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Finally, My 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset Is Complete!!!

Finally, My 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset Is Complete!!!

Yessir, I have completed the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Wall Climbers’ subset and it is a sweet looking set of cards.

The action images that Topps captured for this set really is exceptional.  And while I did not know it when I first considered collecting this set, the cards included in the set actually celebrate the ‘Wall Climbing’ that occurred during the 2010 baseball season that gave us these stellar images.  And the card backs, help tell the story as well – depicting the scene and providing the details of the occasion.

The set is ten cards deep – and as I mentioned before, it is action-packed!

Have a look:

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I told you it was sweet.

Among the players included in the set are rookies, all-stars, MVPs, and legends.  And the player mix just goes to show you that at any time, an outfielder can become a ‘Wall Climber’ and put his stamp on any game.

What a fantastic addition to my subset collection – This one is GREAT!!!!

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Jason Heyward

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Jason Heyward

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 Jason Heyward from the set:

JASON HEYWARD

Amazingly, it was after this set was released (2012) that Jason Heyward earned his first Gold Glove Award for his defensive excellence in the outfield.

In 2012, Heyward played in 156 games and complied a fielding percentage of .986.  In 351 chances, Heyward made just 5 errors.  He also accounted for 11 assists on the year!

2011 Topps Dynamic Duos Featuring Hank Aaron & Jason Heyward

2011 Topps Dynamic Duos Featuring Hank Aaron & Jason Heyward

I am still on the fence with this card.

On one hand, I understand the pairing – Atlanta Braves, outfielders, dynamic talent.

But, on the other hand, there will never be another Hank Aaron.

And on top of that, Jason Heyward (as good as he is) is far from a guy that reminds me of what Hank Aaron could do on a baseball field.

Hank Aaron could do it all.  Sure, home runs may be the first thing you think about, but Hank is also 3rd in career hits in major league history.  He was also a batting champion.  And let’s not forget about being the major league leader in both RBI and total bases too.

Hank Aaron is the most accomplished hitter in major league history.  And no offense meant to Jason Heyward, but he will be luck to accomplish half of what Henry has done.

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Rangers & Braves – June 17, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Rangers & Braves – June 17, 2011

Turner Field
Atlanta, Ga.
12:15-11:15 p.m.
Friday, June 17
Rangers at Braves

PREGAME (12:15-2:30)

This setup is nice because the players get out of their cabs only a few feet from graphers. I think Nelson Cruz was the only player who didn’t take a cab.

Derek Holland: 0/1
Michael Young: 0/1
Ian Kinsler: 0/1
Michael Kirkman: He signed but I didn’t need him
Mitch Moreland: He signed but I didn’t need him
Adrian Beltre: He signed but I didn’t need him
Dave Anderson: He signed but I didn’t need him
Gary Pettis: 0/1…Only a few people wanted him but he wouldn’t do it. Tool
Matt Harrison: 0/1
Mike Napoli: 0/1
Josh Hamilton: 1/1 jersey in silver paint…came out relatively nice. unfortunately, i’m using a foreign computer and am unable to post a scan. I asked Josh if he had eaten at Chik-Fil-A and he said no, then added that he was really craving Bojangles chicken LOL

AT BUS

Nelson Cruz: 0/1..He was only a foot from me but he wouldn’t do it for anyone, which I found odd considering he always signs

PREGAME NEAR MEDIA ENTRANCE:

Don Sutton: 1/1 (SS of ROMLB) with “HOF” inscription in blue ink. As nice as could be. I saw that he was carrying a dozen golf balls in his left hand so I asked if he had watched the U.S. Open. He said that he really hoped Rory McIlroy would hold on for the victory.

PREGAME NEAR RANGERS DUGOUT

Nefali Feliz: 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie. It was raining pretty hard so I knew there could be problems. Sure enough, a rain drop fell right on the graph as he was signing. Those are the breaks I guess

POSTGAME AT BRAVES LOT

“Why are there only four graphers here?” I asked a local. “Because the Braves never stop,” she replied.

Jason Heyward: 0/1…Heyward almost hit the paintings that I was holding out with his car
Brian McCann: 0/1
Chipper Jones: 0/1..but he honked
Freddie Freeman: 0/1
Tommy Hanson: 0/1

I called it a night as soon as Heyward turned me down since he was the only player I really needed.

Contest Winner!!!

Congratulations to ‘unclemoe’ who correctly guessed that the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals would score 36 runs in their 4-game series.

As the winner of this contest, he wins 2 boxes of TriStar Prospects Plus!!!

And he also gets a shameless plug for hosting one of the best autograph collecting blogs out there.  Come see for yourself.

Lastly, a huge ‘THANK YOU’ goes out to AtlantaSportsCards for offering up the prize for this contest.  None of this could have been possible without them.  Thanks again, Josh!!!

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Contest Players And Their Picks…

Thanks to everyone that made picks in my contest. 

Here are the players and the total number of runs that they predicted for the upcoming Braves/Cardinals series that begins on Monday:

Player # of Runs
rod 10
eli 17
daniel  18
wickedortega 19
brent 20
wax wombat 21
dan 22
steve 23
olivia 24
matt a 25
don sherman 26
geard 27
zman40 28
ken klaus 29
night owl 30
craig 31
drew 32
scott mccloy 33
hackenbush 34
longflyballtobeacuse 35
unclemoe 36
charley 37
david 38
singledaddyof2 39
play at the plate 42
dion 44
sewingmachineguy 45

 

And don’t forget that we have 2 boxes of 2007 TriStar ‘Prospects Plus’ up for grabs!!

A special thanks goes out to Atlanta Sports Cards for sponsoring this contest on ’30-YOC’.

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Contest Time – Win TWO Boxes Of 2007 Tristar ‘Prospects Plus’

Contest Time – Win TWO Boxes Of 2007 Tristar ‘Prospects Plus’

This contest is sponsored by Atlanta Sports Cards.  I encourage every one to check out their website, found here.  Not only does Atlanta Sports Cards offer incredible prices on boxes and cases of sports cards, they also have a price match program where they will meet and quite possibly beat any and all competitor pricing – Check them out!!!

Onto the contest…

Keeping with the Atlanta theme, the Braves will be on  the road taking on the high-powered offense of the St. Louis Cardinals for a 4-game series starting Monday, the 26th.  To win this contest, all you have to do is submit the total number of runs that you think will be scored during this 4-game series.  Will pitching dominate?  Will the hitters rule?  Voice your opinion and make your selection now.  The closest person to the total number of runs scored, without going over, will win these:

The prize - 2 boxes of 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus

Nice stuff, huh?  The team over at Atlanta Sports Cards was kind enough to offer these two boxes of 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus to the winner.  And in case you don’t already know, here are the contents: Each box contains 7 packs of cards; each with 6 cards inside.  The set is a 100-card set, but there are special parallel versions serial numbered to 1, 5, 25, and 50.  And how about autographs?  Yes, of course there are autographs inside.  Each box guarantees at least 1 autograph per box.  And we’re not just talking about non-roster players – these boxes offer up opportunities to obtain autographs of rookie sensations like:  Madison Bumgarner, Ross Detwiler, Jason Heyward, Tommy Hanson, Matt LaPorta, Mike Moustakas, David Price, Josh Vitters, Matt Wieters and Jordan Zimmerman.

So, what are you waiting for??  Submit your pick and let the games begin!!!  All picks must be submit into the comments field of thos post no later than Sunday at midnight.

And another huge round of applause for the sponsors of this contest – Atlanta Sports Cards!!!

Thanks Guys!!

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