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Barry Zito 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Barry Zito 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 Barry Zito:

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The 2014 baseball season is Barry Zito’s 14th in the league.

Barry Zito has a career winning percentage of 53%.  In 419 career starts, Zito has a record of 165-143.  He has one season in which he recorded 20 or more wins – it came in 2002 when he won 23 games for the A’s.  Zito has a lifetime ERA of 4.02 in 2,569 innings of work.  During his 14-year career, Zito has struck out 1,883 batters while walking 1,058.  He averages 6.6 strikeouts per 9 innings of work.

Zito is a 3-time All-star, and former Cy Young Award winning pitcher while playing for the Oakland Athletics.  He won a World Series championship with the Giants in 2012.

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2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Buster Posey

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Buster Posey

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 Buster Posey from the set:

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After completing his fifth major league season in 2013, Buster Posey has built a resume worthy of Hall of Fame chatter.

Posey is a former Rookie of the Year.  He has won an MVP Award.  He has a Silver Slugger Award to his credit.  He is a batting champion.  And he is a 2-time NL All-Star.

Best of all, Posey already has 2 trips to the World Series to his credit – and both culminated with wins.

He may not be crowned as the best catcher in the game today, but he has the skills to achieve that status.  And at the young age of just 26, the sky is his limit!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Buster Posey

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Buster Posey

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Buster Posey from the set:

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In a short, 5-year career, Buster Posey has already established himself as a big-time postseason performer.

Posey has made it to the World Series twice, each time walking away with championship hardware.  In 9 games, Posey has amassed a .286 batting average and a .324 on-base percentage.  He has collected 10 hits including two home runes while driving in 5 runs and scoring 3 times.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Gregor Blanco

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Gregor Blanco

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 Gregor Blanco card from the set:

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Nice grab, Gregor!!!

He may not be a household name, but if Blanco keeps making plays like this, he will certainly be found in more highlights!!

The catch that is featured on this ‘Glove Stories’ card happened in the 7th inning of what eventually became Matt Cain’s perfect game.  Blanco made a leaping dive deep in the outfield that turned out to be the defensive gem of the game which preserved the win for the Giants and history for Cain.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Buster Posey

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Buster Posey

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about. The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born. And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Buster Posey card from the set:

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Buster Posey has firmly established himself as one of the great, young talents that will take the game of baseball into the next era.  His offense is superb, and he continues to get better and better behind the plate.

Already a ROY and MVP, Posey is also a batting champion and a 2-time World Series winner!!  The sky is the limit for him, and any team that he is catching for!!

Buster Posey Signs 9-Year Extension With Giants

From ESPN.com

The San Francisco Giants have signed Buster Posey to a landmark nine-year, $167 million contract, according to ESPN and multiple other media outlets.

The contract, which is also the longest in Giants history, covers 2013-21, with a team option for 2022. There is also a full no-trade clause for the duration of the contract.

It’s also the most money ever guaranteed to a player with fewer than three years of service time — more than doubling Carlos Gonzalez $80 million contract — and a record guarantee for a player with fewer than four years of service, surpassing Todd Helton’s $151 million deal.

Posey will earn $57 million for his arbitration years — the third-highest ever — and $110 million for his free-agent years, a $22 million average annual value. Before Posey, no catcher had earned more than Mike Napoli’s $20.8 million in his arbitration-eligible years. Posey’s deal nearly triples that.

A source familiar with the negotiations says that Posey will get a $7 million signing bonus and then will receive salaries of $3 million in 2013, $10.5 million in 2014, $16.5 million in 2015, $20 million in 2016 and $21.4 million in each season from 2017-21. The club option in 2022 is for $22 million with a $3 million buyout.

Ian Kinsler 2006 Topps Turkey Red – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Ian Kinsler 2006 Topps Turkey Red – ROOKIE CARD!!!

I am very interested to see how Ian Kinsler plays during the upcoming 2013 baseball season.

Hopefully his ankle is ready for the demands of a 162-game season.  And with a changed offensive line-up, I am eager to see how the Rangers utilize his skills as he is one player that can fill quite a few roles for their team.

Kinsler can supply power, he can make contact, he can run, and he can get on base.  He can bat in the 1,2,3,6,7,8,9 spots in a line-up.

I cannot wait to see how Texas utilizes him in 2013.  And I also cannot wait to see how he responds!!

VINTAGE KINSLER

Go Get ‘Em Ian!!!