HEADLINE: Paul Molitor Becomes Oldest Player To Reach 100 RBI In A Season

1993 HEADLINE: Paul Molitor Becomes Oldest Player To Reach 100 RBI In A Season

On this day in 1993, future Hall of Famer Paul Molitor set a major league record by being the oldest player to reach the 100 RBI tally in a single season.

At 37 years of age, Molitor still had it going as he was able to reach the 100-RBI plateau for the first time in his career, and the 16th season of his career.

The 100-RBI mark by a player older than 37 has been eclipsed several times since 1993, including Molitor doing it again in 1996 with 113 RBI at the age of 39.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Molitor!!!

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Hit Of Big League Career

1976 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1st Hit Of Big League Career

On this day in 1976, Andre Dawson connected for the first hit of his major league baseball career.

The hit, a single, came on the road with the Expos facing the Philadelphia Phillies at Veteran’s Stadium.

Batting seventh for the Expos, the hit came in the top of the second inning off of future Hall of Fame pitcher, Steve Carlton.  The hit would be Dawson’s lone hit of the game as he went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!

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1971 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Joins The ’500 Home Runs Club’

1971 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Joins The ’500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1971, Frank Robinson connected for the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career!!!

At home and sitting in first place in the American League East division, the Orioles were hosting the Detroit Tigers.  Robinson entered the game with 499 home runs on his resume and was looking to make history in front of the fans at Memorial Stadium.

And he delivered…

He made the faithful Oriole fans wait until the bottom of the 9th inning, but he crushed a 2-run homer for #500.  The shot came off of Tigers pitcher Fred Scherman and the crowd erupted in applause for Robinson even though his team trailed the Tigers by 5 runs and eventually lost the game by a score of 10-5.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

1965 HEADLINE:  Willie Mays Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1965, Willie Mays connected for the 500th home run of his baseball career!!!

On the road in Houston to take on the Astros at the Astrodome, Mays and his Giants teammates played in front of a relatively small crowd of just under 20,000.  I wonder how many people had tickets to the game but decided to stay home since the lowly Astros were so far behind(24 games) in the pennant chase…  In today’s world of sports and the Internet, this game would have had a sold-out crowd with the anticipation of seeing history made!!

And for the 19,827 fans in attendance, they were in for a treat…

Leading off the 4th inning for the Giants, Mays blasted the 500th home run of his baseball career.  He joined the 500 HR club with a solo shot to right field.  The homer came off of Don Nottebart and it helped the Giants win the game 5-1 and extend their win streak to 11 consecutive games!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Team Set

Miami Marlins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Team Set

I’ve stated it multiple times over the course of the last two months – A&G is boring to me.

But, I will say that the Miami Marlins team set is not as bad – on the whole…

Have a look at the 6-card set:

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Sure, 4 of the cards are no surprise with Cisek, Marisnick, Stanton, and Yelich.  Nothing exceptional out of those four cards.

But, the Gary Sheffield card is a great and unexpected addition to the set that I was not expecting.  I am digging the tribute to his Marlins days as a player, and I love that we get another card that features the original Marlins logo and colors.

I also really like the Jose Fernandez horizontal card – the image is neat, it is action-packed, and the background is such a nice change from what the normal A&G product offers.

All in all, I am pleased with the team set.  A&G is still an overall yawn for me, but at least I can take pleasure in owning this team set.