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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.

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

I watch a lot of baseball.  And while most of it is focused on my local team, I make sure to keep up to date as best that I can with what is going on around the league.

In addition to watching the players that I collect, I have a few milestones that I will be watching for as well.

These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and I plan on giving each of them a ‘Standing Ovation’ as they reach these baseball landmarks:

Adrian Beltre – 2,500 Hits.  As he enters his 17th big league season, Beltre has 2,426 career hits.

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Alfonso Soriano – 400/300 Club.  Soriano already has eclipsed the 400-HR mark.  He is currently set at 288 steals.

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Albert Pujols – 500 Home Runs.  Pujols enters his 14th major league season needing just 8 home runs to reach the magical number of 500.

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Miguel Cabrera – 400 Home Runs.  As Miguel Cabrera enters his ‘Age 31’ season, he is poised to reach the 400-home run mark. He is currently at 365.

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David Ortiz – 1,500 RBI.  David Ortiz enters the 2014 baseball season with 1,429 career RBI.  A solid season should easily net his 1,500th.

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The season will be full of great moments, and each of these above players should be a big part of that.

Are there are milestones that you are paying special attention to as the season approaches?  If so, let me know what they are.

I am ready for the season to get going!!!

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!!

One More Subset Complete: 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ YES!!!

One More Subset Complete: 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’  YES!!!

This set was a lot of fun to put together.  I really enjoyed digging into each of these guy’s career home run accomplishments.  And I learned quite a bit through that process.

The set features just 9 cards, but it fills an album page perfectly.

Here is a look at the complete set:

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The cards are sharp.  They are shiny.  And they really stand out.

I wish that Topps continued this set past just the 2011 and 2012 seasons, I could easily think of 5-6 more themes that I would love for them to share with us that follow the same format.

Thankfully, they did give us one more.  Their ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ subset that was also issued in 2011 is on my radar!!

Albert Pujols To Miss Remainder Of 2013 Baseball Season

Albert Pujols To Miss Remainder Of 2013 Baseball Season

By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com

ANAHEIM — Albert Pujols’ faint hopes of returning before the end of the Angels’ trying season were officially put to rest on Monday, when the organization announced their expensive, superstar first baseman was being shut down for the remainder of 2013.

The news wasn’t altogether surprising, considering the partial tear in Pujols’ left foot would’ve had him back by mid-September at the earliest, but it did bring clarity. Pujols — owed $212 million from 2014-21 — can now fully rehab from his injury, have a normal offseason and focus solely on coming back strong next spring.

“It was not an easy decision, as competitive of a player as I am,” Pujols said. “But I also understand wanting to look past this season.”

Pujols had been playing through a severe case of plantar fasciitis on his left foot since the start of Spring Training, prompting him to start 65 of his 99 games at designated hitter while having difficulty running. On July 26, on a ninth-inning, two-run single off Grant Balfour in Oakland, he sustained a partial tear of the left plantar fascia, which naturally accomplished what invasive surgery would’ve done and shut him down for at least six weeks.

Pujols, who removed the protective boot on Friday, said he’s feeling “pretty good.” He’s working out, doing some cardio, and estimated being at 90 percent in a couple weeks. But the Angels are 15 1/2 games out of first place entering Monday’s series opener against the Indians, and there’s little need to come back in September.

So, Pujols — vehement about not giving up on 2013 when he met with the media on Aug. 1 — ultimately conceded.

“It was a decision in the organization, because I don’t make decisions here,” Pujols said, referring to owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto. “I put my uniform on and get ready to play.”

For more than a decade in St. Louis, Pujols was the most consistent force in baseball, batting at least .300 with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first 10 seasons. But the Angels haven’t seen that yet. The 33-year-old struggled mightily to start 2012, batting .212 with one homer in his first 36 games. He turned it around, somehow finishing the year with a .285 batting average, 30 homers and 105 RBIs, but plantar fasciitis reared its ugly head in March and Pujols was never able to shake it off in Year 2.

He’ll finish 2013 eight homers shy of 500 and two RBIs short of 1,500, with career-lows in batting average (.258), homers (17), RBIs (64), OPS (.767) and games played (99).

But he’ll probably never deal with plantar fasciitis on his left foot again, and he’ll have a lot of time to get strong for next spring.

“I want to be out there and play. It’s no fun being on the bench for four hours, but I also understand that it’s not only this year — I have eight more years left and hopefully more,” Pujols said.

“I feel pretty good. I’m still going to do my activity to get myself ready for next year. At least now I have in my mind that I’m definitely not going to come back this year so I can pace myself knowing I don’t have to come back right away.”

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 3/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

For this 3/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in BLUE.

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I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

Ichiro has 110 hits this season and is well below the pace needed to get to 2,800 – 2,750 is more probable at this point.

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Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

Helton has 70 hits this season and is just ten away from 2,500.  Just a matter of when at this point…

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David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

Ortiz has 125 hits this year and is just 12 shy of the 2,000-mark.  He should be enjoying this milestone by the end of the month!

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Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

Pujols has 17 home runs this season and is just 8 away from 500.  But, he has not played since July 26 and the remainder of his season is in doubt due to foot issues.

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Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

Howard has collected just 2 RBI since the mid-season mark and will not reach the 1,000 RBI mark this season.

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Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

Screw this guy!!!

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CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

Done Deal!!!  Congrats CC – Let’s go for 300!!!

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Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

Cain is 7-8 in 24 starts this year and he will not make it to 100.  The Giants have been horrible, and he is not helping with his 4.44 ERA.

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Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

Verlander has 1,608 career K’s at this 3/4 mark.  1,700 is a possibility.

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Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.

Lincecum has 153 strikeouts on the season and 1,470 for his career.  He should reach this 1,500 mark if he can remain in the starting rotation.  He is just 6-12 in 24 starts this year and has an ERA of 4.38.

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So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 season gets under way. Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

We’ll do this one more time at the end of the season.  This was not a good year for my prognostications…

Thanks for reading!!!