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Jimmy Rollins 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Jimmy Rollins 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 Jimmy Rollins:



The 2014 baseball season is Jimmy Rollins’ 15th major league campaign.

Rollins has been a staple for the Phillies franchise during the last two decades.  He has more than 2,200 career hits with the team and over 430 stolen bases.  Rollins is a lifetime .268 hitter with almost 1,300 runs scored and 850+ RBI.

Jimmy Rollins has been named an All-Star three times while capturing four Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger Award as well.  Rollins won the Most Valuable Player award in 2007.  He has appeared in the postseason with the Phillies in five different seasons.  He captured his lone World Series title in 2008.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Jayson Werth

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Jayson Werth

Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.

One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power.  What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.

The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.

This is the Jayson Werth card from the set:



There is something about the postseason defensive gem that truly makes moments withstand the test of time.  There is the catch by Willie Mays, the dive by Derek Jeter, and this play by Jayson Werth that I don’t believe gets the credit it deserves.

In the 2012 NLDS, the Nationals faced the St. Louis Cardinals.  Jayson Werth made this play on a would-be home run ball crushed by Daniel Descalso.  The play saved the game and preserved the 2-1 win for the Nationals.

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies


The Career Day – September 3, 2006.  On this day in 2006, Ryan Howard dominated the Atlanta Braves in not one, but two games.  Facing the Braves in a double-header, Howard connected for three home runs in Game 1, his only 3-HR game of his career.  In the 2-game stint, Howard went 6-for-8 with 4 RBI.  The Phillies won Game One 8-7 and lost Game Two by a score of 3-1.

Progress – 16/25

Did You Know…

No active player has led their league in triples more than Jimmy Rollins.  Entering the 2013 baseball season, Rollins has paced the National League in triples in four seasons – 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2007.


Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Ernie Banks/Ryan Howard 2009 Topps Heritage ‘Then And Now’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Ernie Banks/Ryan Howard 2009 Topps Heritage ‘Then And Now’

I thought I had something really grand here – and I was hoping that one, or many, of my more enlightened card collecting readers would be able to help me with this…

If they had not been back-to-back in the box of cards I was surfing through, I probably would not have picked either of them up.  But as soon as I noticed a major difference between the two cards, I grabbed them both and knew I would need help in getting an answer or two.

First, let me show you the cards.



Ok, so as far as I can see, they don’t have the same number, but they were issued in the same year, and are part of the same subset.

So, why do they feature different photos of Ernie Banks??  The Ryan Howard photo did not change.

After investigating the fronts as thoroughly as I could, I see that there is no difference in the cards with the exception of two different photos of Banks being used.

But, then the backs clarified it all for me.  One of these cards praises the Home Runs leaders and the other celebrates the RBI leaders.

So, I don’t have an ultra-rare error card.

For $0.20, it was certainly worth the purchase though!!!

Did You Know…

Ryan Howard has struck out more in a single World Series than any other player in major league history.  During the 2009 World Series, Howard hit just .174 and struck out 13, yes thirteen, times setting the record.

Prior to 2009, the record holder was Willie Wilson, who during the 1980 World Series struck out 12 times.

Ryan Howard – I’m Becoming A Fan!!

As a Marlins fan, it pains me to watch the baseball playoffs and not see my beloved guys in Teal & Black not playing.  The realist in me knows that the Marlins don’t have the weapons to compete with the Dodgers or the Phillies though…

So as I sit here and watch playoff baseball(I’ve been watching a ton of it), I try to see the differences between the team I cheer for and the teams that are playing now.  And even though they play in the same division, I will admit that I am envious of the Phillies.  This team is for real, and appears to have no weaknesses.

And of all of their stars, none has shined brighter in the 2009 playoffs like Ryan Howard!!  This guy has been the absolute picture of consistency and his ability to drive in runs has been unmatched.  Going into tonight’s Game 5, Howard has knocked in at least one or more runs in 8 straight playoff games.  This feat ties an MLB record and if Howard has his way, he will soon be the lone record holder.  While not playing selfishly, he and his Phillies teammates look to win the series tonight and if Howard continues with his hot streak, it’s a very strong possibility that after tonight he owns the record for consecutive games in the playoffs with an RBI.  And he and his teammates will also be celebrating their second year in a row playing in the World Series!!!

Do I dare say ‘Go Phils’???


Marlins/Mets 3-Game Recap

In a reversal of what has happened at the end of the last two baseball seasons, the New York Mets have exacted a little revenge as they won 2 of 3 games against the Marlins, which may be the final dagger in the Marlins’ playoff dreams!!!

Although not mathematically eliminated from both the NL East and NL wild card spots, beating the Mets was a necessary task and the Marlins failed terribly.  The Mets have under-performed from the start of the year, and this was the best opportunity for ‘The Fish’ to gain some ground on the leaders.  Their last 6 games are against the Braves and Phillies – 2 teams fighting for playoff positioning.

During this 3-game series there were a few highlights, like the play of Cameron Maybin, Jorge Cantu, and Chris Coghlan.  But the lowlights certainly outweighed any positives of the final home series of the season.

So here we sit.  6 games left in the regular season and we’re possibly just 48 hours away from planning our winter vacations…

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Marlins/Phillies Recap

Once again, the Florida Marlins did exactly what they needed to do by beating the Phillies 2-1 in their 3-game series.

After splitting games in a double-header on Tuesday, the two teams battled each other, and the rain, inning by inning on Wednesday during the ‘rubber-match’ of the series.  And as they have done many times before, the Marlins struck last as Brett Carrol delivered a game winning and series clinching hit in the bottom of the 9th inning.

With just 9 games left to go, it’s very clear that the Marlins will not catch the Phils for the top spot in the NL East.  And as they sit just 4 1/2 games out of the wild card race, the suddenly hot Braves are making this a 3-team race to catch the leading Rockies.

I’m still optimistic that a little more ‘Marlins-Magic’ may occur before the season ends, but as each day passes and the leader board stays the same the realist in me comes out.

Here’s to 9 more wonderful baseball games in the 2009 baseball season!!!

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Marlins & Phillies – 3 Games In 30 Hours!!!

Did you say 3 games in 30 hours?  How can that be?

Well, it’s simple actually.  The Florida Marlins are on the road to face the division leading Philadelphia Phillies.  They will play a double -header starting at 4PM on Tuesday and will wrap up the 3-game set the following evening on Wednesday.

And while the Phils hold a comfortable 8-game lead over the Marlins in the NL East, it would be a very improbable, but not impossible, that the Phillies falter enough in their last 12 games to allow the Marlins to make it a competition again for the lead.

Still, I cannot wait to watch and see what the outcome may be.  I enjoy playing against the Phillies because I like their style of play.  A nice mix of pitching, power hitting, speed, and luck seems to be some of the key ingredients to success.  And they do all of that very well!!

Bring it on!!!  GO FISH!!!

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