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Adam Wainwright 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Adam Wainwright 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Adam Wainwright:

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Adam Wainwright is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.

Upon entering the 2014 baseball season, Wainwright had already solidified himself as an annual Cy Young Award candidate in the NL with 3 Top 3 finishes in the last five seasons.  He is the ace of the Cardinals staff and has a career winning percentage of 64%.  He continues to be among the league leaders in starts, ERA, wins, strikeouts, and batters faced.

Wainwright is a 2-time All-Star, a 2-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a World Series champion.  Based on his history, he will only add to those numbers.

Albert Pujols 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Albert Pujols 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Albert Pujols:

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Upon entering the 2014 baseball season, Albert Pujols was preparing for his 14th big league campaign.

His career resume includes 2 World Series titles, 3 MVP Awards, and multiple Silver Slugger, Gold Glove Awards, and All-Star selections.

Pujols is a career .320 hitter and is still connecting with power and consistency at the plate.  His numbers may be down when compared to his prior standards, but he is still on pace for some amazing career numbers.

Pujols reached the 500-HR plateau earlier in 2014, and by the end of the season, he should be over the 2,500 hits mark and 1,500 runs scored.

Albert Pujols: Welcome To “Club 500”

Albert Pujols:  Welcome To “Club 500”

From USAToday.com

WASHINGTON – Albert Pujols’ 500th home run is a milestone, but it’s also a significant marker for the Los Angeles Angels and the investment they made in one of baseball’s premier hitters.

Pujols became the 26th player and third-youngest to hit No. 500 when he connected for his second of Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Pujols’ 500th, off Washington’s Taylor Jordan, went into the seats in left-center field at Nationals Park with Mike Trout on first base, giving Pujols five RBI for the night and the Angels a 6-2 lead. They wound up winning 7-2.

Pujols’ homers were his seventh and eighth this season to give him the major league lead a season after he hit a career-low 17. His five RBI give him 18 in his past 13 games.

That’s as promising a return as Pujols has given the Angels since 2012, the first year of the 10-year, $240 million contract he signed. He’s making $23 million this season, a number that grows by a million each year through 2021.

Pujols hit 30 homers and drove in 105 runs in 2012 but was limited by injuries – most notably plantar fasciitis – to 99 games last season. In his 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, he led the National League twice in homers and topped 40 six times, including a career-high 49 in 2006.

Only Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx got to 500 sooner than Pujols, who is 34 years and 96 days old. Rodriguez was 32 years, 8 days when he got to 500 in 2007. Foxx was 32 years, 338 days when he got there in 1940.

Pujols hit No. 499 to stake the Angels to a 3-0 lead three batters into the game against Jordan, a line drive just inside the left-field foul pole. He’s the first player to hit Nos. 499 and 500 in the same game.

Pujols is the first player in five seasons to reach 500. When Gary Sheffield, the most recent new member of the club got his on April 17, 2009, he capped a stretch in which eight players got to 500 in a span of six seasons.

He becomes the 12th player with 500 career homers, 500 doubles and 1,500 RBI, joining Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Eddie Murray, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson,Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and Rodriguez.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Washington Nationals

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Albert Pujols

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Albert Pujols

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Albert Pujols:

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Albert Pujols burst on the scene for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001.  He appeared in 161 games for the team and hit .329.  Pujols connected for 194 hits in his rookie campaign including 47 doubles, 4 triples, and 137 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 130 runs for the Cardinals while scoring 112 times.

During his rookie season, Pujols was an All-Star, a Silver Slugger Award winner, an MVP candidate and the NL Rookie of the Year.

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Albert Pujols

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Albert Pujols

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Albert Pujols card from the set:

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The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Mickey Mantle.

A few of my favorites are:

  • was draft pick #402 in the 1999 baseball draft
  • played in only 133 minor league games
  • was the ‘Triple Crown’ decade winner of the 2000’s with .344, 366, and 1,112
  • captured three MVP Awards – 2005, 2008, 2009
  • first player to go .300, 30, 100 in first ten MLB seasons

 

Happy Birthday Albert Pujols!!!

Happy Birthday Albert Pujols!!!

Albert Pujols turns 34 years old today.

Arguably the best player in baseball this century, Pujols has amassed some incredible numbers prior to his 34th 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 .321, and with 2,347 hits in just 13 seasons, the sky is the limit for this talented hitter. And don’t forget about the 492 home runs and 1,498 RBI Albert has already accumulated too.

Pujols will surely eclipse some major milestones in the coming seasons.  It will be very interesting to see where he lands, and how he ranks when his career ends.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Machine’.

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!!