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Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Ichiro turns 41 years old today!!

Easily one of the best hitters of the last 15 years, Ichiro Suzuki has proven to be an extremely talented contact hitter, maybe one of the best ever.

In 14 professional seasons in major league baseball, Ichiro has collected 2,844 hits.  In ten of fourteen years, he has accumulated 200 or more hits in those seasons.

For his birthday, I wish Ichiro perfect health.  And I want that health to hold until he gets into the 3,000 hits club.  Based on his average he will need just 2 more years to accomplish that task.  And while that means he will be 43 years old when that time comes, I do believe that he is conditioned to reach that mark with relative ease if he wants it.  He just needs to find a team that will use his talents and let him get the at-bats required to connect for another 156 hits.

I eagerly await the chase!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Did You Know…

The record for the most singles hit in a single major league baseball season is held by Ichiro Suzuki.  In 2004, Ichiro connected for 225 singles.

Ichiro

My 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set Is COMPLETE!!! Come See!!!

My 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set Is COMPLETE!!!  Come See!!!

Well friends, another subset has been completed at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

And this one is superb!

Just like the ‘Prime 9 Home Run Legends’ set I built last year, this one boasts great color, sharp graphics, and a supremely high-gloss finish.

The 2011 Topps Prime 9 ‘Players Of The Week’ set features 9 players – 1 for each defensive position.  And the roster is loaded with major, major talent.

Here is a look at the whole set:

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By completing this set, I have now finished both of the Topps ‘Prime 9’ redemption sets.  And I have to say that I wish that this was a series that never stopped.  The ‘Prime 9’ theme is one that could easily continue with new themes – and with solid production that matches the 2011 and 2012 sets that they already issued, the quality was definitely there!

Cheers to another completed subset!  Hip-Hip-Hooray!!

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Ichiro

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Ichiro

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 Ichiro card from the set:

Prime Ichiro

The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Ichiro.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Was hitting 500 balls a day at age 7
  • won seven Pacific League batting titles in a row
  • second player to be ROY and MVP in same season
  • only player in MLB history with 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons
  • holds single-season record of 262 hits

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Ichiro turns 40 years old today!!

Easily one of the best hitters of the last 15 years, Ichiro Suzuki has proven to be an extremely talented contact hitter, maybe one of the best ever.

In 13 professional seasons in major league baseball, Ichiro has collected 2,742 hits.  In ten of thirteen years, he has accumulated 200 or more hits in those seasons.

For his birthday, I wish Ichiro perfect health.  And I want that health to hold until he gets into the 3,000 hits club.  Based on his average he will need just 2 more years to accomplish that task.  And while that means he will be 42 years old when that time comes, I do believe that he is conditioned to reach that mark with relative ease if he wants it.

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – The Start Of A New Subset: 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – The Start Of A New Subset: 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’

I was not seeking out the cards in this purchase, and to be honest I did not know that they existed.

But, since I did not have to dedicate any time to sifting through cards from the new Panini, Pinnacle, or Topps Chrome sets, I had a little more time to dig into some other things.

So, I looked for the ‘Silver Lining’ and I think that I did pretty well…

I was able to rescue two cards from the 2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players of the Week’ set.  These cards were obtained back in 2011 through a redemption process – buyers of 2011 Series 2 hobby boxes could obtain redemption cards that would be exchanged for these ‘Prime 9’ cards on a weekly basis throughout the second half of the 2011 season.

This set features one player for each position, and includes a mix of both former and current stars.

I fell upon two cards from this set – back to back – in a $1 box.  I bought both.

Here is the card of Ichiro:

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And here is the card of Sandy Koufax:

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As soon as I got home from the show, I researched the checklist.  This is a set I will be going after as it is star-studded.

Obviously Ichiro makes up one of the outfield spots in this set, and Koufax is the starting pitcher.

Consider this a new challenge for ’30-YOC’.  This set looks great and will be a perfect complement to my ‘Prime 9 Home Run Legends’ set that is nearing completion.

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.

PHOTO ICHIRO

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…

PHOTO HELTON

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!

PHOTO ORTIZ

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.

PHOTO PUJOLS

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.

PHOTO HOWARD

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!!!

PHOTO BRAUN

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!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

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.

PHOTO CAIN

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.

PHOTO VERLANDER

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.

PHOTO LINCECUM

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!!!

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Ichiro

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Ichiro

The 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ set is a piece of art.  The cards feature stunning graphics with images that capture some of baseball’s greatest action – the art of leaping into the air and bringing back would be home run balls.

The set offers just 10 cards, but each one is an amazing look at one of baseball’s great highlights.

This is the card of Ichiro Suzuki from the set:

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In each of his first ten seasons in the major leagues, Ichiro captured a Gold Glove Award for his excellence at defense in the outfield.  His strong arm, throwing accuracy, and ability to make plays by covering an incredible amount of ground quickly made him one of the sport’s greatest and most exciting defenders.

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

_______________________________________________________________

Well friends, we are amazingly 1/2 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.

_________________________________________________

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.

PHOTO ICHIRO

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!

PHOTO HELTON

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.

PHOTO ORTIZ

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!

PHOTO PUJOLS

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.

PHOTO HOWARD

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…

PHOTO BRAUN

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!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

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…

PHOTO CAIN

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.

PHOTO VERLANDER

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.  

PHOTO LINCECUM

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!!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 1/4 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.

_________________________________________________

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.

PHOTO ICHIRO

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….

PHOTO HELTON

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.

PHOTO ORTIZ

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!

PHOTO PUJOLS

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.

PHOTO HOWARD

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.

PHOTO BRAUN

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.

PHOTO SABATHIA

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.

PHOTO CAIN

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.

PHOTO VERLANDER

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!!

PHOTO LINCECUM

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??

Thanks for reading!!!