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Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

Manny Machado 2014 Topps Archives

No, I am not trying to turn myself into a ‘Machado Super-Collector’.  At least not yet…

But, when I saw this card, I had to grab one for my collection.

As you see below, the colors and the Topps 1986 design are simply a perfect match.

Have a look:

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First off, you have the three main colors of the card – Black, Orange, and White.  It all just works well toegther – from the lettering on the top of the card to the bill on Machado’s helmet and everything in between.

And the image selection is sweet too.  Not only did Topps give us an image that works, but they centered it perfectly.  We’ve all seen #13 make this sign after connecting for a home run, and Topps captured it perfectly.

Nicely done, Topps.  Nicely done.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of (3) 2013 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of (3) 2013 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars

While sorting through a bargain box that contained nothing but 2013 Topps product, I fell upon a small section of Gypsy Queen insert cards.

And in that mix was a nice 12-15 stack of cards from the ‘Sliding Stars’ subset.  I carefully navigated the set, extracting cards that I did not believe that I had in my collection while also trying to avoid pulling doubles.

The end result was that I nabbed three more cards from this set for my collection.

I scored the Prince Fielder card, the Lou Brock card, and the Carlos Gonzalez card.

Have a look:

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In time, I will aim to go after the complete set.  And with these three new additions to my collection, that decision may have just been made easier to make.

 

Manny Machado 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter ROOKIE CARD!!

Manny Machado 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter ROOKIE CARD!!

During a recent purchase on Ebay, I picked up a Jim Palmer card that I will show off later this week.  The seller was offering FREE Shipping on all single card purchases so I perused what he had to offer and I ran across this card of Manny Machado from the 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I scooped it up for just $1.99.

And now, it is home with me.

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I am eager to see how Machado does during Spring Training this year.  Coming off of major surgery, I hope the team plays it right and slowly gets him acclimated back to becoming an everyday player again.

I pray that he/they do not rush this process.  I’d much rather see him play in 150+ games during the regular season than rush through the Spring and suffer any setbacks.

And after 2014, the O’s need to strongly consider extending his contract through the remainder of the decade…

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Manny Machado

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Manny Machado

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 Manny Machado card from the set:

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Manny Machado is one of just two infielders in this Glove Stories set.  Derek Jeter is the other.

Manny Machado won his first Gold Glove in 2013, his first full-time season in the major leagues.

The play captured on this card was from a game played between the Orioles and their divisional rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays.  In the ninth inning of the game, and with the score tied 2-2, Machado bare-handed a soft roller and faked a throw to first then pivoted and threw to third base securing the out for Baltimore.  The O’s would go on to win the game 3-2, with the defense of Machado leading the team to victory.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Jon Jay

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Jon Jay

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 Jon Jay card from the set:

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Great plays are always amplified during the playoffs as each out has more meaning than that of one during a regular season contest.  And that is why this catch by Cardinals’ outfielder Jon Jay is still highly regarded today.

The catch came in Game 2 of the NLDS in 2012 MLB playoffs where the Cardinals and Nationals battled for a chance to play for the National League Championship.  Jay made this catch off the bat of Danny Espinosa ensuring that no runs would be scored off this hit!!

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Coco Crisp

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Coco Crisp

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 Coco Crisp card from the set:

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Are you kidding me??  Look at the elevation Crisp got on this leap!!

UNREAL!!!

And when the drama-factor is tossed into the equation, even better.  This catch ended up being a game-saver.  The ball would have been a 3-run homer hit off of the bat of Detroit’s Prince Fielder.  Instead, it was an out – and it preserved victory for the A’s.

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.

Another Subset Conquered, My 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Is Done!!!

Another Subset Conquered, My 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Is Done!!!

Well friends, it is time to announce that I have completed another subset here at ’30-YOC’.  Yes, that is two subsets in one week – A ’30-YOC’ record!!!

This time around it is the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ subset that I have conquered.  And it looks great!!

Here is the full 10-card set:

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As you all know, I am a big fan of the Gypsy Queen product.  I find the base set to be the best looking set that Topps is making at the moment and I also like most of the subsets that they produce as well.  The GQ ‘Collisions’ subset is no different – it is packed with action imagery and features some really great coloring too.

I have just two issues with the set – 1 being minor and 1 being major.

My minor issue is the size of the set – 10 cards.  For a guy that keeps his subsets in album pages, a 10-card set just does not work.  Pages have 9 pockets, so one of these cards either has to go on the back of the page that features nine on the front or stand alone on the next page.  Why not either make the set a 9-card set so it can be displayed all together or increase the number of cards to 18 so it can fill a page, front and back??

My major issue is the player selection.  While I fully understand that modern sets should contain modern players, I think that Topps went a tad-bit overboard with the inclusion of seven modern players and just three legends. While the legends included are solid (Bench, Carter, Fisk), I would have liked to have seen a few more like Pudge Rodriguez, Roy Campanella, and maybe someone like Lance Parrish included as well.

That’s all – not complaining, just commenting!

I love this set, and I love the look of the cards.  A very well thought out plan by Topps and the execution of the set was great.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Brian McCann

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Brian McCann

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 Brian McCann card from the set:

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Brian McCann has been an All-Star catcher in seven of his nine major league seasons.  A solid hitter with the ability to deliver the long ball while also posting a good batting average, has made McCann a very well-rounded player.

On Defense, McCann is showing signs of getting better and better behind the plate.  He has a career fielding percentage of .991 and his error count continues to go down as he becomes more and more comfortable behind the plate and with his staff.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Gaincarlo Stanton & Nathan Eovaldi 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Gaincarlo Stanton & Nathan Eovaldi 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Cards

When arriving at the card show, the first thing that I did was a quick circle to see which dealers were already selling singles of 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen cards.  What I wanted to do was check their prices so I knew which one of them I would spend the most time with.

Two guys were offering singles for a quarter each, and the third dealer was selling them for fifty cents.

Of course, I drifted to the two guys selling them at the best price.

And of course, neither of them had any Marlins in their assortments.

So, I picked up these two cards for $1.00.

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These are the base cards of Giancarlo Stanton and Nathan Eovaldi.  This leaves me with just one base card to go after – Rob Brantly.

As for the team set, I think I will go after the base, Blue Frame, and mini and then call it a day.