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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:



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:



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:

Prime Pujols


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:






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!!

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.”

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Albert Pujols

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Albert Pujols

The 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ sets were issued through redemption cards that were inserted into hobby boxes of the Topps 2012 flagship baseball card set.  The cards were numbered and each card represented a specific card it could be redeemed for.

These special insert cards were redeemable only through hobby shops and Topps made these cards available for redemption on a very limited basis.

The card’s design is great, and I have been a fan ever since seeing them.  The high-gloss finish is unlike any that I have seen before and I like the fact that Topps rewards the baseball card business owner with such a nice, exclusive offer.

This is the Albert Pujols card from the set:



A few Albert Pujols home run facts:
* 475 career home runs at beginning of 2013 baseball season
* 1st major league HR off of Armando Reynoso
* Most home runs on the road – Pittsburgh
* Most against pitchers – Ryan Dempster (8)

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Albert Pujols & Frank Robinson 2012 Topps “Prime 9 – Home Run Legends”

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Albert Pujols & Frank Robinson 2012 Topps “Prime 9 – Home Run Legends”

This is definitely a set that I want to go after in time.  I was able to rescue 2 cards from the set in the $1.00 bargain bins (paying $0.50 for each) I found at the show.

These cards come from some kind of redemption set that Topps issued in 2012.  The set consists of just 9 cards and I have yet to find the official checklist but I will actively seek it out now.

The cards feature a super-high-gloss finish and a really neat theme of ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’.

Check out the score:


I am pretty certain that I have the Reggie Jackson card from this set too.  I’ll have to double-check that…

Did You Know…

In the amazing history of the St, Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols holds the team record for most consecutive seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBI, and a .300 batting average.  He accomplished this feat for ten consecutive seasons, 2001-2010.