Daily Archives: November 5, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Chrome – Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Chrome – Base

Here is another sweet card that I picked up in that 2014 Topps Chrome purchase.

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It’s the base card of #27, Giancarlo Stanton!

 

As you may know, I have been building the Stanton rainbow from this year’s Topps release and it features the same image as this Chrome card does.  Does that mean that I get to include this one in that project too?

Either way, yes or no, I am loving how strongly  the colors from this card stand out.  That Chrome finish really allows for the Marlins team colors to shine!

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1975 Topps Set Card 310/660 – #395 – Bud Harrelson, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 310/660 – #395 – Bud Harrelson, Mets

Progress: 310/660

Card Number:  395

Player Name:  Bud Harrelson

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 16 seasons, 1965-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bud Harrelson played in just 34 games for the Mets in 1975.  With 73 at-bats, Harrelson collected 16 hits en route to a .219 batting average.  He had 2 doubles on the year, with 3 RBI and 5 runs scored.

Notes From Career:  Bud Harrelson played for three major league clubs during his 16-season big league career.  He is a lifetime .236 hitter with 1,120 hits in 1,533 games played.  Harrelson is a 2-time All-Star and winner of a Gold Glove Award.  He is a member of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets.

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1996 HEADLINE: Derek Jeters Wins Rookie Of The Year Award With Unanimous Vote!

1996 HEADLINE: Derek Jeters Wins Rookie Of The Year Award With Unanimous Vote!

On this day in 1996, Derek Jeter won the American League’s Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!

Capturing all 28 first-place votes, Jeter set himself apart from the rest of the 1996 rookie class.  And he did it all with the enormous pressure that comes with wearing Yankee pinstripes.

During that season, Jeter collected 183 hits en route to a .314 batting average.  He scored 104 runs for the team while also driving in 78.  And while fielding the toughest infield position, he compiled an 96.9% fielding percentage.

Oh, and he also helped the Yankees capture the 1996 World Series championship too!

Happy Anniversary to Derek Jeter!!!

1976 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Wins Cy Young Award For Third Time In Four Seasons

1976 HEADLINE: Jim Palmer Wins Cy Young Award For Third Time In Four Seasons

On this day in 1976, Jim Palmer won the Cy Young Award for being the best pitcher in the American League.

In a 4-year span from 1973-76, Palmer won the AL Cy Young Award 3 times.  Impressively, he dominated the league and was the leader of a very strong Orioles team.

A quick peek at the numbers:

Year Record Comp. Games ERA K’s Walks K’s:Walks
1973 22-9 19 2.40 158 113 1.4
1975 23-11 25 2.09 193 80 2.4
1976 22-13 23 2.51 159 84 1.9

Oh yeah, he also finished in second place in 1977 behind Sparky Lyle.  In a tight race, Lyle got 40% of the votes while Palmer tallied 34%.

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Johnny Damon turns 41 years old today.

While Johnny Damon is not named with the sport’s greatest players, he has certainly put himself into the category of ‘Winner’.  And some of the sport’s biggest stars cannot make that claim.

Relatively unknown until he joined the Red Sox, Damon was a quiet player that toiled around in both Kansas City and Oakland for the first 7 years of his career.  During that time, her perfected his craft as a solid hitter with a knack for collecting doubles and stolen bases.

When Damon arrived in Boston in 2002, his ability on the field as well as personality shined and he soon became a fan favorite.  Damon helped the Sox win the World Series title in 2004 and his new-found fame garnered him 2 All-Star team selections and MVP consideration.

Damon moved on to the Yankees in 2006, and again he helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport in 2009 as the Yankees collected another World Series title.

Johnny Damon has proven to be a very skilled baseball player.  His consistency on offense is remarkable, and his time in the major leagues has been relatively injury free – a true credit to a player that played as hard as he did!

Here’s to Johnny Damon!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ Design

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ Design

Here is another sweet card that I scored from the 2014 Topps Archives set that features Jose Fernandez.

The card is mini in size, and as you can see, it borrows the 1987 Topps card design for inspiration.

Have a look:

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I have long been a fan of the 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ subset and I am really happy to see Jose get a card of his own from it.

As a kid, my favorite ‘Future Stars’ card was the one of Bo Jackson from the 1987 Topps set.  This one above of Jose Fernandez may very well be my favorite modern one.

A great addition to my Jose Fernandez player collection!