Category Archives: 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dylan Bundy

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dylan Bundy

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Dylan Bundy from the set:

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Dylan Bundy was one of the most talked about phenom pitchers of recent years.  Sadly, the start of his major league career has been derailed by injury.  Thus far, he has pitched just 1.2 innings in the majors, but once he is fully recovered from his ligament reconstructive surgery from last summer, the Orioles will give him a chance to earn a major league roster spot with the team.

Kind of odd that he was placed in the Tallboys set with many other worthy Orioles available.  But, at the same time, very cool for Bundy!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Miguel Cabrera from the set:

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Miguel Cabrera has been on top of the baseball world for the last two seasons, and with the lone exception of not winning a World Series crown, he has accomplished it all as the face of the Detroit Tigers and major league baseball.

Cabrera’s accomplishments at the plate have put him into a rare, and elite class of player.  His numbers, especially at his age of just 30 years old, put him on par with the greatest offensive players of all-time.

If he was a base-stealer, this guy could be considered the most dynamic offensive player of all-time… WHEW!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Robinson Cano

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Robinson Cano

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Robinson Cano from the set:

 

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The big news of the 2013 MLB offseason was that Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees was departing New York and heading for Seattle.  Easily the most well-rounded second baseman in all of baseball, Cano is an elite talent in the prime of his career.

After 5 All-Star selections, 5 Gold Glove Awards, 2 Silver Sluggers, and a World Series crown, Cano is set to be the leader of the Mariners offense when the 2014 baseball season starts.

I CANOt wait to see how this plays out!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Ryan Braun

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Ryan Braun

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Ryan Braun from the set:

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I’m happy to get this card – get it off my ‘want list, that is…

With all of the dark clouds that have been hanging over the head of Ryan Braun for the last two seasons, I am a bit surprised to see Topps inserting Braun into subsets.

Surprised and a bit put-off too…

Ready for the next ‘Tallboy’!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Albert Pujols

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Albert Pujols

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Albert Pujols from the set:

 

 

 

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Arguably the best player in baseball this century, Pujols has amassed some incredible numbers prior to his 32nd birthday. Already a 3-time MVP winner and 2-time World Series champion, Pujols is quickly racking up statistics that mirror or surpass some of baseball’s greatest players. With a career batting average of .325, and with 2,246 hits in just 12 seasons, the sky is the limit for this talented hitter. And don’t forget about the 475 home runs and 1,434 RBI Albert has already accumulated too.

I am hopeful that ‘The Machine’ returns for a fantastic 2014!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Freese

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Freese

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of David Freese from the set:

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In his relatively short major league career, David Freese has become a highly collectible player due to his performance of the 2011 World Series.  In that Fall Classic, Freese won the MVP Award as he led the Cardinals’ offensive attack with his .348 batting average over 7 games.  In those 7 games, Freese connected for 8 hits including 3 doubles and 1 home run while driving in seven runs.

His efforts helped lead the Cardinals to the World Series title.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Cal Ripken, Jr.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Cal Ripken, Jr.

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Cal Ripken, Jr. from the set:

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Cal Ripken is a timeless player.  Of the many players that starred and excelled during the 1980’s, I feel like Ripken is one of the few that could have performed at the same level in other eras.  Ripken was a solid contact hitter, with the ability to deliver with power when needed.  His defense, for a big guy, was superb, and he had decent range while not being known as a speedy player.

Ripken is also known to be a fantastic teammate – and that trait is ageless!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Otis Nixon

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Otis Nixon

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Otis Nixon card from the set:

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Otis Nixon enjoyed a 17-season major league baseball career.  He played for nine different teams during that span becoming a fan favorite due to his hustle and ability to cause havoc on the base paths.

Otis Nixon stole 620 bases during his career, with a career high of 72 coming in 1991 with the Braves.  He is 16th on the all-time MLB list for career steals.  Being such a terror to deal with on while running the bases, Nixon scored 878 runs.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Concepcion

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Concepcion

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Dave Concepcion card from the set:

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A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.  A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.  Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times. He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Concepcion was recently named as a finalist for Hall of Fame induction on the ‘Veteran’s Committee’ ballot.  Ultimately, I do not think that he will be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. But, I am happy to see him getting the respect and attention that he deserves.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Chris Sale

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Chris Sale

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Chris Sale card from the set:

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In the last two seasons, Chris Sale has established himself as one of the game’s best young left-handed pitchers in the sport.

At just 24 years old, Sale has a career win-loss record of 32-25, with a personal best of 17 wins in 2012.  Sale has a career ERA of 2.97, and in 500 innings of work, he has struck out 529 batters.

I have no idea what kind of support Sale is going to get in 2014 from his White Sox teammates, but I do believe that he will continue to make strides and stake his claim as the ‘best young lefty in the American League’.

Go Get ‘Em Chris!!