Tag Archives: Florida/Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Sticker

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Sticker

I’ve mentioned before that both of my boys are piecing together the 2014 Topps sticker sets.

Each one is doing very well with their albums and I imagine that they are both down to needing less than 20 stickers to complete the full set.

We’ve gone through a ton of packs of these stickers.  and we have even started buying singles from Sportlots.com.

As for the extras, I have been selling them on Ebay in larger bulk lots.  And I also kept a few for myself.

Like this one of my favorite current major league player…



Hey, I can have a few too, can’t I….

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Mini – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Mini – Base

While the scan does not show it, this is the Jose Fernandez base card from the 2014 Topps Mini card set.

Maybe next time when I scan cards that I score from this set, I will take the extra step and show it off next to the standard-sized base card so you can see just how ‘mini’ the card is.

Maybe next time..

For now, enjoy this card of the 2013 NL ROY!


Happy Birthday Giancarlo Stanton!!

Happy Birthday Giancarlo Stanton!!

Giancarlo Stanton turns 25 years old today.

In a very short amount of time, Giancarlo Stanton has become the centerpiece of the Miami Marlins run production squad.  Batting anywhere from 3-5 in the batting order, Stanton has been the team’s main source of home run and RBI production.

While some may label Stanton as a ‘Slugger’ due to his ability to hit the ball 500+ feet, he has also shown the ability to learn while at the plate and use what he is learning to become a more patient and skilled hitter.  In 2011, Stanton hit .262 in 150 games.  In 2012, he hit .290 in 123 games.  And in a down year in 2013, he hit .249.  He rebounded in 2014 with his best offensive season to date going .288/37/105 in his most consistent year.

The sport took notice of Stanton’s all-around game in 2014.  And I cannot wait to see what he does as a follow-up in 2015.

Happy Birthday Giancarlo.  Keep doing what you’re doing!!

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Chrome – Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Chrome – Base

Here is another sweet card that I picked up in that 2014 Topps Chrome purchase.


It’s the base card of #27, Giancarlo Stanton!


As you may know, I have been building the Stanton rainbow from this year’s Topps release and it features the same image as this Chrome card does.  Does that mean that I get to include this one in that project too?

Either way, yes or no, I am loving how strongly  the colors from this card stand out.  That Chrome finish really allows for the Marlins team colors to shine!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ Design

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ Design

Here is another sweet card that I scored from the 2014 Topps Archives set that features Jose Fernandez.

The card is mini in size, and as you can see, it borrows the 1987 Topps card design for inspiration.

Have a look:



I have long been a fan of the 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ subset and I am really happy to see Jose get a card of his own from it.

As a kid, my favorite ‘Future Stars’ card was the one of Bo Jackson from the 1987 Topps set.  This one above of Jose Fernandez may very well be my favorite modern one.

A great addition to my Jose Fernandez player collection!

Lot Of 2 Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps ‘Factory Set Limited Edition’ Cards

Lot Of 2 Giancarlo Stanton 2011 Topps ‘Factory Set Limited Edition’ Cards

I have no idea how limited or rare these cards are, but after picking up and adding large stacks of 2013 and 2014 Giancarlo Stanton baseball cards to my collection, it was nice to find a few older cards for my collection.

And when I say older, I am going all of the way back to 2011…

These 2 cards are tagged as ‘Factory Set Limited Edition’ from the 2011 Topps set.

Here is the first one I grabbed:


And here is the second one:img858

As you can see, the card is the same as the base card from the set except for the extra Silver-stamped ‘Factory Set Limited Edition’ message that rolls right above the player’s name.

A lot has changed since 2011 – The Florida Marlins are now the Miami Marlins complete with new team colors and logos.  And Mike Stanton is now Giancarlo Stanton.

But one thing has not changed – my love for this team and the for players that aim to get them back to the World Series!  Go FISH!!

1986 Topps Sealed Cello Pack With Andre Dawson Card On Top!

1986 Topps Sealed Cello Pack With Andre Dawson Card On Top!

I am really excited about this pick-up for my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.

Two weeks ago, I found a seller on Ebay that had listed hundreds of sealed cello and rack packs from the 1980’s featuring the game’s top stars and rookies right on top in the pack’s window.

I was able to but three for myself – and all of them feature Andre Dawson as the stand-out card.

The first one I will show off is from the 1986 Topps set release.

Here it is:



Pretty neat, huh?!?

While Dawson’s 1986 Topps baseball card is one of my least favorites from the 1980’s, I will let that pass as this is a very cool collectible for my collection.

And for now, it is the oldest, sealed pack of cards in my collection that features an Andre Dawson baseball card as the centerpiece.


Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Wow, it looks like my scanner did a little bit of ‘border trimming’ on this one…



But, trust me, the card is in tact.  And it is the base-mini card of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I’m gonna have to do something about how I am scanning my ‘minis’ as this seems to always happen since my scanner went through a program update.

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Topps Heritage – Black Border

While feverishly seeking the Blue-bordered card of Giancarlo Stanton from the 2014 Topps Heritage baseball card set, I absent-mindedly forgot that he also has a Black-bordered card in the set too.

Well, thankfully my Ebay search is broad enough to cover up my ‘brain farts’ as I was able to easily snag this card of Giancarlo with no bidding competition.



And yes, I am still actively seeking the Blue version…

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps ‘Rookie Class Of 1976’ Commemorative Class Ring Card

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps ‘Rookie Class Of 1976’ Commemorative Class Ring Card

When it comes down to it, I guess that I really don’t mind the manufactured relic cards that puzzle so many other collectors.

I find them to be kind of neat, and a nice way to commemorate a player or event.

What does puzzle me about these kinds of cards is how some of them continue to demand top-dollar while others can be had pretty inexpensively.

I have been able to snag a handful of manufactured relic cards over the last few years.  And while I know that the player being featured on the card is what ultimately drives the price and interest level of the public, I have been able to grab some great ones very affordably.

Like this one here of Andre Dawson from the 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Rookie Class’ set.




I love it!  The card features a sweet, vintage photo of ‘Hawk’ from his early days in Montreal.  And the ring-looking metal insert is a nice touch for the ‘Class Of’ theme.

It took me a while to grab one of these for my collection, but my patience paid off and I was able to land one for my collection in my price range.

A great addition to my Andre Dawson PC.